Tenaris will open a sucker-rods manufacturing facility in Conroe, Texas, in July. The $70 million investment is equipped with advanced technologies to optimize efficiencies and reduce production times. The facility includes heat-treatment, threading and finishing processes; nondestructive testing (NDT); robotized forging lines; and a state-of-the-art quality testing lab. The mill also has an on-site training facility and classroom.

Tenaris will start preparing the mill in March by training plant employees and activating mill systems and equipment to ensure a safe start-up for operations. The facility has the capability to manufacture BlueRod premium sucker rods and X-Torque rods, as well as the entire range of API sucker rods for beam and progressive cavity pumping. Sucker rods produced at the facility will be sent to customer sites or stored at Tenaris’ new service center for sucker rods in Midland, which was inaugurated in December.  

Tenaris completed construction of the facility in 2017 but postponed its opening due to the prolonged market downturn.