OAKLAND, CA October 31, 2019: AB&I Foundry teamed up with County Supervisor Nate Miley and the Alameda County Illegal Dumping Project, to completing Phase I of a massive tree planting project in East Oakland.

AB&I and their team members helped to transform Railroad Avenue, by planting 45 trees between the railroad tracks and Brookfield Village. This beautification process will improve the air quality, increase cooling, slow traffic, and deter illegal dumping in the neighborhood. Phase II will take place on Saturday, November 2nd, with volunteers planting an additional 50 trees along the corridor.

“Planting trees in a city will pay off in dividends”, said Zeydi Gutierrez, Director of Community Relations at AB&I Foundry. “Trees will transform our community in addition to bridging the gap by connecting natural resources to urban areas. People will be able to reap the benefits from trees which provide shade, remove air pollutants, reduce stormwater runoff and provide aesthetic benefits.”

Illegal dumping has created tremendous blight in the city of Oakland, which disproportionately impacts residents of East Oakland. "This is an environmental justice issue” according to Supervisor Miley. “Illegal dumping is a plague on our community, and we all have a role to play in addressing it.” Once completed, this massive tree planting initiative will help to improve the community where people work and play.

This collaborative effort will help to transform East Oakland, which is why AB&I is pleased to partner with Argent Materials, The Beautification Council, McGuire and Hester, and Trees for Oakland Flatlands to help Supervisor Nate Miley to implement effective strategies to combat illegal dumping in our community on a massive scale.

About AB&I Foundry

AB&I Foundry, based in Oakland, CA, is a division of McWane, Inc.  Born in the shadows of the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, AB&I Foundry has been producing quality cast iron products for over a hundred years. Acquired by McWane in 2006, AB&I manufactures a full-line of cast iron soil pipe and fittings for DWV systems.   In addition, AB&I has become a modern, highly-technological full- service provider of custom OEM gray iron castings for companies nationwide. Through a comprehensive program of water treatment, air pollution reduction, recycling, and solid-waste management, AB&I has set the standard for responsible foundry practices and policies.

About McWane Inc.

McWane, Inc. is a family-owned business based in Birmingham, Alabama, with companies across the United States and the world.  At the McWane Family of Companies, we cast ductile iron products--including pipe, valves, hydrants, fittings, and plumbing products--manufacture fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems, steel pressure vessels, and build network switches and monitoring equipment.  We are the leader in delivering clean, safe drinking water around the world while focusing on the safe, environmentally-friendly manufacturing of our products.  With more than 6,000 team members McWane has a longstanding commitment of support to the communities where we live and work.