ADELANTO • A local company just received a $7 million boost, with a contract to help supply electricity to the people of Baja California. “It’s a very important project for them,” said Willie Guzman, international sales manager for Northwest Pipe Co.’s Adelanto division.
The company will supply approximately 15,000 feet of custom fabricated, 54-inch steel pipe to the Tecate Hydroelectric project. Guzman said the piping made in Adelanto will tie into one of the major water lines already in place, increasing the amount of power generated in the Rancho Tecate region and allowing energy providers to reduce expenses that get passed on to residents.
Guzman said the piping will take five to six months to complete at the 100-acre Adelanto site, located in the 12300 block of Rancho Road. “This is a big score in the international projects,” said Bob Bender, operations manager at the plant.
The new project comes right on the heels of another Baja contract that was actually four times the size. Guzman said his plant recently produced the pipe for a $23 million water transmission line that runs from the Colorado River to Tijuana.
The company won’t be hiring anyone new to fulfill the contract, according to the plant’s operations manager Bob Bender. While this contract is smaller than the last, Guzman said, “In a hard time, it’s a wonderful job.”
Brooke Edwards may be reached at 955-5358 or at bedwards@VVDailyPress.com.