Global seamless pipe giant Tenaris is gearing up to reactive its heat treatment and finishing lines at its Koppel in Pennsylvania US plant to streamline the flow of seamless product at its facilities in the northeast. Tenaris US President Luca Zanotti said “With the lines back up and running, it allows our Koppel steel shop, our seamless mill in Ambridge, PA, and finishing operations at Brookfield, OH, to more effectively process pipe and completes the management of goods in our northeast circuit.”Tenaris will be carrying out an investment of about USD 3.5 million, performing updates in IT and automation systems, non-destructive testing equipment and in maintenance activities to ensure equipment on the line is in a ready state for an April 2022 start. Tenaris is looking to bring about 75 employees onboard to run the heat treatment and finishing lines. Production volumes at the company’s Ambridge seamless mill is picking up, and as a result, so will activity at the Brookfield plant where the company plans to grow the local team by about 70 to support the increase in threading and finishing of pipe from Ambridge.The heat treatment line is part of the manufacturing process which gives pipe their required metallurgical properties for enhanced performance in oil and gas wells. The line, which had been inactive during the 2020 downturn, is located at Tenaris’s melt shop in Koppel, which started producing steel in June 2021 following a year-long investment of more than USD 15 million. Tenaris has expanded its workforce in the US by 1,200 employees since late 2020 and has been increasing and restarting production at its at its Bay City, Houston, Baytown, and Conroe Texas facilities, as well operations in Koppel and Ambridge, Pennsylvania and Brookfield in Ohio. The price of hot rolled coil also made it viable to boost production at its welded operations in Hickman Arizona announced last month. By the end of 2022, Tenaris expects to hire an additional 700 employees as part of its US ramp up.