Neptune Technology Group Celebrates 120 Years of Service to Utility Customers
TALLASSEE, ALABAMA – June 27, 2012 – As of 2012, Neptune Technology Group Inc. (“Neptune”) employs 715 who produce ARB® Utility Management Systems™ for utility customers across North America. In the last 40 years alone, the company has produced more than 54 million meters. Since 1998, it has produced more than 10 million radio frequency meter interface units (RF MIUs). However, the biggest number for Neptune is 120 – as it celebrates twelve decades of leadership and continual innovation in the water industry.
Neptune President Chuck DiLaura said, “We’re proud to have reached such a milestone. We’ve accomplished quite a bit in 120 years in the midst of an ever-evolving industry. We’re pleased that many of the products and systems we’ve introduced have become today’s industry standard, and we’re dedicated to maintaining that position of leadership in our efforts to be our customers’ most valued partner.”
Since the production of its first Trident® meter in 1892, Neptune has amassed a number of industry firsts, including the first compound meter in 1909; the first fire service meter (the PROTECTUS®) in 1915; and the first absolute encoder register in 1964, which provided accurate meter data for both visual and remote readings, making Neptune the first supplier of both measurement products and data collection products to the waterworks industry. Four years later the company introduced the original Automatic Reading and Billing System, ARB®.
In 1972, Neptune was one of the first large-scale manufacturing operations to relocate to Alabama for industry expansion, having moved its headquarters from Long Island City, New York. The following year, Neptune added a foundry to its facilities.
Over the next four decades, the company has continued to expand its scope, moving from the manufacturing of mechanical water meters to the design and production of sophisticated automatic meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems based on radio frequency (RF) technology. During this time, Neptune has employed and trained an increasingly skilled local workforce that includes mechanical, electrical, and software engineers and programmers