History

Founded by Hans Kayem in 1959, as a distributor of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and line pipe, Tex-Isle has a rich history that embodies the entrepreneurial spirit and the American dream. Established on direct steel mill relationships, Tex-Isle has maintained our business focus of purchasing for the oil and gas industry and has become one of the leading specialists in the field. As a privately held, family owned business, we are able to react quickly to market shifts and provide flexibility that gives you a competitive edge.

Since inception, Tex-Isle has built strategic relationships with some of the world’s preeminent steel producers. At the time of the company’s founding, we established a partnership with German tubular producer, Phoneix-Rhinerhor AG, which would eventually merge with Mannesmann-Werke AG. This partnership served as the foundation for Tex-Isle to be a leading supplier of oilfield tubulars in North America. The company continued to form additional partnerships with several notable mills, but most importantly with the Japanese companies Sumitomo Metals and Yawata Iron and Steel. Eventually, Yawata Iron and Steel merged with Fuji Steel to form Nippon Steel Corporation. Because of these strong early alliances, Tex-Isle became one of the first American companies to import Japanese steel products for use in the oil and gas industry. It was through these relationships, that Tex-Isle thrived as one of the most reliable sources in the Gulf Coast region for API OCTG and Line Pipe, and a loyal following developed with some of the major oil and gas producers in the United States including: Getty Oil, Texaco, Shell Oil Company, Union Texas Petroleum, and Coastal States Oil and Gas.

Over the ensuing years, the relationships that we established with domestic and international steel manufacturers provided customers with an excellent, quality product at substantial savings. With a primary focus on OCTG and line pipe products, we expanded our service offerings with the addition of a coating complex facility located near the Port of Corpus Christi and the Eagle Ford Shale.

Today, Tex-Isle operates a fully integrated line pipe external coating facility, and an oilfield line pipe and OCTG internal coating facility from our George West, Texas coating division. Additionally, we provide on-site heat treating and threading capabilities at our state of the art processing facility in Robstown, Texas. Along with these capabilities, we are continually expanding our value added services to complement the customer focused service model that we continue to provide.

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