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TURBO CHARGED: Elliott Group Surges Ahead for Second Century of Success

TURBO CHARGED: Elliott Group Surges Ahead for Second Century of Success

Article Published: March 11, 2014

By Matthew Pross, Editor

For more than 100 years, Elliott Group has designed, manufactured and installed the rotating equipment that quite literally powers the global energy industry. With wide-ranging applications across various markets, including Oil & Gas, Liquid Natural Gas (LNG), Petrochemicals, Refining, Power Generation, and various process industries such as food processing, palm oil production and pharmaceutical manufacturing, Elliott turbomachinery drives the industrial processes that enable our modern world to function. 

Elliott’s history and success is irrevocably tied to steam. “Elliott was an early manufacturer of steam turbines and electric motors, and both of these efficient, powerful drivers drove Elliott’s growth,” said Tom Brown, Communications Manager for Elliott Group. “Steam turbines are primary movers for innumerable industrial processes and machines such as compressors, fans, pumps and blowers. Additionally, nearly 80 percent of the world’s electricity is generated by steam, an essential and efficient means of converting heat into motion, whether the heat derives from nuclear energy, coal, petroleum, natural gas, waste heat, or alternative energy sources.” 

Elliott TestfloorPerhaps the most interesting fact about Elliott Group is that it has been manufacturing Elliott equipment in the same place for a century—Jeannette, Pennsylvania. Incorporated in 1910 in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Elliott quickly outgrew its original location and sought room to expand. The manufacturer found the required space about 25 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in the old Clifford-Capell Fan Company and its 33-acre manufacturing site along Bull Run in Jeannette, and relocated operations there in 1914 where it has operated continuously ever since.

Over the course of the next hundred years, Elliott built a renowned legacy of technologies, patents and  aerodynamic innovations that established the company as a world leader in the rotating equipment industry. In 2000, the Japanese-based manufacturing conglomerate, Ebara Corporation, an Elliott licensee since 1968, acquired Elliott outright. Since then, Ebara’s ongoing investment in facilities and personnel has enabled Elliott to keep pace with expanding markets and new opportunities. 

Today Elliott employs about 2,500 people globally, with more than 1,100 based in western Pennsylvania. In 2012, the company recorded $1.2 billion in revenues across its product lines which include centrifugal and axial compressors, multistage and single-stage steam turbines, power recovery expanders, and Elliott’s global service operations, which encompasses installation, field service, repairs, specialty materials and coatings, engineered solutions, parts, and technical training for all types of turbomachinery regardless of manufacturer 

Strong growth in aftermarket opportunities has spurred the rapid expansion of Elliott’s Global Service footprint around the world, including more than 30 repair centers, as well as strategically located, regional field service teams.  Elliott sees its global service operations as a business sector with huge growth potential as manufacturers around the world seek to maximize their investment in turbomachinery they have already purchased. In this dynamic environment, Elliott is on track to double its profitability in this sector by 2016. 

To support this ambitious growth plan, the manufacturer added 190 people in 2012 and more than 150 in 2013. “We plan to continue to hire aggressively in 2014,” said Jason Reynolds, Sr. Human Resources Manager for Global Service. “We need a mix of field service, sales, repair and engineering resources, but finding skilled, experienced workers and getting them integrated and up to speed quickly is a significant challenge.”

As the main players in our globalized economy continue to search for new, innovative ways to capture and produce affordable energy resources, the rotating equipment at the heart of oil & gas processing operations will only grow in importance. The growth of the shale gas industry and downstream markets is a relevant regional example of how existing turbomachinery can be re-engineered  to use alternate, less expensive, and readily available feedstocks, and to increase production capacities.

For a long time, the bulk of Elliott’s new equipment orders were exported outside the United States. The shale gas boom is changing that dynamic.  “For the first time in 30 years, US processors are investing in new infrastructure and refurbishing older facilities,” said Tom Brown, Corporate Communications Manager. “There are significant compression opportunities for Elliott on the processing side of the shale gas boom including LNG, ethylene, propane dehydration, gas processing and gas to liquid (GTL).”     

Beginning its second century  of operation in Jeannette in 2014, the future couldn’t be brighter for Elliott Group. Less than two years ago, the manufacturer celebrated the grand opening of its $17 million corporate headquarters on its sprawling Jeannette, Pa. campus. As Elliott continues to develop technical advances in its rotating equipment and components,  its Jeannette operations will continue to gain importance as a global center for excellence in this critical field.

For more information about career opportunities at Elliott Group, visit http://www.elliott-turbo.com/Careers_At_Elliott.asp 

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