Ariel Corporation Manufactures 40,000th Compressor

World's largest manufacturer of reciprocating compressors celebrates business milestone

Dec 10, 2012, 07:00 ET from Ariel Corporation

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ariel Corporation formed in 1966 when Jim Buchwald and his partners, Jim Doane and George Woodman conceived the idea of a small, high speed, reciprocating, separable compressor. Buchwald designed the compressor, and he and Doane built the prototype in Buchwald's basement in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Eventually the prototype was sold as Serial #1 and operated in the field for 28 years before the company reacquired it for permanent display in the lobby of Ariel's Headquarters, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

The Ariel compressor led to the formation of large wellhead rental fleets for the natural gas industry in the Southwestern United States. Additionally, the reliability and quality engrained in Ariel's corporate culture led to a significant global footprint. Over the years, the company's product lines have expanded to provide the largest range of horsepower available to the oil and gas industry. Today, Ariel Corporation is the largest manufacturer of reciprocating compressors in the world. Ariel compressors are found in every oil and gas field throughout the world, and are a vital link in the extraction, processing, transportation and sale of natural gas.

Karen Buchwald Wright, President and CEO of Ariel, announced that today Ariel is shipping Serial Number 40,000. She was joined by her father, Buchwald, and her oldest son, Alex Wright, who recently joined the company. "We are very proud of our workforce and the community in which we live and work. We believe that is the secret to our success and we are happy to be able to share our good news and continued growth with the people of this community," said Ms. Wright.

Serial Number 40,000 will be packaged by Dearing Compression of Youngstown, Ohio, and will be paired with a 5,000 horsepower variable frequency drive electric motor. The package was commissioned by MarkWest Energy Partners, a provider of midstream services in the natural gas industry and the largest processor of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale.

The compressor will be used in a mid-stream gathering application in MarkWest's Majorsville Processing Facility in Dallas, West Virginia. This facility is located within MarkWest's Liberty Segment, which provides fully integrated natural gas midstream services in the liquids-rich areas of the Marcellus Shale. 

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About Ariel:

Ariel Corporation is a World Class, American manufacturer of reciprocating compression solutions. Founded in 1966 in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Ariel compressors are operated worldwide by the gas, oil, petrochemical and process industries. Ariel is recognized today as the world standard in gas compression and is shaping the future of the global compression industry by addressing emerging energy and environmental challenges.

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