US-based supplier of equipment and services for the oil and gas industry, Lufkin Industries, said it would build a manufacturing plant by 2012 near Ploiesti, investment estimated at USD 126 million.
“Lufkin Industries today announced its intention to construct a manufacturing facility near Ploiesti, Romania, just north of the capital, Bucharest. This facility is being designed with the objective of manufacturing products for both the company's oilfield and power transmission divisions with an initial focus on oilfield products. This facility is being built on an 82 acre site with an estimated cost of $126 million. The facility will initially employ just over 300 employees when completed in 2012”, the company said in a press release.

The Government of Romania, through the Ministry of Public Finance, has agreed to provide Lufkin with economic development incentives and financial assistance of 28 million Euros towards the construction costs, or approximately 30% of the plant cost.

"The new operation in Romania is a critical step in our strategy to expand our geographic reach to better serve our global customers. This will enhance our competitive position in the growing markets of the Eastern Hemisphere. The Romanian operation will serve as a strategic hub to serve the European market as well as acting as the focus for exports to Russia, Central Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and markets in East Asia”, said Jay Glick, CEO and President of Lufkin Industries.

In a meeting with Lufkin executives, Finance Minister Sebastian Vladescu said it is a very good development for Romania, for the economy and for the region, because it will result in the creation of jobs, it will transfer modern manufacturing technology to our country's oil and gas industry, it will boost exports to Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, and will use Romanian natural resources to generate revenues to the state budget.

"We welcome Lufkin to Romania, and see in this decision an expression of confidence in the economy and labor force, and Romania's tradition in the energy sector," said Vladescu.

Founded in 1902, Lufkin employs more than 2,800 people worldwide. The Company sells and services oilfield pumping units, automation systems, gas and plunger lift systems, completion products, foundry castings and power transmission products throughout the world.

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