FORT WORTH, Texas—A materials and equipment testing firm that services the oil and gas sector has moved into a new facility.
Alpine Polytek moved into its new 20,000-sq.-ft. plant in Fort Worth late last year, with the site just a mile from its former 5,000-sq.-ft. factory.
"We're working on getting it up and running," said Neil Mendes, the firm's CEO. "We don't even have a sign up yet."
Mendes co-owns Alpine Polytek with Buc Slay, who serves as chief technology officer. The two started up the firm five years ago and needed the extra space to keep up with its growth trend, according to Mendes.
The CEO has worked in the oilfield service for more than 25 years. He worked 20 years with Greene, Tweed & Co., serving as general manager/vice president of the Oilfield Business Group from 2001-09, and then as vice president of sales and marketing for the entire corporation from 2009-14.
Slay graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering and a master's in material science. That was followed by a career at Halliburton and Weatherford, where he led technical efforts to select and test materials for critical oil and gas applications.