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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies at Youngstown plant

By Bob Downing Published: May 7, 2013

A press release received today from Exterran:

Exterran and Ohio Governor John Kasich Celebrate Ribbon-Cutting for New Youngstown Facility


HOUSTON (May 7, 2013) – Ohio Governor John Kasich and executives from Houston-based Exterran today celebrated the grand opening of Exterran’s new 65,000-square-foot production equipment fabrication facility in Youngstown, Ohio, with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.


The fabrication facility is located in the Salt Springs Industrial Park and is expected to employ more than 100 workers. On hand for the celebration were more than 60 new Exterran employees from the local area already on the job.


An international leader in oil and natural gas products and services, Exterran is expanding its manufacturing into the Northeast United States to meet growing client demand.


“Our customers are actively participating in the development and production of oil and gas in this region, including the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, making this a natural geographic fit for us,” said Exterran President and CEO Brad Childers. “We chose the Youngstown area to ensure the rapid, efficient delivery of quality products to our clients working in the region and because of the outstanding quality of the local workforce here. The Youngstown facility will allow Exterran to meet existing demand and will position us to quickly respond to our valued clients’ future needs.”


The new facility is dedicated to the fabrication of production equipment used to treat or otherwise process natural gas and oil after it is extracted from the ground, such as separation, dehydration, natural gas conditioning, oil treating and conditioning, filtration and air emissions control. The facility’s streamlined lean manufacturing process shortens lead times, increases manufacturing output and produces high-quality products.


“We are excited by the opportunities and long-term potential we see here,” said Childers. “The equipment we produce at this facility is critical to oil and gas production in the northeastern United States, including Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.”


Childers added, “We greatly appreciate the support we have received from the community, including the State of Ohio, City of Youngstown, JobsOhio, the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and Team NEO.”


Over the past year, the Mahoning-Columbiana Training Association (MCTA) / Ohio One Stop has served as the single point for recruiting, screening, referral and placement for new employees. Additionally, Exterran has worked closely with local technical schools to meet its needs for skilled welders.


Global Leader

Exterran, a global market leader and a publicly traded $2.8 billion company, has delivered countless project successes across the globe for more than 50 years. “We serve customers across the energy spectrum, from producers to transporters to processors to storage owners,” Childers said. “We offer a legacy of proven experience worldwide, unmatched technical expertise and unyielding commitment to service.”


"Exterran is an important addition to Ohio’s oil and gas industry supply chain. Through teamwork at the local, regional, and state levels, Exterran committed to building in Ohio and creating jobs, all of which will further strengthen the state’s manufacturing base," said John Minor, JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer.


Tom Humphries, President & CEO of the Regional Chamber, thanked Exterran for its decision to locate a new manufacturing facility in Youngstown and its creation of more than 100 jobs in the Mahoning Valley. “It was our pleasure to work with Exterran since June 2011 to locate a site that best fits their needs while making them aware of every incentive program and opportunity our community and state has to offer. We love having them in our community and we are proud to have such a major manufacturer in our area.”


“This new facility is another example of what we can accomplish as a region by working together to create an environment where businesses can succeed,” said Tom Waltermire, Chief Executive Officer of Team NEO. “It’s an exciting time for our region as we emerge as an ideal location for shale-related businesses.”


About Exterran

Exterran is a global market leader in full service natural gas compression and a premier provider of operations, maintenance, service and equipment for oil and natural gas production, processing and transportation applications. Exterran serves customers across the energy spectrum – from producers to transporters to processors to storage owners. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Exterran has approximately 10,000 employees and operates in approximately 30 countries. For more information, visit

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