Pipe industry coming to the county

Published 9:58 pm Thursday, May 24, 2018

By: James Jones

The Dallas County Economic Development Authority announced Thursday that a plastic pipe manufacturing facility is relocating to Dallas County.

Timewell Drainage Products, based out of Timewell, Illinois, is moving to the Craig Industrial Park. Timewell  purchased a 40,000 sq. ft. building on 20 acres from the Craig Field Airport & Industrial Authority.

Dallas County is the sixth manufacturing location for Timewell.

“Dallas County offered the central location, ideal building layout, large lot and available workforce we were searching for in the region,” Timewell President Darren Wagner said. “We are looking forward to becoming part of the Selma and Dallas County community.

“Market consolidation in the past 5 years has resulted in very limited options for HDPE pipe in the South. We are setting up a manufacturing facility in Dallas County, Alabama to better serve our growing agriculture and storm water customer base in that region.”

Under the guidance of EDA Executive Director Wayne Vardaman, the EDA coordinated meetings with the Alabama Departments of Commerce, Revenue and Environmental Management and Industrial Development Training representatives in locating the new facility. The Dallas County Commission and the Craig Field Airport & Industrial Authority also played a huge role.

AIDT is working with Timewell to develop a local workforce training and hiring program. Timewell plans to initially create 15 to 20 jobs and eventually increase to 30 jobs. Beginning pay are expected to be $13 to $15 per hour.

C&L Tiling Vice President Brad Henry sees Selma and Dallas County as an ideal location for the new drainage park.

“We’re excited to be here and the opportunities that will come our way,” Henry said.

Timewell manufactures 3” – 15” single wall pipe and 4” – 48” MaXflo dual wall corrugated HDPE tubing products.

Selma mayor Darrio Melton sees bigger things for the city down the road.

“It’s another investment inside the city of Selma and Dallas County,” Melton said. “We look forward to more announcements like this in the future.”