Can you tell us something about your company?
Mammoet helps clients improve construction efficiency and optimize the uptime of plants and installations. For that purpose, we provide solutions for lifting, transporting, installing and decommissioning large and heavy structures in the petrochemical, offshore, power, and civil industries. We believe our business is about time: uptime, turnaround time and time to market. To our customers, time is the currency that matters most. That’s why we strive to bring their deadlines forward. It’s an integrated daily effort, shared by everyone at Mammoet, in every aspect of our services: creative engineering, careful planning and safe delivery.
For over two hundred years, we’ve been known for the unique capability of our state-of-the-art equipment, but it’s the trust of our clients that has brought us where we are today. Their confidence inspires 5,000 Mammoet professionals to give it their all each day and truly make a difference in projects all over the world.
Why did your company choose Texas?
Mammoet USA was established in 1989 just outside of Houston, Texas with 50 employees. As a heavy lift and transport company, Mammoet recognized that the best location to develop its U.S. presence was in Texas, specifically near Houston, because of the booming oil and gas industry and the large concentration of refineries and chemical plants. With a large percentage of our US clientele in the petrochemical industry and located along the Gulf Coast, having our US headquarters in Houston allows us to quickly reach and provide service to those clients. Mammoet also provides services to the power, mining and civil industries, many of which also have main offices in Houston. Our location allows us to be in close proximity of our clients, many of our projects and provides room to house our state of the art equipment. Mammoet USA now has seven branches with more than 450 employees and a proven track record in the heavy lift and transport industry in the US.
What kind of advice can you give to Dutch entrepreneurs who want to do business in Texas?
Be open-minded to the American, and more specifically Texan, culture. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Consider your approach in conversations. Sometimes being so direct can be misinterpreted.