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Baker Hughes adds 130 jobs to Woodlands bit manufacturing plant

Posted on 07 May 2010

Allen Sinor, Baker Hughes vice president, drill bit systems, answers questions during a tour of the company’s Woodlands manufacturing plant on 30 April. Baker Hughes will add 130 skilled positions to the facility.

Allen Sinor, Baker Hughes vice president, drill bit systems, answers questions during a tour of the company’s Woodlands manufacturing plant on 30 April. Baker Hughes will add 130 skilled positions to the facility.

Baker Hughes announced on 30 April it is expanding its drill bit manufacturing facility in The Woodlands, Texas, by adding 130 skilled manufacturing positions. The expansion is part of the company’s consolidation of its Tricone drill bit manufacturing capabilities around the world.

The facility employed 750 people before the expansion, and some of the 130 positions have already been filled. The company plans to have all the new employees on board by year-end.

US District 8 Congressman Kevin Brady attended the announcement, held at The Woodlands facility. “Americans want two things: more jobs and more American-made energy. By manufacturing state-of-the-art drill bits here in The Woodlands, Baker Hughes is not only bringing more good-paying jobs to our community, they are also helping to make more American oil and natural gas exploration possible.”

Baker Hughes chairman, president and CEO Chad Deaton discuss the company’s expansion plans during a news conference on 30 April in The Woodlands, Texas.

Baker Hughes chairman, president and CEO Chad Deaton discuss the company’s expansion plans during a news conference on 30 April in The Woodlands, Texas.

Congressman Brady was joined by other state and local dignitaries, including Texas State Senator Tommy Williams; Nelda Blair and Don Norrell of The Woodlands Partnership; Gil Staley of the Economic Development Partnership; and Jim Peppe of the National Association of Manufacturers.

“This expansion represents a $12 million total investment, which we expect to recoup through increased production and improved efficiency,” said Chad Deaton, Baker Hughes chairman, president and chief executive officer. “The increased capacity also will create the need for other positions in engineering, supply chain and quality control.”

The expansion required purchasing new manufacturing equipment, adding floor space to the plant and extensively reconfiguring the manufacturing production lines. When the expansion is complete, the plant will have the capacity to produce approximately twice the facility’s 2009 output.

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