Thermoplastic pipe joiner McElroy Manufacturing is expanding its global reach by opening an office in India, the Tulsa-based firm announced Friday.
McElroy opened the office in Bangalore, India, in January. The site also has a demonstration facility for the fusion machines made by the company.
“We see a tremendous need in India for better infrastructure to help grow its economy and improve its citizens’ daily lives,” said Peggy Tanner, executive vice president of international market development at McElroy, in a statement. “It’s very exciting to play a role in helping shape a better future for such an important and emerging part of the world.”
India is the world’s second most populous nation with more than 1.2 billion people. A majority of those residents are under 35 years old, according to McElroy, and are pushing for infrastructural updates to plumbing, water supplies and other improvements.
McElroy’s fusion machines are widely used to join polyethylene pipe for use in drinking water delivery, sewer systems and low-press natural-gas applications, among other things. The company touted its pipe systems as leak free, long lasting and corrosive resistant.
Sales, technical service and training will be handled out of the Bangalore office for the fusion and Fintube products. McElroy plans to add regional sales managers in Mumbai and New Delhi within months.
McElroy started in 1954 with only two employees working out of a garage. The company has grown to include offices in Australia, Brazil, Chile and the United Kingdom.
The manufacturing firm has multiple campuses in Tulsa and other offices nationwide. McElroy employs 357 people at its three plants in Tulsa and 13 employees internationally.
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