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DECATUR – State Senator Andy Manar toured Mueller Co. in Decatur Wednesday to learn more about the manufacturer and issues of importance to the industry in Illinois.

Mueller Co. is a 160-year-old company with deep roots in Decatur. It was founded in 1857 by Hieronymus Mueller, and many of his patents continue to be in use today.

Mueller currently is one of the largest producers of valves and brass components for water systems. The company employs about 600 workers. Its foundry in Decatur is one of the largest brass foundries in the nation.

Manar toured the site with Mueller Co. plant manager Jim Clark. They were joined by Mark Denzler, vice president and chief operating officer of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association; Ryan McCrady, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County; and others.

Manar is a Bunker Hill Democrat, chairman of the Senate Appropriations II Committee and a member of the Senate Labor and Education committees.

Pictured above: Mueller Co. plant manager Jim Clark (second from left) leads State Senator Andy Manar, Mark Denzler of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association and Decatur economic development official Ryan McCrady on a tour of the factory Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (From left to right: Denzler, Clark, Manar, McCrady)

 

06202018 Manar Mueller 2 650Mueller Co. plant manager Jim Clark (middle) shows State Senator Andy Manar and Mark Denzler of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association a machine inside the Decatur factory during a tour Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (From left to right: Denzler, Clark, Manar)

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