Pipe manufacturer to open plant, bring up to 100 jobs to Enid | The Journal Record

2023-03-23 17:48:26 By : Mr. Jeffrey zhang

Bri-Steel Manufacturing has announced plans to invest in the former GEFCO facility in Enid, a move that will bring as many as 100 jobs to the Garfield County community. (Courtesy photo)

Pipe manufacturer to open plant, bring up to 100 jobs to Enid

Bri-Steel Manufacturing has announced plans to invest in the former GEFCO facility in Enid, a move that will bring as many as 100 jobs to the Garfield County community. (Courtesy photo)

A Canadian pipe manufacturer has announced plans to invest in a facility and bring as many as 100 jobs to Enid.

The company, Bri-Steel Manufacturing, based in Edmonton, makes large-diameter seamless steel pipe. The Enid plant will be its second thermal pipe expansion mill in North America, the company said in a release.

Bri-Steel made plans for operations in Oklahoma after acquiring the former GEFCO facility in Enid. The facility is approximately 329,000 square feet and includes more than 43 acres of land.

“We have had such positive feedback from the people in Enid, and the state officials have been excellent to deal with,” Bri-Steel President Neil Rasmussen said. “We are excited to bring back 12-inch and larger seamless pipe manufacturing to the USA and to fill the void left behind by US Steel. This is a true southern expansion.”

Rasmussen noted that the Enid plant has enough space and infrastructure in place to accommodate future expansion. It also will provide the company with multiple options to produce a “hyper-efficient” factory with flexibility to adapt to industry needs.

According to the release, Bri-Steel has completed initial plans for layout of the plant and has begun procuring manufacturing equipment. Some needed renovation and other preliminary work should be launched within the next few months.

Bri-Steel will make carbon steel and alloy steel pipes. It said the Enid plant will produce seamless pipe measuring 12-36 inches in diameter with wall thickness up to three inches.

“With the flexibility of this facility, we have plans to explore higher-yield piping in the coming year,” its release states. “Bri-Steel will produce to all major industry standards and will apply, upon commissioning, to expand on their American Petroleum Institute (API) Monogram program to include the Enid location.”

The company said it will employ between 50 and 100 people after it begins full production.

Hiring should begin in the third quarter of this year, with production to begin in the fourth quarter, it said.

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