Pritzker Administration, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Celebrate Upcoming Construction of new Foundry in Decatur

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[August 12, 2019] 

Following months of conversation between the administration and Mueller Water Products, Inc., Governor Pritzker and Acting Director Erin Guthrie celebrated Mueller’s announcement of plans to construct a state-of-the-art foundry in Decatur.

The new foundry will allow Mueller, which was been operating in Decatur since 1857, to increase production capacity and better serve the needs of their customers, both within the U.S. and abroad.

“Manufacturing has been a cornerstone of Illinois’ economy for decades, and Mueller has long played a significant role in our state’s success in the industry,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “With this renewed investment in the Decatur community, Mueller proves that Illinois has the skilled workforce and resources that businesses need to grow and thrive in our state.”

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Upon completion, the foundry will employ up to 250 Illinoisans and will be one of the largest finished goods brass foundries in the world. Currently, Mueller’s Decatur operations make products and parts for valves and hydrants.

“Mueller has been a major job creator and contributor to Illinois’ manufacturing industry for over 100 years. Thanks to Governor Pritzker’s ongoing commitment to supporting the business community and providing them with the tools they need to grow, Mueller will be able to expand their presence in Decatur and create earning opportunities for the next generation of working people,” said Erin Guthrie, Acting Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

[Office of the Governor JB Pritzker]

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