Work could begin later this spring repurposing a 15,000 square foot building in west Las Cruces into a pipe manufacturing facility.
The Houston-based Big Tuna USA, which specializes in the production of a high-density pipe used for water management systems, is planning to spend up to $7.5 million transforming a one-story industrial building located at 1846 W. Amador Avenue that was built in 1990.
The structure sits on a 7.5-acre site.
Announcement of the project, which is receiving around $200,000 in New Mexico Local Economic Development Act funding, comes months after months of discussions between Big Tuna USA, Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, and State of New Mexico officials.
In a statement, Mike Waters, director of operations for Big Tuna USA, said the company had reviewed potential sites in Arizona, Colorado, and Texas before deciding to locate to Las Cruces.
“We’re starting a business from the ground up and the incentives really make this feasible,” said Waters.
The piping that Big Tuna USA will build is patented by Long Pipes, Limited, a company based in Yangebup, Australia.
That company has earned a market niche for its development of a seamless and continuous pipeline capable of moving water over great distances.
Big Tuna USA has said that it will initially market the glass-reinforced epoxy piping to the growing southwest oil and gas production industry for its water management systems.
Work on the Las Cruces facility is expected to launch later this spring.
By Garry Boulard
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