- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Pineveille-based Crest Industries is acquiring industrial services firm Optimal Field Services in Ascension Parish and plans to retain the 27 current employees while anticipating future employment growth.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Crest Industries CEO Kenneth Robison announced the acquisition Wednesday.

In a news release, Edwards says Crest Industries also plans to make a $2 million capital investment in equipment for Optimal Field Services, based in the Geismar, Louisiana, industrial corridor. Edwards says he’s excited by what Crest and Optimal Field Services will accomplish together.

Crest provides goods and services to customers in the energy, petrochemical, electrical utility, commercial and industrial electrical contractor sectors. Optimal Field Services provides turnkey turnaround services for petroleum, petrochemical, specialty chemical, gas-processing and paper-processing industries.

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