Welspun to Add 200 Jobs at Little Rock Plant

by Mark Carter and Lance Turner  on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 9:06 am  

Welspun Corp. Ltd says it will add 200 jobs and invest an additional $100 million in the Little Rock facility where it makes large-diameter pipe for the oil and gas industry.

The Little Rock incentive money will come from the $22 million economic development fund created by the sales tax initiative approved by city voters last year.

In addition, at the city's request, Welspun will concentrate hiring efforts within the city's empowerment zone around the port.

Welspun's managing director, Rajesh Mandawewala said the investment will catapult Little Rock as an important destination in the "world of pipe."

Welspun vice president Rajesh Chokhani, who scouted and tabbed Little Rock as a potential U.S. destination for the company in 2007, said Arkansas had delivered on its promise to provide an outstanding workforce. 

"We're really proud to call Little Rock home, and excited about our future in the state," he said.

Welspun's spiral pipe and coating facility is located on 740 acres adjacent to the Port of Little Rock. The company claims an annual production capacity of more than 350,000 tons of pipe. The expansion will add 200,000 tons of production capacity to the operation.



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