The Genesis and History of PROCESS
Occasionally we get asked – “So how in the world did anyone come up with the idea of forming an engineering company that provides nothing but chemical engineering services?” Well years ago, before PROCESS existed, the founding Partner of PROCESS was visiting a chemical facility to perform some work. The technical contact at the facility one day asked the Partner to walk out behind the engineering building to look at something. It was a brand-new chemical process that had been recently commissioned and started up. It was the most beautiful thing the Partner had ever seen. A multi-story unit, the sun glistening off of the shiny new silver insulation and with brightly painted process equipment, and utility pipes, all clearly labeled, as well as everything being ergonomically perfect. “Wow!” said the Partner. “Yes”, the plant engineer said, “but it only produces 50% of what it is supposed to”. In other words, the detail engineering was spot-on; the construction well-completed; BUT – the process was doomed from the start because the chemical process engineering, the very first phase of the project, done by a well-known full-service engineering company (name withheld), was wrong.
So, in early 1996, the Partner along with two other very like-minded individuals (all of whom, by the way, are today still integral to the operation of the company), started PROCESS out of their homes. The mission? To provide only chemical process engineering services – not as a side-line, not as just a small piece of the overall engineering business, and certainly not as an “in” for capturing the much more lucrative detail engineering phase of a project, but as the absolute sole focus of the company. Since then, with the addition over the years of many more of these “like-minded individuals”, thus it remains true today. The best chemical process engineering available anywhere, done correctly each time, every time, and at a fair price. Thanks to our capabilities and ever growing client base’s recognition of such, we have grown to become the world’s largest independent chemical process design company.