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Tex-Isle Eyes Robstown, Texas, Steel Tubular Mill

Tex-Isle Inc., an industry leading provider of OCTG, Line Pipe, and associated services, plans to open a new steel tubular mill located in Robstown, Texas. The project will bring the company’s total capital investment in the region to nearly $100 million.

The mill will be housed in a 60,000 square foot facility, bringing the company's total under roof to 250,000 square feet, and is designed to produce steel tubes from 2.375" - 8.625" OD. Overall, the facility will have the ability to produce 350,000 tons per year, of which 250,000 tons is slated for API material with the remaining 100,000 tons reserved for structural products.

The addition of structural tubulars will deliver much needed supply to the rapidly growing Corpus Christi and South Texas regions. When complete, the mill will build on Tex-Isle's Asset Based Distribution® model and provide feedstock to its other facilities.

"A pipe mill is the natural progression of our long-term strategic plan which started over a decade ago,” said Chris Kayem, Tex-Isle's President. “Our Asset Based Distribution model of vertical integration combines the traditional benefits of distribution with the scope of a manufacturer, creating a unique blend of services for our customers. Once complete, the new mill will dive a level deeper into our cost structure as we continue our crusade against inefficiencies in the supply chain. Having these facilities, along with private ownership and a strong balance sheet, allows us to deliver customer first service and flexibility, which I'm certain will pay dividends to our clients, our community, and our company for years to come," Kayem added.

The facility is designed to run on 100% electric technology, allowing for the use of renewable energy to power the mill. In addition to all electric manufacturing, the pipe mill's raw material, hot-rolled coil, will be supplied by manufacturers using EAF technology, which produce their product from as much as 85% recycled material.

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