Pipeline Plastics LLC, headquartered in Westlake, Texas, will invest $ 4.6 million in a new polyethylene pipe manufacturing facility in Fair Bluff, NC, which will create 44 jobs.
The company first announced in 2018 that it was looking for a location in the southeastern United States, along with plans to expand facilities in Levelland, Texas and Belle Fourche, SD
The multi-facility expansion plan aims to supply pipes up to 65 inches in diameter to customers for drinking water systems, irrigation, mining, sewerage, and oil and gas extraction applications in all regions of the country and abroad.
With annual pipe sales of US $ 200 million, Pipeline Plastics ranks 24th among North American pipe, profile and pipe extruders, according to Plastics News.
The company also has a manufacturing facility in Decatur, Texas.
According to President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Leathers, the North Carolina facility will be the fourth production site and expand the company’s geographic presence in the eastern United States.
“We are excited to contribute our culture, reputation and methodology as one of the safest, most sustainable and most efficient companies in the industry,” Leathers said in a press release. “This facility will not only create jobs and careers for this location, it will also be a major multiplier for the local economy, from jobs to suppliers to transportation.”
The new jobs will pay an average salary above the Columbus County’s average wage of $ 35,138, according to North Carolina officials.
After the vacancies are filled, the community and surrounding area will benefit from nearly $ 1.6 million on payroll each year, the press release said.
Pipeline Plastics will benefit from “a well-trained workforce combined with North Carolina’s excellent transportation networks and market access on the east coast,” said Governor Roy Cooper in the press release.
The company is eligible for a $ 125,000 performance grant from the One North Carolina Fund if it meets job creation and capital investment goals to qualify for payment.