In a move that expands the company’s tubular products pipe coating capabilities, Pittsburgh-based L.B. Foster Co. has acquired Ball Winch Pipeline Services LLC.
Ball Winch is a a privately owned company that applies specialty pipe coatings and provides field services for the oil and gas, mining, water and waste water industries. The company’s unique position as a custom coater of specialty fittings and field connections brings new growth to L.B. Foster’s existing coating capabilities. The Nov. 8 acquisition combines two organizations with rich histories of successfully delivering pipe coatings to the energy and utility industries.
“Ball Winch complements and expands our business opportunities with custom coating and field applied coating services,” said Robert Bauer, L.B. Foster president and CEO. “We welcome the Ball Winch team and look forward to their contribution to L.B. Foster.”
The Willis, Texas-based company has developed and continues to maintain a strong presence in custom pipe coating for in-service replacement and new construction. The Ball Winch organization will become a key component of L.B. Foster’s Tubular Products group led by Merry Brumbaugh, vice president at L.B. Foster.
“Ball Winch is a leading pipe coating applicator with a proven reputation for satisfying the most demanding requirements for custom coated pipe or specialty coatings,” Brumbaugh said.
Both companies have built reputations for excellence in manufacturing, product quality and workplace safety. “There is great synergy between our technologies, experienced management and corporate strategies,” noted Tom Ball, co-owner of Ball Winch. “We share L.B. Foster’s vision of delivering quality and value to our customers and providing a safe work environment for our employees.”