Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, toured the Milwaukee Valve plant in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin on Nov. 20. Milwaukee Valve Company is the Navy’s largest supplier of shipboard valves.
“I was reading an article on all the great work that’s done up here and said ‘If I’m ever in Wisconsin, I want to see where these valves are made,’” said Howard. “You wouldn’t believe that a land locked state in the middle of the country would have such a strong tie to the Navy.”
Milwaukee Valve Company has been in partnership with the Navy since the 1960s and provides close to 12,000 valves for each individual aircraft carrier. Howard said that she wanted to emphasize to the employees how important their job was to keeping ships at sea so they can continue to defend the nation.