Before Andrew Ethridge joined FlexSteel (then Wellstream) in 1995, he utilized his bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering to do materials research and development for aerospace and defense contractors. Convinced that the development of flexible pipe for demanding oil and gas applications was every bit as great an engineering challenge as developing rocket motors, he accepted a position as Plant Metallurgist for the Wellstream facility in Panama City, Florida. He hasn’t been disappointed. His career path has led him through a variety of challenging and increasingly responsible positions including: Senior Engineer, Technical Advisor and Global Materials Engineering Lead. In his current role as Director of Technical Services, he educates prospective customers about the superior benefits of FlexSteel flexible steel pipe.
Andrew takes a great deal of satisfaction seeing the many products he has had a hand in designing being used successfully throughout the world. Another rewarding aspect of his work has been building friendships with colleagues throughout the world. He is proud of his accomplishments, to date, and sees a bright future with FlexSteel. "With the anticipated growth of the FlexSteel business as we add new products and manufacturing facilities, there will be numerous opportunities for career growth both locally and globally," he said.