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FAIRFIELD -- The Wood Group Field Services’ office will move from Martinez to the Busch Commerce Center in Fairfield by the end of September.

This relocation is part of a strategy to find an energy efficient facility and a centrally located site for its customers and employees.

Wood Group Field Services installs and maintains all types of rotating and reciprocating equipment -- including steam and gas turbines, engines, compressors, pumps and conveyor systems -- for refinery and power plant customers.

“Plant operators have been postponing new construction and major overhauls of equipment for several years,” said Ed Moore, vice president of Wood Group Field Services.  “We hope to see some of the delayed maintenance and repair activities occur in 2012.”

Mr. Moore said that Fairfield is a business-friendly environment and a good geographical location enabling the firm to better serve the entire region.

The Wood Group Field Services office is currently located at 4595 Pacheco Boulevard in Martinez. The new address is 2485 Courage Drive in Fairfield.

The company employs an average of 75 workers in the field with eight permanent employees in the office, warehouse and machine shop.  With a small office staff, the firm was able to reduce its space requirement from 18,000 square feet to 11,549 square feet at the new site.

Wood Group Field Services was originally founded in 1973 as Thomason Compressor to provide services to the petrochemical industry. It expanded to serve the power industry several years later and was renamed Thomason Mechanical Corporation. In 2002, the Wood Group purchased this company and rebranded it as Wood Group Field Services in 2005.

Customers include SCE (Southern California Edison), PG&E, ARCO, Unocal, Shell, Chevron, Mirant, Calpine, BP, Valero, Conoco Philips, Tesoro, SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) and LADWP (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power).

Wood Group Field Services has three locations nationwide, including those in Rancho Dominguez, CA., Pasadena, TX, and Fairfield, CA.

The Fairfield building is an existing structure that was not previously occupied.  The company signed a five-year lease through an agreement with owner Andrew Kilpatrick. The agents handling this transaction are Eric Rehn, CCIM, and Ted Gallagher of Cassidy Turley North Bay in Walnut Creek.

“Putting together a deal in today’s business environment is all about cooperation. Andrew Kilpatrick with Oates Investments, Inc., and Chris Petrini at Grubb & Ellis made it easier for us to facilitate this transaction by working through the issues as if we were all on the same team,” said Mr. Rehn.  “Even the City of Fairfield and the county’s Economic Development Department lent their assistance where they could to help make this possible.”

“The building owner has his own construction division that will complete a number of tenant improvements for us. The remodeling is being coordinated by Architect Heather Dennis with Ware Malcolm,” Mr. Moore said.

Wood Group is an international energy services company with $5.5 billion in annual sales. The parent company employs 35,000 worldwide and operates in 50 countries.

The group has three lines of business: Engineering, Wood Group PSN and Wood Group GTS providing a range of engineering, production support, maintenance management and industrial gas turbine overhaul and repair services to the oil and gas as well as power generation industries around the globe.

Wood Group’s U.S. corporate office is located at 17420 Katy Freeway, Suite 300, in Houston, Texas 77094.  For more information, go to the website www.woodgroup.com.