Mueller Industries plans $26.5 million molding plant

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: October 12, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Injection Molding

MEMPHIS, TENN. (Oct. 12, 2 p.m. ET) — Mueller Industries Inc. is seeking a tax abatement that would support a $26.5 million injection molding expansion and create 78 new jobs in Portage, Mich.

Memphis, Tenn.-based Mueller is asking Portage city officials for a 12-year, 50 percent tax abatement on the project, which will establish a 210,000 square-foot site as the firm’s primary plastic fittings production plant. Mueller had done injection molding at the site until 2010, when it consolidated operations into a plant in Wynne, Ark.

That plant was destroyed by fire in Sept. 2011, leading Mueller to reconsider the Portage plant, which it had been trying to sell.

A 12-year tax abatement would save Mueller about $3.3 million, Portage community development director Vicki Georgeau said in an Oct. 11 phone interview. Twelve-year abatements are allowed in the state of Michigan, but Plymouth city policies limit abatements to six years on personal property and nine years on real property. Plymouth city council, however, could waive that requirement for Mueller, Georgeau said. The shorter abatements would save Mueller about $2.2 million.

City Council is expected to vote on the abatement at an Oct. 23 meeting. Council also will vote on Mueller’s request to add a rail spur to the site at that same meeting.

Mueller officials could not be reached for comment. The 95-year-old firm is a leading global producer of tubes and fittings made from a variety of metals and plastics. Mueller’s sales in 2011 totaled more than $2.4 billion.

Mueller’s investment in Portage would include $23.9 million for the purchase and relocation of machinery and equipment, as well as $2.6 million for the rail spur. The 78 new jobs would be created in the next two years.

“We’re excited to see Mueller come back to Portage,” Georgeau said. “Hopefully, they’ll expand here long-term.”


Comments

Mueller Industries plans $26.5 million molding plant

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: October 12, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

New medical firm buys Clairson Plastics

September 19, 2014 4:33 pm ET

Custom injection molder Clairson Plastics is being sold to a new start-up that plans to dive into the medical market with a new dialyzer, a key...    More

Image

Hong Kong's TK eyes expansion, may buy Nypro Tool operation

September 19, 2014 2:49 pm ET

Hong Kong-based mold maker and plastics processor TK Group (Holdings) Ltd. said it's reached a tentative agreement to buy a tooling factory in...    More

Exo-s buys injection and blow molder in Mexico, expands footprint

September 19, 2014 2:15 pm ET

Custom molder Exo-s Inc. has bought an injection and blow molding operation in San Juan del Rio, Querétaro, Mexico.    More

Image

Smartphone work adds 52 percent to sales for China's Eva Precision

September 18, 2014 4:37 pm ET

Growth in supplying the smartphone and automotive industries helped Chinese processor Eva Precision Holdings Ltd. push injection molding sales up 52...    More

Image

Nolato Contour beefs up white room molding capabilities

September 18, 2014 11:56 am ET

Nolato Medical has extended its controlled environment options to include a white room at its Baldwin, Wis., Nolato Contour plant.    More

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events