Tenaris eyes Sault Ste. Marie as its tube-making hub
- November 9, 2020
As reported by The Sault Star, the company is seeking a financial boost to help with the $70-$80 million project.
Tenaris, which is expected to officialy announce the move on Nov. 12, is said to be looking for $500,000 in financial support Sault Ste. Marie’s economic diversification fund, and a further $500,000 from the economic development corporation’s reserve fund. According to the Sault Star, this funding has already been approved.
Funding applications have also been submitted to FedNor and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp (NOHFC). If successful, construction is expected to begin this fall and be completed by October 2021.
The project will bring all electric resistance welded (ERW) pipe manufacturing and existing seamless operations at the Sault Ste. Marie plant.
The expansion project will also include upgrades to the company’s digitization and automation for the pipe-making process.
The report says the upgrades will also include “a new industrial system across the entire manufacturing operation, which will expand Tenaris’ manufacturing capabilities in Canada while reducing the company’s costs and making it more competitive in the marketplace.”
The Sault Star report also says the project will see an additional 30,000 square feet at its existing location, an investment in capital equipment and structural improvements to the existing building to accommodate larger and heavier equipment, and potential for about 125 new jobs.