SHARON, Pa. - The parent company for Wheatland Tube knows well the reputation Sharon Tube once had for its high quality tubes, and that's why the company is announcing one of its plant in Wheatland, Pa., will take back the name.
JMC Steel Group, for John Maneely Company, will host a June 11 ribbon cutting as it reintroduces the Church Street, Wheatland, plant as Sharon Tube. Along with the announcement will be an opportunity for the company to showcase significant upgrades modernizing the plant's precision manufacturing and doubling its capacity.
Company officials said upgrades include a completely automated pickle and lube line, a new draw bench, an annealing furnace and a finishing line complete with advanced nondestructive testing equipment. As in the past, company officials feel confident Sharon Tube again will be known for its high-quality seamless, cold-drawn tubing commonly known as "drawn over mandrel" or DOM tubing. The DOM process is used to give the steel tubes more precise measurements and a more smooth finish.
The new Sharon Tube will be headed by president Bill Perrine, who is coming out of retirement. Perrine worked in the pipe and tube industry, mostly at Sharon Tube, for 32 years before retiring in 2007 when Sharon Tube was sold to Carlyle Group, a company that also had owned Wheatland Tube.
"The expansion of our size range will enable us to meet the needs of our customers with Sharon Tube's trademark customer service and quality reputation," said Perrine. "We understand that our customers need the highest-quality, globally competitive DOM product, and our new world-class equipment will meet this need."
A company spokeswoman said the changes will not affect other Wheatland Tube operations, including the one in Howland Township.
JMC Steel Group operates Atlas Tube, Picoma, Energex Tube, Sharon Tube and Wheatland Tube. It is billed as the largest independent manufacturer of hollow structural sections and steel pipe and the top producer of electrical conduit in North America.