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Columbus, OH – Worthington Industries (NYSE:WOR) announced today that its subsidiary Westerman, Inc., will add 24 jobs and more than $3.5 million in capital investment over the next three years as part of its growth plan in Fairfield County. Westerman is the largest and oldest supplier of oil and gas separators, production units and related wellhead equipment east of the Mississippi River. The company’s growth plan includes purchasing new equipment and renovating its existing facility.
“The increased drilling of Marcellus and Utica shale in Ohio and the region has fueled this expansion in our energy operations,” said Director of Energy Operations for Worthington’s Pressure Cylinders Segment, Gary Rano. “We are pleased to upgrade the facility and add to the workforce at Westerman’s founding location in Fairfield County and the Columbus Region.”
Founded in Bremen, Ohio, Westerman has had a presence in the Columbus Region since 1909. A manufacturer of storage tanks, containment cylinders, separation tanks and industrial pressure vessels for global energy, marine and industrial end markets, the company was acquired by Worthington Industries’ Pressure Cylinders segment in 2012.
“Westerman has positively impacted Fairfield County’s economy through the services and job opportunities it has provided for many years,” said Dave Levacy, Fairfield County Commissioner. “We are pleased that Westerman continues to find Fairfield County conducive for its business needs.”
As part of the expansion, Westerman will add 24 production and engineering positions to its existing 149- employee workforce in Fairfield County. The project continues the growth of the Region’s manufacturing industry, which includes nearly 80,000 employees.
“It’s encouraging to see the Westerman’s job growth and facility expansion in Bremen, which is a testament to the company’s success in the Region,” said Josh Groce, mayor, Bremen. “We thank Westerman for its support of the community, and look forward to the company’s continued growth.”
About Westerman and Worthington Industries
Westerman was founded in Bremen, Ohio, where it operates a manufacturing facility, and has another facility in Wooster, Ohio, with a total of approximately 280 employees. Westerman is the largest and oldest supplier of oil and gas separators, production units and related wellhead equipment east of the Mississippi River, as well as the world’s largest producer and the only North American manufacturer of enriched uranium hexafluoride (UF6) storage and transportation cylinders for the nuclear industry. Westerman is part of the Pressure Cylinders segment of Worthington Industries. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington Industries is a leading diversified metals manufacturing company with 2012 fiscal year sales of $2.5 billion. The company employs 10,000 in 83 facilities in 11 countries, 1,630 of those employees are located in the Columbus Region. For more information, visit WorthingtonIndustries.com.
About Columbus 2020
Columbus 2020 is a bold public-private partnership that leverages the strengths of the Columbus Region’s talented workforce, small and large businesses, research and academic institutions, and international connections to ignite economic growth and build a healthier, more sustainable future for Central Ohio. The initiative grows our economy by ensuring that our existing companies are growing and thriving, that the world’s leading companies are attracted to the 11-county region, that innovations are cultivated and commercialized, and that our civic infrastructure is continually improving to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world economy. For more information, visit ColumbusRegion.com.