A promise of hundreds of jobs and millions in investment is now underway in Baytown.
JSW Steel - USA has broken ground on a $500 million dollar expansion of its 40 year-old steel mill with an aggressive modernization that will make it unique in the country.
The company plans to install equipment that will all it to melt raw materials and scrap metal, tariff free, to manufacture high precision steel plates and pipe.
Parent company, JSW Group, is India’s largest steel manufacturer. The company thinks Baytown is centrally locates for the country’s appetite for steel.
“Because of the impetus on infrastructure growth,” says JSW’s Parth Jindal, “We felt this was the right time, most opportunistic time, to invest.”
The investment includes 500 new, well paying, steelworker jobs that the company CEO thinks is long overdue.
“I’ve been in this industry for over 40 years,” says John Hritz, “It’s an honor to be creating jobs in the steel industry in the United States.”
The project got a big boost, in March, when Governor Greg Abbott approved a $3.4 Million grant from the Texas Enterprise Fund. His office hopes other industries will notice the state is business-friendly”
“What we’re hoping, in Texas, is to see more companies make their product right here,” says Bryan Daniel of the governor’s office for economic development and tourism.
When complete, in about two years, the project will more than double JSW’s workforce and triple the amount of steel it produces.