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EJ Groundbreaking

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EJ Groundbreaking

East Jordan, Mich. (October 25, 2018) – EJ, a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of access solutions for water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications and utility networks, hosted a private open house for its new, state-of-the-art, greenfield foundry in Warner Township, near Elmira, Michigan on Thursday, October 25th.

Back Row (Left to Right): Matthew Malpass, EJ; James Malpass, EJ; Dave Heeres, Antrim County; Andrew Malpass, EJ; Triston Cole, State Representative; Andy Hayes, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance; Karen Berglund, Michigan Economic Development Corporation; Wayne Schmidt, State Senator; Brandon Fewins on behalf of Senator Debbie Stabenow Front Row (Left to Right): Lindsey Malpass-Skop, EJ; Martin Frankowiak, Warner Township; Tracy Malpass, EJ; Fred Malpass; EJ; Tad Malpass, EJ; Jack Bergman, US Congressman; Tom Teske, EJ; Suzi Porter, EJ; Dawn Lavanway, Antrim County

Located near the intersection of M-32 and US-131, the new manufacturing operation will allow EJ, previously known as East Jordan Iron Works, Inc., to remain competitive, grow the business, and retain 340 jobs in Northern Michigan.

The 200-acre site in Warner Township has been under construction since February of 2017, and will begin production in November. The new foundry is just 14 miles from their current manufacturing facility in East Jordan. EJ is proud to continue to keep manufacturing in Northern Michigan and to be able to retain employment.

“In just a few weeks, the foundry will be in production, producing some of the highest quality infrastructure access solutions in the world,” stated Tracy Malpass, President of EJ. “This facility is the single largest investment undertaken by our company.”

After conclusion of the ceremony, attendees were provided a tour of the facility. Additionally, throughout the weekend, over 1200 EJ retirees, employees and family members will get a first-hand look at the facility.

Tom Teske, Vice President and General Manager of EJ concluded, “On behalf of the employees and our valued customers, we thank the shareholders for their reinvestment in the company, which will service us well in the long-term.”

The open house ceremony was attended by fourth, fifth, and sixth generation members of the Malpass family, as well as many state and local dignitaries, which included US Congressman Jack Bergman, State Representative Tristan Cole, State Senator Wayne Schmidt, and Brandon Fewins on behalf of US Senator Debbie Stabenow.

EJ continues to be 100% owned by descendants of William E. Malpass, and members of the family continue to be active in managing the business.

About EJ

EJ is the leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of access solutions for water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications and utility networks worldwide. Since January 2012, East Jordan Iron Works, Inc., and its affiliated companies including Norinco (France), Cavanagh (Ireland), McCoy Construction Castings (Canada), HaveStock (Australia), all are conducting business under the same name and brand: EJ. A global enterprise, commercial presence spans five continents including sales offices, best-in-class manufacturing facilities and research and development centers with product distribution worldwide.

Descendants of William E. Malpass continue to own and operate EJ, with corporate headquarters located in East Jordan, Michigan. For nearly 135 years, the company’s core strength has been employees using their expertise and knowledge to foster strong relationships while working together to achieve results.

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Tom Teske, EJ USA, Inc. 231.536.4428,

Tami Vincent EJ USA, Inc. 231.536.4474,

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