OAKLAND, CA April 27, 2021 – AB&I Foundry, a leading manufacturer of cast iron soil pipe and fittings, is pleased to announce that Eric Ruiz will be joining the AB&I sales team as a Regional Sales Manager covering the Southern California, Southern Nevada and Arizona territories.

Eric will be responsible for reaching out to existing customers and developing new partners within the territory. Eric’s appointment supports the Company’s strategic direction, strengthening customer relationships as well as expanding our sales support coverage.

“I look forward to leveraging my previous career knowledge and relationship building and applying them to the plumbing industry,” said Ruiz.

Eric grew up in Southern California and attended the University of San Diego on a football scholarship. After his playing career ended, Eric pursued a career in teaching mathematics and earned his master's degree in educational administration, which led to managing operations and procurement for a large charter school network. During his time in education Eric met his wife, Vanessa. The Ruiz’s have been married for two years and are expecting their second son in June.

“I’m looking forward to having Eric on AB&I’s sales team. He will be able to use his experience and education in building relationships while promoting AB&I’s brand and long-standing reputation in this dynamic SoCal and Southern states territory,” said Michael Lopez, General Sales Manager at AB&I Foundry.

Contact: Francesca Dunbar
Director of Group Marketing
(925) 216-1828
Francesca.dunbar@mcwaneplbgrp.com

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.