By Kelly Cernetich
TYRONE - After just a few months in business, New Pig Energy has moved to a new home in the former Save-A-Lot building along Jefferson Avenue.
"Due to the increased use of our liners over the last two years, we needed office space for expansion," said Beth Powell, company vice president and general manager.
Its parent company, New Pig Corp., is an industrial absorbents manufacturer that has been "the world leader in liquid control and containment for more than 27 years," said New Pig Energy President and CEO Steve Kline. "We're excited by this opportunity."
Launched in January within the New Pig Corp. facility in Tipton, its focus is serving the hydraulic drilling and fracking industry.
New Pig Energy manufactures secondary containment liners and other related products, including a patent-pending well-pad liner that protects workers by providing traction while dealing with slick materials that can also stand up to rig and other heavy-equipment traffic.
Powell said the new location was chosen because of its large office space, parking lot and proximity to New Pig Corp., whose headquarters will remain in Tipton.
"The location was ideal," she said.
Powell said she expects the new location will require the hiring of four to five additional employees by this fall.
Marty Marasco, Altoona-Blair County Development Corp. president and CEO, said New Pig directors came to him a few months ago looking for information on available properties for new headquarters.
He said it's impressive that the company needed to find a new home so quickly, but said the move will benefit all involved.
"It's good for the community. It's good for the industry. It's good for everybody," he said.
Joe Hurd, Blair County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, said the company has had success with "practically everything that they have done" and said he applauds the company for staying in Blair County.
"Any time you run out of space, that's a good thing," he said.
Mirror Staff Writer Kelly Cernetich is at 946-7520.