"The divestiture of U.S. Pipe enables us to focus on our higher-margin businesses and newer technology initiatives," said Gregory E. Hyland, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mueller Water Products. "We believe that with this enhanced focus, the true potential of these initiatives will become more apparent to both our customers and stockholders. The ductile iron pipe business has been volatile, which has negatively impacted our financial performance and, we believe, masked the true value of our overall business. We have a solid platform for growth, and we believe the financial flexibility generated from the sale of U.S. Pipe, coupled with our strategic vision, will increase our ability to more profitably grow our business."
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