BOOMING AT PORT OF IBERIA
Four more companies have announced expansion
plans at the thriving Port of Iberia. “Requests
for additional real estate keep increasing,”
said Roy Pontiff, Executive Director of the Port.
“The national and global energy indicators
on both the supply and demand sides all point
to continued growth.” The most recent companies
to lease additional acreage at the Port are Chart
Energy & Chemical, Inc., Parker Drilling Offshore
USA, LLC and Dynamic Industries, Inc.
DRILLING EXPANDS AT PORT
“We are doubling our Port acreage to accommodate
future expansion needs,” said Mike Drennon,
Vice President of Operations at Parker. The additional
25 acres are needed as energy demand and production
continue to grow. The Houston based company provides
drilling services -- both land and offshore --
including drilling rigs, project management and
rental tools to the energy industry. The New Iberia
operation is the company’s headquarters
for domestic barge operations. In addition its
worldwide training facility is located at the
Port. The company has approximately 750 employees
in New Iberia. “Parker is currently hiring
new rig-based workers for every position from
roustabouts to rig managers. We are looking for
experienced employees as well as those new to
the industry, whom we will train, right here in
New Iberia,” said Mr. Drennon.
INDUSTRIES, INC. CONTINUES TO GROW
To meet anticipated needs, Dynamic has leased
an additional 30 acres and obtained an existing
manufacturing facility at the Port of Iberia.
With these new additions, Dynamic now operates
out of approximately 300 acres at the Port of
Iberia. The Port is committed to invest approximately
$3,400,000 on the infrastructure and security
upgrades related to the additional 30 acres leased.
Dynamic Industries, Inc. is a leading fabrication
and related services company that serves the upstream
and downstream sectors of the energy industry.
The company currently employees approximately
2000 direct personnel and is actively seeking
additional supervisory, skilled and semi-skilled
applicants in crafts related to pipe/structural
welding and fitting, sandblasting/painting, electrical/instrumentation,
equipment operators and QA/QC.
STRONG FOR CHART ENERGY AND CHEMICALS, INC.
"New products, new business and new clients
continue to fuel our growth," said Brenda
Riley, Manager of Human Resources for Chart. "That's
why we added another 20 acres to our Port facility."
Chart is a leading independent global manufacturer
of highly engineered equipment used in the production,
storage and end-use of hydrocarbon and industrial
gasses. The company, with 225 employees in New
Iberia, designs and manufactures cryogenic units
-- cold boxes -- used in the purification and
liquification of gasses. In addition, Chart designs
and manufactures vacuum insulated pipes which
are used in the transport of liquid natural gas.
Chart Energy and Chemicals, Inc. is a subsidiary
of Chart Industries, Inc. which is based in Garfield
BUILDING FOR TWO PORT COMPANIES
All Points Equipment, LLC and Century Corrosion
Technology, Inc. will be expanding into a new
37,500 square foot building at the Port of Iberia.
"Business is strong, we need room to grow,"
said Terry Clinkenbeard,Vice President of Sales
for Century Corrosion. The Port is building the
structure for expansion of their business. The
new building with house a 20' x 20' x 80' blast
room; with the intention of adding an additional
blast room in the future. The bays will be served
with 20 ton over head cranes. "We will be
able to apply coatings year round with very little
to no issues pertaining to weather," Terry
said. All Points Equipment is increasing their
indoor blasting coating
building by 250%.
All Points Equipment specializes in the inspection
and repair of drilling riser as well as other
offshore drilling equipment. Century Corrosion
specializes in applications of coatings since
1969. Richard Romero is Vice President of Operations
at the Port of Iberia facility. Houston-based
Century Corrosion and All Points have approximately
30 employees at the Port and they are looking
for additional workers. They are hiring blasters,
painters and day laborers.