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Tenaris Restarts Activity in Baytown

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Tenaris has restarted its plant in Baytown, Texas. The move brings additional threading and heat treating capacity to its U.S. network, helping support increased company production.

Tenaris started to prepare the mill for the restart in March, hiring, training, installing new equipment and performing commissioning work as well as testing systems and processes. The plant will be heat treating and finishing production from Tenaris’s Bay City seamless mill, which is nearing full capacity.

“Demand for OCTG has been rising amid an improving market and we have been steadily raising our level of domestic production and expanding our team to best respond to our customers as they scale up their drilling operations,” said Luca Zanotti, U.S. president of Tenaris.

The restart of Baytown is the latest in a series of facility restarts and production increases across Tenaris operations in the south and northeast since March of this year, including production of steel at its first U.S.  melt shop in Koppel, Pa., and the reopening of its Ambridge, Pa., seamless pipe mill. Additionally, the company has increased activity at its facilities in Conroe, McCarty and Houston in Texas.

Additionally, Tenaris has also agreed to sell its structural tubing business in Nebraska to MKK USA Inc., a subsidiary of Maruichi Steel Tube Ltd of Japan. The deal for Geneva Structural Tubes LLC was for $15 million.  

The business manufactures and sells square and rectangular welded steel pipe for structural applications from its plant. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the month.

“The sale of our structural pipe unit in Geneva, despite its excellent performance to date, is in line with our long-term strategy of focusing on our core businesses, serving the domestic market with pipes and innovative services,” said Zanotti. “We are confident that Maruichi will ensure continued service and value to the company’s customer base.”