Chicago, IL (April 2014) – Wheatland Tube, a JMC Steel Group operating company, has launched a revitalization program for its Council Avenue location in Wheatland, Pennsylvania. The company is adding new equipment, realigning the manufacturing footprint and automating many processes in the facility. Over the next two years, the thirty five million dollar ($35,000,000.00) investment will create a safer, cleaner workplace, eliminate production bottlenecks, reduce work in process inventory levels, enhance production efficiencies, improve product quality and improve customer service.
At a recent meeting with Wheatland Tube employees, Barry Zekelman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JMC Steel Group commented, "We know that the products this facility produces are both unique to the industry and second to none in their quality. For years we have discussed the need to update the equipment and production environment of this facility in order to continue to successfully compete at a global level. We are proud to take this step with the employees of Council Avenue and the Wheatland Tube community. We believe in the products that this facility produces and the people that produce them. The result will be a revitalized and modernized facility which will be poised to aggressively grow the standard pipe market and compete long into the future."
Mark Magno, President of Wheatland Tube, stated "This project represents an incredible investment in Wheatland Tube by JMC Steel Group and the Zekelman family for our customers and employees. For years, this facility has been negatively affected by high levels of unfairly traded imports. The new equipment and revitalized facility will allow us to provide our customers with unmatched quality and service."
According to Wheatland Tube General Manager Tim Feeney, "We are extremely excited by this announcement. This investment solidifies the future of Wheatland Tube as the world's premier continuous weld pipe manufacturer."
About Wheatland Tube
Wheatland Tube, a division of the JMC Steel Group, is a leading North American manufacturer of standard pipe, fence framework, fire sprinkler pipe and galvanized mechanical tube. In addition, Wheatland Tube is a leading manufacturer of steel electrical conduit, including hot-dip galvanized steel rigid metal conduit, steel intermediate metal conduit (IMC), steel electrical metallic tubing (EMT), rigid aluminum conduit, a full line of elbows, couplings and nipples, and running thread pipe. Wheatland's divisional headquarters are located in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and the company has seven state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois.
For more product information, contact Wheatland Tube at 800.257.8182 or . Or, visit wheatland.com
About JMC Steel Group
JMC Steel Group includes the operating divisions of Atlas Tube, Picoma, Energex Tube, Sharon Tube and Wheatland Tube. It is the largest independent manufacturer of hollow structural sections (HSS) and steel pipe, and the top producer of electrical conduit and elbows, couplings and nipples in North America. JMC Steel Group delivers a broad range of pipe and tube solutions that build its customers' success.
For more information, contact JMC Steel Group at 312.275.1600 or , or visit jmcsteelgroup.com