Less than a year after announcing its intention to develop in Mexico, Luvata has broken ground on its multimillion-dollar copper-tube manufacturing plant in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon.

Costing more than $40 million, the new facility will increase Luvata’s copper-tube capacity in North America by approximately 50,000 tons yearly.

As a major supplier of tube and completed coil units in copper and aluminum, Luvata officials say the new plant is strategically positioned to support its existing facility in Franklin, Ky., and to serve as a key production point for some of the group’s customers in the region.

“Luvata has historically been a leader in the global copper heat-transfer tubes market for the HVACR industry,” said Ron Beal, executive vice president of Luvata’s tubes business unit. “Over the past year, Luvata has taken some major steps to further establish itself as a major HVACR supplier in North America, including a major business acquisition, innovative product development and now the construction of a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.”

The new plant will create approximately 250 jobs near Monterrey, Mexico. The plant is expected to begin tube production in September 2008. This is Luvata’s first new facility since its acquisition of EcoGroup, a manufacturer of HVACR coils and coolers.

“This new facility will allow Luvata to meet the HVACR industry’s increased demand for copper tubing in North America,” Beal said. “Despite a challenging year for the industry, particularly in the U.S., Luvata is delighted to be following our 2007 announcement with plans for this plant to become a reality.”