Northwest Pipe Reopens Louisiana Plant

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) -- Northwest Pipe Co., which manufactures welded pipe, says that it will reopen its Bossier City plant that has been idle for three years.

A retooled 140,000-square-foot plant, expected to open in 2010, will create up to 120 jobs at an average salary of $39,000, plus benefits. That's according to company and state economic development officials.

The company will use the plant to manufacture tubular products and pipe for the petroleum industry.

The plan, announced Thursday, includes relocating a recently modernized mill from Northwest Pipe's plant in Portland, Ore.

The Vancouver, Wash.-based company currently has 10 plants in the United States and Mexico.

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