Zekelman to Invest at Wheatland Tube Plant in Warren
The Business Journal reported that US tube maker Zekelman Industries will invest USD 30 million at its Wheatland Tube’s Dietz Road plant, which
The Business Journal reported that US tube maker Zekelman Industries will invest USD 30 million at its Wheatland Tube’s Dietz Road plant, which manufactures tube and pipe primarily for low-pressure fluid conveyance, for an automated storage and retrieval warehouse. The expansion will increase the plant’s productivity, improve product handling and quality, and provide a higher level of safety for the plant’s approximately 150 workers. The system will be able to tie into the company’s automated inventory management system and procure, prepare and stage materials for loading on outgoing trucks. Construction of the addition will take about 18 months
The USD 30 million project is a continuation of the USD 500 million in investments that Zekelman Industries has made since the announcement of Section 232 tariffs, which have stemmed the import of pipe and tube imports into the United States.
In 2020, US’s pipe and tube imports declined to 3.5 million tons from 8.8 million tons in 2017. Imports of standard pipe, which Wheatland Tube produces, fell from 935,000 tons in 2017 to 510,000 tons last year.