As we approach the 15
anniversary of the events of 9/11, you will be seeing TV shows and news reports about the original World Trade Center. Likely, these reports will include the rebuilding efforts underway in lower Manhattan. Milwaukee Valve is honored to have played an important role in those efforts, with our products being utilized throughout the site on the many projects already completed, as well as those that are ongoing.
The original World Trade Center consisted of seven buildings, with the towers being the focal point of the 16-acre development. All seven buildings were lost in the attack.
The new World Trade Center is composed of five majestic office towers, over half a million square feet of shopping and dining space, and a serene eight-acre Memorial Plaza. Set within the footprints of the original Twin Towers are two of the largest manmade waterfalls in the United States. The names of each person who lost their life in the terror attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 are inscribed in the stone around the twin Memorial pools. Sixty of Milwaukee Valve's M Series butterfly valves (ranging in size from 16" to 24") were used in the waterfall pumping stations.
Milwaukee Valve gate, globe, check, and ball valves were used throughout the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and thousands of ball valves were used in the onsite Vehicle Security Center. These installations are in addition to the products used in the HVAC systems at 7 World Trade, and in the plumbing systems at 1 World Trade.
Milwaukee Valve Marine also played a role in these events. Steel recovered from the site during the recovery effort was used to construct the USS New York, a new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Built by Northrop Grumman/Avondale, LPD 21 was commissioned by the US Navy on November 9, 2009 and utilizes a full complement of Milwaukee Valve Marine products from Prairie du Sac, WI.
In addition to the honor of participation, Milwaukee Valve also received a Commendation from the Fire Commissioner of the City of New York in 2005 for our support in the rebuilding of Engine and Ladder Company 10, which was also destroyed on 9/11. However, we were involved even earlier in the reconstruction, as we built and shipped butterfly valves to the Pentagon on Sept. 12, 2001, to help in their immediate needs to secure the buildings' mechanical systems.
Our quality, reputation and service are what earned Milwaukee Valve the honor of participation in the efforts to rebuild the World Trade Center. That reputation was earned over decades of service and providing solutions, and is something we take pride in every day.