Who We Are


Your Turnkey Industrial Construction Contractor

PALA is an employee-owned industrial contractor delivering high-quality projects built using the safest construction practice. Safety and quality are two of our core values. We strive to provide the most responsive services that deliver exactly what you need, when you need it. From aboveground storage tank construction and repair to pressure vessel fabrication, general industrial construction services, and beyond, we are your single-source solution for any of your project needs.

PALA’s Core Values

At PALA, our core values drive everything we do, from our interactions with our clients to our exceptional care, safety, and attention to detail at the worksite.

Saftey First

Above all else, we believe in putting safety first. We deliver exceptional services thanks to our team’s dedication to working properly and safely.


Our “do it right the first time” mentality exemplifies our dedication to quality. Quality is built into every one of our projects from start to finish.

Continuous Improvement

Our services are only as good as our education. Our management prioritizes employee training to ensure the very best in industrial construction.

Exceptional Relationships

We believe in partnerships over projects. We’re here to listen to your needs and deliver the solutions that fit your requirements and timeline.

Our History

PALA, Spanish for “shovel”, was founded in 1973 as an industrial contractor performing work for the Louisiana Sugar Industry. Focused on mechanical piping and equipment installations, it was a natural fit to move into other industries such as pulp and paper, refining, and petrochemicals throughout the 80’s. In 1987, we formed our Aboveground Storage Tank and ASME Vessel construction operations. The company grew throughout the 90’s, securing MSA contracts for Small Capital Projects and Tank Farm Maintenance with some of the largest facilities across the gulf coast. In 2008, PALA became Employee Owned (ESOP) via acquisition from the original founding family owners. Through our strong commitment to safety, we formed a Safety Services company in 2012, SMART Safety Group, to help other contractors and manufacturing businesses in their quest to protect their most valued asset—their employees.


PALA is licensed throughout much of the United States. We’re are proud to serve clients in a wide range of industries including, but not limited to, petro-chemical, refining, bulk liquid terminals, government, and food & beverage.

PALA further diversified its business in 2017 through the acquisition of U.S. Fusion & Specialty Construction, whose services are complementary to PALA’s business and core customers, providing specialty installation and welding of various forms of plastic pipe and liners, as well as erosion control and protection systems. Our General Construction group expanded our civil services to include helical piles through the formation of ELITE Helical Solutions in January of 2021, and most recently, PALA added ARCCO Power Systems to the family of companies in July 2021. ARCCO provides sales, installation, repair and maintenance services for commercial and industrial generators ranging in size from 36kw to 2 megawatts.

From our humble beginnings in the sugar mills of Louisiana, we have evolved into a group of growing companies relentlessly focused on delivering the best possible service to our customers and creating value for our dedicated group of employee owners.

What Can PALA Construct for You?

Whether you have a question about our solutions, our service areas, or our fabrication capabilities, the PALA team is here to help. Leave us a message and one of our team members will be in touch as soon as possible.

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