Rick Laviolette Joins Anvil International as Vice President for Anvil Engineered Pipe Supports

Rick Laviolette joins Anvil InternationalPortsmouth, NH., (March 11, 2011) — Anvil International, one of the largest and most complete manufacturers of pipe fittings, pipe hangers and piping support systems in the world, announced that Rick Laviolette has joined the company as vice president and general manager of Anvil Engineered Pipe Supports (EPS). Anvil International is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA), a leading North American provider of water infrastructure products and services.

Laviolette’s background includes 29 years of diversified management experience in sales, manufacturing and applications engineering. Prior to joining Anvil, he was president of Resolute Composite Technologies, a custom producer of high technology products for the marine, industrial, aerospace, medical, consumer products and defense industries. Previously, Laviolette was also vice president and senior partner at Pixley Richard, a manufacturer of engineered precision technical components, serving the global industrial, automotive, defense, electronic and medical industries. He was credited for leading highly successful initiatives that opened up new markets.

Laviolette has also held a variety of senior management, engineering and sales positions at Eastman Chemical, General Electric and Hasbro.

“Laviolette’s broad experience across multiple markets and his proven ability to transform businesses in ways that give them globally sustainable competitive advantages, makes him uniquely qualified to lead and grow our engineered pipe support business,” said Thomas E. Fish, president of Anvil International.

Laviolette will be responsible for all aspects of the EPS operation, with a particular focus on expanding the division globally. He will be based out of Anvil’s main EPS facility in North Kingstown, RI.

“Joining the Mueller Water Products/Anvil team and contributing to the total enterprise with fresh ideas is exciting,” said Laviolette. “The transformation and strategic vision for EPS is rooted in achieving world class operational excellence and revenue expansion in the global marketplace. Discipline, efficiency, creativity and sustainability will be the cornerstone from which we will build our future. This is truly both a challenging and exciting time for our business and I am thrilled to be taking the helm.”

Laviolette is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society for Testing and Materials, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

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About Anvil International
Anvil International is one of the largest and most complete manufacturers of pipe fittings, pipe hangers and piping supports systems in the world. For more than 150 years, Anvil has provided the highest–quality pipe products and services with integrity and dedication to superior customer service. The company offers expertise and product solutions for a wide range of applications, from plumbing and mechanical, HVAC, industrial and fire protection, to mining and oil and gas. Anvil offers products and services worldwide. Its manufacturing facilities are located in Pennsylvania (ISO 9001:2008 certified), Tennessee (ISO 9001:2008 certified), Texas (ISO 9001:2008 certified) and Rhode Island (ISO 9001:2008 certified). Anvil is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA). For more information, please contact Anvil’s corporate offices at 603–418–2800, 2 Holland Way, Exeter, NH 03038, or visit