Birmingham, AL, United States
Birmingham, AL, United States

McWane, Inc. is one of the world's largest manufacturers of iron water works and plumbing products and one of America’s largest privately owned companies. The company manufactures products including ductile iron pipe and fittings, fire hydrants, cast iron soil pipe and fittings, and related products. McWane is also a manufacturer of pressurized cylinders for the storage of propane and other gases through its Manchester Tank and Equipment Company division, and fire protection systems and extinguishers through its Amerex subsidiary.Based in Birmingham, Alabama, McWane is a privately held, family owned company employing almost 6,000 people in 25 facilities nationwide. In addition to the United States, the company has operations in Australia, Canada, Chile, China and Norway. Its operating revenues are estimated at approximately $1.5 to 2 billion as of 2011. Wikipedia.


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A method for manufacturing a plastic pipe including covering the teeth of a plurality of restraining segments circumferentially arranged and embedded within an annular gasket with a covering and placing the annular gasket on a mandrel with the covering arranged between the restraining segments and mandrel. The annular gasket and mandrel and are inserted into an end of a heated plastic pipe for forming a socket in the end of the plastic pipe, the socket including an annular cavity formed by the annular gasket. Upon removal of the mandrel from the socket, the covering functions to prevent acutely pointed teeth of the restraining segments from impinging upon the mandrel thereby allowing removal of the mandrel from the socket without removal of the annular gasket from the annular cavity.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Protective Life Corporation (“Protective”), a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. (TSE:8750, “Dai-ichi”), announced today that its board of directors has elected John D. Johns (65), the company’s Executive Chairman and Richard J. Bielen (56) the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. These changes are effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Johns joined Protective in 1993 as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and became CEO in 2002. During his tenure at Protective, the Company’s market value grew from approximately $580 million to approximately $5.6 billion in 2015 when it was acquired and became the United States platform for Dai-ichi Life of Tokyo, Japan. Under Mr. Johns’ leadership, Protective has earned a reputation as an industry-leading acquirer of life insurance policies, a leader in digital innovation in its customer-focused retail franchise, a respected supplier of product and services to its traditional distribution partners and a great place for employees to work and build careers. Mr. Johns has been extensively involved in civic and industry efforts, including service as chair of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), Birmingham Business Alliance, Business Council of Alabama, McWane Science Center, Innovation Depot, Boy Scouts of America – Greater Alabama Council, and many other organizations. Mr. Johns was elected to the Alabama Academy of Honor in 2013. Mr. Johns has also been deeply engaged in fund raising and philanthropy, serving in a leadership role in capital campaigns in support of many non-profits, including Innovation Depot, Railroad Park, Children’s Aid Society, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Pre-School Partners and McWane Science Center. He is currently serving as the Co-chair of the $1 billion Campaign for UAB. During Mr. Johns’ time as CEO, the Protective Life Foundation has made cumulative contributions totaling almost $40 million to improve the quality of life in our communities. Mr. Bielen joined Protective in 1991 as Vice President, Securities. He became Chief Investment Officer in 2002 overseeing a portfolio that started at $13.3 billion and grew to $27.9 billion in 5 years before being named Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer in 2007. In addition to his responsibilities as CFO, Mr. Bielen had overall responsibility for the Stable Value, Asset Protection and Acquisitions businesses. He became a member of Protective’s Board of Directors in 2015. In 2016 he was named President and Chief Operating Officer and assumed additional overall responsibility for the Life and Annuity business, Operations and Information Technology. “ I am delighted by Rich Bielen’s election as the seventh CEO of Protective. Rich is immensely talented and has all the skills and attributes needed to successfully lead the Company in the future,” said Mr. Johns. “ I’m confident that Protective will continue to grow and prosper under Rich’s leadership and that Protective’s best days lie ahead.” “ I am deeply honored to be elected CEO of Protective,” said Bielen. “ With the solid foundation established under Johnny’s leadership, we are well positioned to continue to grow and deliver on the promises to our customers and the communities we serve. I look forward to working with Dai-ichi, our distribution partners and the talented and committed people of Protective.” Protective Life Corporation provides financial services through the production, distribution and administration of insurance and investment products throughout the U.S. The flagship subsidiary, Protective Life Insurance Company, was founded in 1907. Protective’s home office is located in Birmingham, Alabama. As of December 31, 2016 the Company had assets of approximately $75.0 billion. Protective Life Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. (TSE:8750, “Dai-ichi”) For more information on Protective, please visit www.Protective.com. For more information about the impact of John D. Johns on Protective and the community, please visit the Leadership section of Protective’s website or click here.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Nighthawk announced the launch of its Adaptiv AMI solution for Electric, Water and Gas utilities. Adaptiv is the most effortless AMI system to deploy and operate incorporating both public infrastructure and cloud computing. The Adaptiv system enables a broad range of advanced AMI features while using existing utility staff to implement, own and operate with no additional technical training. With no infrastructure required the system allows the utility to immediately address specific needs on a strategic basis as it’s built out over time. Customers can address critical items such as Remote Disconnect, End of Line Voltage Monitoring, and Outage Management on a tactical basis as time and capital allow. Net-metering and Prepay also plug and play seamlessly into the Nighthawk Adaptiv solution. This flexibility empowers utilities to extract maximum value from existing investments while transitioning to two-way AMI technology as permitted by time or budgetary restraints. Adaptiv utilizes existing cellular networks and next generation Mesh architecture eliminating the need to construct and maintain communications towers and proprietary wireless networks which traditional two-way metering systems require. Utilities can begin rolling out meters anywhere in their service territory whether urban, suburban or rural. Nighthawk will work with the customer to find the best blend of cellular and mesh endpoints. All of the communications are under the glass so the implementation is as simple as installing a meter. The Mesh communications provide a self-creating and self-healing network with daily health checks to ensure the system is always reachable and reporting. This communications flexibility and Nighthawk’s cloud-based head-end software enable MDM and billing integration while allowing for any deployment strategy. Nighthawk’s award-winning hosted solution provides a feature rich environment allowing full control and read capability. From the day meters are installed they are fully functional and ready for operation in the system. Over the air features can be activated or deactivated to meet the utility’s needs. System alerts and notifications are readily available providing proactive information for events such as outage and low voltage. Using common protocols and definable API’s the Adaptiv software can provide reads and other critical information to any billing or back-office system. Adaptiv has been praised for its robust security and ease of use. Billing and IT departments love the Nighthawk Adaptiv solution because our cloud based software requires no internal support and is always up to date with the most advanced security features. Adaptiv was developed for utilities who are looking for advanced AMI features but don’t have the resources or staff to manage a complicated and expensive system. This solution allows utilities to enjoy the benefits of AMI without the full upfront investment of time and money required by traditional systems. Utilities will enjoy the ability of rolling out AMI as time and budgets allow while realizing the rewards of a next generation system immediately. About Nighthawk Nighthawk designs and manufactures Mesh-Cellular Smart Grid AMI solutions for the utility industry. The Nighthawk approach allows for incremental roll outs so cities can develop system wide solutions as time, money and needs allow. This incremental approach attacks the areas of greatest need first and deploys the latest technology at each step of the plan providing unmatched stewardship of public funds. Nighthawk is a subsidiary of McWane Inc., a leading manufacturer of ductile iron pipe, valves, hydrants, and fittings. McWane products make up the backbone of vital water distribution and wastewater treatment systems throughout North America, dependably providing the U.S. with clean drinking water. The company operates 25 manufacturing plants including 13 iron foundries across the United States, Canada, Australia, and China, Norway, India, and the United Arab Emirates.


