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Valve plants to expand in Lumberton

Posted October 4, 2013

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— A pair of valve manufacturers plan to expand in Robeson County, creating a combined 40 jobs, officials said Friday.

Flo-Tite Valve Controls is expected to add 25 jobs and invest $1.5 million in its Lumberton plant, while sister company Titan Flow Control Inc. will create up to 15 jobs and invest more than $2 million in its plant.

Flo-Tite makes ball valves and valve automation equipment for the water, chemical, utilities, pulp and paper, hydropower, petroleum, power generation, food and beverage and space industries. Titan Flow Control manufactures a variety of industrial and commercial piping products, including check valves, pipeline strainers, butterfly valves, pump protection products and pipeline accessories.

The two companies moved into a new 128,000-square-foot headquarters, warehouse and automation center early this year.

“Flo-Tite and Titan are both very pleased to have the opportunity to be able to take advantage of our sales growth and share this success with our community,” Martin Gibbons, president of Flo-Tite Valves, said in a statement. “The decision to make the investment to expand and modernize our facilities and add jobs was made easier based on promised assistance from state, county and city government agencies.”

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