Bryan is getting a new pipe and tubular products manufacturing facility. This addition to the Research Valley will create an estimated 500 jobs and add an estimated $20 million in revenue for local governments over the next ten years. "This project will serve as a catalyst and anchor tenant of Texas Triangle Park and will bring significant economic benefit to Brazos County as a long-term corporate citizen. Our taxpayers will see a significant return on this investment," stated Brazos County Judge Duane Peters.
The new facility will be known as Axis Pipe and Tube, Inc., a division of The Prolamsa Group. They plan to be open and operating by mid 2014. According to Prolamsa “From Bryan we have easy access to the highways and the rail system, allowing for quick, efficient delivery to our customers, many of whom are located right here in the heart of one of the main markets for the oil and gas industry."
This is the biggest manufacturing project, to date, that has come to Research Valley. Prolamsa Group chose to bring the facility to Bryan because the area culture is aligned with the values that their company upholds. "The City of Bryan is very pleased to welcome Prolamsa to Texas Triangle Park. During the location selection process, we have developed a trusted relationship with the company's leadership based on our shared values of family and faith. We appreciate the significant number of quality jobs that they will create in our community and the economic benefits they will bring as a new corporate entity,” said City of Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski.
The Prolamsa group has a great back story that is filled with family values and hard work. Don Juan Monemayor Martinez is the founder of Prolmsa, and at 14 years old he began his story by working in a tin shop. In 1924 he decided that he wanted to make his own shop and invested all his savings. The shop was a modest one with four rooms, two for the shop and two for living with his new wife. He began to produce all of the steel products that the city’s factories required.
In 1932 he constructed a new shop and operated under the name Artefactos de Lámina Juan Montemayor M. The business seemed to prosper until a conflict with a union forced him to shut down.
"Amongst the personnel, there are always good, regular, and bad workers," Don Juan philosophized, "but all of them must be treated equally."
He would not give up his dream though; he constructed a new building to harbor his dream and started a single line of products. He owned a pair of scissors and a press break which allowed him to manufacture shapes for doors and windows. He named the new company Productos Laminados de Monterrey, S. A., or PROLAMSA. The company grew and grew and became very successful.
"Money does not change us when it is earned slowly and through effort," he said. It did not change him, judging from his kind and familiar way of calling each one of these 300 people: "my children".
Don Juan Montemayor Martínez summarized his efforts in one humble phrase:
"I do not have the words to thank our Creator for the benefits received...despite having endured hardship and bitterness as well."
A great company combined with values that line up with the local community, Prolamsa will be a wonderful addition to the local area.
Quotes and information taken from http://www.prolamsa.com/english/historia.asp