Eighty Four, PA – FTS International cut the ribbon Thursday on its new 50,000-square-foot complex in North Strabane Township to supply natural gas drilling companies in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations with its sand products for hydraulic fracturing.
FTS, formerly known as Frac Tech Services, which relocated its local operations from Brownsville, now has 340 employees working out of the new facility, which includes offices, warehouse and maintenance space, lab and a rail offloading facility on the 26-acre site along Route 519. The complex was built by Nello Construction of Houston.
Company spokeswoman Pam Percival said FTS, which also has a 200-employee operation in Williamsport, has a total of 4,500 employees. The company is vertically integrated, manufacturing and supplying its own custom pressure pumps and mobile pumping units and has its own sand mines for the sand, or proppant, that it transports around the country with its own in-house logistics system.
The company leases 3,000 rail cars to supply its products in 12 states.
FTS Chief Executive Officer Marc Rowland, who attended Thursday’s ceremony, said the company supplies Range Resources and several other exploration and drilling companies working in the Marcellus and Utica shales.
Despite having nearly 350 people working out of the new complex, Rowland said, “We’re still trying to recruit and train people.”
by Michael Bradwell, Observer-Reporter