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Benteler Steel/Tube breaks ground on new plant

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A model of Benteler Steel/Tubes plant at the Port of Caddo-Bossier A model of Benteler Steel/Tubes plant at the Port of Caddo-Bossier
SHREVEPORT, La -

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Benteler Steel/Tube marked the start of construction on the company's new $975 million hot rolling seamless steel tube mill in Caddo Parish Monday afternoon.

"Benteler Steel is an international company," said Jindal. "They've got facilities all over the world. They could have gone anywhere for this investment, and they chose northwest Louisiana." 

The Germany-based company says it's their first manufacturing facility in the U.S. The company, in a news release, said the Louisiana site was chosen from more than 100 possible locations in 13 states due to its proximity to the North American oil and gas production market and the area's skilled workforce.

"We really found the best conditions and the best people, the best support in all of the US; we found it here in Louisiana," said Boris Gleissner, Benteler Steel/Tube's CFO. 

Monday's ground breaking was a ceremonial one. The dirt has been moving for more than a month at the actual site at the port. Crews work now to clear the land and drive pilings for some of the main structures.

"As of today we have approximately 20 contractors and subcontractors on site," said project director Patrick Guillemot. "We have 15 Benteler employees on site."

They work to build a plant, 1.35 square feet in size with rail and road access. The product is steel tubes used in different applications of the oil and gas industries.

Officials say the facility will create more than 1,000 construction jobs and an estimated 675 full-time jobs when the facility is at full production capacity. Benteler Steel/Tube GMBH President and CEO Matthias Jeager said Monday that construction should be completed by late 2014, with operations starting in the second half of 2015.

Associate Press contributed to parts of this article. 


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