Robust activity in the oil patch has helped a Wichita-based company expand its headquarters and prompted plans for a second office.
Alltite Inc., which provides heavy industry bolting equipment, training and calibration, moved last month from a 12,000-square-foot building at 37th and Woodlawn to a 70,000-foot-building at 1600 E. Murdock, at Hydraulic.
“With our new building we are prepared to grow and have adequate room for more staff and inventory,” said CEO Tom Smith in a news release.
North American Buildings did a six-month-long renovation on the building. El Dorado Architects was the architect.
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Anne Smith, director of communications for the business owned by her family, said Friday that the company has grown 30 percent in the past year, though she declined to disclose annual sales.
She said horizontal drilling and fracking activity have helped drive Alltite’s growth. It’s also why Alltite plans to open a second office in mid-April. The office will have four employees and be located in Corpus Christi, Texas, near the Eagle Ford shale formation, where there is a lot of oil exploration activity, Smith said. “It just really made sense,” she said.
Alltite has 43 employees.
The company was founded in 2003 by brothers Tom and Andy Smith.
Besides oil, the company serves the natural gas, power transmission, wind turbine and petrochemical industries. It has field operations in Wyoming, Oklahoma, Illinois, Missouri and North Dakota. It also operates a fleet of nine specially equipped mobile calibration vans.