Steel Fab Adds Jobs in Washington County


(Pressure Vessel Manufacturer to Add 11 Jobs and Invest $900,000)


The Washington County Board of Supervisors and Industrial Development Authority announced on Monday, August 22, 2011, that Steel Fab, a division of Samuel Steel Pressure Vessel Group, would be expanding its facility outside of Abingdon, Virginia. Steel Fab is one of the largest manufacturers of ASME industrial pressure vessels for the air compressor industry in North America and currently employs approximately 240 people at their Abingdon operation. Steel Fab has been operating in Washington County since 1988. They are a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

In 2011, Steel Fab built in excess of 50,000 pressure vessels for international customers that were shipped all over North America and overseas. Their carbon steel and stainless steel pressure vessels produced here range in size from 4” diameter to 144” diameter with storage capacities up to 30,0000 gallons, which are used in a variety of applications including air compression, gas and oil processing, water storage, chemical transport and industrial gas.

Funding from Washington County will assist Steel Fab in improving their painting capabilities and installing state of the art x-ray technology for high accuracy testing of welded seams on their pressure vessels. Steel Fab is expected to invest over $900,000 in new equipment, while creating 11 new jobs in multiple shifts associated with this expansion. The company invited all 240 employees to attend the ceremony today to recognize them for their great work and valuable contribution to the company growth and success.

“Steel Fab is pleased to vertically integrate several processes bringing jobs that were previously outsourced to companies in Tennessee here to our facilities in Abingdon, Virginia.” Says Barry Berquist, President, Samuel Steel Pressure Vessel Group, “We had other corporate locations to consider, but the quality workforce and pro-business environment made this the right location for this investment.”

“We are excited to involve all employees in our announcement today,” says Bill Kahl, General Manager for Steel Fab’s Abingdon operation. “Our employees are the reason for our success. Orders are up for Steel Fab and we think the demand for our product will remain robust in 2011. We are grateful for Washington County’s support for our continued growth here.”

“Washington County has been able to assist in two major expansions of Steel Fab in the last 10 years; I am so pleased to partner with them in this current project.” Says Dulcie Mumpower, Chairman of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, “Our local industries are the back bone of our economy and creating jobs for our citizens is one of our top priorities.”