Norfolk Leaders Discuss Economic Impact Tejas Announcement Will Make
NORFOLK - A Houston-based company that provides material for oilfield work, will be opening a plant in Norfolk, Nebraska, and bringing with it roughly 200 new jobs.
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, while the City of Norfolk is investing $3.6 million. 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. Norfolk Mayor Sue Fuchtman says the project will give the citizens of Norfolk what they've been asking for.
Mayor Fuchtman: "That was the voice of our citizens to allowed for LB840 dollars, which comes from the property tax, to be put toward economic development."
Max Tejeda, owner of Tejas Tubular said that when company officials were looking to expand, they wanted to not only be close to their suppliers but also their customer base .
Tejeda: "We found an extremely cooperative community and the Nucor people we absolutely very helpful in everything"
Courtney Klein, Economic Development Director for the City of Norfolk said that announcement of the additional gas supply to the area, as well as, the continued progress on the Northeast Industrial Highway, not only Norfolk but all of northeast Nebraska can look forward to many more projects like this in the future. .
Klein: "So we've got a lot of potential for growth and we're really looking forward to working towards that and bringing more good jobs."
Company officials plan to begin construction during this year's construction season and hope to have the plant operational by the end of next year.