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National Oilwell Varco Announces $23 Million New Iberia, Louisiana, Drilling Technology Facility

Area Development Online News Desk (10/21/2013)
National Oilwell Varco will develop a $23 million drilling technology facility in New Iberia, Louisiana, creating 80 jobs. The technology facility will provide drilling rig repair services and remanufacturing of riser materials and equipment for offshore drilling facilities.

The new 78,000-square-foot technology facility located on South Lewis Street will focus primarily on providing riser systems and riser accessories for the expansion of drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

With the project, NOV will retain 1,793 employees at 76 locations throughout Louisiana, including 150 workers at its 189,000-square-foot NOV Rig Solutions facility completed three years ago on U.S. Highway 90 near New Iberia. That facility houses inventory and provides repair services for drilling equipment.

“National Oilwell Varco is excited to expand their operations in the greater New Iberia, La., area,” said Toby Webre, NOV Rig Solutions Service Director for North America. “We anticipate that the new facility will initially add 80 jobs in the community. NOV is proud to operate in Louisiana, which offers opportunity for growth with its favorable business climate and strong partnerships.”

Construction is under way to renovate an existing building and make other improvements to a 21-acre site on South Lewis Street near New Iberia. The building work will be completed by the end of the year. NOV plans to fill approximately 25 jobs per year and reach full employment of 80 at the site in 2016.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said, “It’s no secret that our state offers a wealth of resources for energy companies that are looking to expand. NOV already has a long and successful history in Louisiana, and the company’s reinvestment in our state is proof that our thriving business climate is growing our economy and creating more career options for our people. Our world-class energy infrastructure, incomparable workforce and competitive energy business costs are leading more and more companies like NOV to expand in Louisiana, injecting capital investment dollars into local economies and creating great new jobs in our state. We’re proud NOV is beginning this new chapter in its oil and gas industry service right here in Louisiana.”

The state offered NOV a customized incentive package that includes the comprehensive workforce solutions of LED FastStart, the state’s workforce development training program. In addition, NOV is expected to utilize Louisiana’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.

“This is another great win for Iberia Parish and Acadiana,” said President and CEO Mike Tarantino of the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation. “Great companies like NOV could locate and invest anywhere, and we’re thankful they are choosing Iberia Parish.”

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