Houston Interests Announcement!

Houston Interests is proud to announce that we recently signed an agreement acquiring the remaining ownership shares of Devco and River Consulting from Kinder Morgan. This was a company goal for 2015 and has been achieved ahead of schedule.

Doug Houston, owner and CEO of Houston Interests, in a letter to employees regarding the acquisition called the agreement a "very important milestone in the company's history", and went on to discuss the tremendous growth that we have seen over the last few years. Regarding this growth he said "All indications are we will not slow down as we continue in our quest to become the premier Technical Company in each of our industry sectors." 

This event will not cause any immediate changes in Houston Interests' operating methodology or reporting structure, and Doug Houston will remain as CEO of all the Houston Interests Companies.

These acquisitions will create additional flexibility in unification of branding, clarification of our offerings to the global marketplace and expedite the finalization of our operational initiatives across Houston Interests companies.


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About Houston Interests: 

Houston Interests is a premier global solutions consulting, engineering, design, construction, and systems integration company in each of these industries: Sulfur, Natural Gas Processing, Material Handling, Liquid Terminals, Control and Automation Systems, Marine Structures, Food Storage and Manufacturing, Power Generation and Process Heaters. We have over 300 employees with offices in Tulsa, OK; Columbus, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; New Orleans, LA; Doha, Qatar; Al Khohbar, Saudi Arabia.

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Devco Process Heaters Celebrates 10 Years

Tulsa, Oklahoma based engineering firm Devco Process Heaters (DPH) is currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Since its beginning, DPH has sold over 110 heaters, issued POs to local fabricators in Tulsa worth over $9 million, and had total sales valued at over $42 million.

Devco Process Heaters began in 2005 as a subsidiary of Devco USA, now both Houston Interests Companies, and has been led by President Roy Simmons since that time. Though primarily serving clientele in the oil and gas industry, DPH has designed and supplied heating systems for a number of other industries including food, petrochemical and refineries.  

DPH works with several local fabricators, including BLM, Arc Masters, and Tower Components Inc., to build their heaters. Eddie Michels, President of BLM/Arc Masters said that they have been working with DPH for almost the whole 10 years. According to Mr. Michels, “DPH seems to be going opposite of the trend in the Tulsa area” of business slowing down as the price of oil has dropped, and has been their only customer who has continued to have steady growth in recent months.

According to DPH President, Roy Simmons, “One of the advantages DPH has over most of our competitors is our complete business scope. From design and fabrication, to completed product is all done completely within Tulsa and the surrounding communities. This local advantage allows us to maintain continuity from conception to completion for all of our heating systems. ” 

Here are just a few of the ways that Devco Process Heaters has led the industry in the last 10 years:


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Pictured is just one of several types of heaters that Devco Process Heaters specializes in, including direct fired, convective, and indirect.


Devco Process Heaters has sold and installed their heaters all over the world including countries in North and South America, Africa, The Middle East, and Asia. Some of their larger customers have included Conoco Phillips, Honeywell, and Energy Transfer Company. 

For more information about Devco Process Heaters, visit our website at www.devcoheaters.com


 

Check Out The Latest Devco Sulfur Forming Ad


Check out our Ad in the latest issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering Magazine!


 

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Contact us to learn more about our Sulfur Technology and Experience

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We Are Hiring!

26 Jun, 2015

We Are Hiring!


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Devco, a Great Place To Work:

We are currently hiring new talent in our Tulsa office. For over 35 years, Devco, an Engineering Firm in the Houston Interests group of companies, has been offering process technology and plant solutions for the oil and gas industry. Experts at the balance of plant engineering, Devco takes component technologies and engineers integrated solutions for their customers. With decades of expertise in gas processing and sulfur technology, Devco manages and delivers all aspects of a project including detailed FEED, procurement, project and construction management, control system integration, electrical design, and expert 3D design. 

Here are the job openings that are currently posted for Devco in the Tulsa office:



Why Work For Devco? 

Devco is a family owned and operated, local to Tulsa, business that has been around since the late 70s. We have an excellent work culture, emphasizing the Houston Interests Core Values of:

  • Integrity
  • People
  • Excellence
  • Results
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Giving
These are the values that are at the heart of everything we do, and are the driving force behind our company. Click Here to learn more about Houston Interests, or Visit our Careers Page.


Houston Interests:

Houston Interests is the parent company of Process Plant Services, Houston Dynamics, S&R Technical Services, Devco, Devco Process Heaters, River Consulting, River Consulting Colombia, and River Consulting Food Services; together we are one company. We provide services in each of these industries.

  • Control & Automation Systems
  • Food Storage & Manufacturing
  • Sulfur Recovery, Processing & Handling
  • Liquid Terminaling
  • Marine Structures
  • Material Handling
  • Power Generation
  • Natural Gas Processing
  • Process Heaters


If you don't see a job currently posted that fits your qualifications, click to "Join our Talent Network" and submit your resume for Future Openings. 

