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McPHERSON, Kan. - Viega LLC, a North American manufacturer of plumbing, hydronic heating, and commercial piping products, broke ground on its 439,000-square-foot production, logistics, and office complex last month.

Before a turnout of city and state officials, business leaders, and Viega executive staff, Viega owner Walter Viegener, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Viega CEO Dan Schmierer, McPherson Mayor Bill Goering, and President of the McPherson Industrial Development company Brett Reber, praised all those involved in making the project possible. “This is a big day for Kansas,” said Sebelius.

“This facility will be the best of its kind,” Walter Viegener commented. The complex, which is nearly three times as large as the current manufacturing and logistics facility, will occupy more than 100 acres of land. It will be equipped with world-class extrusion and molding technologies, the company said. The new plant is scheduled to open in 2008.

The new factory will house all operations related to products including ProPress copper press fittings, ProRadiant tubing and fittings for radiant heating systems, and ViegaPex PEX tubing for potable water systems.

Viega also is investing another $10 million in Kansas for a corporate headquarters in the Wichita Waterfront area.

In the photo above, attendees of the Viega LLP groundbreaking ceremony in McPherson, Kan., included (from left) McPherson County Commissioner Duane Patrick, McPherson County Commissioner Harris Terry, Brett Reber of McPherson Industrial Development Co., McPherson Mayor Bill Goering, Viega owner Walter Viegener, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, and Dan Schmierer, CEO, Viega.

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Publication date:04/02/2007