Dresser-Rand invests $7 million in Olean operation

July 9, 2013 Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 1:51 PM EDT

By David Bertola, Buffalo Business First

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Dresser-Rand invests $7 million in Olean operation

July 9, 2013 Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 1:51 PM EDT

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.

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