By Denver Business Journal

Wheat Ridge-based manufacturing company Pikotek Inc. plans to close a Houston factory and relocate part of the operation to its Colorado headquarters.

About 35 people at Pikotek in Houston will be laid off in phases beginning Dec. 12 as a result of the relocation, according to information the company provided to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Pikotek is closing a facility it gained earlier this year when it acquired Houston-based Pipeline Seal & Insulator Inc. (PSI), said Scott Jeffrey, Pikotekâ¿¿s U.S. sales manager. The facility to be shuttered is south of downtown Houston.

The gasket manufacturing operation at the Houston site will move to Pikotek's Wheat Ridge facility, Jeffrey said. The remaining Houston operation will relocate to a facility in west Houston.

Total employee numbers were not disclosed.

Some Pikotek employees in Houston will relocate to Colorado and west Houston, some will retire and some will receive job placement assistance, Jeffrey said. The move will allow for facility improvements and streamlining of manufacturing activities, he said.

The relocation is expected to be completed by mid-2012.

Pikotek makes flange gaskets, spring-energized jacketed seals and electrical flange isolation kits for the oil and gas and utility industries.

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