Posted By: KLKN Newsroom
More than 200 jobs are coming to the Norfolk area, and it's all thanks to a manufacturing company expanding their operations to Nebraska.
"Today, to me, this is a very grand day for the city of Norfolk," Mayor Sue Fuchtman said.
Fuchtman joined Governor Dave Heineman to make an exciting announcement for the state.
"Tejas Tubular and its projected 200 Norfolk area employees will further cement Norfolk's role as the primary steel production community in the Midwest," Fuchtman said.
The expansion of texTexas-based Tejas Tubular will bring 200 more jobs to Madison County and millions of dollars in revenue over the next few years.
"I am really duly impressed with Nebraskans' ability to get things done," Tejas Tubular Owner Max Tejeda said.
He says the opportunity to be closer to their northwestern market combined with Nebraska's work ethic inspired the expansion.
Tejas Tubular Products Inc. is one of the leading suppliers of tubing and pipeline for oil and gas producers. Their new 350,000-square-foot facility will be built next to the steel plant just northeast of the city.
The expansion goes beyond jobs.
"We're going to help this country become more and more energy independent," Nucor Steel Bar Mill GM Dirk Petersen said.
Petersen says the project became a reality thanks to a partnership between Tejas Tubular, Nucor Steel and Black Hills Energy. He says a new natural gas line required for the expansion will increase the natural gas supply to that part of the state by 50 percent.
"Right now we supply about 60 percent of our needs here right out of the United States and we have the potential to become completely energy independent," Petersen said.
The plant should be fully operational by the end of 2015.
More information on Tejas Tubular Products, Inc., can be found at their website www.tejastubular.com.