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.
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
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.