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World's Largest HI-CAP Sulfur Melting Facility Under Construction


As high-lighted in this article from the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Sulphuric Acid Today and this article in the Tulsa World. Devco has been awarded a project that will include full turn-key plant delivery of what will be the world’s largest sulfur melter. The melter facility is being built for The Mosaic Company, the world’s largest supplier of phosphate and potash.

Thomas Dombroski, Mosaic’s Project Manager said “Devco has provided Mosaic with a unique and optimized facility design which will allow Mosaic the greatest operational flexibility with optimum safety and environmental considerations.” 


Pictured below are the 3,600 ton per day sulfur melter, 6,000 ton storage silo, and Lime silo. 

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Devco’s director of business development, Bevan Houston said of the project, “Getting the opportunity to build a large project for a world-class customer like Mosaic has been very exciting for our company. Devco is pleased to offer our customers a modular concept as part of our design that maximizes labor concentration in a fabrication-shop environment and provides greater schedule attainment.”

Devco is utilizing core process technology by CTI Consulting out of New Orleans, Louisiana. Devco has a long working partnership with CTI, most recently providing a $78 million USD Sulfur Purification facility for the Mishraq State Sulphur Company – Iraqi Ministry of Industry.

ISTI Plant Services from Tulsa, Oklahoma will provide fabrication and some construction activities for the project both in Tulsa, and at the site near Lakeland, Florida. Devco has worked with ISTI on multiple large scale natural gas processing facilities built in ISTI’s fabrication facility in Tulsa, and installed in Texas and Louisiana. 

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Devco's Mark Gilbreath Elected to TSI Board of Directors


Tulsa, OK – Devco is pleased to announce that Mark Gilbreath, Director of Business Development, has been elected to The Sulphur Institute’s Board of Directors. The announcement was made by TSI at their annual meeting, which was held in Barcelona, Spain in April.

Mr. Gilbreath has worked for more than 35 years as an engineering and technical subject matter expert. In addition to Sulphur, he has provided valuable consulting and engineering services to a variety of industries including power, coal, and pet coke port and marine bulk terminals, oil and gas, railroad transportation, and construction. Some of his core areas of expertise includes, dry bulk material handling equipment associated with marine import and export facilities.


 

Mark Gilbreath, left, with Hermann Wittje from Mosaic at The 2015 Sulphur Symposium in Barcelona, Spain. 

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As a member of the Board of Directors for TSI, one of the things that Mr. Gilbreath will be focused on will be increasing membership with equipment suppliers in the Sulphur industries. Speaking about his election to the Board, Mr. Gilbreath said that he sees this as “an opportunity to engage with industry thought leaders,” and that is one of the aspects of the role that he is most looking forward to. Being a member of the TSI Board of Directors is a three year commitment, and Mr. Gilbreath will serve through 2018. Speaking from Washington, DC, TSI’s president and CEO, Robert McBride added, “We appreciate the years of support Devco has provided to TSI though its membership and welcome Mark’s lead in demonstrating the value TSI brings to the industry, most notably through his engagement of equipment suppliers.”

About Devco

For over 35 years, Devco, a Houston Interests company, has been offering process technology and plant solutions for the oil and gas industry. Experts at the balance of plant engineering, Devco takes component technologies and engineers integrated solutions for their customers. With decades of expertise in gas processing and sulfur technology, Devco manages and delivers all aspects of a project including detailed FEED, procurement, project and construction management, control system integration, electrical design, and expert 3D design. 


 

Sulfur Recovery To Ship Loading Article – Hydrocarbon Engineering Magazine

This article in the December, 2013 issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering Magazine highlights three proven technologies used by Devco that radically improve the environmental, safety and reliability attributes of sulfur recovery and handling operations, and also speaks of the significantly changing dynamics in the sulfur markets. These technologies include the COPE technology, D’GAASS technology and Devco II Sulfur Forming technology.”

Sulfur Recovery To Ship Loading Article – Hydrocarbon Engineering Magazine (PDF)

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Tulsa Company Ships Material from Oklahoma to Iraq

Tulsa, OK – On May 4th, Tulsa-based engineering firm, Devco, shipped $53 million worth of equipment that was fabricated in Catoosa, OK to Mosul, Iraq. This is the second major shipment from Devco’s $78.6 million order from the Iraqi Ministry of Industry, bound for the Mishraq State Sulfur Mine. This contract, part of ongoing rehabilitation of the mine, is the largest contract awarded by Iraq’s Ministry of Industry in the post-war period. At full capacity, the facility will be able to purify 500,000 tons of sulfur per year, using Submerged Combustion Technology from Crescent Technology, Inc. (CTI) in New Orleans, LA. The shipment is scheduled to arrive at the jobsite on June 10th, and the Mishraq facility is projected to go online in January, 2015.

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Included in this shipment were 43 skids, or modular units, as well as over 200 crates of different piping and structural material. One of the main benefits of this type of modular assembly is that as the trial fit of the entire plant was performed here in Oklahoma, Devco was able to simultaneously begin construction at the site in Iraq, and will be ready to erect the equipment when it arrives in June. Tulsa-based ISTI Plant Services, Devco’s key fabricator to the project, was responsible for full assembly. Working at their shop in Catoosa, ISTI poured new slabs to perform trial fit functions on each area, and as Project Manager Jeff Hutsell described, “did so with great success while maintaining a high level of safety for all involved.”

