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Construction Begins on Pressure Vessel Heat Exchanger Facility in Texas

A new pressure vessel heat exchanger (PVHEX) facility will be completed by Q4 2020 in Texas. Logan Industries, a hydraulic repair, manufacturing, and rental company which serves the oil and gas industry, is constructing the facility at its Hempstead, Texas, site to manufacture, test, certify, and stamp high-end alloy vessels.

The PVHEX facility will be custom-designed and engineered to produce exotic metal pressure vessels, heat exchangers, and scrubbers. The building will be serviced with several pairs of 40-ton bridge cranes with specially engineered crane supports enabling lifts of up to 80 tons. A reinforced foundation will support water testing of the largest vessels and a positive-pressure workspace with its own closed-circuit ventilation system will control airborne contaminants in the manufacture of exotic metal fabrications.

Logan’s sister company, Verolme, based in the Netherlands, is a long-time manufacturer of PVHEX and will provide the knowledge and technology required to launch the facility. Logan will initially service Verolme’s customers to eliminate transit times from Europe to its US customers.

The facility will make it possible for additional high-alloy ASME type products to be produced in the US, said Logan in a statement. Another sister company, Schelde Exotech, also based in the Netherlands with Verolme, will work with Logan and Verolme to manufacture the equipment according to the companies’ various skill sets, experience, and current workloads.

Dean Carey, technical director at Logan Industries, said, “This PVHEX facility will be world class and represents a major milestone in the cooperation between Logan and our sister companies. The facility’s physical proximity to our current site in Hempstead is a huge advantage. When our customers come to see us, the location is already familiar to them. We can also shift our staff and resources as the workload dictates from one facility to the other without any logistical effort or delay. Once we develop our own footprint, the market for these PVHEX products will be worldwide.”

The PVHEX facility will offer more than 50,000 sq ft of covered workspace and will eventually employ approximately 15–20 new staff.

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