Company History

Company History

McWane Company History

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, with J.R. eventually settling in Birmingham, Alabama.

In 1921, J. R. McWane began another new venture, the McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company. As America grew, so did the need to supply flourishing cities with clean water and to remove waste safely. As a result, McWane was able to grow his business. He expanded operations from Birmingham to include a second facility in Provo, Utah, in 1926 called the Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company.

In 1962, William (Bill) McWane expanded the company by acquiring Empire Coke Company, a manufacturer of foundry coke and by-products for foundries and other industrial operations. In 1971, James (Jim) Ransom McWane became president of McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company.

In 1975, McWane purchased Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Company in Phillipsburg, N.J. The company next diversified by acquiring the Union Foundry Company, an Anniston, AL, waterworks fittings business.

During the 1980s, McWane added M&H Valve Company and acquired Clow Water Systems Company and Clow Valve CompanyKennedy Valve Company of Elmira, N.Y., was added in 1988. Subsequently, McWane strengthened its global commitment by establishing McWane International, which today markets all McWane products worldwide.

McWane entered the Canadian market in 1989, with the acquisition of Canada Pipe Company in Hamilton, Ontario. Following entry into Canada, McWane expanded its manufacturing further by establishing Clow Canada in 1990, consolidating manufacturing operations in St. Johns, New Brunswick.

In 1995, McWane acquired Tyler Pipe & Coupling in Texas. The company also purchased a couplings operation in California, now known as ANACO. During the late 1990s, McWane acquired the Bibby Companies through Canada Pipe, Tennessee-based Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Brunner Manufacturing, and Amerex Corporation of Trussville, AL. Today, Manchester Tank also hasfacilitiesin Australia and Chile.

In 2008, Janus Fire Systems, based out of Crown Point, Indiana, joined McWane as a division of Amerex. Janus is dedicated to becoming the leader in the fire suppression special hazard industry.

In 2012, McWane invested into technology by adding Synapse Wireless to their portfolio of companies. Additional technology additions to McWane include Futurecom, an Ontario-based RF coverage extension solution, and Nighthawk, a leading provider for wireless smart grid solutions.  In 2014, McWane acquired UK-based Zinwave, a global company which has pioneered a new approach for reliable multi-service in-building wireless coverage.       

McWane Gulf was established in 2015 for expanding the production and sales of our fittings, valve, hydrant, and plumbing products into Middle East markets. McWane Gulf manufactures water and sewer products as well as energy and process valves to international specifications, including ductile iron fittings, valves and hydrants, drainage products, cast iron soil pipe, soil fittings and couplings.

In 2015, the McWane ductile iron pipe companies (Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company, Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Company and Clow Water Systems Company) unified under the brand McWane Ductile. The plants are now referred to as McWane Ductile - New JerseyMcWane Ductile - Ohio, and McWane Ductile - Utah.

Today, McWane, Inc. is a multinational and diverse corporation with over 6,000 team-members globally and is one of the largest privately-owned companies in the southeastern USA.

The company is preparing next year to begin celebrating its 100th year in operation, and is led by its Chairman, Phillip McWane and by its President, Ruffner Page.