News Article | October 5, 2016
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Several 80-million-year-old fossils found in Alabama are from a species of sea turtle that is the oldest known member of the lineage that gave rise to all modern species of sea turtle, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Researchers from the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Biology worked with two relatively complete turtle skeletons, along with several smaller pieces, that are housed at Birmingham's McWane Science Center, to unearth the evolutionary clues tying the ancient turtles to modern sea turtles, and confirm the existence of that ancient species, previously known only from a few isolated fragments. The McWane fossils help solve a long-standing debate as to whether this animal was a unique species. They also provide insights into the evolutionary history of living species of sea turtles, including the Kemp's Ridley, Loggerhead and the endangered Green sea turtle. According to research published in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, the fossils belong to Ctenochelys (tee-no-key-lees) acris, a marine-adapted turtle that lived in the shallow, subtropical sea that once covered most of Alabama. By dating the rock formation from which these fossils were recovered, C. acris is presumed to have lived more than 80 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous, a period of time when sea turtle diversity was at an all-time high. "Climatic warming during the mid-Cretaceous resulted in elevated sea levels and temperatures that, in turn, provided an abundance of new niches for marine turtles to invade," said Drew Gentry, a UAB biology doctoral student and the lead researcher on the project. "Represented today by only seven living species, sea turtles were once one of the most diverse lineages of marine reptiles. Before the cataclysm that claimed the dinosaurs, there may have been dozens of specialized species of sea turtle living in different oceanic habitats around the world." Before this research, so little fossil evidence for C. acris had been documented that most paleontologists doubted the species was real. Not only do the newly discovered fossils prove C. acris existed, they may also be a critical piece in a much larger puzzle of sea turtle evolution. "There is strong evidence which indicates freshwater turtles may have evolved to occupy marine environments at several points in the past," Gentry said. "But most of those lineages went extinct, making the exact origins of living or 'true' sea turtles somewhat of a mystery." Evidence gathered from the fossils of C. acris suggests the earliest ancestors of modern sea turtles may have come from the Deep South. By comparing the skeleton of C. acris with those of both extinct and living species of turtles, Gentry discovered that C. acris possessed traits of both sea turtles and their closest living turtle relatives, snapping turtles. "This animal was a bottom-dwelling sea turtle that fed primarily on mollusks and small invertebrates," he said. "Unlike the 'rudder-like' hind-limbs of today's sea turtles, C. acris had large, powerful hind-limbs to help push it through the water, a lot like a modern-day snapping turtle. "Data from C. acris tell us not only that marine turtles are capable of occupying specialized oceanic niches, but also that many of the sea turtles we know today may have gotten their evolutionary start as something similar to an oversized snapping turtle in what eventually became the southeastern United States." Studying the diversity and evolutionary history of sea turtles during previous periods of climate change can provide meaningful insights into what effects climate and environmental changes might have on modern marine turtle populations. "An important, yet often overlooked, aspect of sea turtle research is their evolutionary history," Gentry said. "By analyzing the remains of fossil species, we can begin to understand the origins of these animals and how they've adapted to different environments over time." The fossils that led to this research were discovered in 1986 and contributed to what was then the Red Mountain Museum. The McWane Science Center was founded in 1998 by the merger of the Red Mountain Museum and a nearby children's museum, Discovery Place. The paleontological and archaeological collection at McWane is one of the largest in the southeastern U.S. and houses a number of significant finds from across Alabama, including the recently announced Eotrachodon, a type of duck-billed dinosaur. "We are always making discoveries from the specimens housed at McWane that give us new respect for the individuals who contributed to this collection," Gentry said.


