HUBBARD - What had been a brownfield site in Hubbard was unveiled as a new 20,000-square-foot green facility serving the oil and natural gas drilling industry.
The ribbon cutting, tours and open house at the new expansion at Evets Oil & Gas Construction Services held Friday afternoon showcased the facility that employs about 45 workers, with available acreage for future growth.
As tour groups weaved throughout the shop, offices and design areas, workers were busy welding and bending pipes while others were showcasing high-tech CAD operations.
"Why we are here today is because we took a chance three years ago to invest the time and energy to take this brownfield property and turn it into green field, and we are employing over 45 new VEC and Evets employees in this facility," said Rex Ferry, company CEO and owner. VEC, also known as Valley Electrical, is the parent company of Evets.
Ferry said he is convinced oil and gas drilling will move northward despite recent indications that portions of the Utica Shale Play, located under Trumbull and Mahoning counties, has not been as lucrative as southeastern Ohio areas.
"The reason they are going gangbusters in southern Ohio is the infrastructure is down there," Ferry said. "It will be here in '15 or '16."
Hubbard Mayor John Darko said the growth of the plant has meant trickle-down effect and increased local tax revenue.
"Needless to say that is a good thing for our schools, it's a good thing for the city of Hubbard. It means more people at our shops, schools and restaurants," Darko said.