United Metallurgical Co. (OMK) held an opening ceremony for a new OMK Tube pipe plant in Houston, Texas. The plant’s rated capacity is 200,000 metric tons of carbon and low-alloy casings and tubing. Total investment in the plant will amount to approximately $98 million by 2015. OMK Tube can manufacture pipes of the following parameters: diameter from 60.0-177.8 mm and wall thickness from 3.0-12.7 mm. Steel used to make the pipes is sourced from local steel producers. OMK acquired Houston-based Tubular Solutions Inc., a finishing, heat-treating and threading facility, in 2011. The new pipe plant is located in the vicinity of pipe-processing facilities, which enables the reduction of transport expenses and prompt execution of orders.