Walbridge Forms Joint Company in Chemical Process Industry


tDetroit-based industrial and manufacturing constructor Walbridge has teamed up with Process Engineering and Construction in Oak Ridge, Tenn. to form an alliance focused specifically on the chemical process and related industries.

tBased in Greenville, S.C., Walbridge Process Engineering and Construction will work with companies in a variety of markets, including fiberglass production, nuclear power fuel production, and rare earth elements.

t“What this does is form a jointly owned company between Walbridge and a niche process engineering company that strictly provides chemical engineering process design to that market,” says Steve Helms, vice president and general manager for WPE&C, which employs about 50 people. “(It’s) a made-to-order solution for process industry customers seeking one firm to engineer and construct complex facilities and system.”

tHelms, who also serves as general manager for Walbridge Southeast, interfaces regularly with the parent company and says the businesses will share resources.

t“Historically, Walbridge’s strengths have been the Midwest, the East Coast, and the Southeast,” Helms says. “So naturally, those regions will tend to be more of our focus, but we have a nationwide capability and certainly would not shy away from projects on the West (Coast).”

tRoger Efferson, director of business development at WPE&C, calls the alliance a “real differentiator in the marketplace.”

t“Our unique approach will find the most-suitable detailed engineering firms with services tailored to the particular requirements of each assignment,” Efferson says. “It synchs up the best available resources.”