CB&I Expands Modular Fabrication Capabilities

CB&I reported Friday that it has acquired a fabrication shop in Beaumont, Texas, with deepwater access to the Gulf of Mexico. The new facility will increase the company's capacity to fabricate and transport large-scale process modules, shop-built vessels, and large steel plate subassemblies. The transaction price was not disclosed.

The acquisition is part of CB&Iís effort to expand its fabrication capacity to meet growing market demand. In addition to the new facility in the Golden Triangle Gulf Coast region, CB&I continues to invest in and add capacity to its two existing module fabrication shops in Tyler, Texas.

Located on a 74-acre site with frontage on the Neches River approximately 1 mile from the Port of Beaumont, CB&I's new fabrication shop will have the capacity to load out modules weighing up to 2,500 tons. With truck, rail, and deepwater access, the Beaumont shop will be able to ship modules throughout the U.S. and, via the Gulf of Mexico, to locations worldwide. The shop will employ between 300 to 500 skilled craftspeople, some of whom will relocate from the company's facility in Liberty, Texas.

Because the large structures are produced in a controlled environment, modular fabrication often can benefit customers by shortening schedules, reducing on-site field construction hours, and improving quality control. CB&I also offers conventional stick-built assembly to provide maximum flexibility in meeting customer needs.

CB&I executes on average more than 700 projects each year and is one of the world's leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies, specializing in projects for customers that produce, process, store, and distribute the world's natural resources. CB&I has more than 60 locations and approximately 10,000 employees throughout the world.

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