Seeking to preserve legacy and culture, Elkay was heading toward IPO before Zurn offer emerged

Elkay makes bottle fillers and recently donated 101 to the city of Chicago.

The owners of Elkay Manufacturing were preparing to take the Downers Grove, Illinois-based company public after determining there were no appropriate buyers for the business before Milwaukee-based Zurn Water Solutions made an offer to buy the company. The maker of water bottle fillers and other plumbing products went as far as holding a kick-off meeting

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Arthur Thomas
Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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