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Ulbrich to expand South Carolina plant

U.S.-based Ulbrich Precision Flat Wire, Inc., a division of Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals, Inc., plans a $5 million expansion of its Westminster, South Carolina, manufacturing center.

A press release said that the expansion, expected to start in the spring of 2014, includes both additional manufacturing square footage and precision rolling equipment to meet increasing demand in key markets. The wire rolling facility produces precision flat and fine wire products as well as photovoltaic ribbon used in the manufacture of solar modules. The Westminster plant also operates a "focus factory" dedicated to R&D of new products and processes.

"The state's attractive tax incentive and ongoing commitment to business and manufacturing, was a key factor in the decision to expand our wire operations in Westminster," said Dan Day, financial manager of Ulbrich Precision Flat Wire and Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc. "These incentives are critical in our ability to grow and remain competitive in a global economy."

Founded in 1924 in Wallingford, Connecticut, Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals, Inc., evolved into a leading international manufacturer of precision stainless steels and special metals strip and wire. Ulbrich's products are known for their performance and reliability in critical applications in industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, energy, medical, chemical processing and electronics. The fourth-generation family owned business notes that it employs nearly 700 people globally, with 10 facilities in five countries processing more than 140 alloys.

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