spwm pipingwaterAfter posting a job growth of only 1.6 percent, the lowest in two years, Las Cruces, N.M., landed a new manufacturing center.

Big Tuna USA signed a lease on a vacant 15,000-square foot building that sits on 7.5 acres. The company holds the exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute a high-density pipe product patented by Australianbased Long Pipes Ltd. The product has a significantly larger internal diameter and a higher pressure rating than current market solutions.

The initial target market for the piping is the oil and gas industry for process water-management systems.

The company plans to initially target water-management systems in the United States and then progressively step into other pipeline markets, including low-pressure natural gas, non-potable water, and agricultural and municipal water distribution services.

Big Tuna expects to spend four months on construction and redevelopment at the Las Cruces site with a goal of producing 50-miles of pipe in 2020 and doubling that in 2021 and 2022. It will be hiring 30 workers over the next three years.

“We looked at Colorado, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico and we’re pretty excited about this location in Las Cruces,” said Mike Watters, director of operations for Big Tuna USA.

“I’m absolutely thrilled by our continued economic expansion across key growth areas,” New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “Every new partner, each new investment, all the new jobs—all of it boosts the signal we’re sending to industry here and elsewhere that New Mexico is open for business and ready for significant growth.”