A Texas-based industrial construction company has set up a branch in Pittsburgh where it hopes to take advantage of the growth happening in the Marcellus Shale.
Ref-Chem has taken out a lease at the Gulf Tower in downtown Pittsburgh. The next move is to find a fabrication facility, a warehouse and a yard to store equipment.
The company now has three Pittsburgh-based employees but it will add dozens more as it wins business contracts. It would then need 8,000 to 10,000 square feet of shop to fabricate the piping and components that go into the projects. Those would then be sent into the construction field where as many as 200 workers will be located. An average site will have 50 to 60 employees.
Odessa-based Ref-Chem is bidding on several projects and that the pace of its growth is dependent on winning the bids. It builds such things as meter stations, gas compressor stations and cryogenics plants, which separate the components of a natural gas stream.