Standard Alloys, Inc. inaugurated new pump repair center in Deer Park, TX (USA)
Standard Alloys Inc., a KSB company, has expanded its pump engineering facilities with the opening of a new 15,000 sq/ft workshop in Deer Park, Texas. The new plant is strategically located near the Houston ship channel to add further capacity to Standard Alloys already established repair centers located in Vidor and Port Arthur, Texas and Port Allen, Louisiana.
The $1 million investment in the Deer Park repair center is equipped with machine tools, lathes, a specialized rotor balancing center rated to 5,000lbs, 10 and 5 ton cranes and dedicated pump disassembly and assembly areas. Coupled with these resources is the investment in the key elements of the company’s core business of reverse engineering with 3D measurement and modelling and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) technology.
“Standard Alloys offers engineering, manufacture and repair of replacement parts and pumps for the refining, chemical, power, water and other related industries,” says Managing Director Richard Martinez. “Having comprehensive manufacturing facilities located in Southeast Texas that includes a full foundry capable of pouring more than 300 different alloys, means that we can manufacture many core pump components in-house with a very short lead time.”
Richard continues: “We can make the parts needed for a pump repair whether they require fabrication, casting and or machining. This means that our customers know where their parts are manufactured and are welcome to come witness throughout the process. It’s simply a matter of reverse engineering the parts, making a pattern, and pouring a casting. Other parts manufacturers are challenged to make that offer. Another key advantage is we can upgrade components and pumps to improve the mean time between repairs, thereby providing customized solutions. And most importantly we proudly say that our products are "Made in the USA.”
The opening of the Deer Park repair center was marked by a ‘customer open house’ held on September 24th, attracting representatives from many of the leading refinery companies based in Houston area. The event was hosted by Richard Martinez and employees from the Port Arthur and Deer Park facilities.
“The evening reception gave us the perfect opportunity to showcase our new facility and resources, and to discuss how we can support our customers in Houston,” reports Richard. “Having three well resourced workshops relatively close here on the Gulf Coast enables us to provide better service to our customers. We are able to balance the workloads and demand of the jobs between the workshops and draw on the specific resources of each facility, all to support the customer’s needs.”
KSB has a strategic plan to develop its service network across the USA and one of the key targets was the Gulf Coast, hence the acquisition of Standard Alloys in 2010. This gave KSB a local foundry within North America that was in the API market, together with a repair canter in Vidor, TX. In 2014 Standard Alloys opened the Port Allen, LA facility across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge and now it has opened Deer Park, TX to serve customers in Houston.
With production plants, sales offices and agents as well as service centers in more than 100 countries, KSB is always close to its customers.