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Tenaris adjusts production due to coronavirus

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World Pipelines,

Tenaris will be reducing its workforce in the US due to the abrupt, sharp decline in the price of oil, and subsequent decrease in market activity.

Employees at Tenaris’s Koppel and Ambridge, Pennsylvania, facilities have been informed that operations at the two plants will be suspended effective 31 March 2020. Operations at its threading plant in Brookfield, Ohio, will be suspended as of 17 April 2020.

Tenaris will also be implementing employee reductions at its facilities in the southern region, at its threading plant in Baytown, Texas, and at its Hickman, Arkansas, welded pipe plant, effective 17 April 2020.

“These are extraordinary times for our sector that require us to implement difficult, short-term measures to temporarily lean our operations to maintain a long-term solid position to serve our customers,” said Luca Zanotti, Tenaris US President.

The adjustments across the facilities will result in the layoff of more than 900 employees.

Given the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Tenaris will be offering employees being laid off three months of COBRA health insurance with the possibility of being extended should the outbreak persist.

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