Pirtek USA now has five locations spread across metro Houston with the opening of Pirtek Baytown and Pirtek Pearland.
Pirtek Pearland is a mobile-only location. The mobile-only, Tier 2 model, allows the franchisee to reduce startup costs by keeping the inventory in a small warehouse or storage facility and leasing two vehicles. In three years, Tier 2 owners typically transition the business into Tier 1, a fully staffed Service and Supply Center location.
Both locations are positioned near port industries, which are expected to be a significant source of business. “Having the port nearby means there are plenty of industries that use hydraulic hoses,” said Dean Akin, who with his wife, Lisa, owns the two new Houston locations. “In addition to that, there’s ongoing construction, especially when you consider the hurricanes that come through here so often. Most of the business is typical of what PIRTEK provides, and there’s plenty of it.”
Pirtek provides hydraulic and industrial hose replacement sales and services to industries including construction, marine, manufacturing and equipment rental. There are now 90 franchises and a fleet of Mobile Service Vehicles throughout the country. Globally, Pirtek has more than 400 locations and 2,000 Mobile Service Vehicles in 23 countries.
In addition to the new locations, Akin owns Pirtek Northwest Crossing in Houston. He also owns Pirtek Riverside in Austin, Texas, and Pirtek Broadway in San Antonio. “It’s exciting,” Akin said. “I like the challenge of starting up these new Pirtek locations and getting going.”
Other Houston-area locations are Gulfgate and Beltway North.