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Pipe maker moving Illinois headquarters to Houston
Fuel Fix ^ | August 14, 2012 | Simone Sebastian

Posted on 08/14/2012 7:08:44 AM PDT by thackney

Pipe manufacturer TMK IPSCO will move its corporate headquarters from Illinois to Houston to increase its exposure to the oil and natural gas market, the company has announced.

Currently based in Downers Grove, Ill., TMK IPSCO said it will move most of its headquarters offices to the company’s new research and development center on Houston’s northwest side. The company expects to complete the Houston move by the summer of 2013 and build a new headquarters in the city within the next two years.

“Houston is the hub of the global oil and gas industry. It’s important for the company to be positioned there in order to facilitate relationships with key customers, attract and retain energy-industry talent and demonstrate our commitment to the industry,” said TMK IPSCO Chairman Piotr Galitzine, in a written statement. “Most importantly, this transition will enable us to be a better, more efficient and more service oriented company.”

The company is the U.S. arm of Russia’s largest steel pipe maker, TMK, which counts Exxon Mobil, Shell and other major oil producers among its customers. It manufacturers drill pipe, well casing and other products for the oil and gas industry.

TMK IPSCO has 11 facilities in the United States. In addition to its research and development office on Houston Oaks Drive, the company has three manufacturing plants in Texas.


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MK IPSCO is one of the largest North American producers of welded and seamless pipe and premium connections dedicated to serving the oil and gas industry and many industrial markets.

http://www.tmk-group.com/ipsco.php

1 posted on 08/14/2012 7:08:46 AM PDT by thackney
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To: thackney

Going South to be in better climes......and better taxes.......and nicer people.............


2 posted on 08/14/2012 7:11:21 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: thackney

“...will move its corporate headquarters from Illinois to Houston to:

...avoid the mob tax in IL.


3 posted on 08/14/2012 7:12:40 AM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
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To: thackney
It is my hope that the employees moving from Il to my state of Texas are not "Locust" voters.

If you love big government, stay out of Texas!

4 posted on 08/14/2012 7:12:54 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: thackney

Getting closer to your customer is a good strategy but getting away from the confiscatory Peoples Social Republic of Illinois is a nice side benefit.


5 posted on 08/14/2012 7:13:34 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Red Badger
Going South to be in better climes....

I know you're referring to the economic and business environment in a conservative region like Texas, not the weather. ;)

6 posted on 08/14/2012 7:13:42 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: lormand

Amen.


7 posted on 08/14/2012 7:14:16 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: thackney
Another business driven out of Illinois by the high taxes.

You can't fool the Laffer curve.

It gets you every time.

8 posted on 08/14/2012 7:15:17 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: lormand
It is my hope that the employees moving from Il to my state of Texas are not "Locust" voters.

They are.

9 posted on 08/14/2012 7:19:27 AM PDT by Spirochete (Sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: thackney

And the exodus from Chicago Values continues....


10 posted on 08/14/2012 7:21:48 AM PDT by Miss Behave (All ways, always.)
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To: Spirochete; lormand

I suspect executives in a industry dependent upon the oil and gas industry differ from the average Illinois voter


11 posted on 08/14/2012 7:22:09 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: fwdude

I love the Texas weather. I grew up in Michigan where it was “9 month of winter and 3 months of poor sledding...”


12 posted on 08/14/2012 7:26:09 AM PDT by CMAC51
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To: fwdude

I love the Texas weather. I grew up in Michigan where it was “9 month of winter and 3 months of poor sledding...”


13 posted on 08/14/2012 7:26:18 AM PDT by CMAC51
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To: fwdude; Allegra

Houston has pretty good weather overall, except for the occasional hurricane. I live in the Panhandle of Florida, just up the beach..............Just ask Allegra!.............


14 posted on 08/14/2012 7:26:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Red Badger
You ain't done never spent a summer in Houston have you?
Hot and the muggiest place I have ever been. Fourth of July in Houston and the entire population looks like they have wet their pants. That said, I would guess their employees would probably have a longer life expectancy in Houston.
15 posted on 08/14/2012 7:27:06 AM PDT by Tupelo (Sara Palin.............my write in vote for 2012)
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To: Tupelo

I’m in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Same weather here as there and in New Orleans, Mobile, Pensacola and Panama City. Hot and muggy is a state of mind. Yeah, the humidity is sometimes so thick your glasses fog up every time you walk outside, but that’s just in the summer. Mild winters and moderate climate by the Gulf of Mexico is great as compared to Illinois. I can avoid getting my car stuck in sand. Not as easy in snow...........


