Welded Tube of Canada look at US presence

June 17, 2012

Welded Tube of Canada wants to use 45 acres of the long dormant Bethlehem Steel site for a USD 48 million, 109,000 square foot facility where flat steel can be cold formed into rounded tubing.

Company representatives briefly spelled out the plan Wednesday afternoon during a meeting of the Lackawanna Planning and Development Board.

The board voted unanimously to declare its intent to be the lead governmental agency as the company does an environmental review required by state law.

Welded Tube also has applied for tax incentives from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.

Mr John Cappellino, ECIDA executive vice president and the agency’s director of business development, said that “ECIDA and other partners have been working with the company for quite a while. At the end of the day, this looks like the site that holds the most promise for them.”

Mr Robert Pike VP at Welded Tube said that Welded Tube takes flat steel and forms it into round tubing 4z to 9, inches in diameter, in custom lengths. The tubes mostly are used by companies in the energy industry or for structural purposes. After being manufactured in Lackawanna, the tubes would be sent to Welded Tube facilities in Welland and Port Colborne for hydro testing and finishing.

He added that “We want to have a US presence, and, strategically, it works with our existing operation in Welland.”

Welded Tube’s USD 48 million investment would include the building, equipment and machinery. The building would be about 40 feet tall and located 1,500 feet from Route 5 Ten acres of the site would be used for outdoor storage of steel tube.

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