VAM USA announces $57 million project in Youngstown

This electronic image gives an aerial view of the V&M Star/VAM USA complex. The building with the green roof is the new V&M Star rolling mill and the structure with the brown roof will house the VAM USA plant. Electronic image courtesy of Prodigal Media.

VAM USA, LLC, a Houston-based manufacturer of premium pipe connections, has announced plans to develop a new finishing plant in Youngstown. Plans call for the renovation of a 200,000-square-foot building in the V&M Star complex, located within the Cooperative Agreement Zone formed by Youngstown and the city of Girard.

Judson Wallace, president of VAM USA, said the Youngstown project will require an investment of $57 million.

“Our products are the industry leader in the natural gas production industry,” said Wallace. “Expanding in Youngstown made sense for us as it brings us very close to customers working in both the Marcellus and Utica shales, where business is booming. Our new facility will enable us to improve service to existing customers and connect with new customers.”

Once fully operational, VAM USA’s Youngstown finishing plant will employ an estimated 100 full-time workers. Production is scheduled to begin in phases starting in mid-2012 ramping up to full production by the end of 2013. Once the finishing plant is operating at full capacity, VAM USA will have the ability to thread pipe produced from the new V&M Star mill in Youngstown, as well as seamless pipe produced by other pipe mills in the northeastern United States.

V&M Star LP and VAM USA are both affiliate companies of the Vallourec Group. Ownership of VAM USA consists of a partnership between Vallourec, Sumitomo Metals and Sumitomo Corp.

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