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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Tours Sloan Headquarters, Discusses Water Efficiency and Manufacturing Jobs.

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 Sloan employees.

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 marketplace.”

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Durbin was 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 worldwide.

For more information, contact Sloan, 10500 Seymour Avenue, Franklin Park, IL 60131. Telephone 800-9-VALVE-9 (982-5839) or visit




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