SAO PAULO, Brazil (Oct. 7) — Goodyear Engineered Products opened a new, $13 million offshore oil hose plant at Santana de Parnaiba, northwest of Sao Paulo, creating 150 jobs and giving the company division its fifth plant in Brazil.
The facility will produce Goodyear Seawing floating and submarine oil hose, introduced earlier this year and designed to transfer crude oil and derivatives. To improve offshore crude oil transfer monitoring and protect the environment, Seawing´s double-carcass hoses are equipped with sensors that detect trouble before material can escape into the sea, a spokesman said.
On hand for the grand opening were Tim Toppen, president of Engineered Products; Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alchmin; and Jose Benedito Fernandez, mayor of Santana de Parnaiba.
"We are sending a clear message that Goodyear Engineered Products is committed to growing its presence in industrial hose markets," said Toppen. "This plant allows us to compete on a global basis with high-quality products made by highly-skilled, dedicated associates."
Toppen said the location was selected from a number of possible sites because of accessibility to the nearby shipping port, the support of local governments, and a strong work force. "We are using high-tech manufacturing, technology and management systems to run this plant," he said.