Updated 12/8/20. Canada’s Economic Development Organization for Northern Ontario – FedNor has announced today a $5M CAD contribution to help Tenaris create its industrial center for the manufacture of both seamless and welded pipe, based at its Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, facility. Tenaris thanks the participation from the three levels of government (federal, provincial and municipal) supporting Tenaris’s vision for continued growth in Canada.
Tenaris has announced an $81M CAD investment in its pipe manufacturing operations in Canada, with its hub in Sault St. Marie, Ontario to better serve the domestic energy industry.
Today’s $81M announcement builds on last summer’s investment of $36M at Tenaris’s AlgomaTubes plant, including a premium connections line nearing completion, for a total of $117M CAD.
Tenaris is thankful for the role the Ontario Government has played in making this investment possible including their $5 million CAD participation in this new industrial transformation and their $4 million CAD participation in 2019 to expand product capabilities and operational performance of its AlgomaTubes plant. Together, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation is contributing $9 million CAD in these two investments.
“From the moment I was first approached by Tenaris to assist them in these NOHFC applications, I have been filled with so much excitement as to what an investment like this would mean for our community,” said MPP Ross Romano. “Two years later and I’m happy to announce that the pipe dream is now a reality. Our government's investment of $9 million has successfully leveraged an investment into Tenaris Algoma Tubes of over $117 million, creating 153 high paying jobs. Thank you Tenaris for investing in Ontario and for investing in Sault Ste. Marie, where we are Open for Business and Open for Jobs.”
By concentrating its pipe manufacturing in Canada at its mill in Sault Ste. Marie, Tenaris will optimize efficiency in production, utilization and costs, integrate new and upgraded equipment while incorporating digitalization, and streamline its supply chain through shorter material-product-yard logistics.
“As we look to the future of Tenaris in Canada, we aim to strengthen and enhance every aspect of what we do. We continue to invest and evolve our operations resulting in made-in-Canada solutions that reduce imports and improve our level of service by offering an expanded product portfolio. A higher level of digitalization translates into safer, more efficient processes for greater quality and reliability,” said Ricardo Prosperi, Tenaris President, Canada.
Through the investment in an ERW (electric resistance weld) line in Sault Ste. Marie, Tenaris will be able to offer Canadian oil and gas customers longer welded pipes to improve the efficiency of their operations. Tenaris customers can also expect new steel grades and premium connections as the ERW line is strategically positioned on-site along with the company’s existing seamless pipe manufacturing, heat treatment, testing, and threading operations.
The transformed Tenaris pipe manufacturing center will continue to be supported by the company’s threading facility in Nisku, AB; service centers Grande Prairie, Sherwood Park, and Red Deer, AB; Bienfait, SK, and by the company’s Canada headquarters, which will remain in Calgary, AB.
Tenaris has invested more than $1B in Canada over the past 20 years in growth and improvement projects and remains committed to Canadian manufacturing and in serving its oil and gas customers.