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New foundry opens in Franklin

A new Watts Water Technologies foundry that will specialize in producing lead-free plumbing products opened in Franklin on Friday.

The facility, located at 583 Main St., is 30,000 square feet and will exclusively manufacture lead-free products. It’s construction cost about $11 million and will create about 15 new jobs, according to the Watts’ website. The company already employs more than 500 people in Franklin and will now have 75,000 square feet of manufacturing space in the city.

“Building this new foundry signals our ongoing commitment to producing the highest-quality plumbing products for our customers, investing in the New Hampshire community, and manufacturing quality products domestically,” said Judi D’Amico of Watts Water Technologies, in a press release.

The new foundry complies with standards in the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which will go into effect at the start of 2014 and prevents plumbing companies from selling products with lead in them.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building Friday.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or or on Twitter at @kronayne.)

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