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GE Oil & Gas Celebrates 30th Anniversary of its Montrose Facility

19 July 2012

GE Oil & Gas today hosted a customer and community celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of the company’s Charleton Road, Montrose facility, which supplies a wide range of equipment and services for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Among the dignitaries attending the event were Mike Weir, Member of Parliament for Angus, Scotland; David Valentine, head of economic development at the Angus Council; and several GE executives including Rod Christie, president and CEO of Subsea Systems for GE Oil & Gas.

"I am pleased to join GE Oil & Gas to help them celebrate 30 years in Montrose,” said Weir. "I know this is a significant milestone for the business but also for the local community as the facility has been key to supporting Scotland’s offshore oil and gas industry. With vital investment, it will continue to help maintain Scotland’s position at the centre of the global industry in the years to come.”

Since it was established 30 years ago, the Montrose facility has supported both the international and Scotland’s offshore oil and gas sector. It has been a key manufacturing center for a wide portfolio of GE Oil & Gas equipment including marine riser systems and subsea tree and wellhead systems.

"The Montrose facility has enjoyed a long history of success and achievement in the offshore industry,” noted Christie. "That tradition will continue as we move forward with new and innovative technologies to help our customers meet the challenges of safely and reliably bringing offshore oil and gas reserves to the world.”

The original plant was founded by Hughes Offshore in 1982, and operations were merged with Vetco Gray in 1986. The group was acquired by ABB in 1991 and became ABB Vetco Gray. The ABB Vetco Gray oil and gas business was acquired by a private equity syndicate in 2004 and it became Vetco International. GE acquired the business in February 2007 and today, the Montrose facility manufactures and repairs the full range of Vetco Gray equipment. Currently, 200 people are employed at the Montrose site.