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Mo. company cancels plan to build ND pipe plant

February 22, 2014 1:53 am  •  Associated Press

MINOT, N.D. — A Missouri pipe manufacturing company says it will not proceed with its plans to build a plant in northern North Dakota.

United Poly Systems says delays in construction and other unforeseen circumstances led to the project’s cancellation.

The city of Minot last year awarded $800,000 from a development fund to the company based in Springfield, Mo. Part of the sum was to be forgivable if the plant met certain targets for hiring full-time employees. The  money was never used.

The company had planned on building the plant in a 15-acre site. The company said it had identified a growing market in North Dakota and already had attracted an oil field customer who uses the pipe for transporting natural gas.

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