NEW YORK 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.
The 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 production capacity.
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).