American Tubing, Inc., a producer of copper assemblies and components for use in the air conditioning and refrigeration industries, plans a $3.2 million expansion its of Springdale, Arkansas, operation center to include the production of aluminum assemblies and components.
The company is constructing a 20,000-square foot addition to its Ford Avenue plant to house the aluminum production equipment. When completed, ATI will have 80,000 square feet of manufacturing area for both copper and aluminum.
“We are extremely excited about this new product line,” said company president Chuck Lewis. “We have worked closely with our customers for the past two years to be ready for production in 2014. Since 2008 business has been somewhat flat. Growing and innovating is what we do best. It’s good to have too much to do again.”
Once the addition is complete, American Tubing expects to add 50 new employees, a 31 percent increase for the manufacturer with an estimated annual payroll increase of $1.35 million.
“American Tubing’s decision to expand in Springdale rather than looking elsewhere confirms the quality and dedication of the company’s existing workforce,” said Grant Tennille, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “We appreciate American Tubing’s continued commitment to its Arkansas manufacturing facility.”
“This is more good news for Springdale,” says Mayor Doug Sprouse. “It’s great when we can announce new companies coming to town but we love when we can celebrate growth by our existing, hometown businesses. American Tubing has been an outstanding Springdale employer for many years and this expansion allows the company to remain a major parts provider for the nation’s top air conditioning and refrigeration manufacturers.”
“This project means more jobs for our city and keeps Springdale as the job creation leader for the state of Arkansas,” says Perry Webb, President and CEO of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce. “American Tubing is a progressive Springdale employer that is taking the steps necessary to excel in a changing business environment. We are thrilled to play a role in helping American Tubing grow.”