Patent
McWane | Date: 2015-05-20

The present disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for an improved pipe joint. The system includes a first pipe having a bell socket end and a second pipe having a male or spigot end. The bell socket end of the first pipe is configured to include an inner groove within which a sealing member may be inserted. The bell socket end of the first pipe further includes a pivot cavity. The spigot end of the second pipe may be inserted into socket end of the first pipe to form an unrestrained, push-fit, ring-seal assembly when operatively joined, such that a sealing member is located within the inner groove, the sealing member having a sealing surface that is longitudinally related with the pivot point of the two pipes thereby allowing a high joint deflection angle while maintaining a relatively small pipe bell and sealing member mass.


Patent
McWane | Date: 2016-03-24

An apparatus for covering or sealing Storz-type outlets is shown and described. The apparatus includes an outer cap portion having a continuous sidewall, a connector portion for connecting the outer cap portion to the water supply assembly and a sealing cap portion rotatably coupled to the outer cap portion and located at least partially within a void defined by the continuous sidewall, the sealing cap portion including a pliable sealing portion for forming a seal about the water supply outlet. The connector portion includes a pair of lugs and a pair of ramped lug guides associated with an inner surface of the continuous sidewall. The pair of ramped lug guides are provided for receiving a pair of lugs of the water supply assembly. A nut portion extends from an outer face of outer cap portion for engagement by a tool such as a wrench or socket for rotating the outer cap portion about the water supply outlet.


Patent
McWane | Date: 2013-11-06

An apparatus for covering or sealing Storz-type outlets is shown and described. The apparatus includes an outer cap portion having a continuous sidewall, a connector portion for connecting the outer cap portion to the water supply assembly and a sealing cap portion rotatably coupled to the outer cap portion and located at least partially within a void defined by the continuous sidewall, the sealing cap portion including a pliable sealing portion for forming a seal about the water supply outlet. The connector portion includes a pair of lugs and a pair of ramped lug guides associated with an inner surface of the continuous sidewall. The pair of ramped lug guides are provided for receiving a pair of lugs of the water supply assembly. A nut portion extends from an outer face of outer cap portion for engagement by a tool such as a wrench or socket for rotating the outer cap portion about the water supply outlet.


A system, method, apparatus, and computer program product for testing a vehicle fire suppression system are disclosed. A method may include testing components of the vehicle fire suppression system. The method may additionally include providing test results for each tested component.


Patent
McWane | Date: 2012-10-24

A gasket for preventing separation of interconnected pipes without damaging the pipes. The gasket includes a compressible body having a plurality of metal segments partially embedded therein. Each of the metal segments includes a row of exposed teeth configured for engaging a spigot end of a pipe and a trough configured for pivotably engaging a bead on a bell. The trough is further configured for shearing or deforming the bead and inhibiting over-pivoting of the segment about the bead when the pipes are partially withdrawn away from one another, for example, during over-pressurization of the pipes.


Patent
McWane | Date: 2015-06-08

The present invention relates to a soil pipe coupler that includes a body portion formed from a thermoplastic elastomer. The body portion includes an inner wall, an outer wall, and a first and second lip defined by the outer wall. The first lip is disposed proximate a first end, while a second lip is disposed proximate a longitudinally-opposed second end of the body portion. The body portion includes an annular seat and at least one rib member that extend radially inwards from the inner wall and further defines a channel extending from the first to the second end. The soil pipe coupler includes a sheathing member configured to wrap about the body portion and is disposed between the first and second lips. Additionally, the soil pipe coupler includes at least one clamp configured to operably engage the sheathing member. An associated method of installation is also provided.

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