Drilling equipment provider signs lease at Leetsdale Industrial Park

A Texas company that designs, manufactures and sells equipment used in oil and gas drilling and production has signed a 10-year lease to occupy a new service and support facility being built in Leetsdale Industrial Park.

The 27,000-square-foot facility, being developed by Chapman Properties, will allow Houston-based National Oilwell Varco to expand service and support capabilities to meet the needs of customers involved in Utica and Marcellus Shale drilling activity.

Construction, which started in March, is expected to be completed in early fall. Chapman is erecting the structure on a five-acre site located at the entrance to the industrial park.

"Growth in the natural gas industry is creating substantial and much-needed development in this region," Tony Rosenberger, Chapman's president, said in a prepared statement. "During the past three years, roughly half of our new business growth and expansions have come from new energy clients and energy-related activity."

NOV's new facility will specialize in serving field equipment. It will include a repair shop, a top drive test stand and in-house paint and sandblast capabilities. It also will stock spare parts and components and have a truck that can be dispatched to rig sites to handle problems.

The Leetsdale plant "will better serve area operators and their application-based drilling requirements, reducing down time, ensuring their operations run smoothly and on time and creating easier access to the service facility for transportation of equipment that requires localized service," said Keith Vincent, an NOV general manager.

NOV currently operates a facility on Saw Mill Run Boulevard in the city.

Mark Belko: mbelko@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1262.

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