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Industry Leading

San Patricio County is home to the largest manufacturing sector in the Coastal Bend, with more than one in 10 jobs relating to this industry. The construction sector is the leading private employer and supports the development and maintenance of heavy manufacturing. With several large-scale industrial sites under construction, temporary and permanent employment will continue to expand in years to come.

Readily Available Work

Available work in San Pat County is expected to be a stimulus to the metro area economy. Businesses in support activities for oil and gas exploration continue to expand their employment within the county.

Steel Dynamics

Founded in 1993, Steel Dynamics, Inc. is one of the largest domestic steel producers and metals recyclers in the United States based on estimated annual steelmaking and metals recycling capability, with annual revenues of $8.8 billion in 2014, over 7,700 employees, and manufacturing facilities primarily located throughout the United States (including six steel mills, eight steel processing facilities, two iron production facilities, over 90 metals recycling locations and six steel fabrication plants).

The plant will is located about two miles east of the intersection of State Highway 89 and U.S. Highway 77. The project promises to be an economic game changer for San Patricio County; it’s expected to produce 3 million tons of steel each year, starting in mid-2021.


Kiewit Offshore Services was created in 2001 to pursue opportunities within the offshore fabrication market, and quickly established itself as a leading fabricator for the oil and gas industry. The company’s reputation for successfully delivering large offshore projects on time and within budget has led to a historic role in constructing the world’s largest and deepest drilling rigs. Kiewit’s expertise in massive and complex steel erection, using state-of-the-art facilities and methods, is applied to the construction of large structural steel components, and even military applications, in addition to offshore oil and gas projects.

TPCO America

Tianjin Pipe (Group) Corporation is investing in excess of $1 billion through TPCO America (with U.S.-joint venture partners) to build a seamless steel pipe manufacturing facility on a 253-acre site east of Gregory, Texas.Construction of the 1.6 million square-foot facility is well underway, providing construction-related jobs for thousands of Americans.As the plant begins operations, it will employ an estimated workforce of 300-400 people. A preliminary study projected a total boost to the local economy of approximately $2.7 billion over the first decade of construction and operation of the facility. Using an electric arc furnace to convert recycled scrap steel and pig iron, the facility will be fueled by electricity and natural gas and will utilize Best Available Control Technology and cutting-edge processes that reduce emissions, conserve energy, and decrease environmental impacts. The facility will recycle water and retain storm water for reuse. The TPCO America facility will be the largest single investment by a Chinese company in a U.S. manufacturing facility.

Martin Marietta Materials

Martin Marietta Materials supplies the products to build the world around you. They are the nation’s second largest producer of construction aggregates used primarily for construction of highways and other infrastructure projects, in certain green initiatives, including flue gas desulphurization, and in the domestic commercial and residential construction industries. Their aggregates business network of approximately 300 quarries, distribution yards and plants spans coast to coast through 27 states, Canada, the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands.

Through their Specialty Products business, Martin Marietta also producse magnesia-based chemicals used in industrial, agricultural and environmental application and dolomitic lime sold primarily to customers in the steel industry.

OxyChem has been investing in the Ingleside manufacturing site since 1987, including a major expansion in 2017. San Patricio County offers a strategic location on the Gulf of Mexico, robust transportation infrastructure, important raw material availability, a quality work force, and excellent quality of life in the Coastal Bend. These factors all contribute to the continued success of this important OxyChem operation.
Rick Ritter, Plant Manager
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