NEW YORK A congressman has written to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) asking it to consider Borusan Mannesmann Boru Sanayi ve Ticaret AS $150-million investment in a new oil country tubular goods (OCTG) mill in Baytown, Texas, during a dumping and subsidy trade case against Turkish producers.
"I appreciate any consideration you can grant in this example of foreign investment and job creation," Rep. Gene Green (D., Texas) said, noting that the project would be "beneficial for ... Texas and for the U.S. by creating more private-sector jobs and increasing local, state and federal revenues."
Borusans proposed plant, expected to start production in 2014, will employ more than 300 people and use domestic steel, according to Green.
A source close to Borusan said the company was surprised at the trade complaint against Turkey. "Theyre 100-percent confident that theyve not been dumping pipe. Theyve played by the rules; theyve played fair from the very beginning. They dont receive any kind of subsidies," he said, adding that the Turkish companys pricing was "absolutely top tier of the imports."
Borusan, which accounts for the most significant share of Turkish OCTG shipments to the United States, has already faced some challenges from the filing, according to the source. "Its time and resources that they could utilize in far better places than (Washington)," he said.
The case could change the Istanbul-based companys plans for its new mill, the source said. For example, while Borusan previously was looking to supplement its domestic offerings with some imported material once the mill was up and running, it is now considering bringing additional production capacity to the United States. "Thats not what they wanted," he said.