Al-Kout Industrial Projects

| December 11, 2018

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The Salt and Chlorine plant operations started more than 50 years ago to supply the desalination and electricity stations with Chlorine. Ever since being acquired by Al-Kout Industrial Projects (AIP) Group in 2000, the plant has expanded by having new machinery and equipment added to increase capacity and realize more than triple its original output. We have also updated our performance management and people model to include shared objectives, and we have linked our values to our competency framework.

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Our Birmingham, Alabama office serves the pulp and paper, chemical, industrial, power, automotive and process markets. Our clients include GE, Honda, International Paper, MeadWestvaco, OCI Chemical , Owens Corning and Southern Company. BE&K in Delaware focuses on the chemical and refinery business that populates the Delaware Valley, and the nexus of our JBEK-DuPont alliance. We continue to successfully execute major DuPont projects both domestically and overseas. Depending upon the dictates of a particular project we will utilize high- value offshore resources to complete detail design requirements. Our clients include E.I. Dupont, Motiva, Sunoco and Valero.

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