New jobs are on the way. After a thorough site selection process, Manchester Tank & Equipment Co., a division of McWane, Inc. has announced that it has purchased a building and land located in Campbellsville. The more than $10 million investment is expected to create 175 full-time jobs.
The company will acquire and retrofit the former Clarcor building, a 238,000-square-foot facility on 120 acres, to expand operations and for production and supply of components to the company’s existing facilities.
“This new facility in Campbellsville will contribute significantly to the continued growth and success of Manchester Tank,” said Ruffner Page, CEO and president of McWane, Inc. “We want to thank Gov. Matt Bevin, officials with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, and local officials in Campbellsville and Taylor County for their help and support with this project.”
Initial conversations with the company were spurred by a connection within Taylor County’s existing industry base. After months working to bring the project to the finish line, Campbellsville officials welcomed Manchester Tank & Equipment’s final selection of Taylor County for its new home.
“We are so pleased to have Manchester Tank locate their new operations here,” said Taylor County Judge-Executive Barry Smith. “The 175 new jobs will offer great employment opportunities for our citizens and improve our quality of life. This is a great day for Taylor County.”
“I want to thank Manchester Tank for locating their new production facility in Campbellsville. It is a welcomed addition that will move our economy forward,” said Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen. “We are excited for the new jobs and their future success.”
Ron McMahan, executive director and CEO of Team Taylor County Economic Development Authority, welcomed the company and the positive impacts it will bring.
“We are honored that Manchester Tank has chosen to locate their new manufacturing facility in our community,” said McMahan. “This project came together thanks to a team effort on the part of state, local and industry partners. Manchester’s capital investment and job creation will have a tremendous economic impact on our local economy.”
Manchester Tank & Equipment will begin the process of retrofitting its new facility immediately with plans to be operational by late summer 2019. Employment is expected to ramp up to 175 employees within the first few years of operation.
In a state press release, Gov. Matt Bevin also expressed his support and excitement for Manchester’s location in Campbellsville.
“Manchester Tank & Equipment Co. will be a significant addition to the Taylor County community, and we welcome them to the commonwealth,” Gov. Bevin said. “The 175 jobs associated with this project will provide exciting opportunities for central Kentucky’s workforce and overall economy. Manchester Tank’s steady growth from a small operation to an industry leader has been remarkable, and we look forward to seeing them reach even greater heights here in Kentucky, America’s hub for engineering and manufacturing excellence.”
Taylor County legislators echoed state and local support for the project.
“McWane’s leadership made a great decision in selecting Campbellsville and I thank them for it. I know the company will be embraced and supported for the long term as it creates new, real and tangible impact in Taylor County and beyond,” said Sen. Max Wise. “Our region in the heart of Kentucky offers companies many benefits, including low costs for conducting business, an outstanding quality of life and a ready and skilled workforce. I look forward to working alongside the McWane and Manchester Tank team to help ensure their success.”
“I am thrilled to see that Manchester Tank & Equipment is investing in this community,” said House Majority Floor Leader Bam Carney. “The 175 jobs created by this facility reflects the potential that a versatile, clean fuel like propane has in domestic and commercial markets. But more importantly, it is proof that the work we’re doing in Frankfort is bringing good-paying, long-term jobs for Kentuckians.”
Manchester Tank was founded in 1945 as Manchester Welding and Fabricating Co. in Los Angeles. The company got its start with production of five-gallon vertical tanks for butane and propane storage, primarily used by mobile homes. Now a division of Birmingham, Ala.-based McWane, Inc., Manchester Tank operates four manufacturing facilities in the United States and two off-shore operations that serve local markets. In total, the company employs nearly 1,000 team members globally, and produces thousands of tanks daily.
Founded in 1921, McWane, Inc. is a family-owned business based in Birmingham, Ala., with companies across the United States and the world. McWane casts ductile iron products–including pipe, valves, hydrants, fittings, and plumbing products–manufactures fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems, steel pressure vessels, and builds network switches and monitoring equipment. With more than 6,800 team members McWane has a longstanding commitment of support to the communities where it operates.