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      Pipeline Manufacturer Announces Plans for New Facility in Norfolk

      Texas-based manufacturer Tejas Tubular Products announced Thursday plans to expand their operations with a plant in the Norfolk area.

      Tejas Tubular is a primarysupplier to oil and gas producers throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

      Over 200 jobs are expected to be brought to Madison County over the next several years. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin later this year, with completion expected sometime in the third quarter of 2015.

      "It's great that Tejas Tubularis expanding their operations to Nebraska," said Gov. Dave Heineman Thursday. "Theirinvestment is a good example of how Nebraska is moving forward as adesired, premiere destination for companies looking to expand and create jobs."

      Additionally, Nucor Steel Bar Mill of Madison County will be supplying morethan 150,000 tons of steel for the pipeline company, including casing, drill pipe andline pipe for oil and gas production.

      Nucor Steel Bar Mill general manager Dirk Petersen says the partnership between themselves and Tejas Tubular is a win-win for both companies. "I'm excited about being able tosupply the highest grade of steel for Tejas Tubular's OCTG products," added Petersen.

      Tejas Tubular will apply forincentives under the Nebraska Advantage Tier six that requires a minimuminvestment of $109 million and 50 jobs. The state is contributing $1.4 million from its Site and Building Development Fund and the city of Norfolk has earmarked $3.6 million for the project.

      Norfolk Mayor Sue Fuchtman says this project is possible because voters have made economic development and growth their priority.

      Max Tejeda, owner ofTejas Tubular Products, Inc., says the city was instrumental in their choice in the new facility's location. He said, "I can readily see the quality and dedication ofthe local workforce, and am looking forward to hiring hard-working Nebraskansto manufacture our line of quality products."

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