Last updateTue, 25 Feb 2020 5pm

Mueller Water Products Brass Foundry Under Construction

Construction has begun on one of the world’s largest modern finished goods brass foundries in Decatur, IL. Mueller Water Products’ new facility is expected to employ 250 workers to help increase production capacity and meet the growing within the water infrastructure industry.

Mueller was founded in Decatur in 1857 by German immigrant Hieronymus Mueller. Building the new brass foundry in the same city that Mueller was born is a full circle moment in the company’s 162 years of history.

“We started Mueller here in Decatur in 1857 and have been lucky enough to be in business here for over 160 years, and we are very excited about this groundbreaking and putting this brand-new foundry here in Decatur,” said senior vice president of sales and marketing Chad Mize. “We believe this investment will allow our organization, as well as the city, to thrive for the next 160 years. This foundry is going to be one of the most modern, state of the art, brass foundries in the world.”

Spirax Sarco Celebrates 30 Years of Professional Accreditation

Spirax Sarco is celebrating three decades of course-accreditation from City & Guilds Group. Beginning in 1989, the relationship was born out of a decision by The Dairy Trade Federation and City & Guilds to introduce a skills testing scheme for the validation and accreditation of maintenance engineers in the dairy industry. This led to the introduction of a nationally recognized certificate in the UK.

Explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing Claims Two Lives

At approximately 4:25 am on January 24, 2020, an explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing rocked NW Houston and could be heard from as far as 30 miles away. Two people died in the blast, both of whom are Watson employees.

According to Houston police, hundreds of homes near the site report some level of damage.

Metso Centralizing European Warehouse Operations

As part of its global distribution and logistics footprint development, Metso is initiating consultations to evaluate the potential centralization of its warehousing operations in Europe.

During the consultations, Metso will evaluate the different options related to the continuation of its current warehouse operations in nine locations in Norway, Sweden, the UK, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey and Russia. The consultations affect approximately 40 employees and are related only to the warehouse operations.

Crane Co. Acquires CIRCOR Instrumentation & Sampling

On Dec. 30, 2019, CIRCOR reported that it's agreed to sell CIRCOR Instrumentation & Sampling to Crane Co. The transaction is expected to close early in the first quarter of 2020 and the complete transition will take place in the following months. CIRCOR Instrumentation & Sampling brands included in the sale include Hoke valves, Gyrolok fittings, Go regulators, CircorTech sample-conditioning products, Texas Sampling and Dopak sampling systems.


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