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Zekelman Industries Expands Blytheville, Arkansas, Operations

Zekelman Industries, an independent steel pipe and tube manufacturer, plans to expand operations in Blytheville, Arkansas.

The $120 million investment at the company’s subsidiary, Atlas Tube, will allow it to manufacture inline steel tube galvanizing products in size ranges not currently available in North America.

“Education and skills training are crucial to developing the next generation of workers. Our goal at Zekelman is to prepare, nurture and inspire students entering the thriving and well-paying steel industry,” said Tom Muth, Zekelman Industries chief operating officer. “Our commitment is representative of our partnership with the Blytheville community and ongoing dedication to domestic-only manufacturing. We are particularly grateful to Mayor Logan and Mississippi County for their continued support.”

Zekelman is a family of operating companies that includes Atlas Tube, Picoma, Sharon Tube, Wheatland Tube, Western Tube and Z Modular. The company is a manufacturer of hollow structural sections (HSS) and steel pipe and a producer of electrical conduit and elbows, couplings and nipples. Zekelmancurrently operates 20 manufacturing locations in North America.

“Zekelman Industries is a major steel producer and a valued member of Arkansas’ business community. We are proud that Zekelman has chosen to expand in Blytheville,” noted Clint O’Neal, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “Mississippi County is the leading steel-producing county in the nation – this is made possible by great companies and visionary local leaders.”

“Mississippi County’s business climate makes it a prime location for companies like Zekeman to establish and expand their operations,” added Clif Chitwood, president of the Great River Economic Development Foundation. “Our trained workforce, supported by institutions like Arkansas Northeastern College, is one of the many factors that sets us apart and allows manufacturers to flourish here.”

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