Aug 12, 2013

Lead-Free Foundry Expansion Project Completed

New lead-free facility is Watts Water's largest facility in North America

Watts Water Technologies Lead Free Facility Expansion PMAlliance

Watts Water Technologies Inc. recently completed a multimillion-dollar, 30,000-sq-ft expansion to its foundry in Franklin, N.H., with the help of PMAlliance project management support. The new facility is Watts Water's largest in North America and will produce lead-free products exclusively. This expansion utilizes foundry technology and reflects the company's commitment to the federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which goes into effect in January 2014.

In July 2012, PMAlliance Inc., a Stone Mountain, Ga., company, was contracted by Watts Water to assist its team with implementing a project management planning and control process for the new foundry. The planning approach was based on PMAlliance's duration-driven methodology. Through a combination of up-front project planning and ongoing support, PMAlliance was able to help the Watts Water team deliver the lead-free facility project in an accelerated timeframe. From groundbreaking in August 2012 to first production in May 2013, the project was accomplished in just less than nine months.

"This project had a very tight deadline in order for us to meet the requirements of the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act and our customers' demands. PMAlliance played a critical role in keeping all of the project details on track and keeping us informed as the project progressed," said Tyler Stone, director of operations for Watts Water Technologies' Franklin facility.