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Watts Opens New Lead-Free Facility in New Hampshire Watts Water Technologies Inc. cut


the ribbon on its new metalcasting facility in Franklin, N.H., June 21. Te $20 million, 30,000-sq.-ft. expansion to its campus has been designed from the ground up to produce lead free valves and other plumbing products exclusively. Te existing metalcasting facility will continue production and plans are underway for updates to that operation, as well. Tis investment was made in re-


sponse to the new federal lead free law, which takes effect in January 2014. “Since groundbreaking last August,


the activity level has been at a frenzied pace,” said Tyler Stone, director of operations, who congratulated vari- ous operational groups for their hard work and for overcoming production obstacles as the project was underway. Te new facility was engineered by


Foundry Solutions & Design, Alpharetta, Ga., using some of the latest technology from Inductotherm, Simpson Technologies, General


Watts Water Technologies CEO David Coghlan cuts the ribbon on the new 30,000-sq.-ft. facility.


Kinematics and Hunter Foundry Machinery, among others. CEO David Coghlan hosted an event for more than 400 current and


retired employees, the mayor and state governor Maggie Hassan. Te facility was dedicated to retired CEO Tim Horne. Headquartered in North Andover,


Mass., the Watts Water Technologies family of companies designs and man- ufactures valves and related products for commercial, residential, industrial and municipal applications. Its 2011 net sales were $1.44 billion and it has approximately 5,800 employees world- wide in 31 facilities.


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Watts’ existing metalcasting facility will continue operation, manufacturing components not affected by the new law, which pertains to potable water.


Using the Actable App, scan this page to see a slideshow of the new facility. For instructions on how to use the app, see page 16.


Palmer Foundry, Palmer, Mass., has announced plans to expand and make further improvements to its metalcast- ing facility. Masslive.com reports the company recently received town ap- proval to add another 10,000 sq. ft.


Palmer Foundry to Expand Aluminum Casting Facility According to company president


Robert M. Logan, Palmer Foundry ships cast aluminum parts across the U.S. and to Europe, Canada, China and other parts of Asia. Palmer manufactures components for LED


light fixtures, medical and scientific equipment, as well as motors and other industrial applications. It has trademarked aluminum alloys includ- ing HyDuct5, which is designed to bend, not break.


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