PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

October 17, 2013

Tyco/Williams celebrates opening

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — History is being made inside a 70,000 square foot facility just off West Port Arthur Road in Port Arthur.

The facility, in the Port Arthur Industrial Park, is home to Williams Fire and Hazard Control, which is a business unit within Tyco Fire Protection.

The business is unique in that it’s the only one of its kind in the country that manufactures equipment, creates technology and responds to various events, said Steve Grisko, general manager of Chemguard-Williams Operations.

The company, whose primary customer is the oil and gas industry, has responded to events across the globe on every continent, he added.

Deep inside the facility is a pristine bay area and assembly area, which houses large-volume portable equipment and its components.

Grisko, along with Brent Gaspard, marketing manager for Tyco, walked through the building to an outside area where even larger pieces of equipment were stored out of the weather. Just beyond that was a crystal clear pool, where a large pump had hoses attached and stretched into the water. From there, a 12-inch hose snaked around to another pieces of machinery called the Ambassador that shoots water.

Gaspard ticked off a quick list of some of their clients, all of which are big industry in the area — Huntsman, Motiva, Exxon.

The company opened its doors in July, and since then has hired about six industrial engineers with hopes to hire a training program director and a project manager.

Floyd Batiste, chief executive officer of the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation, is happy to have the business in the city.

“We are pleased and excited to have Tyco, an international facility, located in Port Arthur, Texas,” Batiste said.

Knowing that the products manufactured and serviced in Port Arthur by Tyco will be utilized all over the world is a pretty big deal.

“We are looking for good things from this,” he said.

The PAEDC negotiated with and offered an incentive to Tyco to bring them to the city.

A ribbon cutting was held at the facility on Oct. 2.

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