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Through internal growth and acquisition Mueller is one of the largest producers of copper tube in the world and is the only U.S. copper tube manufacturer that also makes copper fittings. Mueller offers a full line of copper tube and coated tube products for plumbing, air conditioning, refrigeration and various other applications. Mueller has invested millions to improve and expand its copper tube manufacturing capability. These investments improved all major manufacturing processes including casting extrusion, drawing and finishing. We are dedicated to being one of the most efficient tube mills ensuring reliable supply of the broadest possible product line for our customers.
Mueller established an unparalleled reputation in the refrigeration market with dehydrated and nitrogen purged and sealed service tube. The Nitrogenized process patented by Mueller reduces oxidation to an absolute minimum in hard length tube and is clearly the preference of industry professionals.
Excelling in the production and distribution of the finest quality copper and brass products is the foundation upon which Mueller Industries operates. Since its inception in 1917 as Mueller Metals Company and later Mueller Brass Company in Port Huron, Michigan, the company has been a leader in the development of new products and innovative manufacturing processes. Mueller Industries, Inc., is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (MLI), and has annual worldwide sales in excess of one billion dollars. The company provides the broadest tube and fitting product line available from a single source in the United States for plumbing and refrigeration applications.
Today, more than ever before, wholesalers, original equipment manufacturers, and retail distribution chains have more to focus on than just Mueller copper tube and fittings. It has all come about through an aggressive investment in manufacturing and distribution facility expansion, modernization and acquisitions. During the 1990's Mueller invested approximately $300 million for capital improvements. Mueller is committed to reinvesting in its manufacturing operations to ensure its competitive position. No other company in our industry can match this level of commitment to customers. Mueller's acquisitions are just as significant as the capital improvements. Over the same period, Mueller completed several acquisitions that have strengthened and expanded its core business offering. These acquisitions have enabled Mueller to broaden its product line with complementary products.
Offering the widest selection of products and the most production capability is just the beginning of Mueller's commitment to customers. What pulls it all together is the dedication to superior customer service. It starts with a seasoned sales force of factory sales representatives and agents that receive extensive training in Mueller's own university type facility. An integrated customer service facility allows the same service representative to support the customer from order entry through order fulfillment. Strategically located distribution facilities ensure products take the most direct route from manufacturing to customer delivery. What does it all mean to the customer? The answer is efficiency. The result is better economics and better economics means more opportunity for our customers to focus on what's most important to them - their own bottom lines. Isn't it time for you to change your focus on Mueller?