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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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: energy; manufacturing; pipeline; redstates; unions
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To: bcsco

Rock Island County has a union mentality and votes for anyone with a “D” following their name. Moving to Florida had many benefits besides the weather for me!


51 posted on 08/14/2012 9:05:29 AM PDT by SPOTTEDOWL (Are frontal lobotomies prerequisite for being classified as a liberal?)
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To: SPOTTEDOWL

Thanks. You’re right, I should have included Rock Island County, especially since my SIL/BIL live there...


52 posted on 08/14/2012 9:12:56 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: CMAC51

I know you were purposely exaggerating for effect, but come on. Nine-month winters?

Sorry, you live in Michigan, not Nome, Alaska.


53 posted on 08/14/2012 9:16:37 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: usconservative; bcsco

54 posted on 08/14/2012 9:17:11 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

I don’t take the 2008 election to be indicative of rural Illinois at all. Many were enamored with the idea of voting for the first Black president.


55 posted on 08/14/2012 9:39:56 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: bcsco

Fair enough, hopefully a lot of the country will say “been there, done that” and move on to reality.

Cheers


56 posted on 08/14/2012 9:44:46 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
hopefully a lot of the country will say “been there, done that” and move on to reality.

I agree. BTW, you'll notice that my county (Ogle) was solidly red. DeKalb, to our East should have been as well, but that's, in part, the NIU influence in the 2008 election for ya...

57 posted on 08/14/2012 9:48:05 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: napscoordinator
The problem is if you get rid of the cities in America. You have hardly anybody left. lol.
Works for me.
58 posted on 08/14/2012 10:49:38 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: napscoordinator

I bet Texas will turn blue in the next decade.”

Of the four largest cities in the U.S., Houston is the only one with an openly Gay mayor and like all the others is very much a sanctuary city. I’ve been here since 1985 and what I have seen is a shift right on money issues but a strong shift left on some social/moral issues.

I would suspect there is going to be a battle royal next year when they gather in Austin over how much money to pump into the public school system. Lots of parents are complaining about the vast array of school supplies they must now pay for out of their pocket.

State of Texas employees are not going to have their insurance coverage through Blue Cross of Texas any more as of September 1 and are moving to United Healthcare so this is a big change. UHC operates their systems primarily out of California so this will have a marked effect on both Blue Cross and the employees.

Should prove to be an interesting Legislative session.


59 posted on 08/14/2012 11:12:24 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: fwdude

Seriously, I have pictures of when I was camping in East Jordan, the second week of June. We woke in the morning to over an inch of snow covering the ground and the tent. In my book, snow equal winter.

Yes, I was exaggerating. Most years, snowfall is done by the middle of May.


60 posted on 08/14/2012 11:38:54 AM PDT by CMAC51
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To: No Truce With Kings

What part of Michigan? Is it all liberal, or aren’t there some conservative regions?


61 posted on 08/14/2012 11:48:39 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

“What part of Michigan? Is it all liberal, or aren’t there some conservative regions?”

I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Grew up there. Went to college at the University of Michigan because it had the best engineering program in the state of Michigan — and got out as soon as I could following graduation.

There are some conservative parts of the state, but Ann Arbor ain’t one of them.


62 posted on 08/14/2012 12:04:31 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: thackney; usconservative; bcsco

That’s gotta sting.

I remember that election well. I cried. I was in DC and watched otherwise intelligent people tell me that a Cook County Democrat would make America a beautiful, happy place again.

I said, “Look what they’ve done for Cook County.” They wouldn’t listen. Now, here we are.


63 posted on 08/14/2012 7:46:24 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD; thackney; usconservative

I didn’t expect Illinois to miraculously turn red in 2008 due to the overwhelming affect of Chicago politics. But I was surprised as many counties turned blue as they did. Especially around us (Ogle).

Winnebago, that’s Rockford. That’s always blue. Rock Island County as well, as someone else pointed out. But other counties nearby are fairly conservative. Downstate as well, both in central and Southern Illinois. Yeah, 2008 was a hard election to swallow. Too many people bought into the Kool Aid.


64 posted on 08/15/2012 5:28:22 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: bcsco
But I was surprised as many counties turned blue as they did.

Speaking from a viewpoint on the outside, I would have expected those in Illinois but outside of the Chicago area would understand better than most the nation, how crooked Chicago politics are and how they bring down those outside their area with their influence.

But the voting record in 2008 does not show that to be true for the majority.

65 posted on 08/15/2012 6:18:44 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

You have to understand that Chicago is the original Bread and Circuses town. Here’s a great book on the founder of the Cook County Democratic Party:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Gambler-King-Clark-Street/dp/0809328933

He’s a pimp, gambler and gangster. His replacements all follow the same pattern. The people eat it up because they really want to believe in magic: something for nothing.

Here in Illinois we balance the budget by borrowing, damn our own state constitution. The media squawk, but then head out to dinner with our local pols. I live in the North Korea of America, but we eat alright.


66 posted on 08/15/2012 2:45:44 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
You have to understand that Chicago is the original Bread and Circuses town.

How does that explain all the Obama voting outside of Cook County?

67 posted on 08/16/2012 4:48:16 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

East St. Louis.


68 posted on 08/16/2012 4:54:11 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: thackney
Fall is my favorite time here and the winters we get are marvelous..Just like this week they said we are going to get a cold front come in..going from 106 to 94..

I have lived many places but I can tell you Texas is my home and always will be..When we came back from our last tour of duty there was a little change,we could tell the Yankee democrats were moving in..My husband is from NJ and he never wanted to go back there not even to visit..

69 posted on 08/16/2012 10:00:43 AM PDT by PLD
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To: thackney

I suspect the business friendly environment in Texas played a role as well.


70 posted on 08/16/2012 8:52:14 PM PDT by matt04
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To: CMAC51

Are you from the UP? LOL It’s been gorgeous here the past week.

If the employees actually move with the company there would be many changes, one being moving from a *locust* state to a right-to-work state. Also, just because one is from a union state it doesn’t mean they are in love with unions.


71 posted on 08/17/2012 12:46:17 PM PDT by madison10 (You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality)
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To: madison10
I grew up around Grand Rapids. I would go trout fishing in East Jordan as often as I got the chance.

Michigan is actually a gorgeous state when the weather is right. (I'm a warm weather freak, so Texas is perfect for me.) It could also be a very prosperous one if they could get the overall attitude squared away. Between the natural resources, access to the Great Lakes, predominately strong family values and knowledge base they have what it takes. I left because of the weather, but once you are on the outside looking in, you realize how much the attitudes in Michigan are holding them back.

It does seem that with the breakdown of Detroit and some of the current political signs coming from Michigan that maybe they have turned a corner and will start fighting their way back. It will take real fortitude to be successful.

72 posted on 08/17/2012 1:17:08 PM PDT by CMAC51
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