The McWane family of companies has been a part of American industry since 1921. We have a strong history, and we're building our future across America and the world.
WE HONOR our heritage by manufacturing products that are lasting and sustainable.
WE INVEST in the future of our business, our employees, and our communities.
WE COMMIT to excellence in integrity, service, and quality.
WE LEAD with the highest standards of workplace safety and environmental stewardship.
These enduring principles are the foundation of our continued success.
The history of McWane traces its roots to the ingenuity of a family who lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Charles Phillip (C.P.) McWane entered the foundry business in 1871. His sons, Henry and James Ransom (J.R.), managed various parts of the family business. J. R. McWane settled in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1903 and began a modest foundry enterprise, which shifted to a coke and coal business when the foundry business faltered. Henry McWane then set up a subsidiary, McWane Pipe Works, to make cast iron pipe and fittings. It was a promising line of business, and J. R. McWane later joined the American Cast Iron Pipe Company, eventually rising to president and establishing innovations in the industry along with worker welfare initiatives. He not only grew the business, he gained notoriety as a leader in employee relations.
As America grew, so did the need to supply flourishing cities with clean water and to remove waste safely. In 1921, McWane began a new venture, the McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company. As the business grew he expanded operations from Birmingham to include a second facility in Provo, Utah, the Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company. After Henry’s death in 1933, his son William (Bill) McWane took over as president, guiding the two foundries through the good and bad times of the 1930s and World War II.
Beginning in the 1960s, McWane focused on expansion by acquiring Empire Coke Company, a manufacturer of foundry coke and by-products, Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Company, Union Foundry Company, a waterworks fittings business, M&H Valve Company, Clow Water Systems, Clow Valve, Kennedy Valve Company, and created McWane International to market their products worldwide. McWane entered the Canadian market by acquiring Canada Pipe Company in Hamilton, Ontario, and continued expanding in the United States by acquiring Tyler Pipe Company, ANACO, a couplings operation, the Bibby Companies, companies specializing in grey and ductile cast iron, Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, and Brunner Manufacturing and Amerex, two steel fabrication companies.
In 2008, Janus Fire Systems joined McWane. Then, in 2012, McWane began their diversification strategy into technology by adding Synapse Wireless to their portfolio of companies.
"McWane's long successful history comes from multi-generational thinking," said G. Ruffner Page, President of McWane. "We chose Synapse as our entry point into advanced technology because of our closely shared vision for the future, our strong cultural fit and the extremely broad capabilities of the SNAP platform."
Additional technology additions to McWane include ComTech, a mobile communications service provider based in Seoul, Futurecom, an Ontario-based RF coverage extension solutions, and Nighthawk, a leading provider for wireless smart grid solutions.
Today McWane, Inc. is led by Chairman Phillip McWane. As a family-run company with over 5,500 global employees, McWane strongly believes in preserving and contributing to the communities in which its facilities operate. In addition to saving thousands of American jobs and contributing millions of tax dollars to the U.S. economy, McWane has invested significantly in meeting and improving its performance in safety and environmental excellence. McWane takes pride in its past while looking forward to the future, certain in the knowledge that an industry so important to our nation’s history remains a vital part of America’s future.