CHICAGO Crest Industries LLC will build a $15-million, 75,000-square-foot galvanizing operation east of Baton Rouge, La., to apply protective coating to utility poles and equipment used by petrochemical and electrical utility customers.
Pineville, La.-based Crest subsidiary Dis-Tran Steel LLC, also of Pineville, builds utility industry transmission and substation steel structures. Finished fabrications include tapered tubular poles, wide-flange, square tube and lattice structures that meet industry standards as well as customer specifications.
The exact location of the planned facility wasnt announced, but Crest selected the south Tangipahoa Parish area so it could to tap a work force close to key customers, chief executive officer Kenny Robison said in a statement.
The galvanizing plant will bring services in-house that formerly were contracted to outside vendors. "The building of this galvanizing plant, and the synergy it will provide to (our five) other business units, will enable us to ensure our customer base that we will be proactive in meeting their future requirements," Robison said.
Crest Industries will begin construction early next year, with completion scheduled for 2015. The company expects to hire 70 people within three years, adding to the 559 employees it has in Louisiana.