Linde Engineering North America (LENA) completed a $2.7 million expansion to its existing fabrication facility located at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, company officials announced today.
The project includes construction of a new office building and the expansion of a trial fitting area. Company officials say a combination of future growth opportunities as well as the desire to improve safety prompted the expansion. Steve Bertone, LENA President said, “We are pleased to be at the forefront of plant modularization and these upgrades will yield even more opportunities to develop and streamline our processes.”
The new office building is a two-story, 13,000 square-foot structure. It is located across the street in close proximity to fabrication activity. Bertone explained the added space allows for future staff growth and the new location provides a more effective, safe environment for fabrication.
Before shipping complete modules to customers, LENA conducts a trial fit to assure the modules have been fabricated according to specifications. Relocating office workers to the new site allows for more room to trial fit modules, adding efficiency and improving overall productivity. Eric Sandefur, Director of Manufacturing explained, “The expansion will allow for improved productivity, quality control measures and most importantly, increased safety.”
The new building includes state-of-the-art safe rooms, providing a safe haven for office workers. An existing safe room is already established in the separate workshop for employees located there.
The new building houses the fabrication project management team, quality control, office space for management team and has space for workforce expansion. The old quality control facility is now being used as a training area.
“We are very proud to have Linde Engineering North America as a member of our industrial family,” said Bob Portiss, Port Director, Tulsa Port of Catoosa. “One of the key factors attributable to their success and the principal reason they located at the Port is the availability of barge, rail, and truck transportation services to move the large modular units they build. They are the epitome of the type of industry within the Tulsa Region that benefits from the Port.”
LENA’s Port of Catoosa operation includes both manufacturing operations as well as office personnel such as workshop management, project management, workshop safety, quality control group and administrative staff. The company presently employs approximately 100 people at the Port of Catoosa location.
About Tulsa Port of Catoosa
The 2,500-acre Tulsa Port of Catoosa complex offers industrial sites for lease, and its Riverview Business Park, adjacent to the Port, offers property for sale. Together they are home to more than 66 companies employing nearly 4,000 employees. For more information, see Tulsa Port of Catoosa online at www.tulsaport.com
About Linde Engineering North America Inc.
Linde Engineering North American (LENA) is a member of the Linde Engineering Division of The Linde Group, a world leading gases and engineering company. LENA is a single-source technology, engineering, procurement and construction firm that is focused on providing innovative solutions to customers. Areas of expertise include gas processing, refining, liquefied natural gas (LNG), deep cryogenics, synthesis gas, air separation, and petrochemical plants as well as fired process equipment.
About The Linde Group
In the 2014 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of USD 17.9 bn (EUR 17.047 bn), making it the largest gases and engineering company in the world with approximately 65,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com.