Pipe extruder Blue Diamond Industries has announced the location of its first East Coast plant: Clinton, S.C. The company had said in November it was planning a plant in the Southeast.
The 190,000-square-foot leased facility represents an $18 million investment. The plant is expected to create 90 jobs eventually, starting with 30-45 when it opens in July, Sales and Marketing Manager Jaime Shouldis said Feb. 9 in a phone interview.
BDI already employs 215 workers and operates 21 extrusion lines at its plants, in Aubrey, Texas, and Middlesboro, Ky. There are 16 additional employees at its headquarters in Lexington, Ky. BDI's parent, Hexatronic Group AB of Gothenburg, Sweden, also has its U.S. headquarters in Lexington.
The Clinton plant will produce high density polyethylene conduit materials, including microducts. BDI's products protect cables for optical fiber, data and power collection from wind and solar energy and for highway and street lighting.