PVC conduit maker Cantex Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, will open an extrusion facility in Kingman, Ariz., by August, with a capital investment totaling more than $35 million.
President Don Wirtanen said by telephone Jan. 4 that Cantex will construct a facility at the Kingman Airport & Industrial Park where it will extrude conduit and fabricate fittings. The site also will include distribution, making the location Cantex's first site for fabrication and distribution in the West.
``We just needed to serve our current customers,'' he said.
Wirtanen would not disclose how many extrusion lines will be installed in the facility. According to the Arizona Department of Commerce, the plant will be 312,000 square feet, on 30 acres of land.
The project will create nearly 80 jobs. Cantex currently employs 800.
David Drennon, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Commerce, said that the company is eligible for various incentives, including Arizona Job Training reimbursable grants.
Other companies have been expanding in the West to make PVC conduit. Heritage Plastics Inc. of Weatherford, Texas, is building a plant in Milford, Utah, this year.
Experts have predicted an uptick in commercial construction in 2007 as the residential housing market cools. Cantex's products are used in several markets including power, utility and communications.
The firm is owned by Sumitomo Corp. of Tokyo. Cantex operates extrusion sites in Reno, Nev.; Rolla, Mo.; Aurora, Ohio; Auburndale, Fla.; and Mineral Wells, Texas.