One of the largest privately held companies in Acadiana was made even larger Thursday when Frank’s Casing, a Lafayette-based multi-service tubular company, unveiled a new 18,000-square-foot facility that’s expected to immediately double — and eventually triple — its repair and inspection operations.

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City Parish President Joey Durel, right, thanks Frank's CEO Keith Mosing.

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Located across the street from Frank’s corporate headquarters on Verot School Road, the new Equipment Repair Center will house the Tong and Power Unit repair operations and bring two key components of the company — repair and inspection — under one roof, says Julie Gauthier, public relations director for BBR Creative.

"Basically, they'll be able to repair and inspect twice as many tools as they were before," Gauthier says. "Frank's does its own certification and testing procedures to ensure that the tools they get from the manufacturer work properly and are safe/accurate before sending them to customers. And now, they'll be able to do twice as many of those certifications each week. On the repair side, it means they can get any broken tools fixed and returned to customers much faster. So overall, the facility is going to make them much more efficient when it comes to quality assurance (testing, certifying) and improve turnaround time on repairs."

Gauthier says the company has already hired a few new employees for the facility, with more hires expected as the facility begins fully operating. When Frank’s announced breaking ground on the facility in September 2011, the company said the new addition would bring 35-50 new jobs to the area.

“This new Equipment Repair Service Center continues Frank’s proud 73-year tradition of innovation and investment in the Lafayette area, which Frank’s considers to be the gateway to the international oilfield services industry” Frank’s President and CEO Keith Mosing says in a press release. “This new facility also represents Frank’s continuing commitment to quality assurance and equipment integrity.”

Founded in 1938 as a “one-crew casing company,” the Frank’s companies employ more than 3,600 people worldwide.

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