Vallourec North America and Hannibal Industries are the latest pipe mills to reopen, with the French company’s Houston production and sales team back at work as of September 2 and Hannibal fully operational on September 5.
“We are especially proud of our teammates at Hannibal who, despite their own losses, are actively working in the community to begin the process of recovery,” Ryan Peck, gm of Hannibal's Houston operations, said in a press release.
Virtually all activity in the steel pipe manufacturing, finishing, coating and distribution channels was impossible during the week of August 28 “due to the chaos”, according to a Texas-based trader.
While flooding itself may have caused minimal physical damage to mills and pipe yards, the disruption was too severe for many employees, utilities and transport links to function.
Now the yards are busy assessing the condition of pipe that was stored low enough to become submerged....