Madison-based Midwest Tube Mills Inc. is expanding its manufacturing facilities to add a new 40,000-square-foot satellite plant in Wills Point, Texas, located about 50 miles east of Dallas and about 850 miles southwest of Madison.

Company officials, city leaders and members of the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce and Wills Point Economic Development Corporation held a groundbreaking Friday in the Wills Point Business Park there.

“I am pleased to announce on behalf of Midwest Tube Mills Inc. that we have reached an agreement to construct a new 40,000-square-foot facility in the Wills Point Business Park. This facility will be an expansion of our current business and will initially house two tube mills,” Midwest Tube Mills President and CEO Rick Russell said.

“We have been looking for a site in Texas for some time and feel that Wills Point offers everything needed for us to successfully expand our business into this area,” Russell added. “Pam Pearson and everyone affiliated with the Wills Point Economic Development Corporation have done a tremendous job in aligning our strategic objectives with the opportunities available here in Wills Point. We are excited to join the Wills Point business community and plan on continuing our history of good corporate citizenship to this area.”

The company is the leading manufacturer of tube fencing in the industry and currently sells product into the entire lower 48 states, as well as Canada and the Caribbean from its 60-plus acre campus in Madison, which includes over 430,000 square feet of manufacturing space housing five tube mills and one powder coating line.

“We feel we have found the perfect place to grow our business in the near term and have also identified many opportunities for continued growth over the years. We have an established customer base in this region that we can better serve by being closer,” Russell said. “We want to thank everyone involved with this project and look forward to becoming as part of the Wills Point Community.”

Midwest Tube Mills celebrated its 25th anniversary in the tube and pipe business just last year. The company actually got its start with four employees in an 8,000-square-foot facility in Edinburgh, Indiana, but relocated to Madison, where steady growth and expansion has led to expanding the overall workforce to about 120 employes.