One of the world’s biggest manufacturers of geomembranes, Solmax Inc., is after 35 years of cross-border work establishing a physical presence in the United States. The company has acquired the Houston, Texas assets of the former Brawler Inc. in Houston, Texas.
A new company has been incorporated: Solmax USA LLC.
“[The facility] must undergo a major upgrade in the months ahead,” writes the company from its global headquarters in Montreal, “to be able to operate to the quality standard required by customers used to doing business with the Solmax brand.”
The investment will give the manufacturer even more efficient coverage and delivery times and reduced shipping costs to specific markets, such as the oil and gas and waste management sectors in the Southern and Southwestern United States.
“By this acquisition, beyond our commitment to push the industry toward consolidation, the first thing we wanted to achieve was to get closer to our customers, primarily those operating in the oil and gas industry in the United States,” says Jean Louis Vangeluwe, CEO of Solmax Inc. “Our existing customers and all the new customers with whom we will have the chance to do business shortly have very high requirements in terms of delivery times, costs, and quality of service.”
Following the closure of Brawlers businesses in 2016, the assets connected to its four plants have been sold off to various stakeholders.
“Solmax will not replace Brawler,” say Vangeluwe. “We have a different philosophy and higher quality standards recognized worldwide. Our new presence in Texas is our way of showing all our customers that we are committed to the U.S. market. For the past 35 years … we lacked a physical presence in the United States. Now, it’s a done deal!”
For more information on Solmax, Solmax USA, and the the companies’ international geosynthetics work, visit www.solmax.com.2