Meet offshore-drilling pipe supplier – Bob Viator

bob-viatorMeet offshore-drilling pipe supplier – Bob Viator

How long have you been at American Piping Products?

20 months

What’s your role at American Piping Products?

My role is to make sales and to disseminate products and services to a wide range of customer types.

What makes American Piping Products differ from other pipe supply companies in the business?

What sets APP apart from other companies is our product mix that focuses on pipe in a unique mix of alloys, grades and sizes in large enough quantities to satisfy most project needs from stock. Most companies’ orders ship within two weeks from our own facilities allowing for the best service available.

How long have you been involved in the offshore drilling pipe supply market?

The chemical processing pipe supply market? 20 years, 26 years (respectively)

Tell us about the pipe typically used for the offshore drilling market?

In offshore drilling, drill pipe, casing and production tubing, and high-pressure piping for blowout preventers, high-pressure manifolds and riser piping. Pipe for oil lines, cement pumping, and drilling-fluid pumping are used often as well. Once completion and production is established, then line pipe is used for transportation and distribution. Most of these products are manufactured to API/ASME/ASTM standards, and most of the piping products used are of very high mechanical strength as pressure and erosion corrosion are their main concerns.

Tell us about the pipe typically used for in chemical processing?

In chemical processing, piping products that are engineered and manufactured to resist chemical corrosion are used most frequently. Also high-pressure steam applications, cooling towers and heat-exchangers are part of the process equipment. Along with the use of carbon steel, alloy pipe, like stainless steels, nickel alloys, and chrome alloys are used.

What’s the biggest obstacle pipe-supply companies are facing in the offshore drilling pipe supply and chemical processing pipe supply markets?

Competition and product availability.

What’s your most significant professional accomplishment as a pipe supplier?

It’s hard to pick one point in time, but I’d say putting deals together for projects gives me the best sense of professional accomplishment.

What do you consider your greatest personal accomplishment?

Raising three children that all have college degrees and are pursuing what makes them happy.

What are your favorite pastimes?

Sports, music and my family.

What five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bruce Willis, George W. Bush, Mother Theresa, Stevie Wonder and Dave Mathews.

Saints or LSU football?


Heard you’re quite the Cajun cook. How about a recipe?


New Iberia Jambalaya

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 pounds smoked sausage
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 4 tablespoons chicken seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon browning and seasoning sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 4 cups water

This is a one pot dish so start with a 6-8 quart cast iron or similar pot with a cover. Cut the chicken thighs into quarters and season with chicken seasoning and salt. Cut the sausage into slices about 3/16” to 1/4” thick. Then, chop the onion into 1/4” pieces.

Heat the pot to medium high and brown the chicken using the one tablespoon of vegetable oil. Try not to use the cover so that you get the meat brown. When the chicken is browned, or has turned white completely, add the sausage and onion, and continue to cook with the cover on at the same temperature for about 7-10 minutes.

Add the garlic and the browning and seasoning sauce to the mix, and stir until fully mixed in and it’s darker. Add the rice and water, add salt to taste (it will need to be a little bit on the salty side because the rice will absorb it). Then bring to a boil and stir often.

Reduce heat to low and cover for 30-40 minutes.