Company Invests $60 million in Manufacturing Facility at Port of Brownsville
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – May 02, 2023- The Port of Brownsville continues to gain strength in the steel industry as Forza Steel invests $60 million to build its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at the port.
The Mexican company, which specializes in the manufacturing of carbon steel pipe, plans to install equipment in July to begin rolling mill operations.
For over 20 years, Forza Steel has serviced the Mexican and U.S. steel markets from their manufacturing facility located in Salinas Victoria, Nuevo León. The company selected the Port of Brownsville to enhance operations in the U.S. by getting closer to their customer base to close gaps in the supply chain.
“The Port of Brownsville is the perfect location for Forza Steel’s entry into the American market. The location from Monterrey to Brownsville is ideal,” said Isidro Cantu, general manager for Forza Steel USA. “Forza Steel is very excited to be part of the Brownsville community and grow.”
Forza Steel is among the latest companies to join the port’s growing steel sector, bringing in 150 direct jobs and 450 indirect jobs to the region. The new 650,000-square-foot facility will manufacture steel pipes and tubes for the automotive, construction, and oil and gas industries.
“We are excited to expand our role in the steel industry as a major gateway for steel in both Mexico and the United States,” said Port of Brownsville Director and CEO Eduardo A. Campirano. “Our multimodal logistics allow companies to optimize the movement of goods via rail, truck and water to save time and money.”
The facility is located along State Highway 48 and will feature an automated tarping station to increase safety while loading cargo. The company plans to bring in 260,000 metric tons of steel a year while outputting 240,000 tons annually.
About the Port of Brownsville
The Port of Brownsville is the only deep-water seaport directly on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the largest land-owning public port authority in the nation with 40,000 acres of land. It transships more steel into Mexico than any other U.S. port. As the major multimodal transportation hub serving the Rio Grande Valley and northern Mexico, the Port of Brownsville supports investment opportunities and jobs. Activity at the port is responsible for adding more than $2.6 billion to the regional economy, $3 billion to the Texas economy, and for the creation of more than 51,000 jobs statewide.