Manufacturer in hiring mode
BY KYLE ARNOLD World Staff Writer
Saturday, November 13, 2010
11/13/10 at 10:33 AM
BROKEN ARROW - A banner outside Enerflow Industries Inc. reads, "Now hiring welders/mechanics."
The sign seems like a throwback to more prosperous times, but Enerflow is indeed looking for skilled people to work at the expanding oil field equipment manufacturing business.
"We're in full go mode on hiring," plant General Manager John Power said Friday morning. "I've actually got an interview this afternoon for a management position."
Power spoke during an open house as the company showcased its Broken Arrow operations.
Enerflow Industries opened the facility at 19425 E. 54th St. in September 2009 as executives established a sister business to a Canadian company by the same name. A little more than a year later, orders are flowing into the factory.
Last week Enerflow announced it was joining the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program and that it could potentially hire 500 people over the next five years. Under the program, the company could gain $6.19 million in payroll tax rebates if it reaches employment projections.
Power said Enerflow chose to locate in metropolitan Tulsa because it is close to many major players in the oil and gas industry.
The company - based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada - is owned by Canadian businessmen Mark Williamson and Larry Lindholm, according to Enerflow's website.
Enerflow-Broken Arrow has expanded to about 50 employees, who manufacture equipment such as hydraulic fracturing rigs, cementing equipment and metal coiling.
Hydraulic fracturing equipment, which pumps fluids into wells to break apart rock and free fossil fuels, has been in high demand because of the increase in horizontal drilling.
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Dylan Harmon, a welder at Enerflow Industries, works on an exhaust manifold for one of the company's oil field products on Friday. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World
Greg Smith works on a piece of oil field equipment at Enerflow on Friday. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World
Visitors on a tour move through the production floor at Enerflow Industries in Broken Arrow on Friday. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World