Several years ago Conco provided concrete services for United Spiral Pipe to help build a new state-of-the-art spiral welded pipe manufacturing plant in Pittsburg, Calif. United Spiral Pipe LLC (USP) is a joint venture of United States Steel Corporation and two South Korean firms, the steelmaker Posco and SeAH, a spiral steel pipe manufacturer.
The USP facility broke ground in February, 2008 and started commercial production in January, 2010. It is estimated that over 320,000 hours of building and construction trade labor was used in the project. The plant is one of the most advanced and efficient spiral pipe mills in North America to-date with an overall cost of $130 million. It was constructed to LEED standards and exceeds California’s Title 24 lighting requirements. The architect and engineer on the project was the Continental Design And Management Group.
USP is a great addition to the city of Pittsburg as well as the whole Bay Area community. When the plant first opened, it provided 120 new, full-time manufacturing jobs. That was a good step in the right direction for an area that they had been losing manufacturing jobs.
The size of the new facility is enormous. The rectangular shaped building is 35 ft. tall, more than six city blocks long, and approximately a block and a half wide. According to the USP website the “new plant will have world-class pipe making and coating facilities and be capable of producing 300,000 net tons of API specification line pipe per year in outside diameters ranging from 24 inches to 64 inches.” The massive steel pipes are used to transport oil and natural gas for the expanding North America pipe market.
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