Marco, a provider of service and equipment for the surface preparation industry, has opened a full-service branch in Lafayette at 117 Zonolite St.

The facility has 20,000 square feet of office and warehouse space, housing abrasives and equipment to serve the Gulf region. The location also includes a series of in-stock sundries, targeted to the offshore petroleum industry.

This is the sixth full-service Marco branch in North America, all located in Texas and Louisiana.

Based in Davenport, Iowa, and founded in 1944, Marco operates out of 11 company-owned and managed facilities and distributes products from more than 45 locations nationwide.

Casey Melancon, assistant vice president of the Gulf Region, oversees the location, with a supporting staff of operations, warehouse, technical and administrative support. The Lafayette native has been with Marco for more than three years.

“The Lafayette area has direct access to the largest sea ports in the United States,” Melancon says in a press release. “We are excited with the opportunity to be closer to where our customers are located in order to better service them.”

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