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Ipsco to build plant at Blytheville.

Ipsco Inc. said last week that it will build a $40 million "oil country tubular goods" heat-treat facility next to its Blytheville pipe mill.

Commercial production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2007, according to the Lisle, Ill., company.

The company said its facility will increase its OCTG heat-treat capacity by an additional 100,000 tons per year. The company is already adding a heat-treat facility at Baytown, Texas, and has existing heat-treat capacity at Calgary, Alberta; Catoosa, Okla.; and Koppel and Ambridge, Penn.

"The additional capacity is designed to position Ipsco for further growth in value-added energy tubular product markets by taking advantage of the growing demand for high-grade heat-treated products," said Joseph Russo, Ipsco's senior vice president and chief technology officer. "In addition, we believe this expansion will enhance our competitive position in the United States and better serve our customers through expanded product offerings."

As of 2001, Ipsco's existing plant at Blytheville employed about 100. It makes tubular steel pipe 4 1/2 inches and smaller.
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Title Annotation:NE Journal: A Look at News From Northeast Arkansas
Author:Turner, Lance
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Jan 29, 2007
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