Advanced BioCatalytics is a technology and product development company which applies its discovery of protein surfactant complex-based chemistry into cleaners, industrial and agricultural wetting agents, waste water treatment and environmental remediation.
The company, which services the oil industry, opened a yard in Fort Stockton at 1344 W I-10, across the interstate from Midland College.
Its products were used to replace chemicals comprised of caustics and solvents which were unsafe for workers and the environment during the cleanup of the 2010 oil spill causes by the explosion of the Deep Water Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
Its products also help to decompose spilled oils and chemicals in both soil and open water.
“This site is so we can service all customers in the Permian Basin,” said Brigitte Winkler, Advanced BioCatalytics' account manager for oil and gas.
Winkler, at only 24-years-old, is learning to navigate a predominately male industry.
She has worked her way through various positions in the company and even created her own instagram account called “GirlswhoFrac” which showcases women in the industry.
“I'm going to keep that seat at the table and kick butt while doing it,” said Winkler.
Working for a small company of about 20 employees, Winkler said it is important for her to go any event she can and show what Advanced BioCatalytics can do.
“I stand up for myself and for the company,” she said. “It's all about showing up. Eventually it will all be natural.”
The Fort Stockton yard will house one to two employees. The company hopes to expand.
They have developed the first patch, and are leasing 10 acres of land from the city in case they grow.
“The city has been fantastic to work with, especially Remie,” said Winkler.
Remie Ramos, executive director of the Economic Development Corporation, said that the EDC helped by providing information the company needed in order to move – like local contractors, who to go to for utilities, etc.
“We're excited for anyone bringing new business to the area,” said Ramos.
The company works out of several states, including Oklahoma and Tennessee, as is expanding to offer its products worldwide.
“We're excited to be in Fort Stockton specifically,” said Winkler. “Fort Stockton is handling the growth of the oil boom so well.”
Fort Stockton is the first yard that Advanced BioCatalytics has managed themselves independent of renting space from another entity.
“This yard is our first ABC official footprint in Texas,” said Winkler. “This is a big deal for us.”
The yard already has their products on site and while they haven't hired their employees yet they are ready to help customers.
“Having this yard ready and available is key,” said Winkler.