A newly announced business expansion means new jobs for the area. (Image: MGNOnline)

Officials announced Tuesday that Mueller Water Products will expand its operations in Chattanooga and create 96 jobs over the next three years.

Local and state officials applauded the expansion.

“I’m encouraged by the creation of nearly 100 quality jobs in Chattanooga and look forward to the continued impact Mueller Water Products will have for the citizens of Southeast Tennessee,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe said in a prepared statement.

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Mueller Water Products will invest in its domestic manufacturing capabilities and introduce additive manufacturing technologies to its foundries, according to a news release.

The Chattanooga facility expansion is driven by growing demand for water infrastructure products among municipalities and will support the expected future demand as America rebuilds its aging infrastructure, according to a news release.

“This is an exciting time for our company and we are very pleased to bring more job opportunities to the Chattanooga community,” Mueller Water Products CEO Scott Hall said in a prepared statement. “The expansion of our Chattanooga facility will allow us to address the growing demand for U.S. manufactured water infrastructure products while also investing in growing cities like Chattanooga.”

The company plans to begin hiring between January and March 2019.

“Companies like Mueller Water Products are driving Chattanooga’s wage growth and low unemployment,” Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said in a prepared statement.

It currently employs 604 Tennesseans and has additional locations in Cleveland and Chattanooga’s Innovation District.

“Mueller Water Products is a longstanding company locally with a history of creating solid jobs for Hamilton County residents,” Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said in a prepared statement. “I congratulate the company on its latest expansion and wish it every success for the future.”

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