Main strain pipe firm to create 44 jobs in Columbus County


Fair Bluff on June 7, 2019. {Photo: Monique Robinson / WWAY)

FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) – Pipeline Plastics Holdings, LLC, a leading manufacturer of high-performance industrial pipeline systems, will create 44 new jobs in Columbus County, Governor Roy cooper announced today.

The company will invest $ 4.6 million in a new manufacturing facility in Fair Bluff.

“North Carolina’s appeal as a manufacturing hub continues to attract companies from many different industries,” said the governor cooper. “Our focus on building a well-trained workforce combined with North Carolina’s excellent transportation networks and East Coast market access gives companies like Pipeline Plastics the right ingredients to succeed.”

Pipeline Plastics specializes in solid-walled polyethylene pipes with a size range of up to 65 inches in diameter that are used in all aspects of infrastructure construction.

The company is a recognized leader in a wide variety of end uses, from municipal water and wastewater to industry, agriculture, irrigation and mining to power and natural gas distribution.

With three existing manufacturing facilities in Texas and South Dakota, the new Fair Bluff facility enables the company to expand its geographic presence on the East Coast.

“We are excited to establish our culture, reputation and methodology as one of the safest, most sustainable and most efficient companies in the industry,” said Mike Leathers, President & COO of Pipeline Plastics. “This facility will not only create jobs and careers for this location, but will also represent a significant multiplier for the local economy, from jobs to suppliers to transportation.”

“We welcome Pipeline Plastics to North Carolina’s growing portfolio of manufacturing companies,” said Machelle Baker Sanders, North Carolina Secretary of Commerce. “Our state continues to strive to meet the needs of skilled worker manufacturers through the programs and services of the NCWorks system, one of the best human resource development systems in the country.”

The company’s new jobs will result in an average salary above the Columbus County’s average wage of $ 35,138. Once the projects’ new jobs are created, the local region will benefit from nearly $ 1.6 million payroll in the community each year.

A $ 125,000 performance grant from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate the expansion of Pipeline Plastics in Columbus County. The OneNC Fund provides financial support to local governments to attract economic investment and create jobs. Businesses do not receive cash upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment goals to qualify for the payment. All OneNC grants require an appropriate grant from the local government, and each grant requires that this condition be met.