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$35M investment is coming to northwest Louisiana, bringing hundreds of jobs

Global Seamless Tubes and Pipes, an India-based pipe manufacturing company, plans to bring its first production facility in the U.S. to Louisiana, adding hundreds of new jobs to the area.

MANSFIELD, La. (AP) — An India-based pipe manufacturing company plans to bring its first U.S. production facility to northwest Louisiana, state officials said.

Global Seamless Tubes and Pipes' $35 million project will bring 135 direct new jobs to DeSoto Parish and more than 250 indirect jobs to the area, Louisiana Economic Development said in a news release Thursday.


"As a natural gas hub and a key player in the international energy supply chain, Louisiana is a natural choice for our second production facility, our first in the Western Hemisphere," Global Seamless President A.R. Biswas said.

Biswas added that the new plant will allow them to serve customers with a local supply chain.

"This investment will promote growth in our rural communities while providing support to Louisiana’s oil and gas industry," LED Secretary Susan B. Bourgeois said.

The company is a leading manufacturer and exporter of carbon, alloy and stainless-steel cold drawn and hot finish seamless tubes and pipes, the release said. It exports to industry customers in more than 10 countries worldwide.

"This project will breathe new life into what was once a thriving manufacturing facility located in Mansfield and provide our residents with more career opportunities," DeSoto Parish Police Jury Parish Administrator Michael Norton said. "We look forward to this project and the possibilities it will provide for the community and the good people with Global Seamless Tubes and Pipes."

Engineering and design of the former Hensley Industries facility is currently underway, with construction and installation of the first production line expected to follow shortly after. The company estimates commercial operations to start by the end of the year.

"This venture will spark our local economy and bring needed quality jobs to this community. We will definitely embrace our new business owners and work with them to make this a smooth transition," Mansfield Mayor Thomas Jones, Jr. said.

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