Dr Bansidhar Panda, a doyen of Odia Industrial revolution, founded IMFA in 1961 by setting up a ferrochrome plant at Therubali, a then backward region in undivided Koraput district. A Benaras Hindu University graduate, Dr Panda completed his higher studies in Michigan Technological University and Harvard University. His vision to transform the lives of his native land and nation at large through application of science and technology, led him on a mission to setup aforesaid ferroalloy manufacturing facility. IMFA grew from strength to strength under his vision and leadership. In 1990s he founded Utkal Manufacturing Services Ltd. (later renamed as UMSL Ltd) to cater to the logistics space. UMSL Ltd. ventured into infrastructure business in 2010 and has grown exponentially over the last decade under our dynamic women entrepreneur and current MD and Vice Chairman Paramita Panda (Mishra), daughter of Late Dr Bansidhar Panda.

UMSL Limited is primarily an EPC and Logistics company having its registered officeat Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and Corporate Office at Bhubaneswar (Odisha). The company has strength of 500+ employee as on date. It has evolved into a stable, profitable and reliable EPC + Logistics business focused mainly in Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

Mr Braja Mishra, a globally renowned professional (ex-MD CEO of Welspun Corp and Vice Chairman of Jindal Tubular USA LLC) has joined the company as Chairman (Non-exec). A team of professionals have been brought in to run key functions of the business. This team, through its participative management style, endeavours to evolve UMSL into one of the Most Respected EPC+ Value added Logistics enterprise with a pan-India presence and eventually into select overseas markets. UMSL Ltd has a long and esteemed list of clientele. Some of our client’s projects are funded by global agencies like World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). UMSL Limited has ventured into pipeline construction in year 2016 and has completed various pipeline projects under PHEO AMRUT, RWS&S etc. in different parts of Odisha covering a length of about 200 Kms. In logistics operations, it has been a pioneer in introducing transportation of Alumina in Bulkers for the first time in India.

Career at a Glance

  • 1987 - 1994

    Dalmia, Modi Cement, IMFA group, MSL

    Assignments in MD's Office with profile of Executive Assistant

  • 1994 - 1996

    Triveni Oil Fields

    Head of marketing for drilling rigs & mud logging equipmets; Successfully deployed 7 onshore oil drilling.

  • 1996 - 2009

    Welspun Corp

    ED -CEO: Pivotat role in setting up the business from scratch to take it to world leading market position; Secured deals as major supplier for prestigious pipeline projects.

  • 2009 - Present

    Ferro Tech India

    Personal venture to service the steel industry, E & P and Energy

  • 2012 - 2016

    Welspun Corp

    Rejoined as MD CEO. Consolidated Welspun's global reach especially in North America.

  • 2016 - onwards

    Jindal Tubular USA LLC : Vice Chairman and 30% shareholder

    Effected a major turnaround in the company by bagging prestigious orders.

    UMSL Ltd :Chairman of one of the major construction companies in Odisha.

    Expanded the Ferro Tech Group in the middle East