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Valmont Continues Geographic Expansion of North America Coatings Footprint

Valmont Continues Geographic Expansion of North America Coatings Footprint
OMAHA, Neb.Feb. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure development and irrigation equipment and services for agriculture, today announced that it has acquired 100% of the outstanding shares of United Galvanizing, Inc. located in Houston, Texas. The transaction was funded with cash on hand, and is expected to be accretive to earnings in Year 1.
Employing approximately 150 people, United provides hot-dip zinc galvanizing and CorroCote services that will support Valmont’s steel structures manufacturing facilities in Brenham, Texas and Monterrey, Mexico, as well as custom work in the surrounding markets. Two structural kettles with working lengths of 41.5 feet and 60 feet, have a combined annual capacity of 80,000 tons, with flexibility to service a broad range of products. United’s 2018 full-year revenues were approximately $21 million.

Valmont also today announced the construction of a new hot-dip zinc galvanizing facility in Midland, Pennsylvania, approximately 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Construction at the 11-acre site is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2019, and be fully operational by early 2020. As a result of the United acquisition, the 54-foot kettle currently at Valmont’s Brenham, Texas galvanizing facility will be redeployed to the Midland location, as part of retrofitting the existing building site. When completed, Valmont-Pittsburgh Galvanizing’s 120,000 square-foot facility will serve multiple market verticals throughout the region.

“United Galvanizing has been a respected name in the Houston market for many years,” said Stephen G. Kaniewski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Valmont Industries, Inc. “With this acquisition, and the construction of our new galvanizing facility in Pennsylvania, we strengthen our North America presence in the Coatings business, and continue to execute on the growth strategies outlined at our 2018 Investor Day. By utilizing existing assets at our Brenham facility, we further demonstrate our commitment to smart capital management as we pursue strategic geographic expansion.”

“We are excited to welcome the United team to Valmont, and announce our first greenfield plant in the Northeast U.S.,” said Rick Cornish, Group President of Valmont Global Coatings. “The Pittsburgh area is a new market for us, with strong economic development supported by infrastructure and petrochemical growth. We look forward to serving the Houston and Pittsburgh markets with superior levels of quality and customer service that are unmatched in the industry.”

Upon completion of both transactions, Valmont Coatings will have 38 locations worldwide in the United StatesCanadaAustraliaNew ZealandIndia and Southeast Asia.

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