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Zekelman Industries continues with growth plans

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Zekelman Industries executive chairman and CEO recently addressed how the steel pipe and tube manufacturer is continuing to grow and urged all associates to embrace the company’s new rally cry, “Believe in What You Build.” PHOTO courtesy Zekelman Industries.

Zekelman Industries, the largest independent steel pipe and tube manufacturer in North America with 20 manufacturing locations and more than 2,900 employees across nine U.S. states and Ontario, held its first-ever company-wide townhall recently to outline its future plans.

Streaming live to all company locations from its newest and most technologically advanced factory in Rochelle, Ill, executive chairman and CEO Barry Zekelman outlined how the company continues to set investment records in new facilities, technology, and its people. In the past five years, the company has invested over $2.3 billion into its business with $1.1 billion towards facility modernization and expansion, and just over $1.2 billion in modular construction factories and housing developments.

Examples of the company’s commitment to growth include:

  • Launch of Z Modularthe only fully integrated self-developer of multi-family housing, reinventing the modular building and construction process. To date, Z Modular has completed four housing projects totaling 1,104 apartments and currently has an additional eight housing developments with 2,154 units under construction in Arizona, Texas, and Canada.
  • Atlas Tube Jumbo Mill in Blytheville, Arkansas, the world’s largest continuous ERW mill manufactures structural steel products not previously available from a domestic producer, creating new opportunities in architectural design and structural engineering. This facility created more than 180 jobs.
  • Wheatland Tube’s Rochelle, Illinois plant, the company’s most advanced manufacturing facility dedicated to electrical conduit, fence framework, and solar applications. This expansion created more than 200 jobs in the area.
  • Continual investments across all factories, with updates including automated warehouses and loading cranes, expansion of hot-dip galvanization capabilities, and ongoing initiatives focused on enhancing safety, increasing efficiency, and producing more sustainably.

“This company has been around for a long time and has never been stronger,” Zekelman said to associates in the town hall. “When I see all of you succeed and prosper, that is my proud moment. The greatest thing is to see all of you do well and build your future with our company.”

Zekelman encouraged all associates to embrace the company’s new rally cry, “Believe in What You Build.”

Believe in What You Build formalizes what has really been the soul of our company, with roots dating back to 1877,” said Zekelman. “It’s a call to action for our teammates, markets, and customers we serve, that together we can achieve more.”

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