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United Industries, Inc. is Investing in Chatham-Kent

United Industries, Inc., a world leader in precision-engineered stainless steel tubing, has announced the opening of its newest facility in Tilbury. The first of its kind in Canada, work on this state-of-the-art production environment has begun and is slated to take over a currently unoccupied manufacturing space beginning in September.  

United Industries, Inc. is the only North American manufacturer of high-purity stainless steel tubing in the 1-inch to 8-inch diameter. Manufacturing will begin immediately once the factory installation is complete. The firm has also made significant investments in new machine technology that will allow the development of the processes to make tubes from 10-inch to 16-inch diameter, which are poised to be the largest High Purity tubing diameters in the world. 

The tubing to be produced is best-in-class laser-welded and will meet the rigorous demands of the most stringent production environments. Some applications are extremely sensitive, such as in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries and require the highest level of purity.

Greg Sturicz, President of United Industries, Inc., said "we are extremely pleased to be joining the Chatham-Kent business community and very appreciative of all the support we have received from Mayor Canniff and the entire region. We chose the Chatham-Kent area for this key expansion due to its outstanding local workforce along with your civic leader’s willingness to create a strong business partnership."

“This is a fantastic example of successful collaboration between a business, municipal administration, and the Economic Development team,” said Jamie Rainbird, Manager of Chatham-Kent Economic Development. “United Industries Inc. is an exciting development for the future of Chatham-Kent, and we will continue working hard to support them as they expand their business.”

The hiring process will begin as a phased approach, but once the factory is fully operational, it will generate as many as 100 local jobs. United Industries prides itself as a community-minded company and has also expressed an interest in sourcing third-party labour, such as tool-and-die, machining, and trade work from local employers, significantly increasing the economic impact of this investment.

“We are very excited that United Industries, Inc. has chosen Chatham-Kent as the location of this significant expansion and investment. The product and the company's reputation as an employer are of the highest calibre" said Mayor Darrin Canniff. "CK is in an excellent place to facilitate immediate success, and we're very well positioned to support growth going forward."  

United Industries, Inc. is a subsidiary of the multi-generational, family-owned business United Stars Inc., which was founded in 1936. Known as an employer-of-choice, the firm is headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin, and is owned and operated by Roger West, the company's Chairman and CEO. To learn more, visit the United Industries website.

A media call is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13th at noon with senior leadership from United Industries, Inc. If you would like to attend, please reach out to Eric Labadie, Marketing & Communications Officer, using the contact info below.

Media Contact:

Eric Labadie

Marketing & Communications Officer

Chatham-Kent Economic Development Services, Community Development

Municipality of Chatham-Kent