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Contact: Charlotte Wells, Samson
Phone: 360.384.4669
Email: cwells@samsonrope.com


Samson Expands to Meet Demand for High Performance Ropes in Offshore Industry

Ferndale, WA – February 14, 2008 – Samson, the worldwide leader in performance cordage, broke ground this month on a 35,000 square foot expansion of its Lafayette, Louisiana manufacturing facility.  In addition to the building, new equipment and 40 new employees will be added.  The new equipment includes braiding systems designed to manufacture long lengths of very large diameter ropes for deepwater offshore mooring tethers, specialty working lines, and deep water lowering and lifting lines.  The new equipment will include one of the largest 12 strand braiders in the world, capable of producing up to 192mm diameter ropes in lengths over 3,000 meters.  The building and equipment are expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2009.  
Samson has been manufacturing performance ropes for the offshore industry since the 1970’s, starting with the first synthetic single point mooring system, and has experienced an increased demand for highly engineered ropes. While the company will produce ropes using more traditional fibers, the primary focus is on high performance ropes utilizing specialty fibers such as Dyneema®.  As strong as steel, and 1/7th the weight, these high performance ropes enable more efficient operations in deeper waters.  The new equipment will enable the company to expand size ranges and offer the longer lengths required to operate in the deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico and around the world.  Samson’s Lafayette facility is strategically positioned to service the needs of these customers. 
Committed to support of the offshore industry, Samson has implemented a long-term plan in preparation for this expansion.  It included promotion of Michael Greenwood, long-time Samson Commercial Marine Sales Manager, to the role of Director of New Market Development.  Responsible for leading Samson’s expansion into the offshore industry, Michael is focusing his efforts 100% on bringing the offshore community the high performance products and services Samson is known for throughout the world.  In order to provide custom engineered solutions and field services, Samson has also expanded its R&D organization, adding application engineers and field service technicians for on-site design consultation, installation support, and training for rope handlers.   
Combining the additional capacity and capabilities resulting from this expansion, the most advanced R&D organization in the industry, a dedicated team of application/sales engineers, and their prime location on the Gulf of Mexico, Samson is providing unprecedented service to the offshore industry. “We are very excited about this expansion and the opportunity to bring our expertise in technology and innovation to the offshore industry” says Tony Bon, President.  “Samson has a long history of providing custom engineered solutions supported by our technical field service team.  We feel we have a lot to offer and are committed to providing our customers with the best products and services available.”
About Samson:
For over 130 years, Samson has been recognized as a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance ropes. Among its many innovations, Samson invented the double braid and pioneered the first high modulus polyethylene fiber ropes. Today, Samson engineers continue to pioneer the use of new fiber technology and the development of innovative coatings and constructions to produce ropes with unprecedented performance characteristics. Samson’s research and development team is meeting an ever expanding market need for products with exceptional performance in critical applications. Samson is part of Wind River Holdings™ portfolio of operating companies. For more information about Wind River Holdings™ visit www.windriverholdings.com.
To find out more about Samson call 360.384.4669 or visit our website: www.samsonrope.com