Westlake, Texas-based Pipeline Plastics LLC will invest $4.6 million into a new polyethylene pipe production plant in Fair Bluff, N.C., where it will create 44 jobs.
The company first announced that it was looking for a site in the Southeastern United States in 2018, along with plans to expand plants in Levelland, Texas, and Belle Fourche, S.D.
The multifacility expansion plan aims to get pipes up to 65 inches in diameter to customers for drinking water systems, irrigation, mining, sewer and oil-and-gas gathering applications in all regions of the country and abroad.
With $200 million in annual pipe sales, Pipeline Plastics ranks No. 24 among North American pipe, profile and tubing extruders, according to Plastics News data.
The company also has a manufacturing plant in Decatur, Texas.
The North Carolina facility will be the fourth production site and expand the company's geographical presence in the Eastern U.S., according to President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Leathers.
"We are excited to bring our culture, reputation and methodology as one of the safest, sustainable and most efficient companies in the industry," Leathers said in a news release. "This facility will not only create jobs and careers for this location, but be a significant multiplier for the local economy, from jobs to suppliers and transportation."
The new jobs will pay an average salary above the Columbus County average wage of $35,138, according to North Carolina officials.
After the positions are filled, the community and surrounding region will benefit from a nearly $1.6 million payroll impact every year, the release said.
Pipeline Plastics will benefit from "a well-trained workforce combined with North Carolina's outstanding transportation networks and East Coast market access," Gov. Roy Cooper said in the release.
The company is eligible for a performance-based grant of $125,000 from the One North Carolina Fund if it meets job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment.