Northwest Pipe Co. announced an agreement to purchase a new state-of-the-art spiral weld pipe mill from Wilson Byard Ltd. of Scotland. This will complement coating, lining and material handling equipment previously acquired and will form a new spiral weld pipe manufacturing line in the company's Saginaw, TX facility. The pipe mill is expected to be installed in the third quarter of this year and operational by the fourth quarter.

Northwest Pipe also is in final negotiations to purchase a second new spiral weld pipe mill targeted for its Parkersburg, WV facility. This mill likely will be delivered in the first quarter of next year.