AB&I Foundry is proud of our partnership with Oakland Unified School District. This year's Dave Robinson Innovation Award Scholarship was given to 4 students who were selected because they exemplified what the award stands for: education, innovation, and hard work.
Rose - The Iron Woman
In celebration of women in engineering, manufacturing, and the skilled trades, AB&I has developed an iron woman character named “Rose”. The foundry has had a long history with their iron man character who is a big burly man. It was time for AB&I to feature a female character. The new Iron Woman pays tribute to the iconic Rosie the Riveter – the women civilians who built the warplanes during the WWII effort.
AB&I FOUNDRY HOSTS GUN MELT FROM BUY-BACK PROGRAMS
On November 10, 2020, AB&I Foundry teamed up with local California law enforcement authorities and melted down hundreds of firearms from buy-back programs. The foundry has been in partnership with regional law enforcement agencies for over 30 years. The gun melt program was designed to permanently remove guns and weapons from the streets of California in order to reduce violence in communities.
“We really appreciate AB&I doing this for the city. You have been doing it for a long time,” said Oakland police department officer Ott Burton.
Firearms were collected through buy-back programs and cases involving weapons which had been tried and closed. Upon delivery of the firearms by law enforcement officials, and array of rifles, handguns, shotguns, knives and automatic rifles were melted down and recycled into new products such as cast-iron soil pipe and fittings used in plumbing systems.
“Our partnership with local law enforcement takes recycling to a higher level by converging our goals. AB&I want to green the planet, and law enforcements strives to keep the community safe,” said Michael Lowe, General Manager of AB&I. Over the years, the Oakland Police Department has referred other agencies including the Department of Justice in Sacramento, and the Sacramento Sheriff's Department to AB&I in order to melt and then reuse the metal from their seized, confiscated or buy-back weapons into less harmful objects such as cast iron pipes.
Lowe said that: “Everyone at AB&I is proud of our commitment to the community and to law enforcement, working hand in hand to improve our community. “In order to participate in the program, any law enforcement agency can simply call the foundry to make arrangements for the secure bulk delivery of weapons to AB&I for melting and repurposing through the metals recycling process.
Oakland's Community Toy Drive
On December 5th, AB&I volunteered at the Oaland's Community Toy Drive to provide over 9000 Oakland families with gift certificates to local toy stores. This is the 3rd year we volunteer. Althouhg a little bit different due to the pandemic, we love to see the faces of the families receiving a little bit of cheer during these difficult times.
UCSF Takes Virtual Tour of AB&I
AB&I was proud to host occupational health students from the University of California at San Francisco for a virtual tour on Aug. 26.
Antonio Buenrostro 20th Year Anniversary
Antonio said that 20 years at AB&I have been like a fairytale!
As a team, we have overcome many crises and have been able to move forward. I really like my job in the pipe department. I focus on what I have to do and take pride in doing it well.
We have shifted and changed with the times. I like being involved in the community. I also believe in sharing with the community who we are.
The best thing about AB&I is our daily coexistence. We're like a family!
AB&I participates in retooling project to support of local first responders
The shortage of PPE equipment can leave health care workers, fire fighters, and EMT’s at risk. In order to help solve the problem, Mira Costa college Technology Career Institute (TCI) retooled a portion of its Carlsbad, California location to manufacture portable decontamination kits. They only made 10 kits and we were able to procure 4 of them. In support of their efforts, AB&I donated these kits valued at $900 each to four recipients: Highland Hospital, Alameda Hospital, San Leandro Hospital and Roots Community Health Center in Oakland.
The kit inludes a germicidal Ultraviolet (UV-C) System, which is an environmentally friendly, non-chemical disinfection process. This state-of-the art system is protable and easy to use. It does not use any harmful chemicals, no sprays or solvents, and is safe on all surfaces including: fabric, metal and even mobile phones. The Germicidal UV-C Light destroys bacteria viruses, fungy and protozoa.
The UV-C light is a short-wavelength, ultraviolet light that breaks apart germ DNA, leaving it unable to function or reproduce. In other words, UV-C light is a germicidal that kills or neutralizes “superbugs” like the coronavirus, germs and any other pathogens on surgaces. The system plugs in to any standard outlet, and within a two to four minute disinfecting process, it cans strelize PPE equipment thus extending the service life of PPE gear.
Michael Lowe in partnership with Assemblyman Rob Bonta presented the kits to Alameda Hospital on July 24th.
Thank you California Metals Coalition, TCI and Assemblymember Rob Bonta for partnering with manufacturing to provide these kits to front like workers.
Ted Ray Celebrates 48 Years of Service at AB&I
Congratulations Ted Ray for 48 years of service at AB&I!!
AB&I hosts tour for County Supervisor Keith Carson
AB&I recently had the opportunity to host a foundry tour for County Supervisor Keith Carson. Supervisor Carson represents the 5th District on a platform dedicated to inclusive and accessible government.
AB&I holds Earn & Learn Workshop
AB&I Foundry recently partnered with Earn and Learn to provide a workshop on the value of internships in Oakland.
AB&I intern receives Foundry Educational Foundation scholarship
AB&I team members Denise Joe and Zeydi Gutierrez traveled to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California to watch their former intern, Cole Pike, be presented with the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) scholarship.
AB&I holds Cancer Prevention Event
AB&I recognized Cancer Prevention Month by holding an educational health session with our team members.