AltairStrickland was founded in 1976 as a generalized mechanical contracting firm. We have become specialists in process unit ungrades, revamps and turnarounds. During the past two decades our areas of specialization have been focused on Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units (FCCUs), Delayed Coking Units (DCUs) and Ammonia Units.
Addressing constructability issues early on…
Since our founding, we have helped our customers better prepare for the unexpected by inviting us to participate in the early planning stages of their projects. We are one of few mechanical contractors to address constructability issues. By doing this ahead of the start date, we can have the right tools and equipment reserved and ready for just-in-time service—selecting and reserving the right crane for the job and the plant footprint is but one example. This allows our clients to meet their three main targets—safety, schedule and budget.
1978 - News of the company grows News of the company’s existence grows as more successful projects are completed on-time and under budget
1979 - WilsonStrickland’s works in repair and fabrication A major portion of WilsonStrickland’s work is in the repair and fabrication of pressure vessels and tanks
1980 - Jim Robinson forms AltairConstruction Jim Robinson forms AltairConstruction, a non-union contracting company
1983 - WilsonSrickland performs simultaneous FCCU project WilsonSrickland performs simultaneous FCCU projects. One for what was then called Navajo Company and another for what was then called Charter Oil
1984 - WilsonStrickland performs their first Coker Turnaround WilsonStrickland performs their first Coker Turnaround for what was then the Amoco Texas City refinery
1985 - Alvin Wilson retires Alvin Wilson retires from WilsonStrickland
1986- Jim Robinson and Mike Walton join Jerry Strickland Jim Robinson and Mike Walton join Jerry Strickland in the formation of AltairStrickland, a non-union mechanical contracting company
1987 - AltairStrickland joins with Dow Chemical AltairStrickland begins a long relationship with Dow Chemical as a preferred provider of tower internal services
1988 - AltairStrickland completes Ammonia Converter revamp AltairStrickland completes their first Ammonia Converter revamp at an Enid, Oklahoma facility. The company encourages customers to pre-plan and provides pre-planning services to customers along with value-added engineering services
1989 - Jim Robinson and staff create JETTS Jim Robinson and staff create JETTS a time tracking and cost reporting software system specific to turnarounds
1990 - Turnaround management services are added Turnaround management services are added to engineering and pre-planning services.
1991 - Company offers 401Ks-medical/dental insurance The company offers matching 401Ks and medical/dental insurance to craft employees. AltairStrickland’s new logo is introduced to customers via their direct mail and advertising program. The concept for the new logo comes from an employee working on a New Mexico Project.
1992 - AltairStrickland repairs a spheroid at Phibro Houston AltairStrickland repairs a spheroid at Phibro Houston.
1993 - AltairStrickland’s safety record below national average AltairStrickland’s safety record is significantly below the national average. A newsletter is introduced. Whitney Strickland names the paper The All Stars
1994 - AltairStrickland begins building scale models AltairStrickland begins building scale models to solve potential field problems to save customers time and money.
1995 - A new poster-size annual calendar is introduced A new poster-size annual calendar is introduced to help customers plan and schedule ahead
1996 - An employee contest to rename the newsletter is held An employee contest to rename the newsletter is held. The winning entry of Turnaround Times was submitted by Whitney Strickland.
1997 - AltairStrickland create databases and in-field networks AltairStrickland places major emphasis on updating technology, creating detailed employee databases and in-field networks for better information sharing.
1998 - AltairStrickland receive twelve safety awards We receive twelve safety awards inlcluding the 1998 Houston Business Roudtable Safety Excellence Award. AltairStrickland purchases a fabrication shop in Vidor, Texas and names it ASI Piping.
1999 - AltairStrickland begin using professional speakers We begin using professional speakers to kick-off turnarounds emphasizing the importance of attitude, teamwork and safety. The company is the first in the industry to use scaffolding for head and cyclone support instead of the traditional jig stand, saving customers time and money.
2001 - AltairStrickland form a field piping services company We form a premium field piping services company headquartered in Livingston, LA
2002 - AltairStrickland receives a patent AltairStrickland receives a patent for a system of structured packing installations for process columns
2003 - AltairStrickland begins Delta Valve AltairStrickland begins installing the life-saving Delta Valve for coker units
2004 - AltairStrickland develops Testing Program We develop our own Turnaround-Specific Craft Testing Program to test the job, quality, and safety skills level of our craftspeople
2005 - AltairStrickland joins ACIT and LCIA AltairStrickland joins two more industry associations, the Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACIT) and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance (LCIA)
2006- AltairStrickland receives award AltairStrickland receives the prestigious Houston Business Roundtable Safety Excellence Award for the second time and gross sales hit an all time high
2007- AltairStrickland expands globally We expand to meet global needs and begins projects in several countries outside the U.S. and also begins a joint venture with Damus Ltd. of Trinidad to form DATSU
2008 - AltairStrickland aids Hurricane Ike victims AltairStrickland distributes 5,000 lbs. of ready-To-Eat meals to Gulf Coast residents who are victims of Hurricane Ike (the meals were donated by AltairStrickland’s client, Marathon Oil-Indian Basis Gas Plant in Carlsbad, New Mexico) AltairStrickland also distributed donated mattresses, diapers and other basic needs products to Ike victims—Ike was the third-costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the U.S.
2009 - AltairStrickland adds services AltairStrickland adds consulting and constructability services to their mechanical contracting repertoire.
2010 - AltairStrickland institues ZERO Injury Program Although our safety record is extremely good we strive for perfection and institute our ZERO Injury Safety Program
2011 - AltairStrickland completes 1,078,437 injury-free hours Our commitment to our ZERO Injury Safety Program pays off for our employees who complete 1,078,437 injury-free hours during a process plant turnaround for BP Texas City