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Oklahoma misses out on pipeline plant

by Jay F. Marks Modified: July 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm •  Published: July 1, 2013

One of the world’s largest steel pipe makers has chosen to build its first U.S. plant in Texas, rather than Oklahoma.

A spokesman for Borusan Mannesmann confirmed in an email to The Oklahoman on Monday that it is building its U.S. plant in Baytown, Texas.

The Turkish company had announced at the first of the year it was considering locations in Oklahoma and Texas for a $150 million plant that could produce 300,000 tons of pipe each year.

“This investment is not only a way to insert Borusan Mannesmann into the U.S. market; it is also the first step to becoming an international manufacturer,” Borusan Holding Group CEO Agah Ugur said in a Jan. 2 news release.

Borusan Mannesmann has been in business for more than 50 years, growing into one of the leading pipe manufacturers in the world. It can produce up to 1 million tons of pipe a year. About 40 percent of the company’s exports already are bound for the United States.

The company has become one of the largest international suppliers to the U.S. oil and natural gas industry over the past three years, doubling its exports to $184 million in 2012.

Borusan Mannesmann is looking to establish itself as a local manufacturer to be closer to its U.S. customers.

The company’s planned plant is designed to produce the thick-walled and high-strength pipes suitable for state-of-the-art, advanced tubular technology used in shale natural gas production. The plant is expected to begin production next year.

by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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