Columbus, Ohio is now home to one of the most modern concrete manufacturing facilities in the state thanks to Hanson Pipe & Precast's $10 million expansion of its Columbus facility. Hanson expanded its Columbus operations to support the area's growing and diverse economy. The facility will be fully operational in June with a grand opening celebration June 28. To commemorate the newly expanded site, Hanson will make a donation to Children's Miracle Network benefiting Columbus Children's Hospital.
"We look forward to supporting the Columbus area's growth through the water transportation products this facility produces," said Richard Manning, president of Hanson Building Products North America. "This new addition will help us not only increase production but also modernize our Columbus operations."
Columbus is ranked fifth in the nation for FORTUNE 500 companies and is home to the nation's third largest manufacturing sector. Hanson's Columbus expansion adds to the city's manufacturing clout with modern technology and is evidence of the area's economic strength. Many of the products produced at the facility will be used in potable water systems, sewers and drainage systems for local universities, roadways and commercial or public works projects, such as improved storm water drainage systems at Intermodal Railway Facility at Rickenbacker Airport.
"Hanson is proud to be a part of Columbus' history and this new addition will help us grow along with the city," said Eric Wheeler, Hanson's Northeast region president. "Thanks to new technology and additional production space, this facility can now produce 400 tons of concrete products per production shift."
The new addition, managed by Dan Coleman, at Hanson's Columbus site represents a significant increase in production and employs approximately 18 employees. The facility will manufacture concrete pipe products, which are used for storm water drainage systems, sewers and transporting water to treatment facilities. Pipe will be produced on the Hawkeye PipePro III XT Machine, which is the first of its kind in the state. The Hawkeye PipePro III XT includes modules for creating three different diameters of pipe at the same time.
This facility is part of Hanson's Northeast operating region based in Columbus. The Northeast region services Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Virginia. The region's 26 facilities produce products used for community and roadway development, such as reinforced concrete pipe, drainage structures, precast vaults, noise barriers, bridge products such as HansonArch and Premier Railroad Crossings.