October 14, 2010

Alcoa Oil & Gas and K&B Machine Works, LLC Partner on Aluminum Drill Pipe Assembly

HOUSTON, TX – October 14, 2010 – Alcoa Oil & Gas announced today that it has retained the services of K&B Machine Works to assemble its aluminum alloy drill pipes. K&B Machine Works will be installing a state-of-the-art machining cell for threading aluminum alloy tube, a dedicated steel tool joint threading unit and a brand new semi-automated Super-Shrink Grip™ assembly unit for steel tool joint installation.

“This equipment investment along with Alcoa’s alloy technology and design expertise will further solidify Alcoa’s position as the leading lightweight alloy drill pipe supplier to the oil and gas market,” said Mary Zappone, president of Alcoa Oil & Gas.  “Combine K&B Machine Works’ assembly expertise with our lightweight aluminum alloy drill pipe product, and it’s an unbeatable combination for drillers who want to extend their drilling reach to greater depths.”
K&B Machine Works is known in the industry for its technical capabilities and for providing quality craftsmanship. In addition to the drill pipe assembly, K&B Machine Works provides design and engineering services to Alcoa Oil & Gas that support the company’s product developments.
“We are excited about the opportunity to participate in the manufacturing and assembly process of Alcoa’s aluminum alloy drill pipe,” said Kenny Wood, Jr., president of K&B Machine Works, LLC.
About K&B
K&B Machine is one of the industry’s most trusted names in oilfield manufacturing. Expansive facilities in Houston, Texas, and Houma, Louisiana, combined with computer-controlled manufacturing equipment, real-world engineering expertise, and skilled master craftsmen, have earned the company a distinguished reputation for quality and service.
About Alcoa Oil & Gas
Alcoa Oil and Gas offers customized solutions specific to the oil and gas and neighboring industries, including strong, light weight Aluminum Alloy Drill Pipe, subsea riser systems, engineered forgings and extrusions and fabricated products. Alcoa’s aluminum alloy technology can help enable design solutions which offer up to 50% weight savings for the oil and gas market, including the construction of high-strength, low-weight drilling risers, already proven in demanding deep water applications. For more information, visit www.alcoaoilandgas.com.

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