FMC Technologies

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FMC Technologies, Incorporated (), is a U.S.-based oil and gas equipment and services technology company. FMC Technologies was incorporated in 2000 when FMC Corporation divested its machinery businesses. FMC has its headquarters in northern Houston, Texas.

FMC Technologies should not be confused with FMC Corp., which is a separate company, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

History

In August 1927, brothers Arthur and Kirby Pennick of Houston founded Oil Center Tool (O-C-T) to produce pump liners and rods for the oilfields of East Texas. In 1930, O-C-T introduced a new type of casing head and tubing head that was an immediate success. Shortly there after the company introduced the first factory-assembled and tested completion wellheads (a.k.a “Christmas trees” in oil field slang). At the time, Christmas trees were assembled and tested on-site – an expensive, time consuming, and dangerous practice.

In 1956 two brothers Paulo and Antonio Viana, both commanders in the Brazilian Navy with experience in the Naval ship yard, went into private business together founding Mecanica CBV. CBV stood for the initials of their father’s name Carlos Barbosa Viana. Their first customer was the National Motor Factory (FNM) for whom they manufactured wheels, axles, and crossheads.

In 1957 FMC Corp (Food, Machinery, and Chemicals), a growing conglomerate with its roots in the manufacture of...
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