of WELSPUN Plant at Little Rock, Arkansas
Honorable Governor of Arkansas, Mr. Mike Beebe and First Lady of Arkansas,
Mrs. Ginger Beebe inaugurated the pipe manufacturing plant set up at
Little Rock by a well-known Indian Company, Welspun Gujarat Stahl Rohren
Ltd. on 28 April, 2009, in the presence of the Honorable Mayor of Little
Rock, Mr. Mark Stodola; Chairman and MD of WELSPUN, Mr. B.K. Goenka;
and Consul General of India in Houston, Mr. Sanjiv Arora.
2. The WELSPUN facility
at Little Rock has been set up with an initial investment of $150 million
and has created over 300 jobs for the local area. This World-class
spiral-welded pipe making plant has been set up close to Little Rock
Port and caters to the Oil & Gas Sector in North America, South
America and other markets.
3. The inauguration ceremony
of the WELSPUN Plant, which had become operational some time earlier,
was attended by several local dignitaries; top management of economic
promotion agencies of Arkansas such as Little Rock Port Authority, Arkansas
World Trade Center and Arkansas Economic Development Commission; business
representatives from USA, India and other countries; and overseas Indians.
4. Mr. B.K. Goenka described
the setting up of this Plant as realization of the vision of his father,
late Mr. Gopiram Goenka. He expressed thanks and appreciation
for the support of Arkansas authorities under the Governorís leadership.
Consul General Sanjiv Arora highlighted the vast potential for expanding
business cooperation between India and USA, and complimented the WELSPUN
facility as a business success story worthy of emulation. In his
keynote address, the Governor of Arkansas commended the WELSPUN management
for setting up this plant at Little Rock and creating jobs for the local
5. The inauguration of
the WELSPUN facility also provided a useful opportunity for exchange
of views and networking among the invitees, many of whom are active
players in the Energy Sector and came to this event shortly before their
participation in the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.
Traditional Lighting of Lamps at the inauguration of WELSPUN Plant at Little Rock, Arkansas. Seen in the picture are (L to R): Mr. B.K. Goenka, CMD of WELSPUN; Governor of Arkansas, Mr. Mike Beebe; First Lady of Arkansas Mrs. Ginger Beebe; Mayor of Little Rock, Mr. Mark Stodola; and Consul General of India in Houston, Mr. Sanjiv Arora.