Mueller Water Products to Build State-of-the-Art Foundry in Decatur, IL Investment enhances company’s position as an industry leading supplier of American-made brass components; strengthens local economy

DECATUR, Illinois, August 7, 2019 –The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County (EDC) joins leaders from Mueller Water Products, Inc. (“Mueller” – NYSE: MWA) to announce the company’s plans to build a new, state-of-the-art foundry in Decatur.

The foundry, planned for 2700 N. Jasper Street, will be one of the largest state-of-the-art, finished goods brass foundries in the world. The new facility will increase production capacity to meet current and future demands of Mueller customers and the industry.

“Mueller is committed to continuing to build and strengthen our American manufacturing footprint,” said Scott Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mueller. “Mueller has been in Decatur since the very beginning, and we are proud of the products that are built by our employees there. The new Decatur foundry is part of a multi-year project that will modernize our facility and provide operational efficiencies that will directly benefit our customers, employees and the local community. We look forward to continued work with the EDC and the city of Decatur.”

“We greatly appreciate Mueller for selecting Decatur for this exciting project,” says Ryan McCrady, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County. “Mueller has been a community partner since its founding in 1857, and their nearly 600 employees are a true representation of our community’s dedicated and high-quality workforce. This new foundry not only retains jobs in our community but will create jobs throughout the construction phase in Decatur and Macon County. The foundry will be the first of its kind to be built in the United States in generations.”

Up to 250 employees will work at the facility. Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in Fall 2019.

“We applaud Mueller for making this investment in the Decatur community,” said Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe, City of Decatur. “This is another great example of growing our economy through our established business base, and we are thankful that Mueller chose Decatur for this new foundry.”

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About the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County
The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County (EDC) is a nonprofit public-private partnership responsible for non-retail business attraction, expansion and retention efforts in Decatur & Macon County. Composed of a combination of leading private sector employers, labor, educational institutions and a variety of governmental bodies, the EDC is uniquely positioned to address the needs of Macon County’s existing business and employer base along with prospective businesses looking to locate in and around the Decatur, Illinois area. The EDC works with local, state and federal partners to provide economic, technical and training assistance to businesses in the Macon County area.

About Mueller Water Products
Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE: MWA) is a leading manufacturer and marketer of products
and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water in North America. Our broad product and service portfolio includes engineered valves, fire hydrants, pipe connection and repair products, metering products, leak detection, and pipe condition assessment. We help municipalities increase operational efficiencies, improve customer service and prioritize capital spending, demonstrating why Mueller Water Products is Where Intelligence Meets Infrastructure®. Visit us at www.muellerwaterproducts.com.

Mueller refers to one or more of Mueller Water Products, Inc. a Delaware corporation (“MWP”), and its subsidiaries. MWP and each of its subsidiaries are legally separate and independent entities when providing products and services. MWP does not provide products or services to third parties. MWP and each of its subsidiaries are liable only for their own acts and omissions and not those of each other. MWP brands include Mueller®, Echologics®, Hydro Gate®, Hydro-Guard®, HYMAX®, Jones®, Krausz®, Mi.Net®, Milliken®, Pratt®, Singer®, and U.S. Pipe Valve & Hydrant. Please see muellerwp.com/brands and krauszusa.com to learn more.

 

Contact:

Ryan McCrady, President
Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County
PH: 217-422-9520

Yolanda Kokayi, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
Mueller Water Products, Inc.
PH: 770-206-4131

Starting Your Business in Illinois Workshop

Join the Illinois Small Business Development Center, SCORE Decatur, and the EDC as we co-host a free workshop on “Starting Your Business in Illinois.” The event will take place from 10 AM to 12 PM on Friday, September 27th at the EDC office (101 South Main Street, Suite 600 in Decatur).

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • how to determine the feasibility of your entrepreneurial idea
  • the outline of a business plan
  • how to set up your business in Illinois
  • free and valuable resources and tools that are available to entrepreneurs
For more information and to register, please email Ch.Admin0296@ScoreVolunteer.org.

Become an EDC Insider!

Who are EDC Insiders? In short – you are. You grow when Decatur grows. That’s your bottom line and ours.

Your business needs employees, an exciting community and access to professional connections with the inside track. That’s what you get when you become an EDC Insider.

