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Alabama to Get New Steel Tubing Plant

Written by Sandy Williams

Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama announced that IT-TRI LLC will build a steel tubing and manufacturing plant in Lawrence County.  The Chicago-based company hopes to break ground in Trinity, Ala. this fall and begin operations in 2014. 

“Having two raw material suppliers in Alabama, Nucor Steel in Decatur and U.S. Steel in Birmingham, and due to the growing Southern demand for pipe, the company began looking at sites in the Southeast United States for this new plant,” said IT-TRI president Rick Werner. “The ease of dealing with the Industrial Development Board of Lawrence County and the State of Alabama helped solidify the company’s decision to acquire 75 acres in the Mallard Fox West Industrial Complex in Lawrence County.” 

One hundred jobs are expected to be created by 2016—a welcome development for Lawrence County which is losing 1100 jobs from the closure of International Paper. Hiring is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2014, according to the Lawrence County Industrial Development Board.

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