November 12, 2018
On November 6, Chief of Police Anne Kirkpatrick, Deputy Chief of Police Darren Allison and Chief of Staff Lt. Dominique Arotzarena visited AB&I to meet with Michael Lowe and Zeydi Gutierrez and to tour the foundry. Deputy COP Allison had driven by numerous times and never realized that there was a foundry there. They came with an open mind and ready to learn as much as possible about AB&I’s business, culture and legacy in Oakland.
Michael gave the visitors an overview of AB&I’s history, operations and culture and Zeydi talked about their outreach efforts and thanked them for patrolling the areas where AB&I volunteers were working during the recent neighborhood cleanup. Michael took them on a tour of the foundry and they were fascinated with the operations. They were particularly surprised at what they saw inside in terms of the intricacy of what AB&I makes and how it is made. They were also extremely impressed with the longevity of our team members and how rooted AB&I is in Oakland as a legacy business.
AB&I provides a gun melt service to the Oakland Police Department as well as other police departments from surrounding communities and Chief Kirkpatrick expressed an interest in attending the next event.