New foundry will produce lead-free plumbing products
Participants in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new lead-free foundry at the Watts Water Franklin Facility included, from left, Watts senior officers Tim O'Neil, Ken LePage, Gov. Maggie Hassan, Watts' Tyler Stone, retired Watts' CEO Tim Horne, current Watts CEO David Coghlan, and Watts' Ken Chandler. (DAN SEUFERT PHOTO)
The new foundry was built in response to the new federal Lead Free law, which takes effect on Jan. 4, 2014. Lead plumbing products are a health risk as they can pass the deadly chemical element on to humans when lead plumbing products make contact with water.
"I find it incredibly encouraging," she said.
Rep. Leigh Webb, D-Merrimack District 3 and a Franklin resident, said the foundry's construction is quite significant to the state's business climate.
Watts Water Technologies, founded 138 years ago, has 6,000 people employed at the company's 70 facilities around the world. The original Webster Valve plant was established on 42 acres of land in Franklin after Watts outgrew the capabilities of its original manufacturing plant in Lawrence, Mass.
In 1977, a 44,000-square-foot foundry was added, and in 2003, Watts also added a 43,000- square-foot regional distribution center to the Franklin plant.
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