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Pipe Logistics Contractor Opens New Houston Headquarters
Pe Ben USA recently consolidated its headquarters, maintenance and storage facility to a new 20-acre location in northwest Houston.
Dale Mykyte, chief executive officer, purchased the site in August 2010. The building, completely refurbished before the move last July, has 9,000 square feet of state-of-the-art office space and a 20,000-square-foot maintenance facility. Included are 20 offices, a board room, two conference rooms, an exercise facility and a safe room to store company and client records.
The move gives the pipe stringing and logistics contractor ample room to store its fleet of 120 trucks, 200 trailers and 30 pieces of other heavy equipment when it is not in service. The expanded maintenance center enables Pe Ben to repair all equipment returning from jobs and re-check it before deployment on new projects.
Computerized maintenance records and a GPS tracking system on each piece of equipment enable office personnel to alert foremen if a particular machine needs maintenance. Conversely, field personnel can notify the shop of specific maintenance needed on individual machines when they return to Houston.
Working with manufacturers, Pe Ben has specifically designed its fleet of trucks and trailers to haul pipe and heavy equipment. All trucks and trailers are built with an ‘air ride’ system for smoother handling. Their lowboy trailers are designed to haul a John Deere 450 or Caterpillar 345 excavator without having to partially disassemble the machine. Over the years, Pe Ben has also helped the lifting industry develop units capable of operating in all types of weather.
Pe Ben’s roots date back to 1957 when it serviced the oilfields of western Canada. Mykyte entered the pipeline business in 1981 and joined Pe Ben as operations manager in Edmonton in 1988. Pe Ben had earlier purchased Parkhill Pipe Stringing, and J.L. Cox & Sons in the U.S. In 1995, Mykyte came to the U.S. to oversee Pe Ben’s contract on the Tuscarora Project.
In 1996 the company officially opened an office in Houston with Mykyte as vice president of U.S. operations. In 2006, Mykyte bought the assets of the U.S. operation from Mullen Trucking, which had recently acquired Pe Ben. At the time of purchase they had 16 trucks, two loaders and 20 pole trailers. Mykyte’s son, Dustin, joined the company in 1999 on the Maritimes Project in eastern Canada and moved to the U.S. operation in 2001. He is now president of Pe Ben USA.