GREGORY - Tianjin Pipe Co. (TPCO) announced they are ready to kick off the second phase of construction on the 1.6 million-sf pipe mill. The second phase will include construction of a second enclosed laboratory and processing area.
The $1 billion plant is located near the intersection of SH 35 and SH 361. The company has trained and hired about 18 people for full-time positions and will eventually employ 600 to 800 people.
When complete, engineers and workers will meld scrap steel and hot metal into 500,000 metric tons of seamless pipe annually for the oil and gas industry on the former cotton field.
TPCO and San Patricio County officials estimate construction and operation of the plant will generate a $2.7 billion boost to the local economy in the first decade. The plant is slated to open in mid-2016.
Read more at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
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