Edmond's Pelco primed for growth

Edmond's Pelco Products Inc. will add more than 100 jobs at its Claremore manufacturing plant thanks to a contract to provide support poles for an 800-mile power line project.
BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Published: December 9, 2011
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Pelco Products President Phil Parduhn said the project will create jobs in Oklahoma and surrounding states as well, as project officials have estimated it will take 10,000 construction workers to build the interstate power line.

“I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Oklahoma to come to the forefront of creating jobs,” Parduhn said.

Clean Line secured recognition as a public utility in Oklahoma in October, but the construction of the transmission line likely won't begin for another two years, said Phil Teel, the company's regional outreach manager.

Pelco is in the process of designing the poles for the project, officials said.

Albert said Pelco will double the number of workers it employs during the life of the Clean Line project.

“We'll double our volume over a 10-year period, with this as a baseline opportunity for us,” he said. “The ancillary opportunities for Oklahoma are substantial.”

The Clean Line project is expected to spur $14 billion worth of energy development in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

“Wind is an opportunity for literally every business in Oklahoma,” Albert said. “It is not a northwest Oklahoma issue.

“This partnership between Clean Line and Pelco perfectly speaks to that.”