16 posted on 08/14/2012 7:31:23 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: thackney
I suspect executives in a industry dependent upon the oil and gas industry differ from the average Illinois voter

Excuse me, but what's the "average Illinois voter"? Except for three geographical areas in our state, Chicago, Champaign-Urbana and the East St. Louis area, we are mainly conservative and vote that way. So, you're really painting with a broad brush. Illinois politics is so overly influenced by Chicago (including many GOP candidates) we have little chance to overcome their crap.

17 posted on 08/14/2012 7:33:27 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: CMAC51
I grew up in Michigan where it was “9 month of winter and 3 months of poor sledding...”

On a tour Bus through Denali National Park in Alaska, the driver said:

"In this area, we do get all four season. Winter is the predominate season. The other three are known locally as June, July and August."

18 posted on 08/14/2012 7:33:55 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: bcsco
Excuse me, but what's the "average Illinois voter"?

One that elects the predominant members of your state government.

19 posted on 08/14/2012 7:35:38 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
You can't fool the Laffer curve.

Sure can't, but hey ... Gov. Pat Quinn (D. IL) doesn't understand the Laffer curve anyway. When questioned about it recently, he said "What's the Laffer curve?"

20 posted on 08/14/2012 7:36:16 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: CMAC51
I love the Texas weather. I grew up in Michigan where it was “9 month of winter and 3 months of poor sledding...”

There's "Texas weather," and then there's "Houston weather." A towel is useless 9 months out of the year.

21 posted on 08/14/2012 7:36:53 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: thackney
Pipe maker moving Illinois headquarters to Houston

Sounds like pipe makers are serious about the energy biz.

Chicago, not to worry. Many pipe smokers will be moving into downtown.

22 posted on 08/14/2012 7:37:43 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Spirochete
They are.

Do you live here in IL? Doubt you do making a stupid statement like that. Outside Chicago and C(r)ook County, the "collar counties" such as DuPage where this company is are pretty darn RED. DuPage County is one of the most Conservative counties in IL.

23 posted on 08/14/2012 7:37:57 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Red Badger

Yes, I lived in Houston for about 18 months after growing up in North Central Texas. One thing that stood out is how friendly people in Houston were, despite the crime and grimy humidity.

The weather if fine if you don’t mind being wet all of the time.


24 posted on 08/14/2012 7:39:23 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: thackney

Wrong. Your simple mathematical example fails to take in the massive voter fraud that comes out of the locales I named.


25 posted on 08/14/2012 7:39:40 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: bcsco
Thank you, well said.

Some folks on here just prefer to paint everyone who lives in Illinois with the "Obama brush" I suppose. Ignorant jackasses that they are.

26 posted on 08/14/2012 7:39:40 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: thackney

I guess they got tired of “Chicago Values” /s


27 posted on 08/14/2012 7:41:49 AM PDT by Chief901 (Obama Septic Tank Campaign Ads, full of sh!t and smell like crap)
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To: usconservative

It just irritates me sometimes when people paint everyone from Illinois with the same broad brush. It’s bad enough having to live under such conditions, let alone not being counted by our fellow patriots.


28 posted on 08/14/2012 7:42:34 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: bcsco

The company mentioned comes from the Greater Chicago area. The distance from Downers Grove to Downtown Chicago is less than my daily commute.


29 posted on 08/14/2012 7:45:01 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: fwdude

That’s why I live in Ft. Walton Beach. It’s Houston without the crime.........;^)


30 posted on 08/14/2012 7:45:07 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You can’t fool the Laffer curve.

It gets you every time.”

Beuhler?

Beuhler?

Anyone?


31 posted on 08/14/2012 7:45:49 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: thackney

I bet Texas will turn blue in the next decade. With all these companies moving to Texas from the north, they will be bringing their employers with them (most of them anyway). That is why you are seeing a slow shift in the mid-west to red states and the south will be turning blue. However, we cannot allow Texas to turn blue without California or New York turning red.


32 posted on 08/14/2012 7:55:47 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: usconservative

Outside Chicago and C(r)ook County

Outside of those two counties there are hardly any people.


33 posted on 08/14/2012 7:58:00 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: thackney

I named Chicago, not the greater Chicago area. Downers Grove is 40 miles directly East of me. It’s a suburb, and likely has as many Republican voters as it has Democrats. Also, as a suburb, it falls within Obama’s attack on suburbia.

Just because the company comes from near Chicago doesn’t mean the employees are, by default, Democrats.


34 posted on 08/14/2012 7:58:52 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: napscoordinator
Outside of those two counties there are hardly any people.

You're an ignorant jackass (with all due deference to jackasses everywhere.)

