MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Florida company will open a $75 million pipe manufacturing facility in Mobile, creating about 100 jobs, officials said Tuesday.
The Berg Steel Pipe Corp. plant will make large-diameter pipes used by the oil and gas industry. Based in Panama City, Fla., the company considered six locations in different states before choosing the former International Paper site in north Mobile.
''You are moving into one of the fastest-growing places in the United States,'' Gov. Bob Riley told company President David Delie as they signed the project agreement. ''We know if you're successful, you'll continue to grow and hire more people. That's why the state of Alabama is committed to being your partner.''
The facility will include a pipe fabrication building and a separate coating building on the 86-acre site. Construction is expected to begin in late June, and the plant could begin operations in late 2008.