CHIHUAHUA, Mexico, Sept. 2, 2009 -- Local dignitaries, government officials, community members and Victaulic company representatives assembled on Wednesday, Sept. 2 in Chihuahua to break ground on Victaulic's first facility in Mexico
. It will be the largest Victaulic facility in the world upon its completion. Local dignitaries attending the event included Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyesbaza and Secretary Martha Lara, as well as Victaulic
executive vice president Clark Hale.
"We are pleased to celebrate this milestone in Victaulic
history, and are eager to work with the government and community here to bring this facility to completion," said Hale. "This facility is beneficial not only for the Chihuahua economy and community, but is also a foundation for Victaulic's growth in Mexico and Latin and South America. For us, this means we can be even better at meeting the global demands of our customers."
Victaulic is the world's leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining
systems and the originator of the grooved mechanical joint more than 80 years ago. The facility in Chihuahua will support the local economy, employing up to 1,000 people over the next five years. The 500,000 square-foot facility on 30 acres of land will include a ductile iron foundry, machining, rubber manufacturing and assembly capabilities as well as local corporate offices. The location in Chihuahua will allow Victaulic to more efficiently manufacture and deliver couplings, fittings and valves to their customers.
Hale said Victaulic has enjoyed working with Chihuahua's local development office and looks forward to a long relationship with the community. "We aim to be good neighbors at Victaulic, and the well-developed infrastructure of Chihuahua and ease of working with the local representatives here has made us even more excited about being engaged in the community."
The new facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.
Founded in 1925, Victaulic (www.victaulic.com
) is the world's leading producer of mechanical pipe joining systems. With headquarters in Easton, PA, Victaulic has manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide and employs more than 3,500 people. The company develops products for a full range of industrial, commercial and institutional piping system applications.