John Maneely Co. will be fueling its employees paychecks with an extra $100 this month to offset spiraling gasoline costs, the company said Monday.

As the owner of Wheatland Tube Co., Beechwood, Ohio,-based Maneely employs a total of 1,200 in Sharon and Wheatland in Pennsylvania and Niles and Warren in Ohio. In all Maneely employs almost 2,300 which includes its Atlas Tube and Seminole Tube Cos. in the U.S. and Canada.

All company employees, both union and salary, will receive the money in their paychecks no later than June 20, said Barry Zekelman, chief executive officer and president of Maneely. Employees were notified by mail of the extra money over the weekend.

Zekelman said he came up with the idea over Memorial Day weekend after reading and listening to media reports of how consumers were foregoing holiday trips because of gasoline costs.

“It’s really affecting people,’’ Zekelman said. “I just thought this would be a great gesture.’’

Workers paychecks will reflect an extra “true $100’’ as the company will increase their gross pay to cover withholding taxes.

Over the past several years the pipe and tube maker has taken a pounding as imports have gobbled up a large chunk of its sales. In early 2007 Wheatland Tube said it was forced to close its Sharon plant due to skyrocketing Chinese pipe imports. The plant employed 265 at the time of the closing.

More recently, a combination of acquisitions, cost cutting and payroll trimming resulted in a stronger company, Zekelman said.

“We can afford to do this — but we can’t afford to be without our people,’’ he said. “We appreciate the people who work for us and we realize its costing them more to get to work. We want to help them control that burden.’’

With local gas prices running just shy of $4 a gallon the money will be enough to buy 25 gallons, or enough for just under two fill-ups for a typical mid-size car.

Mike Munger, president of United Steelworkers Local 1660 which represents production and maintenance workers at Wheatland Tube’s Wheatland pipe plant, said he only learned of the offer when notified by mail like other workers.

“It was a shock to me when I got the letter,’’ Munger said. “ I think it’s great. This wasn’t negotiated by the union. It’s not going to solve all the problems, but finally somebody is stepping up and addressing something.’’

Scores of the 450 hourly and salary workers at the Wheatland plant travel 30 miles and beyond to reach the mill, which like other commuters nationally, has strained family budgets.

“We have people driving from New Castle, Grove City and Youngstown five and six days a week,’’ Munger said. “That’s a lot of gas.’’

When gas prices began surging earlier this spring a number of companies throughout the U.S. began chipping in extra bucks to employees as a way to cover at least part of their rising commuter costs. This is the largest such offer by a company in the region.

Adding the extra $100 to workers’ paychecks will cost Maneely more than $250,000, said Bill Kerins, Wheatland Tube’s president.