Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE: MWA) based in Atlanta Mueller Water Products is a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of water infrastructure and flow control products for use in water distribution networks and treatment facilities. Mueller Water Products also acts as a distributor, especially in Canada, for products that are manufactured by other companies. Mueller Water Products broad product portfolio includes engineered valves, hydrants, pipe fittings and ductile iron pipe, which are used by municipalities, as well as the commercial and residential construction, oil and gas, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (“HVAC”) and fire protection industries. Our products enjoy leading market positions due to their broad brand recognition and a reputation for quality and service within the markets we serve. We believe we have one of the largest installed bases of iron gate valves and fire hydrants in the United States, and, as of September 30, 2007, our installed products included approximately three million fire hydrants and approximately nine million iron gate valves. Because of the strength of our brands and products, our products are specified for use in all of the top 50 metropolitan areas in the United States. Mueller Water Products large installed base, broad product range and well-known brands have led to long-standing relationships with the key distributors in the industry. Mueller Water Products diverse end markets, extensive distributor and end-user relationships, acquisition strategy and leading market position have contributed to strong operating margins and sales growth.
Marietta (Martie) Edmunds Zakas has been Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Investor Relations, since November 2006. Before joining the Company, from September 2001 through August 2006, Ms. Zakas served in various positions at Russell Corporation, an athletic apparel, footwear and equipment company, culminating in her role as corporate vice president, chief of staff, business development and treasurer. Prior to joining Russell Corporation in 2001, Ms. Zakas served as corporate vice president, director of investor relations and corporate secretary for Equifax, Inc., a consumer and commercial credit reporting agency, from 1993 to 2000. Ms. Zakas also served as Equifax’s treasurer, as well as executive assistant to the Chairman and CEO. Ms. Zakas earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, a Master’s of Business Administration from the Colgate-Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.