Camp Hill, Pa-based Lane Enterprises Inc. will build a $16.3 million manufacturing plant in Temple, Texas, that will create 21 jobs as the 84-year-old business expands west to produce corrugated high density polyethylene and metal pipe products for the construction industry.
Lane is opening its 12th facility to serve the growing Texas market and support customers in Mexico, according to Lane President Patrick Collings.
"We look forward to partnering with contractors, engineers [and] municipalities to serve customers from our new central Texas location," Collings said in a news release.
Lane says it is the second largest U.S. producer of corrugated HDPE and metal pipe for storm water management and drainage uses for residential, commercial, highway and industrial developments.
The HDPE products are made of both virgin and recycled materials for uses like subsurface drainage for buildings and roads.
The company did not specify how much of the new plant will be dedicated to HDPE production.
When it is staffed with 21 new hires, the Texas facility will have an average annual payroll of $1.2 million, according to the Temple Economic Development Corp., which approved a real estate agreement for Lane to locate to a rail-served industrial park.
The new employees will join the 300 current workers in an employee stock ownership plan that dates to 2006. Lane's other plants are in Ballston Spa and Bath, N.Y.; Pulaski, Carlisle, King of Prussia, Bedford and Shippensburg, Pa.; Dublin, Va.; and Statesville, N.C.
The company got its start in Bath in 1934 and added plants in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Bethlehem Steel acquired the business in 1969 and then managers took it over in 1986. Lane opened an HDPE pipe plant in 1995 in Shippensburg.
Lane produces pipes with diameters of 6-144 inches and delivers the products with its own fleet of trucks. The company also sells corrugated steel structural plate for buried structures for stormwater management, water quality and small bridge applications.