DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Univar Inc., a leading global chemical distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals and related chemistry services, held a grand opening ceremony on June 30 for a new, permanent facility in Dickinson, N.D., to support its oil and gas business in the Williston Basin. The ribbon cutting ceremony at the new facility featured remarks by U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Univar's President of Oil & Gas and Mining, Chris Oversby, and Dickinson City Commissioner Carson Steiner.
Univar's new 5-acre facility features two warehouses, one 15,000 square-foot facility for general storage and a second, 3,000 square-foot warehouse rated for indoor flammable storage. The facility also includes a truck base and a tank farm. This is Univar's second facility in the Williston Basin. The first, in Williston, was opened in 2011 to serve the north side of the Basin.
"We are thrilled to be opening our second permanent facility in the area," said Chris Oversby, Univar's President of Global Oil & Gas and Mining. "We look forward to bringing new capabilities to our customers in this region, providing technical support and efficiencies directly to the wellsites."
The Bakken shale formation is characterized by remote wellsites and harsh environments, creating serious infrastructure and delivery challenges for the standard chemical distribution model. Univar has already addressed a number of these challenges with transload and mobile ISO tank offerings. The permanent facility significantly increases Univar's footprint and capabilities in the region enabling the company to deliver essential chemistries to wellsites on time. The opening of the Dickinson facility brings the total number of Univar's dedicated oil, gas and mining facilities in the United States to 25.
Founded in 1924, Univar is a leading global chemical distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals and related chemistry services. Univar sources from over 8,800 producers worldwide and provides its customer base, made up of 133,000 customers, with a full portfolio of specialty products. Univar operates a network of over 700 distribution facilities throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Latin America, with additional sales offices located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.