Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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September 12, 2013

All smiles with EC plant gathering — The rah-rahs and tributes filled the air during a festive grand opening ceremony Wednesday for the completion of an expansion project at an Elmore City area plant.

State dignitaries and company employees filled a 10,000 square feet addition to the state-of-the-art facility that Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has just west of Elmore City.

Officials said this production equipment facility expansion will increase the plant to 70,000 square feet of oilfield manufacturing space located on over 50 acres.

For some of the special guests at the ceremony event it was all about celebrating the business and manufacturing growth being experienced in Oklahoma and in rural areas like Elmore City and Garvin County as a whole.

“The reason for this expansion is because of the folks that make Garvin County,” said state Rep. Lisa Billy.

“We have the greatest people. I love rural Oklahoma.”

For state Sen. Susan Paddack the completion of a business expansion project really is the kind of event to celebrate.

“Today is a celebration,” Paddack said. “I can’t brag on y’all enough. I’m like the proud mom.

“This tribute is to the hard work, the team work. I’ll come back for as many expansions that you do.”

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb topped off his comments by adding the Sept. 11 date was a perfect time to hold a grand opening ceremony that essentially celebrates the positive growth of an American company in a rural area like Elmore City.

“The pursuit of freedom is alive and well in America, in Garvin County,” Lamb said.

“It’s absolutely appropriate for this to be held on 9/11,” he said.

With the strong accent of his French heritage, plant manager Gauthier Pierozak gave plenty of credit for the expansion to the company’s employees and even the trust built over the years with customers.

“You’re inside the last phase of an expansion. Right now there’s nothing in here. There will soon be welding machines all over and it will be smoking,” Pierozak said looking around at the large warehouse like space.

“The addition of this building give us flexibility. It’s increasing our capacity and it allows us to be more flexible in what we do.”

Wendell Brooks, president of the Production and Infrastructure Division, called Forum a “restless growth company” with this expansion project reflecting the kind of growth being seen by the company over the last few years.

“We’ve been successful in growing our demand,” he said, adding that’s led directly to expansion projects like this one.

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