Mueller Water Products to Close U.S. Pipe Manufacturing Plant in North Birmingham
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Mueller Water Products, Inc. today announced that U.S.
Pipe and Foundry Company LLC (U.S. Pipe) will close its ductile iron pipe
manufacturing plant in North Birmingham, Alabama by March 31, 2010, eliminating
approximately 260 positions.
Production from the North Birmingham plant will be
managed using existing capacity at U.S. Pipe's Bessemer, Alabama and Union
City, California facilities.
Over the past three years, U.S. Pipe has focused on
streamlining and upgrading its operations to improve safety and quality, and
reduce costs. Most significantly, the Company invested in a new automated
ductile iron pipe manufacturing process that increases quality and output while
substantially reducing costs. A facility for this new manufacturing technology
was built adjacent to its Bessemer, Alabama facility. More…