Watts Water Technologies “Cuts Ribbon” on NH Foundry

  Watts Water Technologies “Cuts Ribbon” on NH Foundry

   30,000 sq. ft. Foundry Supports Company’s Lead Free Initiative, NH Jobs

Business Wire

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- June 28, 2013

Watts Water Technologies “cut the ribbon” on a multimillion dollar, 30,000
square foot foundry on June 21^st, an expansion to the Franklin, NH Facility
of one of its operating subsidiaries, which produces products for many of its
brands. New Hampshire state and local dignitaries, including Governor Maggie
Hassan and Franklin Mayor Kenneth Merrifield, joined officials from Watts
Water Technologies, Inc. to celebrate the occasion.

Participants in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Lead Free foundry at the
Watts Water Franklin Fa ...

Participants in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Lead Free foundry at the
Watts Water Franklin Facility included, from left, Watts Water senior officers
Tim O'Neil, Ken Lepage, Gov. Maggie Hassan, Watts Water Dean Freeman, retired
Watts Water CEO Tim Horne, and current Watts Water CEO David Coghlan (Photo:
Business Wire)

The new Lead Free foundry reflects the company’s commitment to proactively
meet the requirements of the “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act,” which
goes into effect in January 2014. The law establishes new limits on the lead
content in every pipe, fixture, and fitting used to convey water for human
consumption. The company’s new foundry will produce Lead Free products
exclusively.

“This is a great day for our company and its employees, our industry, and the
Franklin community,” said Watts Water Technologies CEO and President David
Coghlan, who noted that the new foundry will produce Lead Free versions of
products already produced in Franklin, and additional products, as well. “It
will enable us to be the ‘safe choice’ for Lead Free products, since we can
eliminate the possibility of cross contamination of materials. It will also
enable us to provide efficient and timely availability of products.”

Through the new foundry, the company is also supporting jobs in manufacturing.
“In locating our Lead Free foundry in Franklin, we are supporting New
Hampshire and U.S. jobs,” said Coghlan. “We are also recognizing our Franklin
team, which has continually demonstrated their commitment to manufacturing
excellence and innovation. We look forward to continuing to invest in Franklin
and expanding this facility.”

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan commended the company for the types of
products produced, which contribute to public health and safety, and for the
company’s educational efforts around the Lead Free initiative. She also
complimented the Franklin workforce, noting that the work effort here is
“extraordinary.” She added that the company is emblematic of the ingenuity
found across the Granite State. “We can make great things here,” she said,
“and share them across the world.”

Franklin Mayor Kenneth Merrifield noted how rare it is to have a manufacturing
facility that lasts 50 years, such as the Watts Water Franklin Facility, and
how quickly the new foundry came into being. He referred to meeting the
development challenge as a “remarkable accomplishment” and added
“congratulations to an absolutely fabulous company.”

Watt Water’s Franklin, NH Facility, which opened in 1959, has undergone 16
expansions since that time and has more than tripled in square footage. From
about 30 employees in 1959, the Franklin workforce has since grown to more
than 500 employees today. The Franklin plant manufactures and distributes
products that go to U.S. retailers, OEMs, and wholesale distributors, and it
is currently the company’s largest manufacturing facility in North America.

About Watts Water Technologies, Inc.:

Watts Water Technologies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a world leader in
the manufacture of innovative products to control the efficiency, safety, and
quality of water within residential, commercial, and institutional
applications. Its expertise in a wide variety of water technologies enables it
to be a comprehensive supplier to the water industry. For more information,
visit www.wattswater.com.

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Contact:

Watts Water Technologies, Inc.
Judi D’Amico, 724-524-1773
Public Relations
Judith.D’Amico@wattswater.com
 
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