To streamline and upgrade its manufacturing processes, Dresser-Rand in Olean has invested around $7 million in new equipment to manufacture impellers.
Impellers increase gas pressure and are installed on rotors that spin inside Dresser-Rand's line of DATUM units.
On July 15, the company will begin training employees to use the new machinery.
DATUM is an acronym that stands for Dresser-Rand Advanced Turbo Machine.
John Stahley, general manager of the company's Olean operations, said it can take about one year from the time an order is processed to the time a compressor is manufactured and shipped.
The expansion was necessary because of growth related to DATUM products. To meet demand, the company has hired about 170 -- primarily shop floor workers -- since last year.
Dresser-Rand makes equipment for worldwide oil, gas, petrochemical and process industries. Around 1,200 work at its Olean facility.