CHICAGO Evraz Inc. North
America (Evraz NA) plans to restart its Portland, Ore., spiral
pipe mill, which has been idled since July 2009.
The facility should ramp up in
the first half of 2013 once new equipment is installed, the
Chicago-based subsidiary of London-based Evraz Plc said, adding
that it would add 200 new employees to the plants
existing work force of 500.
One reason for the move is
Portlands relative proximity to oil and natural gas plays
such as the Bakken shale, as well as other opportunities in
Western Canada and the Rocky Mountain region, Evraz said.
The Bakken formation, largely
centered in North Dakota, has transformed the state into a hub
for oil-drilling activity in a short period of time.
The Portland restart indicates
the companys commitment to the Portland area, Evraz NA
chief executive officer Mike Rehwinkel said, even though it
moved its headquarters to Chicago in 2011 (
amm.com, Jan. 21, 2011). "Restarting this mill is
evidence that we will continue to grow our business on the West
Rehwinkel told AMM
earlier this year that Evraz was planning to invest in its
Portland operations, noting at the time that it could add
another 200 to 300 employees in 2013 or 2014 (
amm.com, June 20).
spiral-weld pipe mill in Portland has an annual capacity of up
to 200,000 tons, according to the companys website.