Sharon Tube expansion makes official debut - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Sharon Tube expansion makes official debut

Posted: Updated:

WHEATLAND, Pa. - Sharon Tube Company's new modern manufacturing expansion made its official debut Tuesday at a corporate celebration.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by tours of the plant for those invited to the event. The main stop on that tour showcased the company's latest production line that's creating items expected to serve a niche market.

Sharon Tube officials say some of their competitors are no longer making a product line of larger tubing or went out of business during the recession. Sharon Tube saw an opening and pounced on the opportunity to fill the void left behind.

The line runs on one shift, while the smaller tubing is produced in the older portion of the plant across three shifts.

"The existing facility produces up through 6 inch tubing, the new facility will produce up through 9 inch tubing, so obviously we have to generate the customer interest to purchase the new sizes," says Sharon Tube president Bill Perrine.

The 250,000 square-foot plant is a supplier for a variety of customers, from companies with oil and gas drilling sites in and out of the area, to motorcycle manufacturers.

In order to create a new line, Sharon Tube bought supplies and equipment from a Boardman company, and that purchase resulted in an economic domino effect.

"We're a small company, we have 16 people, so we have 16 families we have to feed and this has helped us tremendously," Paul Russo, vice president at George A. Mitchell Company, says.

This wasn't the first time the Wheatland business decided it would work with the valley company.

"It helped us in '09, they bought equipment off of us when we were at a very bad year in '09," Russo says.

About a dozen new employees work on the new line, but hiring is still ongoing for welders and skilled trade workers.

According to Perrine, a handful of openings remain, but more could be around the corner if the demand for larger tubing increases.

"I'm sure in the future as we grow, the volume here and grow the business. This is a place to build careers, life-long careers and that's what we want, we're quite proud of that," JMC Steel Group CEO and chairman Barry Zekelman says.

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

    More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

    Monday, May 28 2018 4:07 AM EDT2018-05-28 08:07:23 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington is seen at sunset. A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through the courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington is seen at sunset. A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through the courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the...
    A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and that'll continue, no matter what the Supreme Court decides in the case of a baker who wouldn't create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.More >>
    A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and that'll continue, no matter what the Supreme Court decides in the case of a baker who wouldn't create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.More >>
  • Vintage denim: 125-year-old Levis sell for nearly $100K

    Vintage denim: 125-year-old Levis sell for nearly $100K

    Monday, May 28 2018 3:45 AM EDT2018-05-28 07:45:01 GMT
    (Daniel Buck Soules/Daniel Buck Auctions via AP). This undated photo provided by Daniel Buck Auctions, of Lisbon Falls, Maine, shows a portion of a pair of 125-year-old Levi Strauss & Co., denim blue jeans that sold for nearly $100,000 this in May ...(Daniel Buck Soules/Daniel Buck Auctions via AP). This undated photo provided by Daniel Buck Auctions, of Lisbon Falls, Maine, shows a portion of a pair of 125-year-old Levi Strauss & Co., denim blue jeans that sold for nearly $100,000 this in May ...
    Someone has paid a mint for some vintage denim in Maine.More >>
    Someone has paid a mint for some vintage denim in Maine.More >>
  • Baby panda born in Malaysia zoo makes public debut

    Baby panda born in Malaysia zoo makes public debut

    Monday, May 28 2018 3:17 AM EDT2018-05-28 07:17:48 GMT
    (AP Photo/Vincent Thian). A new baby panda sits on the ground at Malaysia Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday, May 26, 2018. A baby panda born in a Malaysian zoo five months ago has made her first media appearance. The female panda, which has not...(AP Photo/Vincent Thian). A new baby panda sits on the ground at Malaysia Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday, May 26, 2018. A baby panda born in a Malaysian zoo five months ago has made her first media appearance. The female panda, which has not...
    A baby panda born in a Malaysian zoo five months ago has made her first media appearance.More >>
    A baby panda born in a Malaysian zoo five months ago has made her first media appearance.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms