The USRCC helped to organize the Grand Opening of the TMK IPSCO R&D Facility in Houston. The event took place on October 1, 2012.
TMK IPSCO’s new state‐of‐the‐art R&D Center serves as the heart of the company’s innovation initiatives‐new product design and development, experimental and validation testing, and advanced metallurgical research‐ and is a key part of the company’s long‐term strategy to drive growth in oil and gas markets. In addition to key customers and suppliers, the event also included important government officials, including Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade, Texas Senator Rodney Ellis, and Houston City Council Members Oliver Pennington and Helena Brown, and the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Houston, Alexander Zakharov. They were joined by representatives from the Port of Houston Authority, Greater Houston Partnership, and other organizations. In addition to the R&D Facility, TMK IPSCO is moving its North America Headquarters from Chicago to Houston, and the move will be complete by the end of 2013. This momentous occasion was recognized by Governor Rick Perry in a welcome letter presented to the organization in which the Governor noted, “With our business-friendly tax system, skilled workforce, proximity to strategic markets, and predictable regulatory climate, Texas is proud to offer companies like TMK IPSCO an unparalleled competitive edge. We relish the opportunity to not only bring new jobs and investment to our communities but also to foster expansion and prosperity for businesses large and small. I hope this relocation will be a boon for TMK IPSCO and the Houston community as a whole.” USRCC also helped facilitate a meeting between senior TMK officials, including Dmitry Pumpyansky, the President of TMK in Russia and Houston Mayor Annise Parker during the visit to Houston.