SharkBite maker to open new $50
million Alabama plant, with 130 jobs.
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
The new facility will be located in the former AAR/Summa
Technologies building, which will be doubled to 150,000
"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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