DIS-TRAN Steel expanding to WCH


Steel manufacturer plans to add 200 new jobs by 2026

By Ryan Carter - rcarter@recordherald.com



One of the country’s leading steel pole manufacturers is expanding operations and opening a new steel plant in Washington Court House.

DIS-TRAN Steel, a Louisiana-based company, will move into an existing facility at 1629 Old US 35 SE, according to an announcement from the company, and will produce tapered tubular steel poles for the electric utility industry.

The expansion provides the space and manpower needed for DIS-TRAN Steel to better serve its customers in the Ohio Valley, Northeast and Upper Midwest parts of the United States, according to the release. Over the next five years, DIS-TRAN Steel plans to hire 200 new employees in Washington C.H. to provide high performance products for its customers unique and ever-changing needs.

“We’ve monitored the market for a long time. There is a strong demand for steel to maintain and expand the electrical grid and Ohio is strategically the best location for DIS-TRAN Steel to grow, not just our products and services, but also our team,” said Donnie Roberts, PE, president of DIS-TRAN Steel.

The facility will give DIS-TRAN Steel an additional 58,000 square feet of space on a 25-acre lot.

Jarrod Gemar, VP of business operations for DIS-TRAN Steel, said the company will reach full production capability within the first few months of 2021.

“This expansion is intended to build the foundation for the future of our company, and we see this growth as vital to supporting our customers in the development of America’s utility infrastructure. We chose Washington Court House because we thought that this community best shared our values and culture, as well as, provided the skilled workforce necessary to support our growth plans. We look forward to working together with local businesses and officials to provide significant opportunities for local workers and set the stage for future growth.” says Gemar.

DIS-TRAN Steel officials said they excited about the expansion and the potential it brings to the community and surrounding areas.

“The Fayette County Commissioners are grateful to DIS-TRAN Steel for the large investment and quality new jobs this project brings. Working with the City of Washington Court House, we are pleased to support such an important project and welcome the business to our community,” said Dan Dean, chairman of Fayette County Board of Commissioners.

The company is looking to hire 40-50 immediate new team members and will host a Job Fair Oct. 20 and 21. Candidates interested in registering for the Job Fair can do so at https://web.distran.com/job-fair-registration.

“We are thrilled to welcome DIS-TRAN Steel to Ohio. Their Washington Court House operations will allow them to leverage the Dayton region’s talented, skilled workforce to provide critical energy infrastructure. The DDC, JobsOhio, the Ohio Development Services Agency, the City of Washington Court House and Fayette County will continue support DIS-TRAN as they establish their operations in Ohio,” said Julie Sullivan, Executive Vice President for Regional Development.

Reach Ryan Carter at 740-313-0352.

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Steel manufacturer plans to add 200 new jobs by 2026

By Ryan Carter

rcarter@recordherald.com