High Country Fabrication Inc. was founded in May of 1978 in Casper Wyoming by Ed Reed and Dennis Polk who were welders for a company called Darenco who was a well-known fabricator in Wyoming.
In the beginning HICO operated out of a 3,000 square foot rented shop space and specialized in building air compression packages, vapor recovery systems, and repair work on pipelines and other general welding projects.
Late in 1978 HICO moved to a six acre yard, with offices and larger fabrication bays and by the end of 1980 net sales reached nearly 1.2 Million. HICO made the necessary investments in personnel, plant, equipment and marketing to earn a reputation and finding a niche as a high quality fabricator of custom pressure vessels. By the end of 1986 net sales exceeded 6.0 million.
In 1989 the company relocated to an even larger facility and by 1994 HICO had completed a major expansion and modernization of its production facility including installing a 54’ long by 21’ wide stress relieve oven, the addition of a 422’ long by 78’ wide heavy fabrication bay, a 150’ long paint bay and a 6” thick steel roller.
Today, 44 years later, High Country Fabrication is owned by local shareholders, averages about 17-20 million in annual revenue and has fabricated projects for a host of energy sources and industries.
High Country Fabrication (HICO) is a custom manufacturer of large process towers, shell and tube heat exchangers, pressure vessels, reactors, reboilers, scrubbers and other process equipment. We currently carry ASME Code Stamps “U” & “R” and operate under an approved quality control program.
Our facility includes 78,000 sq ft of shop space and 98,000 sq ft under hook on a 12.5 acre property. Our heavy fabrication bay is approximately 34,000 sq ft and measures 78’ wide x 422’ long. The craneways inside have hook heights of 35’ and a capacity of 120 tons. The lifting capacity can be expanded to exceed 500 tons when required using gantry assist. The facility also contains a rail transfer system with 1/2 mile of track to simplify material handling and logistics. Housed in our heavy fabrication bay are plate rolls capable of rolling 6” thick steel in 10’ wide sections.
HICO is centrally located in Casper, WY. close to interstate 25 runs which runs through Casper from the east and then turns north. Interstate 80 is south. Burlington Northern Santa Fe services the rail spur into our yard. Casper is also home to the state’s only international airport.
HICO delivers products and services of the highest standards and we are proud to operate in the beautiful and rugged state of Wyoming.