Line construction: Advanced-Composite Mat Systems
Utility supplies: Completion of Newpark’s R&D and manufacturing facility ensures availability for large-scale power-utility operations.
Safety products: Newpark Mats and Integrated Services (NMIS), a unit of Newpark Resources Inc. and provider of advanced-composite matting solutions, announced the completion of its new R&D center and manufacturing facility expansion in Carencro, Louisiana. The new facility will advance product research and development of NMIS’ DURA-BASE® Advanced-Composite Mat Systems, increasing production capacity to ensure product availability to meet increased demand for large-scale power-utility applications.
DURA-BASE mat systems deliver proven performance and cost-savings in power-utility construction and maintenance operations by reducing the amount of mats needed for a project by up to 30 percent. The 50,000 square foot expansion has allowed NMIS to double capacity, guaranteeing inventory is on-hand for speedy deployment to power-utility customers in need of temporary roadways and stable work platforms.
“The completion of this project increases our ability to service multiple market segments including large scale projects in the power utility industry,” remarked Jeff Juergens, president of Newpark Mats and Integrated Services. “At the same time, it’s a huge investment in the development of technologies and products that will help our customers for decades to come.”
In addition to expanding its manufacturing footprint, the facility’s new R&D technology center furthers NMIS’ commitment to developing environmentally sound technology and expanding product innovation. The more than $40 million dollar investment includes a dedicated technology facility which enables product testing and advanced material science research to take place alongside production. The new plant supports the continued development of NMIS’ flagship DURA-BASE system and the recently released EPZ Grounding System™.
“The R&D and technology center is the latest demonstration of our commitment to customers, technological advancement of products, and engineering of environmentally protective solutions,” commented Juergens. “Our facility expansion will help meet the growing needs of our customers with global projects in the power-utility industry.”
To learn more about Newpark Mats and Integrated Services, the DURA-BASE® Advanced-Composite Mat System, and the EPZ Grounding System™, system visit www.newpark.com/powerutility.
About Newpark Mats and Integrated Services
Newpark Mats and Integrated Services is the leading provider of ground protection solutions. DURA-BASE® Advanced-Composite Mat Systems are utilized widely throughout the utility, oil & gas, pipeline, construction, heavy haul, military and entertainment industries. Newpark is the largest, most experienced manufacturer of matting systems globally and an innovator in ground protection technology. The Lafayette-based company is a unit of Newpark Resources, Inc.