The Manchester Tank Way

Our Principles and Values

Our company has a proud heritage of hard working people, who for over 75 years have manufactured high quality products for our country and the world.

The glory of business is not to make money out of it alone, but to make progress in it, to develop men and methods and products to improve the ‘state of the art.'

J. R. McWane

The Manchester Way Compass

Based on The McWane Way Compass, Manchester Tank is dedicated to our parent company's (McWane, Inc.) philosophy first outlined by the founder J.R. McWane in 1920 encompassing integrity, competence, respect and fairness.

The Manchester Way Compass is provided as a personal guide to help team members navigate through situations they encounter daily at work. As part of the renewed focus on The Manchester Way, all team members are expected to know these principles, values and behaviors.

The Manchester Way

The Manchester Way ensures higher levels of safety and environmental performance in all our operations. It also improves communications, relationships and work performance at all levels of our organization. The Manchester Way Compass includes eight core principles to guide our team members:

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    Every human life is valuable, and we are committed to protecting the life and health of every team member. We expect our team members to work safely. We do not accept unsafe behavior. At Manchester Tank, we do it safely or not at all.

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    We are stewards of the environment. Our responsibility goes beyond producing products of superior quality and earning profits. We are strongly committed to protecting our planet. When we protect our planet, we protect our team members and the common good of our communities. The Manchester Way protects the environment for generations. We are good corporate citizens. We are good neighbors in the communities where we live and work.

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    We are responsible people doing responsible work. Accountability builds self-respect, creates pride of association and is essential to achieve high levels of safe and efficient productivity. We expect team members to own their decisions and outcomes while we exercise fairness in evaluating results.

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    We have high standards. We are proud to be industry leaders, and we work hard to keep it that way. We expect valuable contributions from all our team members through their workmanship and the sharing of ideas. We are proud of our products. We are proud of our processes. We are proud of our people and their commitment to excellence. We know excellence is a journey, not a destination. Continuous improvement is The Manchester Way.

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    Trust keeps business and personal relationships functioning at their highest levels. When we trust each other, we build stronger relationships and create the “Speed of Trust.” With trust, everything we want to achieve together is easier and takes less time. This contributes to the sustainability of our business by reducing costs and increasing team morale.

  • Teamwork


    We are a team. We are at our best when every team member contributes their knowledge, skill, and experience. Dignity and respect is the non-negotiable baseline for all teams at all times. The Manchester Way reflects our history, our work, and our pride of association. No individual can consistently outperform a team. We work together. We win together.

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    Our business depends on the candid exchange of clear information. What we communicate matters. Getting the right information … to the right people … at the right time is an essential element of our success. How we communicate matters. We are open, honest and direct. At the same time, we are constructive, and respectful. Fast and effective communication helps us do our jobs better and helps keep our company competitive.

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    At Manchester Tank, we value and encourage courageous leadership. Regardless of our positions or jobs, we all have opportunities to lead. When we lead ourselves well, we have the potential to influence others in positive ways.