Victaulic, a mechanical pipe joining, fire protection, and flow control solutions manufacturer, recently purchased a 220,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Lawrenceville from Waupaca.
“The addition of Waupaca’s Lawrenceville foundry will provide the scale and capacity necessary to continue our growth plans and most importantly service our valued North American customers,” John F. Malloy, Victaulic chairman, said. “Additionally, Victaulic is doing its part to add vital manufacturing jobs within Pennsylvania. A major aspect of our business strategy has always been to manufacture products in close proximity to our customers.”
The facility will increase Victaulic’s U.S foundry production capacity by 70 percent when it is fully operational. It also will allow the company to produce larger-scale products and meet increased customer demand.
Headquartered in Easton, Victaulic plans to hire more employees soon. The company has clients in 120 countries, operates 40 international facilities, and employs approximately 4,500 people, including 1,600 in the Lehigh Valley. It is one of the largest employers of steelworkers in Northampton and Lehigh counties.
“This is simply outstanding news for our community, our workers, and our economy,” Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) said in a statement. “It is, first and foremost, a recognition of all the great things Tioga County and our region have to offer a top-notch, global manufacturer like Victaulic, including outstanding schools, a strong work ethic, and exceptional quality of life.
“I am so humbled to be part of a team of people on the federal, state, and local levels who work so well together when it comes to bringing projects like this to fruition. And I’m grateful to the leaders at Victaulic who listened and worked with us to achieve a goal that will benefit both their business and our community.”
In addition, Victaulic expects its new Lower Nazareth facility to be fully operational later this year.