ABB Inc. is moving its K-Tek Level Products factory and $10.9 million payroll from Prairieville to an East Baton Rouge Parish site on Manchac Park Lane.
The 155 employees at the Prairieville factory will make the move to the new, $15 million, 75,000-square-foot facility in November, said Cliff D. Decoteau, sales support coordinator for ABB’s instrumentation and K-Tek products.
Over the next five years, he said, 50 additional workers will join the existing staff.
Decoteau said the average annual salary for all employees is $70,000 — meaning total payroll will expand to $14.4 million by late 2020. He said the new factory will be built about 2.5 miles north of the Prairieville plant, which is in the 18000 block of Swamp Road.
K-Tek manufactures magnetic equipment and related gauges and transmitters that enable owners and operators of industrial storage tanks to monitor liquid levels from outside those tanks — even from remote locations.
Decoteau said storage tanks served by K-Tek monitoring equipment include those of the oil and gas, chemical, pulp and paper, power, mining and municipal water industries.
ABB Inc. is part of ABB Group, which is based in Switzerland and has 140,000 employees spread across about 100 countries.
One of K-TEK’s competitors is Jogler, which was purchased in June 2013 by Tony Harper. Harper was president of K-Tek before selling his interest in the company in 2007. In October 2013, Harper moved Jogler’s headquarters from Houston to Baton Rouge.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for ABB’s facility are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday.