Innovative Water Systems History
Zurn Water Solutions Heritage

At the turn of the twentieth century, John A. Zurn purchased Erie City Iron Works’ backwater valve patterns and set up shop manufacturing values and other plumbing products that addressed building owner and end-user challenges.

Innovative water systems and customer-centricity have been cornerstones of our business ever since.

Water Safety and Control

"During the Great Depression, the business turned its attention to the vital businesses of water safety and control. The 1940s brought a shift to boilers to support the war effort. Drainage became a focus in the late 1940s, along with a commitment to making installation easier for contractors."

Continued Growth in Water Technologies 

By the 1970s, looking for new areas to grow, Zurn acquired the Wilkins Regulator Company, bringing on board the innovative technology and product line that now covers fire protection, connected products, and every valve and backflow preventer in between. The 1980s likewise brought expansion, with the addition of flush valves.

After a short period of ownership by Jacuzzi, Zurn was purchased by Rexnord in 2007, bringing together two organizations with long-standing heritage and a shared focus on innovative water solutions for the customer.

The acquisition of Green Turtle in 2014 brought additional opportunity, with its patented interceptor systems that expanded our focus beyond building walls. Recent years also increased the urgency of improving water quality, efficiency, and water conservation for the good of business and the planet.

We’re the product of our history and excited about our future.