LITTLE ROCK — Pipe manufacturer Welspun Corp. Ltd. announced Thursday it will add 200 jobs at its Little Rock plant, bringing the total number of employees to 730.

LITTLE ROCK — Pipe manufacturer Welspun Corp. Ltd. announced Thursday it will add 200 jobs at its Little Rock plant, bringing the total number of employees to 730.

The India-based company also said it will spend $100 million to expand the facility, bringing its total investment to $280 million.

In a news conference at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce’s downtown Little Rock office, Gov. Mike Beebe said Welspun chose to invest in Arkansas during tough economic times.

He said city, county and state officials and the chamber worked together with Welspun executives to bring the company to Arkansas.

“This is Welspun’s day, but this is Little Rock’s day and this is Arkansas’ day and this is your day, and all of you deserve a lot of credit,” said Beebe, who was joined in the news conference by Welspun and Little Rock officials.

Rajesh Mandawewala, managing director of Welspun, said the company is proud to call Little Rock home.

“While we are investing millions in this state, we feel that we have also received a great deal by being part of this great community,” he said.

The expansion announced Thursday is the plant’s second since it opened in April 2009. A year after the facility opened with 300 employees, Welspun announced plans to add 230 more jobs.

Located on 740 acres next to the Port of Little Rock, the plant produces pipe used around the world, primarily in the oil and gas industry, and has an annual production capacity of more than 350,000 tons of pipe.

The expansion will allow the plant to build a second building where it will manufacture 6-inch to 20-inch steel piping.

To attract Welspun to Arkansas, the state offered $3.5 million from the governor’s quick-action closing fund, as well as performance-based incentives.

Little Rock and Pulaski County offered $9.5 million in incentives through infrastructure improvements. In December, Welspun announced it was laying off 60 temporary workers because of the delay of the Keystone XL oil pipeline project.