35 posted on 08/14/2012 8:01:40 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: thackney

Maybe they didn’t get the special tax discount some of the other Illinois industries received.


36 posted on 08/14/2012 8:04:40 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: napscoordinator
We count for six in DuPage. :) Illinois total population by county, 2006
37 posted on 08/14/2012 8:09:04 AM PDT by mlizzy (And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell others not to kill? --MT)
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To: fwdude; CMAC51
“I know you're referring to the economic and business environment in a conservative region like Texas, not the weather. ;)”

I grew up in Michigan and moved to Houston in 1979. I'll second what CMAC51 said. Skipping the Michigan winters more than makes up for the Houston summers. Weather is pretty nice from October through April - and sometime into May.

Moving into a conservative region after growing up in Michigan was like finding a home after being a stranger in my home town all of my life. But the primary reason I came here was that I could not take the Michigan winters.

38 posted on 08/14/2012 8:15:37 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: napscoordinator

The kind of people that are brought to Texas as their firm moves there to escape liberalism, taxes, and over regulation, are probably already pretty well hip to the real world consequences of politics, I would think that they would be a net gain for conservatism in Texas, and a counter to immigration.


39 posted on 08/14/2012 8:23:04 AM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: napscoordinator
Outside Chicago and C(r)ook County

Outside of those two counties there are hardly any people.

That's the most clueless statement I've seen on FR in quite some time. But then, maybe your intention was to denigrate Illinois patriots. It's one or the other...

40 posted on 08/14/2012 8:25:11 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: mlizzy

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41 posted on 08/14/2012 8:25:58 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: thackney

I know that governor Hair has been working on this sort of thing for awhile now and has been fairly successful. I know Cat is thinking about expanding more into Texas from Peoria,( they moved some manufacturing down here awhile back), but the big cherry, the kahuna, the big mambo would be the CME. I know it’s impossible, but just think about the CME making noises that they aren’t happy with the mob tax in Ill. Ill is terrible for business and Chicago is the worst, but just imagine CME telling they plan to relocate in Dallas or Houston. It would save them tens of millions if not hundreds of millions in taxes. You know they have got to think about things like that when the numbers get that big. Besides taking a bullet on your lunch break with no carry law. I wonder if Santelli would come with them if they decided to move?


42 posted on 08/14/2012 8:27:02 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: napscoordinator
I bet Texas will turn blue in the next decade.
Well like most big cities here they are already blue. You got Austin full of California techies who visit the music scene in Austin like they they are visiting the zoo, San Antonio which is predominately Mexican and votes dem although I like San Antonio and the people there are good folks, Dallas which is just queer, wouldn't know a cowboy if he wasn't wearing a football jersey (like the song says "I ain't from Dallas, I'm from Texas) and here in Houston we got a lesbian mayor and a hard corps leftest city council. But what can you do, the people that live inside these moated castles, think 610, have little care about those peasants that till the soil in the hinterlands, until we vote in statewide elections that is.
43 posted on 08/14/2012 8:28:28 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: dblshot

Every state is conservative outside the city (at least most). The problem is if you get rid of the cities in America. You have hardly anybody left. lol.


44 posted on 08/14/2012 8:32:49 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: Red Badger

Last week was in Destin on vacation. I was amazed how many shops have closed up with for sale signs. Notice broken windows boarded up on some. Three years ago it was thriving.

Oddly, the hotels in “Prime” locations were full and had higher room rates than 3 years ago.


45 posted on 08/14/2012 8:36:18 AM PDT by Orange1998
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To: No Truce With Kings

Houston economy is robust. We have all kinds of new residents from out of state. Its really reminds me of the early 80’s.


46 posted on 08/14/2012 8:43:47 AM PDT by Orange1998
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To: thackney

Retired from Alaska to Houston! Love the town!


47 posted on 08/14/2012 8:56:10 AM PDT by LADYAK
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To: thackney

Retired from Alaska to Houston! Love the town!


48 posted on 08/14/2012 8:56:21 AM PDT by LADYAK
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To: Orange1998

I was remarking on that a few weeks back. The ‘For Lease’ and ‘For Sale’ signs are everywhere. The empty storefronts are ubiquitous.

The very wealthy are still enjoying their vacations and taking in the salt air, but they don’t buy trivial trinkets and such like their lower and middle class counterparts. They are more careful with their wealth and will not waste it on junk........


49 posted on 08/14/2012 8:59:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: LADYAK
Retired from Alaska to Houston!

Alaska is beautiful, but it can be a tough place to grow old. Flip down ice picks on the canes not withstanding...

50 posted on 08/14/2012 9:00:01 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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