Danos will open Amelia fabrication yard

Danos, a Larose-based oil-and-gas service company, will expand its fabrication capabilities with a 120,000-square-foot facility in Amelia, a move that will eventually create 150 new jobs.

The new facility, set to begin operations in October, sits on 45 acres of waterfront property on Bayou Boeuf.

“The demand for our services is growing rapidly, and the size, location and condition of the Amelia facility allows us to better meet the needs of our customers,” said Eric Danos, executive vice president. “The fabrication facility is about four times the size of our current facility, and its strategic location on Bayou Boeuf provides direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, allowing Danos to go from producing truckable projects of 40 tons or less to projects of 500 tons or greater.”

Danos’ current fabrication shop is a 14,000-square-foot, 50-worker operation in Larose. The family-owned company will keep the shop open to serve customers in the Fourchon area. The Larose shop also will handle piping and smaller structural projects, work that Danos has been doing for more than 40 years.

In addition to taking on overflow work from the Larose shop, the Amelia facility will allow Danos to take on larger, multiphase projects, including fabrication, nondestructive testing, coatings, instrumentation, and electrical and integrated project support services.

Danos said the company will need to hire 50 workers initially, and plans call for adding 100 additional employees during the first 12 to 18 months of operation.