Oil and gas supply company will create 150 new Valley jobs
By Jamison Cocklin
A manufacturer of precision gas-measurement and processing equipment confirmed in an announcement made Friday that it will move into a 73,000-square-foot facility in Brookfield and create 150 jobs there.
Texas-based Legacy Measurement Solutions Inc., which was formerly J-W Measurement Co. before it was sold to White Deer Energy L.P. II and its affiliates this summer, said it plans to be “up and running” sometime in the first three months of 2014.
The company engineers gas-measurement equipment and provides supplies and services to the oil and gas industry, including engineered measurement stations, customized meter tubes and power supply equipment. It also employs more than 60 field technicians to service, maintain and install its products.
Gary Crisp, vice president of Northeast operations for the company, said it “had diligently considered surrounding states looking for the most-strategic position and area to locate.”
The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber was instrumental in landing the company here, and Legacy was confident in the support it would receive from Gov. John Kasich’s administration, company officials said.
The chamber worked closely with the company for about six months during its decision-making process, according to a press release about Legacy’s newest location.
“Throughout this process, we were in stiff competition with multiple states, and we’re very proud that Legacy Measurement Solutions has chosen Brookfield as their new location,” said Sarah Boyarko, vice president of economic development at the chamber. “This is just one more example of the significant manufacturing growth we’re experiencing throughout the region. It’s an exciting development for Trumbull County.”
Legacy said it will work to meet the needs of both current and new customers operating in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays.
The Mahoning Valley, with its close proximity to varying areas of shale development in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, has proved a key selling point, as the oil and gas industry’s supply chain continues to grow here. Legacy joins Industrial Piping Specialists, Valerus and Exterran as the latest supplier to establish a presence in the Valley. That’s on top of a few midstream companies that are constructing, or expanding, processing facilities here to handle the natural gas being produced in the region.
News of Legacy and its consideration for a site in Brookfield broke late last month when Kasich’s office announced that the Ohio Tax Credit Authority had approved a 55 percent, seven-year tax credit for the company’s proposal to create $6.8 million in annual payroll.
The company acquired a facility, but did not say Friday where exactly that acquisition has been made.
Legacy employs more than 450 people in 14 states. It has 23 sales offices nationwide.