History and Milestones

This is a timeline of significant events in Pala’s history.

  • 1973 – Pala, Inc. is founded by Jose R. Tarajano, Sr. as a union general industrial contractor for the sugar industry.
  • 1974 – The Company expands its service offering to provide general industrial construction to refineries and petrochemical plants in the Baton Rouge, LA area.
  • 1981 – Pala Inc. management forms Interstate Industrial Contracting, Inc. to perform the same services as Pala Inc. using non-union employees.
  • 1982 – Pala opens its New Orleans, LA office.
  • 1988 – Pala Interstate begins engineering, fabricating, repairing and constructing above-ground storage tanks in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.
  • 1989 – Exxon expands Pala’s contract to include the tank maintenance and tank farms.
  • 1991 – The Company brings the fabrication of tank parts necessary for its field work in-house, and increases the size of its fabrication facility from 7,500 to 24,000 square feet.
  • 1992 – Pala qualifies for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (“ASME”) “U-Stamp,” allowing it to fabricate ASME pressure vessels and American Petroleum Institute (“API”) tanks.
  • 1994 – The Company performs its first projects in Texas.
  • 1995 – Pala expands its service offering by entering the “design build” construction business, designing and building a sugar refinery expansion in Florida.
  • 1997 – The Company enters into a joint venture with Fru-Con Construction Corporation and assumes all responsibility for projects and maintenance at Proctor & Gamble’s Pringles potato chip plant in Jackson, TN.
  • 2000 – Pala receives the Eagle Award from the National Associated Builders and Contractors (“ABC”) in recognition of its design and construction of the Borden Chemicals formaldehyde plant as the best project in its size category that year.
  • 2002 – Pala opens its Houston, TX office to support its tank maintenance business in Baytown and Beaumont, TX.
  • 2003 – The Company expands its capabilities and client base by acquiring the assets of Boiler Rebuilders and Fabricators.
  • 2007 – Pala opens an additional shop facility and installs a state-of-the-art computerized burning table, further expanding its fabrication capabilities and reducing plate cutting lead-time by more than 75%.
  • 2009 – Pala becomes an Employee-Owned enterprise.
  • 2012 – Pala diversifies its product offering through alliances in aboveground storage tank seals, domes and other appurtenances and in safety consulting services.