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SharkBite maker to open new $50 million Alabama plant, with 130 jobs.
 

A manufacturer for the plumbing and heating industries will open a new $50 million facility in Cullman to launch U.S. production of the SharkBite plumbing connection system.

Atlanta-based Reliance Worldwide Corp.'s plans are expected to create 130 jobs over five years.

The Alabama facility, operating as Cash Acme, will feature new robotic and high-tech plastic and brass manufacturing processes. It also will include a research and development center and the SharkBite Training Academy.

The SharkBite line, previously produced only in Australia, is a push-to-connect system that allows plumbers to join copper, CPVC or PEX pipe without soldering, clamps,
unions or glue.

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Cash Acme produces valves, regulators and piping at an existing Cullman manufacturing facility. RWC said today that it also will invest $5 million to expand a distribution center that opened in 2011.

The company now employs 170 people in Cullman. Its Cullman Industrial Park facility, which opened with 70,000 square feet, has been expanded twice to a total of 250,000 square feet.

The new facility will be located in the former AAR/Summa Technologies building, which will be doubled to 150,000 square feet.

"Cash Acme is a top-flight Alabama manufacturer that has been in a growth mode for several years, and its patented SharkBite products are set to take off," Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said in a prepared statement. "This multi-faceted expansion project shows that the company has confidence in the capabilities and talents of its Alabama workforce and in an Alabama support system of state and local officials that will help it be successful."

The state will provide $1.1 million in discretionary incentives for the creation of 130 jobs, and additional state incentives are possible if more jobs are created. AIDT worker training services are valued at $1.25 million.

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