George Thompson has been announced as Dura-Bond’s new Executive Vice President, Commercial, Tubular Products. He will be responsible for the Sales, Marketing and Sales Support of Dura-Bond’s LSAW and ERW pipe. Prior to joining Dura-Bond, George was VP, Sales & Marketing at C P Industries. He spent most of his career at United States Steel, where he held positions of increasing responsibility throughout the organization over 27 years, ending his career at US Steel as VP, Commercial, Tubular Products, the same group he started with in 1987.
Mr. Thompson was responsible for leading U S Steel’s commercial organization as U S Steel Tubular changed from a pipe supplier to distribution within the energy industry to a solution provider for the Energy industry. He lead the commercial group as US Steel Tubular and the former Lone Star Tubular were combined in 2007 to create the largest Energy Tubular supplier in North America.
George’s strengths are his knowledge of the ever changing tubular supply chain that has become necessary to serve the energy industry in North America. He has strong relationships throughout the industry, developed in the field over his 30 years of service. He is a proven leader with strong team building skills that benefit company and customer alike. His record of accomplishment at every level speaks for itself, leading U S Steel Tubular Products to record revenue and income over his last seven years of service at U S Steel.
Mr. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA.
George was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but has lived throughout the US. He currently lives on Oakmont, PA, and he enjoys everything about his two wonderful children, George, age 16, and Libby, age 14. In his free time, he is an avid golfer and runs for exercise.
Dura-Bond Piple LLC has reached a new company milestone. We produced one million feet of 42″ diameter x .600″ wall X70 for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This is about 25,000 pieces for a total of 132,000 tons (enough steel to build multiple aircraft carriers) and we still have much more to make. A special thank you from Dura-Bond to all employees working on this project. Dura-Bond would also like to thank Atlantic Coast Pipeline for it’s continued confidence in Dura-Bond for it’s outstanding reputation to produce quality Large Diameter LSAW pipe.
Dura-Bond Industries has purchased the former USS McKeesport Tubular operations. The former ERW mill was idled in 2014 eliminating around 260 positions.
This asset will be a great addition to Dura-Bond’s pipe making abilities. Now able to service the smaller diameter line pipe market in addition to larger 24-44″ diameter pipe making in Steelton, PA, with coating facilities nearby.
U.S. Steel idled the McKeesport mill because of the downturn in the oil and gas industry and a crush of cheap imports from overseas producers. More than half of the oil and gas pipe used domestically is imported.
“There is renewed optimism in the country for domestic manufacturing.” Jason Norris, President.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC, which has proposed a 550-mile natural gas pipeline to bring much-needed energy to Virginia and North Carolina, today announced an agreement totaling more than $400 million with Dura-Bond Industries to produce steel pipe for the project.
Dura-Bond, which ACP LLC selected after an extensive bidding process, is scheduled to produce the pipe at its Steelton, Pa., mill beginning late 2015 through March 2017. Dura-Bond plans to hire about 150 employees at the mill to run a second shift of union workforce to meet the schedule.
“We are excited to work with Dura-Bond, one of the nation’s premier suppliers of gas transmission pipeline,” said Diane Leopold, president of Dominion Energy. “Dura-Bond has an outstanding reputation in the industry and has been a long-term supplier of pipe and pipe coating for Dominion’s gas transmission business, dating back to the 1970s.