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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A new partnership is beginning between a world leader in oil and gas processing solutions and a local industry.

Valerus has teamed up with Youngstown-based Brilex Industries.

Brilex is a fabricating and manufacturing facility. Workers at the plant on Andrews Avenue will be making liquid separation systems and products needed by companies in the oil and gas industry for Valerus.

A ribbon cutting marked the beginning of a joint venture between Brilex Industries and Valerus.

The partnership will give customers faster access to needed equipment to help get oil and gas products in Ohio and Pennsylvania to processing plants, where it can then be processed and sent to the market place.

Nick Sajatovic the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Valerus says being in the middle of the Utica and close to the Marcellus Shale action, we are able to provide products that are immediately accessible to our customers.

He says we are also able to promote local manufacturing for the community.

Vice President of Brilex, Alex Benyo, thanked the city leaders in Youngstown for being pro-business and supporting the company's growth.

He also thanked federal, state and local political leaders and Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce for supporting this venture.

The Mayor of Youngstown thanked the owners of Brilex for creating jobs and it's commitment to the city.

Brilex, which has already invested millions in the company and payroll to this area, has invested over $1.5 million in this partnership.

Brian Benyo the President of Brilex Industries, says the company currently employs about 12 people in relation to this partnership and that number is expected to grow to 20 or 30 employees.

Valerus says it chose the joint venture due to the operational excellence and manufacturing capabilities of Brilex realizing the two companies were in alignment.

CEO Pete Lane says Valerus takes pride in its safety record, adding it is at least twice as good as the industry.

Lane says the company was looking for a partner that had that same commitment to the safety and welfare of it's employees.

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