National Pipe and Plastics has begun the process of bringing its manufacturing and administration back together.
National Pipe held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for its new headquarters building in West Endicott.
The $5 million project will create a 23,000 square foot facility on the site of the former Endicott-Johnson Fair Play factory.
The company, which makes PVC pipes for water and sewer infrastructure, plumbing and electrical conduit, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
It’s in the process of relocating from its former home on Old Vestal Road in Vestal.
That began in 2014 when it moved its manufacturing into a former EJ warehouse building adjacent to where the new headquarters is being built.
CEO Dave Culbertson says National Pipe and Plastics had opportunities to move to Pennsylvania or Canada but chose to remain in Greater Binghamton for one primary reason.
“More important than anything else to us is people. In fact, one of our mottos is to put people before pipe. Our mission statement is to put God first and do the right thing. So, staying local, staying where our people are, staying where their families are, I have kids here, I have a grandchild here, so do the rest of our employees, so that’s what’s most important to us.”
Culberston says National Pipe sells its products across 26 states in the Eastern US and has a $30 million annual impact on the local economy.
He says the new headquarters will house 35 employees but will have the space to grow to 50.