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SharkBite maker to expand Alabama manufacturing base, create 130 jobs

CULLMAN, Alabama – Reliance Worldwide Corp., a leading maker of products for the plumbing and heating industries, announced plans today to open a new manufacturing facility in Cullman to launch U.S. production of its innovative SharkBite plumbing connection system, creating 130 jobs over five years.

Atlanta-based Reliance Worldwide (RWC), operating in Cullman as Cash Acme, will invest $50 million in the Alabama facility, where it will introduce new robotic and high-tech plastic and brass manufacturing processes. The facility will include a research and development center, as well as a training academy.

“As most companies are looking to cut costs by outsourcing labor and relocating operations to low labor cost countries, RWC is leading the way to prove that the U.S.A. can competitively manufacture onshore,” Chief Executive Officer Michael Williams said.

“With the announcement, SharkBite plumbing products will be stamped ‘Made in Alabama’ by hardworking Alabamians and sold around the world,” Governor Robert Bentley said at an announcement ceremony this morning at Cullman City Hall.

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