Here’s how we help:

  • Make connections for your business to the people and resources you need
  • Provide access to a small business development counselor
  • Connect to regional industry suppliers
  • Provide general industry research and local economic indicators and demographics
  • Guide site selections and site connections
  • Advocate politically for pro-business needs
  • Provide co-branded employee recruitment materials
  • Conduct business attraction efforts for Decatur
  • Support and guide community projects
  • Coordinate regional community efforts
  • Manage financial incentives for development

As an EDC Insider, here’s what you can expect to receive:

  • Annual personal meeting to discuss your needs to improve Decatur and your business
  • Annual forum with leadership training, EDC updates, and opportunity to voice your issues
  • Original, detailed research including survey creation and data analysis
  • Custom, annual and local market report focused on your industry and business
  • Targeted employee recruitment marketing with digital advertising and landing pages
  • Marketing toolkit with advice and guidance
  • Trailing spouse employment help
  • Individual project collaboration providing expertise on content, copy, graphic design, strategies and more

Interested? Click here for more information.

Starting Your Business in Illinois Workshop

Join the Illinois Small Business Development Center, SCORE Decatur, and the EDC as we co-host a free workshop on “Starting Your Business in Illinois.” The event will take place from 10 AM to 12 PM on Friday, June 14th at the EDC office (101 South Main Street, Suite 600 in Decatur).

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • how to determine the feasibility of your entrepreneurial idea
  • the outline of a business plan
  • how to set up your business in Illinois
  • free and valuable resources and tools that are available to entrepreneurs
For more information and to register, click here.

SBDC Hosts Free Webinars in May for World Trade Month

To help celebrate World Trade Month, the Illinois Small Business Development Center will be hosting three FREE webinars during the month of May. Click the links below for more information and to register.

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Trade Show Participation | May 22, 2019 | 2-3:30 PM
Trade shows can be an excellent venue to find new buyers, promote your products, and increase awareness of your brand. Learn the dos and don’ts of international trade shows, including preparing for, attending, and turning prospects into buyers after the show.

Introduction to Importing | May 30, 2019 | 12-1:30 PM
This webinar will cover all of the essential elements involved with importing goods into the U.S., including key topics such as finding a qualified supplier, tariff classification (HTS), logistics, import documentation, and customs procedures and compliance. This webinar aims to increase your confidence and awareness in working with overseas suppliers, freight forwarders and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

Introduction to Export Controls Under the EAR | May 31, 2019 | 12-2 PM
This webinar will provide information on the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which are administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. It will cover basic export control concepts one needs to understand in order to execute essential global business operations in a compliant manner. Subjects include who needs to comply, general prohibitions, record keeping, navigating the Commerce Control List (CCL), how to classify items on the CCL, how to determine license requirements, applying license exceptions, and more. The webinar will include examples and interactive Q&A to ensure participants leave with a working knowledge of the regulations to immediately apply to their own processes.

Illinois workNet Center Hosts Hiring Events in May

The Illinois workNet Center, partnering with Workforce Investment Solutions and Illinois Department of Employment Security, are hosting several Hiring Events during the month of May. The first is with the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The U.S. Census Bureau is looking to fill many positions for their upcoming 2020 census. Anyone interested should come to Workforce Investment Solutions, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, Decatur, Illinois to speak with the U.S.Census Bureau Representative. These positions will not affect Government Benefits: Snap, TANF, and Medicaid. Must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. Citizen. All potential applicants should come with a resume and dress appropriately for an interview.

Another hiring event will be hosted for Green House Weatherization on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Potential applicants can come to Workforce Investment Solutions, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, Decatur, Illinois, and interview directly with Green House Weatherization hiring staff. The company is looking to fill Laborer positions. Anyone interested should bring a copy of their resume and be dressed appropriately for an interview.

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, The Kelly Group will have a recruiting event at Workforce Investment Solutions office, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, Decatur, Illinois. Applicants can interview directly with The Kelly Group hiring staff. The company is seeking applicants to fill the following positions: Laborer, Welder, and Industrial Maintenance workers. Anyone interested should bring a copy of their resume and be dressed appropriately for an interview.

Another hiring event is for MPW Industrial Services, Inc., on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Potential applicants can come to Workforce Investment Solutions, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, Decatur, Illinois, and interview directly with MPW hiring staff. The company is looking to hire Laborers and Technicians, CDL Driver/Operators and Supervisors. Anyone interested should bring a copy of their resume and be dressed appropriately for an interview.

