October 31, 2012 at 16:49 PM EDT
Anvil(R) International Unveils the Most Advanced Coupling

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Oct. 31, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anvil® International, one of the largest and most complete manufacturers of pipe fittings, pipe hangers and piping support systems in the world, introduced its revolutionary SlideLOK™ rigid coupling September 24 at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2012 in Las Vegas.

SlideLOK's unique design allows for fast, easy and safe installation. The installer simply lubricates the exposed gasket surfaces and slides the coupling completely over the pipe end, where it securely remains until the installer adds the adjacent component and slides the coupling into place. An impact or socket wrench tightens the two bolts to finish the job.

SlideLOK features a patented coupling and pressure-responsive gasket with four separate sealing contacts that engage the groove 360 degrees around the pipe. A specially developed leading edge eliminates gasket pinching, and the gasket lips facilitate easy slide-over action. The pressure-responsive gasket uses technology unique to the industry and only available with the SlideLOK couplings.

"We believe SlideLOK will have a significant impact on the grooved piping industry," said Brandon Gunnell, marketing director at Anvil. "Once people see the superior design and safety in action, SlideLOK will be the obvious choice." Bill Vivlamore, president of Frontier Supply, agrees, stating "SlideLOK is the most advanced ready for installation coupling ever developed."

SlideLOK is the result of extensive research and development by Anvil. The development team also participated in thorough field testing to assess and perfect the coupling's performance prior to its release.

"We completed extensive research and testing before releasing SlideLOK," said Joe Radzik, vice president of R&D at Anvil. "Now our customers will have the opportunity to benefit from its technically superior design."

About Anvil® International

Anvil® International is one of the largest and most complete manufacturers of pipe fittings, pipe hangers and piping support 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) with its headquarters at 1200 Abernathy Road, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30328. For more information, please contact Anvil's corporate offices at 603-418-2828, 2 Holland Way, Exeter, NH 03833, or visit anvilintl.com

About Mueller Water Products, Inc.

Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA) is a leading manufacturer and marketer of products and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water.  Our broad portfolio includes engineered valves, fire hydrants, metering products and systems, leak detection and pipe condition assessment. We help municipalities increase operational efficiencies, improve customer service and prioritize capital spending, demonstrating why Mueller Water Products is Where Intelligence Meets Infrastructure™.  The piping component systems produced by Anvil help build connections that last in commercial, industrial and oil & gas applications. Visit us at www.muellerwaterproducts.com.

CONTACT:  Media Contact: John Pensec
          Sr. Director - Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
          Phone: 770-206-4240
          Email: jpensec@muellerwp.com

          Customer Contact: Brandon Gunnell
          Director of Marketing 
          Phone: 603.422.8000
          Email: bgunnell@anvilintl.com
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