American Cast Iron Pipe Co. is planning to build a spiral-weld
pipe facility at a former General Motors Co. automaking complex
in Flint, Mich., to support a water infrastructure project that
the company recently won in the region.
"We believe Flint is
ideally situated to offer us a strategic advantage in the
developing market in this region of the country," according to
Patrick Hook, vice president of operations for Columbia,
S.C.-based American SpiralWeld Pipe Co. LLC, a subsidiary of
Birmingham, Ala.-based American Cast Iron Pipe.
180,000-square-foot plant will employ up to 60 people and is
expected to be operational "around this time next year," with
construction set to start in early 2014, the company said.
A spokeswoman declined
to comment on American Cast Iron Pipes planned investment
in the facility, which will be built at a manufacturing complex
commonly known as Buick City, or the plants intended
American Cast Iron
Pipe will supply 60 miles of spiral-weld pipe, 17 miles of
ductile iron pipe and 24 large-diameter flex ring gate valves
for the Karegnondi Water Authority project. The company also
plans to support further regional water transmission projects
from the new plant, it said.
This latest investment
comes after American Steel Pipe, another division of American
Cast Iron Pipe, recently said it was investing $55 million to
double capacity at its Birmingham, Ala., plant (
amm.com, Oct. 30).