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When Howell Industries invested in an OMAX 80160 two summers ago, they expected improvement in productivity and added capabilities, but they couldn’t have foreseen that owning an OMAX would help them weather two Category 5 hurricanes.
Howell has been in business since 1965, specializing in machining and fabrication for rotating equipment such as pumps and gearboxes. They serve primarily the petroleum industry-there are two large petroleum refineries and four petrochemical plants near its shop in Sulphur, LA.
They had been looking to acquire new cutting technologies. Howell General Manager Guy Smith said, “We had looked at lasers, but we generally work with heavier, thicker material. We’re cutting parts one and two inches thick;” such jobs are not well suited to laser work.