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Zekelman Expands in Arkansas with New Tube Galvanizing Facility

Written by Laura Miller

Zekelman Industries is set to build a new steel tube galvanizing facility in Blytheville, Ark. The new, 200,000-tons-per-year Wheatland Tube facility will share a campus with Zekelman’s existing Atlas Tube operations there.

The new facility will serve the fence, solar, and mechanical markets, producing tubes using Wheatland’s ThunderCoat™ inline galvanized coating.

Construction is slated to begin in December and commissioning is scheduled for late 2023.

“Beyond expanding our current capacity, this new factory enables our Wheatland Tube brand to bring new products and services to the market,” commented Barry Zekelman, chairman and CEO of Zekelman Industries.

“Our goal is to lead the industry with continued investments in our factories, teammates, and communities. Together, these investments improve on the leading service levels our customers already experience and the flexibility that will benefit high-growth industries such as utility-scale solar,” Zekelman added.

This latest investment is Zekelman’s third major investment in Arkansas, as the company commissioned a jumbo HSS mill there earlier this year.

Earlier this month, Zekelman announced operations at its new, 300,000-tons-per-year tube galvanizing facility outside Chicago will begin in January 2023.

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