International pipe firm expands operations in Oklahoma

Members of the Georg Fischer company, both local and nationally, gathered in Shawnee Tuesday morning to break ground at the new facility site. It is estimated to be complete near the end of 2025. Tom Bailey, Casey Swanson, Roger Rutherford, Jeff Wright, Grant Rogers, James Jackson, Bryan Lucas, Tom Veeley, Marina Valentine, and Mark Gruber. Countywide & Sun/Suzie Campbell


Shawnee Mayor Ed Bolt called it a “big thing” for the city of Shawnee, a $30 million investment in a new plant by Georg Fischer Central Plastics.

The Switzerland-based company broke ground this week for a new 150,000-square foot plant where nearly 300 workers will be employed.

“We’re extremely pleased to see GF Central Plastics deepen its roots in Shawnee,” said Bolt. “We appreciate the role of Shawnee Forward in facilitating this major project, and we welcome the added job growth for our vibrant community.”

GF Central Plastics is described as North America’s largest single-source manufacturer of metal and polyethylene pipe joining products.

“Our decision to invest in Shawnee reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone in our GF Central Plastics division,” said JamesJackson, Head of Business Unit Americas for GF Piping Systems. “Their strong performance has been a critical asset for our company, and we’re proud to give them added room to grow.”

“This success story highlights the collaborative efforts between Georg Fischer Central Plastics and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce,” said Jennifer Springer, Director of Business Development, Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

The new plant will be located on 40-acres just north of the Shawnee Shopping Mall. When it is completed, GF Central Plastics will relocate its gas meter fabrication department to the new facility.

GF Piping Systems has its own sales companies in 31 countries, and production sites in 36 locations in America, Europe, and Asia. In 2022, GF Piping Systems employed 8,085 people. GF Piping Systems is a division of Georg Fischer AG, founded in 1802 and headquartered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.