Plastic pipe maker invests $40 million in Texas facility


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A leading plastic pipe manufacturer plans to add nearly 100 jobs as part of an expansion at one of its west Texas plants, local officials said.

The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that WL Plastics will spend $40 million to set up a second manufacturing facility on its campus on the far northern outskirts of town. The project is expected to create around 95 jobs.

Company officials credited the local workforce for the decision to expand. Erik Balthrop, WL’s finance and procurement manager, told the newspaper that the Lubbock plant has not experienced the staffing challenges seen at some of the company’s other facilities.

“It was a great place for us here in Lubbock for our first facility,” Balthrop told the Avalanche journal. “It’s a great environment, so we want to capitalize on that in our forthcoming expansion.”

Based in Fort Worth, Texas, WL is North America’s leading manufacturer of high-density polyethylene pipe. It operates additional locations in Snyder and Bowie, Texas, and facilities in Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

LEDA officials also announced that TrueNorth Steel, a North Dakota-based steelmaker, would also be expanding its Lubbock facility. The $1.6 million project would add another production line and 38 new jobs.

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