Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Officials taking center stage to speak at Tenaris inauguration Monday, Dec. 11, were: top row, from left, Mayor Mark Bricker and County Judge Nate McDonad; bottom row, from left, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Gov. Greg Abbott and Tenaris Chairman and CEO Paolo Rocca.
Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry helped Tenaris celebrate its inauguration Monday – four years after the $1.8 billion plant was announced.
Abbott and Perry joined an estimated crowd of about 1,000, including federal, state and local officials, community members, Tenaris customers and employees as Tenaris unveiled its state-of-the-art seamless pipe mill that has generated more than 600 jobs – and some 1,500 during construction.
“This is an historic day for Tenaris,” said Paolo Rocca, Tenaris Chairman and CEO. “TenarisBayCity shows our commitment to domestic manufacturing, competitively supplying the U.S. oil and gas industry.
“This mill, which incorporates the most advanced technologies available worldwide, will lead our domestic industrial and service network dedicated to the U.S. market,” Rocca added.
“We’re proud of our goals. We’re confident of the future of manufacturing in the United States.”
The Bay City investment was not just in the company but in community.
“We believe an industrial project like ours is strong if it grows with the community,” added Rocca.
“This is what we have done in every location where we operate and live.”
County Judge Nate McDonald said the completion of the 1.2-million-square-foot steel mill that sits on 1,000 acres is “one of the promises this county made in 2013. And, ladies and gentlemen, promise made and promise kept.”
McDonald noted the work by the Matagorda County economic development team in bringing Tenaris to Bay City.
“I know Tenaris hopes to continue building great things in Matagorda County,” the judge added.
“Wow, it’s here – the opening of Tenaris,” proclaimed Mayor Mark Bricker. “We’re truly honored,” Bricker said to the assembled dignitaries on the stage.
Bricker applauded Tenaris’ investment of nearly $1.8 million in education in Matagorda County.
That includes nearly 30 scholarships and awards and its partnership with Wharton County Junior College for the manufacturing technology program.
“Tenaris has brought new opportunities and a different industry for Bay City. Thank you,” Bricker said.