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Astilleros Bender

June 7, 2004

Bender opens Mexican yard

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. of Mobile, Alabama has opened a wholly owned subsidiary in Mexico. Currently, it is offering repair services, but Bender President Tom Bender is promising to create "a world-class ship repair and new construction facility in Tampico that will make internationally competitive services and products available to our customers."


Astilleros Bender S. De R.L. De C.V. is located on the south side of the Panuco River 10 kilometers upstream from the Gulf of Mexico and across from the city of Tampico. The yard consists of 125 acres of land and 3,000 feet of river frontage accessed by a 28 foot deep, maintained channel .

Astilleros Bender currently is concentrating on ship repair and has in operation a 3,000 ton lift capacity dry dock and some 1,500 feet of river side repair facility open for business. A.B. recently completed a docking evolution and repair job for Saam Remolques S.A. De C.V. on its ship docking tug "Purepecha."

Ccurrent capabilities include 1800 amp riverside electrical service and compressed air for sand blasting, mobile cranes from 40 to 200 ton capacity and all tools and equipment required for ship repair operations. The yard is also prepared and equipped to do topside ship repair in the port facilities of Tampico, Alta Mira and Tuxpan as well as it’s own wet berth area at the shipyard.

Current management at Astilleros Bender is headed up by Eddie Newman as Production Superintendent. Eddie has held repair and new construction manager and superintendent positions at TNG in Vera Cruz, Bender, McDermott and Gulf Island Fabricators.

The yard's financial and administrative departments are managed by Lloyd Orgeron, who was with TNG for four years.

The company’s sales and marketing effort is headed up by Manuel Otano.

Otano has previously held marketing and sales positions with Halter Marine and administrative and auditing duties with Pemex and the Bank of Mexico and the Bank of Cuba and has been the Bender Shipbuilding Director of Latin American Sales and Marketing for the last 4 years, a position he will continue to hold.

Bender Shipbuilding president Tom Bender says: "The current repair activity at Astilleros Bender is only the start of our involvement and corporate development in Mexico. We are currently designing a larger drydock to be constructed at A.B. to expand our service to customers in Mexico and the region and intend to have it in operation within 6 months. We also are developing plans to build a new construction facility similar to what we have in Mobile. We intend to create a world-class ship repair and new construction facility in Tampico that will make internationally competitive services and products available to our customers."

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