CHICAGO U.S. Steel
Corp.s Tubular Products Inc. subsidiary has formed a
50-50 joint venture with Butch Gilliam Enterprises LLC to
provide tubular services to energy industry customers in the
The Pittsburgh-based steelmaker
said the Midland, Texas-based joint venture, Patriot Premium
Threading Services, sports a new facility for threading U.S.
Steel tubular products. The financial terms of the deal were
not immediately available.
Operations at the facility,
which will employ between 20 and 40 workers based on market
demand, will ramp up this month, a U.S. Steel spokeswoman told
AMM in an e-mail Monday. The plant has two
double-ended premium threading lines, a swage line with
stress-release equipment, and a computer-controlled machining
center, she said.
The facility will be able to
thread material in diameters from 2⅜ to 11¾ inches
and will be licensed to thread all of U.S. Steels premium
connections, including its new USS-Liberty FJM, a flush
connection for critical applications, U.S. Steel said. The
joint venture with Butch Gilliam Enterprises, also based in
Midland, also will provide accessories, repair services,
technical assistance and rig-site services.
Butch Gilliam, president of
Butch Gilliam Enterprises and president of Patriot Premium
Threading Services, will manage the day-to-day operations of
the joint venture, U.S. Steel said.
"Butch Gilliams extensive
knowledge in this area combined with our capabilities to
deliver premium energy tubulars is a great combination to
service the growing needs of the energy market and our
customers in this area," Douglas R. Matthews, senior vice
president of U.S. Steels tubular operations, said in a
The Permian Basin, which
underlies much of west Texas and parts of southeastern New
Mexico, has long been a source of oil in a region that accounts
for much of the drilling activity in the United States.