CHICAGO TPCO America
Corp. plans to have pipe- and end-finishing operations up and
running by early next summer at its site in Gregory, Texas, a
company spokeswoman told AMM.
In addition, site preparation
for the companys planned rolling mill and electric-arc
furnace (EF) is expected to begin in early 2013, with
production slated for the end of 2014, she said Wednesday.
That work had initially been
planned for November but was pushed back due to poor weather,
"The focus is still
construction," she said. "A year ago, you couldnt buy
rain. But it has been a very rainy fall, and that has slowed
TPCO is also in the process of
selecting a design team to build offices at the mill site that
will serve as the companys headquarters, the spokeswoman
The company has said finishing
and threading operations would represent the first phase of
vertical construction and are expected to be followed by
construction of the rolling mill and EF (
amm.com, March 9).
TPCO selected the Gregory site for the pipe mill in July
2008. The company broke ground in August on the $1-billion
seamless pipe facility, which is expected to have an annual
capacity of 500,000 tonnes (
amm.com, Aug. 31, 2011).