On August 2, AB&I hosted a plant tour for nine University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) doctors that were participating in a residency program focused on occupational health. Dave Robinson, Monica Perez and Rich Watson held a 45-minute question and answer session followed by AB&I’s pre-tour video. The guests were taken on a foundry tour where they were shown how iron is made from recycled scrap components in the Cupola, how pipe is cast and processed, and how the fittings are cast on the DISA molding machines and processed through Cast Finishing. They were also shown many of the environmental and safety control systems and how AB&I recycles many of the spent materials used in the manufacturing processes such as cooling water, molding sand and core sand by integrating the recycling right in the production process. It was very informative for them to actually see a working iron foundry and how it relates to their study of occupational health in the work place.

Joshua Potocko, M.D., M.P.H. Chief Resident-UCSF Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency, said, “Rich, what a great tour you and your team give at the foundry! There is so much for us to learn there - not only industrial exposures, but all the work that has gone into preventing or mitigating environmental exposures, active community engagement programs, etc. Perhaps Nate will circle back with a more detailed factory worker Ergonomics project, once he gets more settled at Berkeley. Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule.”

We welcome the opportunity to showcase our manufacturing operation and safety and environmental programs to members of the community to help them better understand our commitment to excellence in all aspects of our business.