Over in Norfolk, Nebraska, citizens are celebrating what the Omaha World-Herald recently referred to as an “economic win-win.”
Last Thursday, Governor Dave Heineman revealed some exciting news for manufacturers in Nebraska: The Houston-based manufacturer Tejas Tubular will be building a plant in the northeastern Nebraska city of Norfolk.
Remember how we told you the other week about the energy boom in North Dakota bringing economic benefit to Nebraska? Well, here’s example A. Tejas Tubular creates Oil Country Tubular Goods (otherwise known as casing, drill pipe, and line pipe) used in oil fracking.
The company was founded in 1990, exclusively to process API tubing in those years. Since then, Tejas has processed over 14 million joints of tubing or casing, and expanded into multiple facilities around the United States.
A Nebraska plant is their latest venture, which projected to be 350,000 square feet and employ over 200 workers. After considering building in South Dakota, the ingenuity and cooperation found here in Nebraska convinced owner and founder Max Tejeda to build in Norfolk instead.
“I am really impressed with Nebraskans’ ability to get things done,” he said to the Norfolk Daily News. “That is not the case everywhere.”
Black Hills Energy is another key player helping to make the construction possible by adding a new natural gas line to increase supply to Madison County. The new gas line will be around 50 miles long, and will increase the natural gas supply in northeastern Nebraska by over 50%–a requirement for the increase of production and facilities in the area.
The new energy boom has done wonders for not only Nebraska, but for the region including North Dakota and South Dakota. The addition of jobs for the Tejas facility is just one example of the other industries that will continue to benefit from the natural gas expansion. Currently, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska can boast about having the lowest unemployment rates in the entire nation. At 3.6%, Nebraska is tied for second place.
This is great timing, and once again great news for anyone looking for a job in the manufacturing industry. Nebraska and the Dakotas are the place to be. More jobs and more industry? Definitely an economic win-win in our book.
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