U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
Tours Sloan Headquarters, Discusses Water Efficiency and
U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) visited Sloan’s Franklin Park,
Ill., headquarters and factory on March 26, during which he
discussed water efficiency, the strong market for green products
and manufacturing jobs with Sloan President Jim Allen and other
Sen. Durbin emphasized Sloan’s importance as a U.S. manufacturer
that has made its water-efficient commercial plumbing systems in the
Chicago area since 1906. “Green businesses, like Sloan Valve, are
the future of manufacturing,” he said. “The company is growing its
business with innovative products that also benefit the environment.
After spending an hour with the company’s leadership and meeting
several employees on the factory floor, it’s easy to see why Sloan
has been a respected member of the Franklin Park community.”
Allen concurred that the green building movement was a hot topic
with the group. “Sloan’s emphasis on manufacturing water- and
energy-efficient plumbing systems has been a key part of Sloan’s
growth in the commercial plumbing market, especially as more
buildings seek LEED® and more building owners understand the
financial and environmental benefits of having plumbing systems that
use less water,” said Allen.
Sloan manufactures water closet and urinal flush valves, faucets
and other commercial plumbing systems that use water efficiently.
Company representatives have been active in providing education
regarding sustainability and in promoting the development of the
green market, especially with U.S.-made products such as Sloan’s.
Allen, for instance, recently spoke about this topic at a
Congressional hearing sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council
in Washington, D.C.
As Durbin toured the factory, Allen provided a brief tutorial on
flush valves and information about Sloan in general, which has more
than 1,000 employees. When Durbin noted how some manufacturers have
reported difficulty in finding qualified labor, Allen said that
Sloan has been fortunate to have a solid, talented work force,
represented by Local Union 7999 United Steel Workers of America.
“Part of Sloan’s vision is our partnership we have with the union
and the investment we continually make in training,” said Allen.
“It’s what really keeps our product the quality choice in the
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accompanied by Franklin Park Village President Barrett Pedersen,
who spoke highly of Sloan as a business that has contributed to
the local and state economy. “We appreciate how Sloan has been a
major employer and is at the very heart of what this city is
about,” said Pedersen.
Sloan is the world’s
leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing systems and has been in
operation since 1906. Headquartered in Franklin Park, Illinois, the
company is at the forefront of the green building movement and
provides sustainable restroom solutions by manufacturing
water-efficient products such as flush valves, electronic faucets
and soap dispensing systems, sink systems and vitreous china
fixtures for commercial, industrial and institutional markets
For more information,
contact Sloan, 10500 Seymour Avenue, Franklin Park, IL 60131.
Telephone 800-9-VALVE-9 (982-5839) or visit