Tejas Tubular to Build Plant in Norfolk; Add 200 Jobs to Area
Mayor Sue Fuchtman: "Today, to me, this is a very grand day for the City of Norfolk!"
A Houston-based tubing plant will be opening a plant in Norfolk, and bringing about 200 new jobs with it. Gov. Dave Heineman announced Thursday that Tejas Tubular Products will be constructing a 350,000 square foot facility on the Northeast Industrial Highway in Norfolk. Heineman said the company will be investing a minimum of $109 million for the project and apply for economic development funds through the Nebraska Advantage Act, while the City of Norfolk is investing $3.6 million.
Gov. Heineman: "The significant investment that they are making is going to positively impact northeast Nebraska for many years to come."
The project was made possible thanks to an agreement the City of Norfolk and area businesses entered into with Black Hills Energy to construct a new natural gas pipeline to the area. Mayor Sue Fuchtman says the project will give the citizens of Norfolk what they've been asking for.
Mayor Fuchtman: "Today is possible because of the citizens of Norfolk, Nebraska. The elected officials asked them the question, and with their vote they responded that economic development is a priority."
Nucor Steel Bar Mill will provide more than 150,000 tons of steel products for the pipeline company. Company president Dirk Petersen says today marks the start of a new chapter for both Norfolk and his company.
Petersen: "Together with Tejas Tubular, we are committed to playing our part in America's quest for energy independence. Think about that...energy independence. That's what this is all about."
Tejas company officials say they expect construction of their plant, which will construct casing, drill pipe and line pipe for oil and gas production, to begin this spring, and hope to be open by the fourth quarter of 2015.