On October 19, 2018, MRC Global officially opened the doors of its new operations complex in La Porte, TX.
This Regional Distribution Center (RDC) processes 600 pick tickets, or 1,700 individual line items, per day. Teams work around the clock to provide daily support to all of the branches in the Gulf Coast region as well as all branches across North America. This RDC can coordinate 80-100 hot shot orders per day.
“I’m very proud of the work and expertise that went into designing and opening this new location,” Andrew Lane, MRC Global President & CEO, said. “We’ve taken the best practices from our 97 years in the PVF distribution business and the best processes in our operations in 22 countries to build this premier distribution and valve engineering facility. MRC Global is the best PVF distributor to the oil and gas industry in the world. Now, by combining our previous gulf coast service locations into this single operational complex, our largest distribution center and valve engineering and automation center in the world, we are perfectly positioned to serve our customers with the technology, tools and efficiency they have come to expect from MRC Global.”
“In 2019, we will continue to expand this complex by adding a premier valve engineering and modification shop,” Mr. Lane said. “Once that addition is completed, the Houston Operations Complex will comprise of a total of 620,000 ft2 in office and warehouse space and a ten acre pipe yard, and will be our industry’s largest PVF operations facility.”
Contact your MRC Global representative today to schedule a tour and see for yourself why MRC Global is the PVF distribution expert.
MRC Global President & CEO, Andrew Lane, welcomes customers, suppliers and city officials to the Grand Opening of the new Houston Operations Complex at La Porte, TX on October 19.
LEFT-RIGHT: John Bowhay, SVP Supply Chain Management, Valve and Technical Product Sales, Robert Stein, SVP – Business Development, Karl Witt, SVP – Operations Eastern and Gulf Coast US , and Andrew Lane, President & CEO, at the Grand Opening of the 415,000 ft2 MRC Global Houston Operations Complex at La Porte, TX.
LEFT-RIGHT: Mayor Louis Rigby, Robert Stein, SVP – Business Development, Karl Witt, SVP – Operations Eastern and Gulf Coast US, Andrew Lane, President & CEO, Protus Onyango – Manager - Regional Distribution Center, John Bowhay, SVP Supply Chain Management, Valve and Technical Product Sales, and Terry Boyles, VP – Texas Gulf Coast.
Robert Stein presents representatives from the La Porte Education Foundation and La Porte Independent School District with a $75,000 donation. Half of the donation was generously provided by MRC Global’s suppliers as part of the Grand Opening event, with the remainder donated by the MRC Global Foundation.
Attendees had the opportunity to tour the new facility, network with industry peers and ask questions of MRC Global experts.
The Houston Operations Complex at La Porte is home to approximately 350 employees with more added every day.
This three-story mezzanine holds 9,000 products on our three-story mezzanine and automatically sorts them to be shipped to a branch, directly to UPS or to be added to products located in the rest of our facility before being shipped out. Hand-held scanners identify the products needed and stops the tote automatically when more products are needed. Each tote also carries bar coding as well as RFID technology so we always know where materials are and the progress of every order that is being pulled.
The Valve & Engineering Center holds approximately $14.6 million in inventory. A 25 ton crane and 10 ton crane near the Valve & Engineering Center can work together to handle up to 42” valves. Large actuated or manual packages can be lifted and loaded directly onto a truck as it drives through our warehouse.
A crowd of customers, suppliers and employees gathered to celebrate the official opening of the Houston Operations Complex.