Vallourec resumes Houston operations after Harvey

YOUNGSTOWN — Although Hurricane Harvey forced Vallourec to suspend its operations in Houston, workers at the Vallourec Star tube mill on Martin King Luther Jr. Blvd. and VAM USA pipe-threading plant on Ohio Works Drive were not impacted, according to company leaders.

“We had no other significant stoppages in other facilities due to Hurricane Harvey. There was some delay in rail shipments into Houston, but that service has resumed,” Douglas A. Polk, Vallourec USA’s vice president of industry affairs, explained in an email to the Tribune Chronicle.

The France-based company resumed its Houston operations late last week.

Some 150 of the company’s 1,000 employees in Houston were directly impacted by the storm, according to a news release from the company.

“Assessments of their conditions continue. Recovery assistance and support has begun,” the release states.

After inspections Wednesday and Thursday, it was determined that production facilities had minimal damage and were safe for employees to return to work, the company said, adding that all Houston facilities were open and conducting business as local travel conditions permitted.

Vallourec, which makes tubing used in the oil and gas industry, has 22 manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The company’s Youngstown operations employ about 500 workers.