Northwest Pipe Co. begins Louisiana facility revitalization

Northwest Pipe Company is refitting the once idle 27-acre Bossier City, Louisiana facility, to manufacture oil country tubular goods and pipe for the oil and gas industry.

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BOSSIER CITY, Louisiana -- Northwest Pipe Company is refitting the once idle 27-acre Bossier City, Louisiana facility, to manufacture oil country tubular goods and pipe for the oil and gas industry.

The company’s investment in Bossier City will be completed in two phases. Phase I includes relocating a recently modernized existing mill from its Portland, Oregon facility. Once operational, the mill will produce pipe between 2.375 and 7 in. (6 and 18 cm) in diameter with wall thicknesses up to 0.375 in. (0.9 cm). When fully operational, Phase I will require 50 permanent and full-time employees to meet the 120,000-ton (108,862-metric ton) production capacity. Currently in the planning stage, Phase II will add further processing and inspection, which will create up to 70 jobs, the company says.

"Reviving manufacturing operations at this facility reinforces our commitment to grow Northwest Pipe Co. during these challenging economic times," says Brian Dunham, CEO of Northwest Pipe Co. "Bossier City is ideally located to serve our energy pipe customers.”

09/24/2009

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