Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor International Corp. (MCO-I) has started operations at its facility in Pearland, Texas, near Houston, US.
The complex, also known as Pearland Works, currently handles packaging, shipping, storage, service and maintenance of compressors and mechanical drive steam turbines.
The newly constructed facility is the first US-based manufacturing and service location for the Japanese-owned company, which currently houses all manufacturing capabilities in Hiroshima, Japan.
Gampa Bhat, President of MCO-I, said: “With the increase in demand we have seen from the expansion in shale gas and oil developments, bringing a manufacturing and service facility close to the Houston area was an obvious choice […] With the new operation, we are closer to our customers and can respond to their manufacturing and service needs more quickly than ever before. This is a direct benefit for them, because it means reduced order lead time and cost, as well as improved service and maintenance support.”
To date, MCO-I has invested more than US$75 million into the state-of-the-art Pearland Works facility. It features 180 000 ft2 of space, housing a variety of capabilities including packaging and assembly, vertical and horizontal rotor storage, repair and maintenance services, administrative offices, and a training centre. Additionally, US$26 million of new manufacturing equipment has been purchased along with a 300 t overhead crane, allowing for accommodation of various-sized machines.
This marks the completion of phase one of the company’s two part plan for the Houston-area site. During the second phase, MCO-I will expand its facility to offer testing and full manufacturing capabilities. Once both stages are complete, MCO-I estimates that Pearland Works will employ more than 200 people, with a focus on engineering and machining positions.
MCO-I will celebrate the grand opening of its new Pearland manufacturing and service facility on Saturday 25 April.
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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