Turn to the Decatur Illinois workNet Center for assistance to connect to local partners, employers, explore job opportunities, and access to training programs for career pathways to employment
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For further information contact:
Jennie Wernecke, One Stop Coordinator
Workforce Investment Solutions
217-875-8707

Decatur Named A Best City for Electricians

A recent study by AdvisorSmith listed Decatur first as a best city in the country for electricians. The study compared electrician salaries, cost of living and job availability. It referenced that Decatur “retains its industrial heritage, as it serves as the home for large agricultural plants operated by Archer Daniels Midland and Tate & Lyle. It also hosts manufacturing facilities for Caterpillar. These plants provide many opportunities for electricians in Decatur, as the city has more than twice as many electrician jobs than the typical American city relative to the population.”

Read more about the ranking here.

Free QuickBooks Accounting Software Workshop

Gain a better understanding of QuickBooks software for your own business or your employer’s company with this free class presented by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which is geared towards those who are new to or just starting out with QuickBooks.*

Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 9 AM – 1 PM
Location: EDC of Decatur – Macon County Office
(101 South Main Street, Suite 600 in Decatur)

The session will focus on:

  • Setting Up a Company File
  • Getting Around in QuickBooks
  • Chart of Accounts
  • Working with Items
  • Working with Customers
  • Selling
  • Receiving Payments
  • Working with Vendors
  • Entering Bills
  • Paying Bills
  • Banking
  • Analyzing Financial Statements
  • Setting Up Sales Tax

RSVP: Free to attend, registration required to secure a spot (limited space available). Register here, email info@cusbdc.org, or call 217-378-8535. Lunch and all materials will be provided.

*This is designed for users who have less than six months of experience working with QuickBooks Desktop Version. Accounting basics will also be covered to serve as a foundation to operate the software correctly.

Illinois workNet Center Offers Job Readiness Skills Workshops

The Illinois workNet Center will be offering several useful workshops to assist the job seeker in bettering their chances of getting an interview and job offer.  In March, April and May, the Illinois workNet Center, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, will offer the following workshops:

The Interview Skills Workshop will focus on learning helpful tips on how to better prepare for an interview, how to answer some of the difficult interview questions, and how to make a positive impression at the interview.  This workshop is offered on March 4, April 3, and May 6, 2019 from 10:00 am-11:00 am.

The Resume Building Workshop will focus on understanding the purpose and features of a resume and learning how to avoid common writing mistakes and errors. This workshop is offered on March 14, April 11, and May 9, 2019 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am.

The Job Search Techniques Workshop will show the job seeker how to prepare and organize their job search, get a better understanding of job networking, and the benefits of networking and exploring online job sites.  This workshop is offered on March 18, April 15, and May 13, 2019 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

The Basic Computer Workshop will allow job seekers to brush up on their computer skills.  It will focus on a basic introduction to computers, email, Microsoft Windows, documents, and Internet browsers.  This workshop is offered on April 2, April 16, and April 30 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm,

The Basic Math Workshop will concentrate on how to solve basic math problems that that include fractions.  This workshop is geared to help the job seeker to be better prepared to handle the employer based math assessment tests that are a step in the employers’ employment process.  This workshop is offered on April 8, April 22, May 6, and May 20 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

Turn to the Decatur Illinois workNet Center for assistance to connect to local partners, employers, explore job opportunities, and access to training programs for career pathways to employment.

For further information contact:
Jennie Wernecke, One Stop Coordinator
Workforce Investment Solutions
217-875-8707

Illinois workNet Center Hosts Hiring Events

The Illinois workNet Center, partnering with Workforce Investment Solutions, is hosting a Hiring Event for Ring Container on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Potential applicants can come to Workforce Investment Solutions, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, Decatur, Illinois, and interview directly with Ring Container hiring staff.  Ring Container is looking to fill Warehouse and Machine Operator positions.  Anyone interested should bring a copy of their resume and be dressed appropriately for an interview.

Another hiring event between the Illinois workNet Center and Workforce Investment Solutions is with the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The U.S. Census Bureau is looking to fill many positions for their upcoming 2020 census and anyone interested should come to Workforce Investment Solutions, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, Decatur, Illinois to speak with the U.S.Census Bureau Representative.  All potential applicants should come with a resume and dress appropriately for an interview.

Turn to the Decatur Illinois workNet Center for assistance to connect to local partners, employers, explore job opportunities, and access to training programs for career pathways to employment.

For further information contact:
Jennie Wernecke, One Stop Coordinator
Workforce Investment Solutions
217-875-8707