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McWane Enterprises is a large manufacturing company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with over 25 facilities throughout North America and the world. McWane operates a manufacturing facility in Tyler under the trade name Tyler Pipe. Tyler Pipe designs and develops cast iron soil pipes and pipe fittings for distribution throughout the United States and many foreign countries.

McWane recently decided to invest $36 million into its Smith County facility, which will allow the company to enhance its existing manufacturing capabilities. The investment will include the replacement and enhancement of equipment throughout the facility. 

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Trane Technologies was incorporated in 1913 and is based in Davidson, North Carolina. The company manufactures and markets heating and air ventilation equipment. Trane’s Tyler facility, which opened in 1956 as an air conditioning plant, has grown to become one of Tyler’s largest businesses. The Tyler facility is one of the most extensive Trane facilities in the world.

Trane is committed to retaining the 400 existing jobs that were housed in “Building 9,” which recently collapsed during Winter Storm Uri. The company is investing $76.7 million to construct a new building and assembly lines at the Tyler facility due to the Building 9 collapse. In addition to rebuilding four assembly lines, this investment will create three additional assembly lines. 


Hood Flexible Packaging is a leading manufacturer and supplier of plastic film and bags, woven polypropylene bags, coated and laminated materials, and paper packaging. Hood is privately owned, with headquarters in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Hood has over 150 years of bag-making experience with 23 manufacturing facilities in 16 states across North America.

Hood Flexible Packaging purchased Bonar Packaging, Inc. in 2000. Since then, $51 million has been invested in significant capital projects in Tyler. As a result, employment increased from 78 in 2012 to an average employment of 145 in 2021. 

Hood is planning a significant expansion for the Tyler plant retrofitting the warehouse and adding a new press and other production equipment. The projected investment for the expansion is $17 million and includes the creation of 15 new jobs.