The Indiana-based supplier of steel tubing wants to grow its Temple presence with a $21 million expansion

December 17, 2021

TEMPLE, Texas—Lock Joint Tube (LJT), a manufacturer of mechanical-grade steel tubing,  is planning a 37,500-square-foot expansion to its facility in Temple. The project is supported by a $21 million investment that is expected to create more than 30 new positions with competitive wages and benefits. The expansion is pending final negotiations with Temple Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the city of Temple, and Bell County, the company said in a release.

Lock Joint Tube said it will double output capacity with the expansion, accommodating 20 to 25 trucks daily and strengthening its presence in Temple’s robust manufacturing sector. The manufacturer is based in Indiana, with additional locations in Ohio, Texas, and Tennessee.

“Temple has a business-friendly environment that has enabled Lock Joint Tube to develop a strong foothold in the area with multiple expansions,” said Mark Richner, plant manager for LJT, in the release. “This project is no different. The Temple Economic Development Corporation was the first entity we reached out to for support, thanks to the help they’ve provided in the past.”

Lock Joint Tube produces primarily steel tubing for store fixtures, office/school furniture, and fencing. As a supplier of mechanical grade tubing, LJT services fabricators, distributors, and original equipment manufacturers with different sized and shaped steel tubing. The tubing is used in diverse industries, from solar and automotive to office furniture, health care, exercise, and display fixtures, the company said.

“We are proud to support another Lock Joint Tube expansion in Temple,” said Adrian Cannady, president and CEO of Temple Economic Development Corporation, in a statement. “LJT’s presence and growth has helped to strengthen Temple’s manufacturing industry for decades.”

The expanded facility will tap into Temple’s skilled workforce of more than 6,500 manufacturing employees. Between 2010 and 2020, employment in local manufacturing has reportedly increased 28.4 percent. Initiatives like Manufacturing Day, Texas State Technical College’s workforce training programs, and a skilled veteran community from nearby Fort Hood are contributing to the industry growth, the company said.

Lock Joint Tube said it is planning for the expanded facility to be operational by January 2023.

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