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A Brief History of Wheatland Tube

john maneely history Wheatland Tube is nearly 80 years old. Located in Wheatland, Pa., about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, it was originally organized as a subsidiary of the John Maneely Company in 1931 to produce steel pipe. During the 1940's, Wheatland began to produce couplings, and expanded its product line in the 1960's to also include Rigid conduit.

In the next two decades, Wheatland acquired the assets of the International Conduit Company in Chicago (1969) to produce EMT conduit, and in 1975 the company began to manufacture electrical conduit couplings and fittings.

In 1992, Wheatland expanded its electrical and mechanical production facilities, and entered the residential fence tubing business by acquiring Omega Tube and Conduit in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The company completed an expansion of its Chicago Division in 1997 so that it could produce mechanical tubing.

Wheatland's parent company, The John Maneely Company made the largest acquisition in its history in 2002 when it acquired the assets of Sawhill Tubular from AK Steel. The acquisition included production facilities in Wheatland and Sharon, Pa., and Warren, Ohio. The acquisition was merged into Wheatland Tube, which, at the time, was completing another expansion of its Chicago Division.

In 2006, the Carlyle Group, a private global equity firm, headquartered in Washington, D.C. purchased the John Maneely Company, including Wheatland Tube.

Wheatland Tube is now part of Zekelman Industries.

Fast Facts About Wheatland Tube

  • Only domestic producer of Continuous Welded pipe
  • One of the only domestic producers of Rigid conduit
  • Largest steel pipe manufacturer in North America
  • Largest electrical fittings producer in the U.S.
  • 7 manufacturing facilities
  • Shortest production cycle times (quick change technology) in its industry
  • Known for proprietary products in fencing and conduit