Financing for the project was backed by loan guarantee from EX-IM Bank. The goal of this type of loan guarantee for EX-IM Bank is to support hundreds of US small business jobs, while also supporting the sulfur and agricultural industries in Iraq. Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg said in a statement obtained on their website, “By providing a working –capital guarantee, Ex-Im Bank is demonstrating that we are always looking to support U.S. exporters and grow our economy by creating quality jobs here at home.”

See this Tulsa World link for more information about this project.

About Devco
For over 35 years, Devco, a Houston Interests company, has been offering process technology and plant solutions for the oil and gas industry. Experts at the balance of plant engineering, Devco takes component technologies and engineers integrated solutions for their customers. With decades of expertise in gas processing and sulfur technology, Devco manages and delivers all aspects of a project including detailed FEED, procurement, project and construction management, control system integration, electrical design, and expert 3D design.

About ISTI Plant Services
ISTI is experienced in the fabrication and assembly of key components for the midstream gas production industry. With over 200,000 square feet of shop facilities and the approximately 800 employees, ISTI is skilled in the turnkey delivery of natural gas production plants. Working with the Devco team on the Mishraq project was an important part of the ISTI portfolio for 2014.

Contact
To learn more about Devco products and services, please contact

Bevan Houston, Director of Business Development
6846 S. Canton, Suite 400
Tulsa, OK 74136
918-496-4400
bhouston@devcousa.com
http://www.devcousa.com/

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Devco to Lead Pre-Conference Workshop at CRU’s China Sulphur Conference

Shanghai, China – Tulsa, OK based engineering firm, Devco, will lead a special workshop for Sulphur professionals at CRU’s China International Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid Conference and Exhibition 2014. The workshop will be held pre-conference, and will be the first event for attendees to this year’s conference.

According to the CRU website, “2014 marks a prestigious time for CRU with the fourth annual China International Sulphur & Sulphuric Acid conference and CRU’s 10 year anniversary in China” (http://www.crugroup.com/events/chinasulphuracid/general_information). The conference is a 1.5 day event that will be held June 18th-20th at the Longemont Hotel in Shanghai, China. This annual event is an opportunity for international buyers and sellers of sulphur to network with other sulphur professionals, as well as gain important insights through presentations highlighting the latest industry trends and developments impacting the market. In addition to commercial presentations, this year CRU is also providing a series of technical showcases.

The Devco workshop, “Sulphur Recovery, Forming, Handling, Loading and Usage – From Fossil Fuel to Food” will be a half day event kicking off the conference. The workshop will cover a number of topics including the supply chain, proprietary technologies for sulphur blocking, sulphur forming and materials handling, project execution from concept to startup, project coordination, and modular construction. Attendees will include engineers and designers of sulphur facilities, operators/engineers working in sulphur facilities, managers of plants that handle sulphur, and buyers, sellers, and traders of sulphur, sulphuric acid, and fertilizer. This workshop is complimentary to conference delegates, however, there are limited places, so please reserve your place to the workshop if you are interested in attending this added value event –https://www.eventsforce.net/cru/185/register

About Devco
For over 35 years, Devco, a Houston Interests company, has been offering process technology and plant solutions for the oil and gas industry. Experts at the balance of plant engineering, Devco takes component technologies and engineers integrated solutions for their customers. With decades of expertise in gas processing and sulfur technology, Devco manages and delivers all aspects of a project including detailed FEED, procurement, project and construction management, control system integration, electrical design, and expert 3D design.

Contact
To learn more about Devco products and services, please contact

Bevan Houston, Director of Business Development
6846 S. Canton, Suite 400
Tulsa, OK 74136
918-496-4400
bhouston@devcousa.com
http://www.devcousa.com/

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Devco: Proud Sponsor at TSI 2014 Sulphur World Symposium

By Jeremy DeLay
April 8, 2014

Long Beach, CA – Devco, a world leader in sulfur forming and handling technology since 1978, was proud to sponsor the opening session of the 2014 Sulphur World Symposium.

Hosted by The Sulphur Institute, the Sulphur World Symposium is an annual event that brings industry leaders from around the world together for two days of expert speakers, networking events, and industry tours (http://www.sulphurinstitute.org/symposium14/). This year the Symposium was held in Long Beach, CA.

Devco SpAbout Devco
Over the past quarter century Devco has been involved in the processing, handling and marketing of sulfur throughout the world. The result has been the development of extremely economical, dependable and easy to operate facilities to convert molten sulfur into solid sulfur pellets plus intermediate conveying, storage and truck/ship loading systems.

Contact
To learn more about Devco products and services, please contact

Bevan Houston, Director of Business Development
6846 S. Canton, Suite 400

Tulsa, OK 74136
918-496-4400
bhouston@devcousa.com
http://www.devcousa.com/

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