Drilling equipment manufacturer opens in Oklahoma City
British manufacturer Centek is celebrating the opening of its North American sister company in Oklahoma City. Centek manufactures parts for oil and natural gas drilling. The company began operations in July. It has about 40 local employees and plans to expand to 100 over the next two years.
Oil-field equipment manufacturer Centek Inc. today will celebrate the opening of its Oklahoma City headquarters.
The company manufactures centralizers, which keep a drilling bit in the center of the well bore during oil and natural gas drilling operations.
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The new Oklahoma City company — at SW 36 and MacArthur Boulevard — is a sister company to the British manufacturer by the same name, which ships centralizers to 46 countries.
“The North American market is virtually untapped for the company,” Centek President John Carnuccio said.
Oklahoma City was an obvious site for the new manufacturing center, he said.
“Being in the middle of the oil patch, Oklahoma made all the sense in the world,” Carnuccio said. “In a 200-mile radius, there are nearly 700 rigs. That tipped the scale of where we're going to build the plant.”
Centek has about 40 Oklahoma City employees today and plans to expand to 100 over the next two years.
“We are looking for a structured, predictable growth as opposed to implosion if we grow too much,” said Cliff Berry, Centek's global business development manager.
The company is now operating one shift, 10 hours a day for four days a week. It plans to soon add a second and a weekend shift.
The company's 77,000-square-foot warehouse has room to accommodate two additional assembly lines.
“The potential here is great,” Carnuccio said.
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