Manufacturers expanding in Robeson County, creating up to 40 jobs
Flo-Tite Valve Controls and a sister company, Titan Flow Control, will expand their manufacturing operations in Robeson County, state officials said today. Flo-Tite plans to create as many as 25 jobs and invest more than $1.5 million in Lumberton, according to an announcement from Gov. Pat McCrory's office. Titan Flow Control plans to create up to 15 new jobs and invest more than $2 million in Lumberton. Flo-Tite Valves is a manufacturer of ball valves and valve automation equipment with more than 30 years of design and manufacturing experience. The company provides products for water, seawater, chemical, utilities, pulp and paper, hydropower, petroleum, power generation, food and beverage and space industry needs, the announcement said. Titan Flow Control was established in 2000 by a group of industry veterans. The company manufactures a wide variety of industrial and commercial piping products including check valves, pipeline strainers, butterfly valves, pump protection products and additional pipeline accessories, the announcement said. Titan's capabilities extend to complex fabricated products, custom design units and specialty screens for commercial HVAC. State officials said Flo-Tite and Titan Valve have experienced significant growth in business in the past year. The companies moved into a new 128,000-square-foot headquarters, warehouse and automation center in early 2013. The new facility in Lumberton has allowed the companies to increase inventory and machining capabilities, as well as hire new employees, the governor's announcement said. "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," said Martin Gibbons, president of Flo-Tite Valves, 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."