Son & Co. Ltd. is looking to continue growing its pressure
vessel business to meet rising demand in manufacturing,
construction and other industries.
Ontario-based steel distributor and processor bought Silvan
Industries Inc., Marinette, Wis., in 2006 and combined it with
pressure vessel manufacturer Steel Fab to form the Samuel
Pressure Vessel Group, run by president Barry Berquist.
In 2007, the group
acquired Northland Stainless Inc., Berquist told AMM,
and since then the business units revenue is up 45
percent. While the recession hit the group hard, business has
rebounded, with revenue up 64 percent since 2009, he said.
Samuel has "made some
major investments in our plants," Berquist said, including the
relocation of Steel Fabs Lebanon, Va., operation to a
roomier facility, a $1.5-million project that will require
hiring 50 people to expand the product line into larger
Steel Fab has five
other fabrication, engineering and detailing sites in Alabama,
Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.
Berquist expects the
energy market will "remain strong for a long time. We are also
seeing good growth in process vessels for chemicals, food, and
Growing automation in
U.S. manufacturing is driving a need for pneumatically
controlled equipment, he said.
market segment where compressed air is used, is also mounting a
bit of surge," Berquist said.
Samuel also wants to
slowly expand its energy sector presence, he said.