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Zekelman to invest up to $120M at Atlas Tube subsidiary

Written by Ethan Bernard

Zekelman Industries will invest up to $120 million to expand the manufacturing capabilities and product offerings of its Atlas Tube subsidiary in Mississippi County, Ark.

The Chicago-based pipe and tube maker said the new project will allow it to manufacture inline steel tube galvanizing products in size ranges not currently available in North America.

The company also said it will partner with Arkansas Northeastern College on a new workforce training initiative.

“Our commitment is representative of our partnership with the Blytheville community and ongoing dedication to domestic-only manufacturing,” Tom Muth, chief operating officer, said in a statement.

Zekelman currently runs two Atlas Tube facilities in Blytheville, Ark., in Mississippi County.

With the project, Zekelman said its total number of employees in the area will be more than 300.

Executive chairman and CEO Barry Zekelman said on a recent SMU Community Chat that Zekelman Industries will purchase roughly 2.8 million short tons of flat-rolled steel this year to manufacture the company’s pipe and tube products and modular solutions.

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