Centek starting hiring and testing its lines in June before it officially began manufacturing its oil-field cylinders July 2.
Centralizers are designed to position the drilling bit and pipe in the middle of the well bore, allowing dirt and mud to flow freely around the well head and out of the hole during drilling and providing a strong cement seal when drilling is complete.
Centek's centralizers are specifically designed for the intense pressures equipment faces during horizontal drilling, as much as a mile down and two miles laterally below the surface.
“If the centralizer isn't strong enough to center the pipe or if it breaks, the consequences can be very expensive,” Berry said.
Michael Ogan, director of business development for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, praised the opening as complementary to the city's other energy and manufacturing businesses.
“The metals industry we have here helps provide a labor force that supports them and skills they can use to easily ramp up their labor force,” Ogan said. “It's a little bit like the aviation industry in that some people make big parts, some people make small parts, and it takes all for the industry to be successful.”