Consulate General of India


Press Release

    Inauguration of WELSPUN Plant at Little Rock, Arkansas

The 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 area.

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.