Quality Culvert Inc., a manufacturer of high density polyethylene corrugated pipe, is expanding its manufacturing operations to two new facilities in two different states.
The Astatula, Fla.-based company is opening pipe-making facilities in Shelby, N.C., and Marshall, Texas. Quality Culvert is building the plant in Shelby and taking over a former Honeywell International Inc. facility in Marshall.
The Marshall plant sits on 25 acres and has nearly 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space, said Lou Ann Nisbett, executive director of Marshall Economic Development Corp. The site also has a rail spur. Quality Culvert will invest about $14 million in the new plant, which should be up and running by September. About 100 people are expected to work there, she said.
County commissioners in Texas granted the pipe maker a seven-year tax abatement as part of its recruiting efforts.
The 25-acre site in Shelby has rail service as well. Quality Culvert officials would not disclose the size of the facility but said in a news release that they will invest about $9 million during the next four years and eventually employ about 80.
Bruce Smith, Quality Culvert's business development manager, said the firm is making efforts to bolster its workforce in North Carolina and Texas. ``We're definitely looking for people,'' he said.
The company is privately held. Officials are tight-lipped on its internal operations, though Smith did confirm that the two additions will bring Quality's plant portfolio up to three. He would not disclose the company's sales, size, number of employees or extrusion lines.
Quality Culvert relocated to Florida from Wausau, Wis., in 2002.