Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Released to Press: June 24, 2020
Contact: Kathleen Achtenberg
Heidtman Steel Products, Inc., founded in 1954 and family-owned, is a provider of innovative steel solutions. The company processes, packages, and distributes flat-rolled steel products across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Today, the company operates nine direct or joint venture facilities within Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio, serving hundreds of customers across a variety of industries including automotive, truck, heavy equipment, agriculture, lawn and garden, tanks, construction, furniture and other steel service centers.
Heidtman is partnering with TNT to purchase a tube mill that will provide an opportunity to serve an existing recreational vehicle customer of TNT’s in Indiana. The company plans to expand its facility in the township of Bedford and the city of Monroe, a project that will generate a total private investment of $9.1 million and create 65 high-paying jobs, resulting in a $325,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.
The expansion will result in a significant amount of job creation for the rural area of Bedford Township. In addition, the company’s location in the city of Monroe is adjacent to a geographically disadvantaged area, providing high-paying jobs to the community. This project not only improves the economic future of the communities it serves, but also supports the growth of regionally important industries that play a vital role in energizing those communities.
“Heidtman Steel has been a part of the Erie, Michigan community for over sixty years. We are excited to team up with a premiere tubing company in TNT. Together we will continue to serve the pipe and tube and flat-rolled steel-consuming industry’s the highest quality products available anywhere,” said Heidtman President and CEO Tim Berra. “Operating a value-added mill at our most established veteran-run campus, is a natural extension of our business. We are confident this will be a highly successful longstanding operation powered by the outstanding workmanship of Michigan’s finest people for many years to come.”
Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Indiana. Bedford Township has offered a 50-percent property tax abatement in support of the project. Individuals interested in careers with Heidtman should visit https://www.heidtman.com/careers/apply-now/.
“John Bates and his company Heidtman Steel are an asset to our community. This addition to his company will bring much-needed economic development and jobs to our community,” said Bedford Township Supervisor Paul Pirrone. “I appreciate the collaboration and the work from all parties involved. This is excellent news.”