Rotary Club hears from Cameron Schlumberger Officials September 7, 2020 Billy Fontenot, plant manager of the Ville Platte Cameron-Schlumberger manufacturing facility was the guest speaker at today’s (Tuesday’s) meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club meeting. Fontenot said the Cameron plant will begin manufacturing a new ball valve for the oil and gas industry. Schlumberger closed the Little Rock plant and is moving their Orbit Ball valve operations to Ville Platte. By adding this product line from Little Rock, some 40-50 jobs will be retained at the Ville Platte plant. Engineer Kyle Mouton displayed the new Orbit ball valve in Ville Platte. Some 30-50 pieces of equipment have moved from Little Rock to Ville Platte . The new manufacturing line should be fully functioning by October. Now, Cameron of Ville Platte will be building 6-7 product lines of ball valves and will be a flagship facility for Cameron and Shlumberger. Fontenot said 2020 was a challenging year for the plant and for the industry showing the biggest downturn since the 1980’s. The additional product line is encouraging news for the 265 employees currently employed. In other Rotary news, Club President Peter Strawitz: -announced that the board approved making a $250 donation to purchase disinfectant spray cans for Heritage Manor Nursing Home; --challenged board members to raise $1500 with the board matching that amount to purchase needed supplies for needy families in the Deridder, Dequincy and Leesville areas impacted by the recent hurricane.
Vile Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine and Evangeline Parish Police Jury President Ryan Williams are both urging parish residents to prepare now for the two two storms predicted to strike the state. If you need sand bags, Ville Platte residents who are able bodied citizens, please bring your owns shovels to the Girls and Boys place at 220 South Thompson. Bags will be provided for you to bag your own sandbags. For seniors and those who need assistance, go to the City Barn at 810 West Hicktory and assistance will be provided. Jury President Williams urges residents that the police jury will be issuing sand bags at their Region A yard located in the Ward One Industrial Park right next to the 911/OEP office starting Monday morning.