Business View Magazine | Volume 8, Issue 10

40 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 8, ISSUE 10 A boveground Storage Tanks (AST in industry lingo), valves, and pipelines are ubiquitous utilities in critical industries like oil and gas, petrochemical, transportation, and industrial manufacturing. Typically commissioned to last 20 to 30 years before significant maintenance or upgrades are required, most don’t make it this long without incident. Corrosion, damage, or other issues can cause leaks – forcing the asset off-line for weeks to months and costing millions in repairs, maintenance, and lost revenue. Safety upgrades such as handrails, fire suppression and fall protection are often put off until the next scheduled turn- around which puts workers and equipment at risk in the meant time. Forge Tech Inc. is on a mission to change this status quo, which is currently held as a necessary cost of doing business. With an innovative product called Forge Bonding, the company helps customers repair and enhance their ASTs and other process lines ‘in service’ (without taking them off-line), resulting in millions of dollars in savings in repair and downtime costs and possible fines, and improved safety. As with every groundbreaking idea, the story behind Forge Tech and Forge Bonding is one of determination, resilience, and sacrifice. “Forge Bonding has been about 20 years in the making,” begins Mat Rybicki, President at Forge Tech Inc. “One of the founders, Michael L. Miller, used to work in the AST repair and AT A GLANCE FORGE TECH INC. WHAT: An industry leader in above ground storage tank retrofit and repair solutions WHERE: Headquarters in Kemah, Texas WEBSITE: ech Inc. ‘Forging’ ahead with AST solutions