The Conrad Industries Inc. is a large shipbuilding operation, servicing vessels and construction out of its four affiliated yards in South Louisiana and Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. The current operation features more than 230,000 sq. ft of covered workspace and 6 ABS class drydock facilities. Founded in 1948 by J. Parker Conrad, the operation began production in Morgan City, Louisiana. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, the operation became a leader in the lucrative shipping industry of the Gulf region, with services especially tailored towards oil tankers running in the region.
In 1997, the shipbuilding operations expanded further with its purchase of the Orange Shipbuilding Company, which prior to purchase had overseen the shipbuilding operations in Orange. For $22.8 million, the purchase allowed for an expansion of capabilities. The enlarge operation lent itself to a higher construction capacity as well as different types of capabilities, including offshore drilling components, and drilling-tailored vessels of all sorts. The specializations of the current operation include the modernization of steel and aluminum vessels. Such modernizations might include the lengthening of hulls, modifications to the end of preparing vessels for other purposes, as well as the creation of increased cargo or storage space. The indoor capabilities of Conrad enable them the luxury of immunity from weather-related delays and complications, ensuring a finished product within timely fashion. A fully staffed division of engineering uses computer aided design to ensure quality and precision in technical operations. The company services both commercial and government client needs.
Shipbuilding operations such as Conrad Industries are an important link in the energy supply chain to the continental United States. The oil platforms of the Gulf Coast provide us with a domestic resource that reduces our reliance on foreign energy solutions. The people who man these shipyards and service these oil operations are the key to the success of this industry. Some of the daily operations in these facilities are quite dangerous, with the potential of exposure to dangerous materials. One of the more common toxins found in ship construction is asbestos. Asbestos can be very damaging to the body's respiratory functions, and can lead to mesothelioma, a form of cancer that attacks the lung's operations. The appearance of asbestos-induced health complications can take many years to manifest in symptoms, which can sometimes complicate the understanding of the causal relationship. Exposure can have serious consequences and needs to be detected early to enhance treatment or quality of life options. If it's possible that you have been exposed please consult the advice of a physician for testing and diagnosis options. There is a full range of legal, medical, and emotional support options for victims and their families. To better understand what your options are, please fill out the form and receive our Mesothelioma Information Packet at no charge.
Last modified: December 28, 2010.