An Abbeville company is making a move to have a presence in Texas.

Not to worry, Ecoserv, located along U.S. Hwy. 167, presence will remain strong locally.

Ecoserv President and CEO Kenny DesOrmeaux told the Advocate that expansion includes a 36,000-sqaure-foot facility outside of Houston, in Deer Park, Texas, will allow the company to continue to better serve its customers. Ecoserv specializes in cleaning for chemical plants and refi neries in an environmentally friendly manner. Ecrobotics, Ecoserv’s sister robotics company, is also part of the expansion.

DesOrmeaux told the Advocate’s Dan Boudreaux, “A move to Deer Park, Texas, in the refinery and chemicals business for us would be similar to a move to Port Forchon, Louisiana, for an oil-related company. Like Port Fourchon is to the oilfield, Deer Park is the epicenter of the most populated industrial region on the globe. Our presence in those communities is imperative to facilitate our response to our customers.”

Anne Falgout, executive director of the Vermilion Economic Development Alliance, said this is great news for both the company and Vermilion Parish.

“In recent years,” Falgout said, “Ecoserv has done an amazing job transitioning their business to accommodate market changes. They’ve developed new technologies and are truly leaders in their industry. With that being said, this expansion allows the team at Ecoserv and Ecorobotics to retain the operations they have in Abbeville while securing more business in an area that’s hot for industrial development.”

Falgout said this can also positively impact Vermilion Parish.

“Economic development is about growing jobs and investment,” Falgout said. “And when local companies fi nd a way to bring more wealth home – through new relationships and improved products/services – and expand a high-skilled, quality workforce in Vermilion, they are doing exactly that.

“Rather than recirculating dollars, they are bringing external investment to our community.”

DesOrmeaux told the Advocate that the company’s commitment to this community will not change.

“Abbeville is and has always been our home location and will provide technology, equipment and support for all future operations centers,” he said.

Originally published in the Abbeville Meridional on January 31, 2019