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]