Local News Headlines–5/1/2013

A Mexico based steel pipe and tube manufacturer announcing it will locate its third plant in north Bryan.  Taking the place of the code name Kuadrum is the privately owned parent company, Prolamsa, and its Bryan subsidiary, to be called Axis Pipe and Tube.  Vice President and Project Director Steve Manchester says Bryan was chosen from three finalists, selected from an initial field of 25 cities in Texas and Louisiana.   Over 70 percent of Axis current and future customers are within 500 miles of the plant. Production is supposed to start around this time next year. Axis will join plants in Prolamsa’s home city of Monterrey, Mexico and Laredo. Following the public presentation, the land sale was closed on 183 acres that was valued the first of the year at more than $7-million. Details of the county’s tax abatement agreement were also released yesterday. Prolamsa will receive a 100-percent tax break in the first four years followed by a sliding scale during the next six years. And, Axis has two-and-a-half years to complete its $120-million facility. That includes two buildings, one ten acres in size and the other five acres. The November 2016 deadline also applies to reaching 285 employees and a minimum annual payroll of $10.5-million. That doesn’t count other businesses that will open to serve Axis, which is projected to generate at least 300 more jobs.

Two new semi tractors right out of the factory were totaled following an accident on Highway 30 west of Shiro yesterday morning.  D-P-S trooper William Kettler says a 2014 Peterbilt was towing two more rigs by piggybacking one with the next.  The transport driver, taking all three to a dealer, told Kettler the back tires on the last unit dropped off the pavement.  That caused the two rigs being towed to break off the third that was being driven. One landed mostly in the ditch and the other came to rest in the roadway.  No other vehicles were involved, but the highway was shut down for the better part of five hours.  Kettler says part of the delay was waiting for L-P gas to escape out of the rig that flipped. The driver was not injured.

And, the big screen is coming to Bryan-College Station like never before.  Jenna Kujawski with the city of Bryan says work has already begun at Premiere Cinema to convert two current screens into one IMAX 3D screen.  Kujawski says it will be a major boon for Brazos valley residents and students who’ll no longer have to travel 90 miles to Dallas, Houston, or Austin for a great IMAX experience. Kujawski says renovations, which include leather seats, a Starbucks, A fireside wine and beer bar and in-auditorium dining, should be finished by this fall.