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Lock Joint Tube Expands Temple, Texas, Manufacturing Plant

Lock Joint Tube, a mechanical grade steel tubing manufacturer, plans to expand its existing facility in Temple, Texas. The $21 million project is expected to create 30 new jobs.

Currently located on Eberhart Road, the company will expand its footprint by 37,500 square feet. LJT will double output capacity, accommodating 20 to 25 trucks daily. The expansion is expected to be operational by 2023.

"Temple has a business-friendly environment that has enabled Lock Joint Tube to develop a strong foothold in the area with multiple expansions," said Mark Richner, plant manager for LJT. "This project is no different. The Temple Economic Development Corporation was the first entity we reached out to for support thanks to the help they've provided in the past."

LJT primarily produces steel tubing for store fixtures, office/school furniture and fencing. As a mechanical grade tubing supplier, LJT services fabricators and distributors, as well as original equipment manufacturers with different sized and shaped steel tubing used in such diverse industries as solar, automotive, office furniture, health care, exercise, and display fixtures.

"We are proud to support another Lock Joint Tube expansion in Temple," said Adrian Cannady, president and CEO of Temple Economic Development Corporation. "LJT's presence and growth has helped to strengthen Temple's manufacturing industry for decades."

The project is pending final negotiations with Temple EDC, the City of Temple, and Bell County, according to the Temple Economic Development Corporation.

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