Hydril Resumes Operations After Hurricane Rita

Hydril says that Houston operations were shut down Thursday, September 22 through Monday, September 26 due to Hurricane Rita and resumed normal operations at all three facilities Tuesday morning, September 27. These facilities employ approximately 50% of Hydril's worldwide manufacturing workforce.

Chris Seaver, President and CEO stated, "`We shut down operations in Houston at close of business on Wednesday, September 21 to allow our Houston based employees to prepare for Hurricane Rita. Our Houston facilities were not damaged, although they were without power on Saturday and Sunday. We delayed reopening until today in order to let our employees take care of their personal situations.''

Our Westwego, Louisiana premium connection manufacturing plant closed on August 27, before the arrival of Hurricane Katrina, and resumed operations on September 12. Operations were interrupted again for evacuation on September 22 due to Hurricane Rita, and started back up on Monday, September 26. This plant is currently running at about 60% of the production level prior to Hurricane Katrina, due principally to local curfew and infrastructure issues.