Tyler Pipe bids a fond farewell to John Springer
April 18, 2016
After 39 years of dedicated service Tyler Pipe Controller John Springer has decided it’s time to retire. John joined Clow Water Systems in Coshocton, Ohio in 1977 as an Accountant for special projects and in 1979 he transferred to Clow Valve in Oskaloosa, Iowa as the Controller. McWane purchased Clow Valve in 1985 and John was instrumental in helping set up the new accounting system. This experience made John the “go to guy” for a smooth transition when McWane purchased Tyler Pipe in 1995. And as they say, the rest is history. John has been at the helm of the Finance Department at Tyler Pipe for the past 20 years and has seen them through thick and thin, good times and bad.
John was instrumental in the success of Tyler Pipe so they wanted to throw him a special retirement party. The big event took place on April 1 and John was overwhelmed when he arrived at the party to see McWane President Ruffner Page, Plumbing Group Vice President Kurt Winter, Anaco General Manager Bill Kenney, Tyler Pipe General Manager Greg Simmons and about 110 of his closest friends.
John stated, “I was humbled, overwhelmed, overjoyed and astonished by the reception that I received.”
As the evening came to an end, John thanked everyone for coming and said he appreciated the opportunity to be affiliated with such a great group of people at Tyler Pipe. He concluded by saying “There is nowhere else in the world that I would rather be than right here in Tyler, Texas where I built a career, raised his family and put down roots.”
John has been a sailor since 1974 and he recently purchased a boat which is now sitting in dry dock on Lake Michigan. John and his wife Kitty will ride the waves for three months out of the year and reside in Tyler the remainder of the time. The Tyler Pipe team is experiencing the end of an era with John’s departure. They will sure miss Captain Springer at the helm of the ship but wish him well as he and Kitty sail off into the sunset.