LOXELY, Alabama (WALA) - The oil spill has brought at least one new company to the GulfCoast. A manufacturing business just opened in Loxely. FOX10 Newsreporter Renee Dials talked to the owner who says business isalready booming.
As a mechanical construction builder, Jay Graddick said he'dnever even thought about oil containment boom until a few weeksago.
"We had a lot of people contacting us wanting to buy it, and wesaid what's it take to make it?" Graddick said.
Graddick said the calls led to the birth of the new business SG& S Oil Recovery Product LLC.
"We made a few inquiries about the demand and the need for it.We contacted a company to buy the machines, and found the rawmaterials, and said look, lets put this thing together and try tohelp out," he said.
Graddick leases a warehouse in Loxley, and has hired 65employees to produce the boom.
Right now, they're putting out about 12,000 linear feet perday. That's almost two miles. The goal is between 24 to 30thousand.
"It's a new adventure by all means," said employee BradBurton.
Burton is the project manager.
"My biggest challenge as a project manager right now is theraw materials. Getting raw materials from supplies and vendorsacross the states, and internationally, and making sure the guysare here getting the job done," Burton explained.
Graddick explained how the boom is made.
"It's a vinyl covered fabric, it's got nylon in it. We havethese machines set up over here, that's a welding process, if youwill. It fuses it, and it goes to four different welding stages.It's got a cable in it, a chain, then you put the flotation in it.You have to cut it and re-weld it back, and it has universal endpieces that connect the boom together out there. And it's per BPspecifications," Graddick explained.
"We're working around the clock, 24-hours a day, two shifts.It's a good thing for the local economy. And we just hope we getenough orders to make it worth our while," Graddick added.
It's a sentiment shared by those on the assembly line.
The owner said the company plans to ship out 50,000 feet of theboom by Sunday.
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