AMERICAN Receives Top Honors at ACE14

AFC Territory Manager Rick Ratcliffe (left) receives the John Lechner Award of Excellence from AWWA Manufacturers/Associates Council Chair and ADIP District Manager Christopher Jarrett (right) during ACE14.

Ratcliffe Receives AWWA Award of Excellence 

AMERICAN Flow Control Territory Manager Rick Ratcliffe received the John Lechner Award of Excellence during the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibition June 8-12.

This national award is given to an AWWA Manufacturers/Associates Council member who displays exemplary service to the drinking water community and AWWA’s mission and goals. Ratcliffe was nominated by the AWWA Florida Section, which presented him with the regional Award of Excellence.

Ratcliffe joined AMERICAN in 1991, and has worked in the waterworks industry for more than 40 years. He joined the Florida Section of AWWA in 1984, and has served in various roles including Fall Conference chair, Manufacturers/Associates Council (MAC) chair, and Florida Section chair in 2011-2012. Ratcliffe also helped develop the first MAC New Technology Showcase, which provides training to local utilities. In addition, he received the MAC Council Member Award in 2002 and the Allen B. Roberts Jr. Award for outstanding service to the Florida Section in 2009.

Ratcliffe lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife Helen Lorenzo Ratcliffe. They have two adult children, Ryan and Kerri.


“Revolutionary Flow Control” Ad Wins Best in Advertising Award from AWWA   

Pictured from left to right are: AWWA Territory Sales Manager Pam Fithian, AWWA Director of Sales Jane Johnson, Manufacturers/Associates Council Chair and ADIP District Manager Christopher Jarrett, and AFC Marketing and Technical Manager Derek Scott.

AMERICAN Flow Control’s (AFC) “Revolutionary Flow Control” ad received the Journal – American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Silver Award for Excellence. The ad highlights AFC’s American-made hydrants and is time specific to the Revolutionary War. Winning advertisements were selected based on their creativity, originality, impact and message delivery. Award winners were recognized at this year’s AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition June 8-12, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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AMERICAN, founded in 1905, is a manufacturer of ductile iron pipe, spiral-welded steel pipe, fire hydrants and valves for the waterworks industry and electric-resistance steel pipe for the oil and natural gas industries. AMERICAN’s diversified product line also includes static castings and fire pumps.