(photo courtesy of Lock Joint Tube)

South Bend-based Lock Joint Tube is planning to grow its existing facility in Texas with a $21 million expansion project. The steel tubing manufacturer, which also has locations in Ohio and Tennessee, says it plans to create more than 30 jobs.

The project would add 37,500 square feet to the facility. The manufacturer expects to double its output capacity as a result of the expansion.

“Temple has a business-friendly environment that has enabled Lock Joint Tube to develop a strong foothold in the area with multiple expansions,” said Mark Richner, plant manager for LJT. “This project is no different. The Temple Economic Development Corporation was the first entity we reached out to for support thanks to the help they’ve provided in the past.”

LJT primarily produces steel tubing used in the solar, automotive, and healthcare industries, among others.

“We are proud to support another Lock Joint Tube expansion in Temple,” said Adrian Cannady, president of Temple Economic Development Corp. “LJT’s presence and growth has helped to strengthen Temple’s manufacturing industry for decades.”

The manufacturer says the expanded facility is expected to be operational by January 2023.