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Manufacturer to establish global HQ in Rock Hill with $18.5M investment

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A manufacturer of pre-insulated copper pipes plans to expand operations and establish its world headquarters in York County.

PDM US’s project represents an $18.5 million investment and will create 25 new jobs, according to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Located at 640 Celriver Road in Rock Hill, PDM US plans to expand its current state-of-the-art production facility with an additional 20,000 square feet, according to the release. The company is upfitting its facility with large generators, a mezzanine, extensive cooling systems, reinforced concrete foundations, and other required modifications to support new casting and drawing equipment.

The expansion will allow PDM US to cast copper tubing in-house at the Rock Hill facility, using only American-made parts for production. When complete, PDM US will be the only fully integrated insulated copper tube manufacturer in the United States, the release stated.

“With the expansion and cutting-edge machinery for the manufacture of copper tubes, PDM will be the only fully integrated insulated copper tube manufacturer in the U.S.,” PDM US CEO Pasquale De Martino said in the release. “The new process is elegant, innovative and gentle on the planet. Thanks to South Carolina’s favorable industrial environment, we have been able to become a magnet for people who bring their precious gifts to a place where values, vitality and strengths are welcomed and appreciated. All together we are writing a page in the book of the American industry. The best is yet to come.”

PDM US is a leading global pipe manufacturer and copper tube supplier, the release stated. The company’s Rock Hill operations serve as its main production facility and will now also serve as its world headquarters. PDM US specializes in innovating, manufacturing and delivering quality pre-insulated copper pipes for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) industry. Today, the company is one of the fastest growing companies in the HVAC industry.

The expansion is expected to be complete by April 2023, according to the release. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded a $50,000 Set-Aside grant to York County to assist with the costs of infrastructure improvements. 

“PDM US is a valuable partner in sustaining manufacturing jobs in Rock Hill,” Rock Hill Mayor John Gettys said in the release. “Expanding its plant to include American parts for production and creating additional opportunities for employment for our people is a testament to the strength of our local economy and our workforce. We look forward to the successful completion of this expansion and the continued growth of the business.”

Reach Jason at 864-568-7570.

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