The company has chosen to double its production of Industrial Gases in Lockwood, Canada, and to serve the energy play from Billings – by opening a new production facility.
“We decided to build here. We feel it is so stable,” chief executive Onkar Dhaliwal said. “The living conditions are just better here.”
Having been in the area since 2006 Aspen Air is no stranger to the area and its wealth of construction and supporting resources. Aspen was quite aggressive in its timeline and its intentions but through a combination of hard work, careful planning and decades of experience in the industry the company pulled it off.
The new facility is located on the same land as its first unit and allows for it to significantly increase the nitrogen and oxygen production capacity.
“This new plant will more than double our production capacity and add an additional level of back-up supply for customers in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming.” said Rolf Wenzel, Senior VP and CFO.
The company is adding up to five new permanent positions in plant operations and transportation in order to manage the new capacity and is pleased to be expanding its footprint in Montana.
“When we built our first plant in Billings seven-years-ago, we said we were here for the long term,” said Dhaliwal, adding “this major expansion of our production and logistics infrastructure demonstrates how bullish we are about Billings, not only due to the continued growth in the Bakken oilfield service sector, but also in mining, food processing, medical, oil refining and manufacturing sectors. We have really seen Billings grow into a vibrant city in the seven years since we moved in.” said Dhaliwal.
“It makes it easier to attract great quality employees to live here.”