North American steel tube leader Zekelman Industries announced that it is nearing completion of its newest facility constructed to produce a wide range of galvanized tubular products for the electrical, fence, solar tracker and solar foundation markets. It is located just west of Chicago in Rochelle in Illinois with great access to rail and major interstate routes. This facility is the company’s 18th factory. It has 1 million square feet under roof, including four in line galvanizing tube mills with capacity to exceed 300,000 tons annually and an automated hot-dip galvanizing line capable of production in excess of 100,000 tons annually. The facility will support Wheatland Tube, Western Tube and Picoma customers.This facility utilizes cutting-edge technology for both in-line and hot-dip galvanizing operations. When fully operational, these mills will be the fastest in the world, feeding directly into the factory’s automated warehouse to deliver the highest quality products and solutions to customers.Full operations are set to commence in January of 2023. The company is currently hiring, with plans to add another 150 employees by December 2022.Zekelman Industries includes the operating divisions of Atlas Tube, Picoma, Sharon Tube, Wheatland Tube, Western Tube and Z Modular. It is the largest independent manufacturer of hollow structural sections and steel pipe, and the top producer of electrical conduit and elbows, couplings and nipples in North America. Zekelman Industries delivers a broad range of pipe and tube solutions that build its customers’ success.