Jun 01, 2009

Neptune Publishes White Paper on ARRA “Buy American” Provision

Document outlines points of consideration for applying for ARRA funding for water metering and AMR projects

The U.S. Federal Government’s American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stipulates that “100% of the manufactured goods purchased with stimulus funds must be produced in the United States” to be eligible for funding. Due to the many questions regarding the Buy American provision, Neptune Technology Group, Inc., maker of ARB Utility Management Systems, has conducted a thorough legal review to identify applicable legal precedents regarding “produced, or manufactured, as the case may be, in the United States,” and is currently providing tools to utilities to help them navigate the regulations.

Neptune offers complete compliance with the ARRA “Buy American” provisions for its water metering products and automatic meter reading/advanced metering infrastructure systems.

To clarify eligibility, funding, and compliance issues under ARRA, Neptune has posted a white paper at www.neptunetg.com/buyamerican.cfm.

Neptune President Chuck DiLaura added, “We’re proud to say that our company can meet the Buy American provisions of the ARRA. This further reinforces our vision to be the most valued partner of our utility customers, much like our decision in 2001 to convert 100% of our water meter production to no-lead bronze. By keeping our manufacturing operations here, we’re able to employ more than 580 people who work hard to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality products and systems. Our customers will find that by complying with the ARRA, they’ll be in a much better position to upgrade their systems, now or in the future.”