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."
proposed plant, expected to start production in 2014, will
employ more than 300 people and use domestic steel, according
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
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.