Company History

Company Overview

ref chem 1957 Company History

Ref Chem original building in 1957

Ref-Chem Company was founded in 1957 in Odessa, Texas to meet a growing need for contract maintenance in the emerging petrochemical complex being built in Odessa. Once the complex was complete and maintenance services were in place and operating efficiently, construction services were added to Ref-Chem’s capabilities the following year. The company quickly developed a reputation for professionalism, quality workmanship and delivering customer satisfaction in Odessa, and other parts of West Texas and the Permian Basin including New Mexico. This reputation allowed expansion to projects in Oklahoma and Kansas. Under the leadership of Harvey J. Page since 1983, the company continues to expand its ability to provide construction and maintenance services throughout the United States. In 1985, the company began providing engineering services to the industry as well as offering full engineering, procurement and construction services from its Odessa office. One year later, the company expanded into the Houston area to provide construction and maintenance services.  As a result, the Gulf Coast Division and the Permian Basin Division of Ref-Chem was formed and is now a major participant in the industrial construction and maintenance markets in Houston.

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    Odessa Office - 2007

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  • Ground Breaking for Ref-Chem

    The groundbreaking for the Ref-Chem in Pearland Tx., 06/27/12 . Pearland Economic Development Corporation.

  • Ground Breaking for Ref-Chem

    The groundbreaking for the Ref-Chem in Pearland Tx., 06/27/12 . Pearland Economic Development Corporation.

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    December 12, 2012

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    December 12, 2012

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  • Ref-Chem Building 06/23/13
  • Ref-Chem Building 06/23/13

Ref-Chem’s name and corporate structure changed in 2002, from Ref-Chem Corporation to Ref-Chem, L. P. We currently maintain offices in Odessa, Brownfield, Houston, and Freeport, Texas.  Today, the company operates throughout the continental United States, and is licensed in most states to provide construction and engineering services.

Ref-Chem is a merit-shop providing heavy industrial construction, maintenance and engineering services.  Our experience includes:

  • Grass-roots facilities
  • Plant expansions
  • Revamps and retrofits
  • In-plant contract maintenance

The name, corporate structure and ownership have changed through the years, but the ideas and principles under which the company was founded have continued.

We serve the petrochemical, chemical, oil and gas, refining, air separation, minerals processing, cement, and manufacturing industries and have become the constructor of choice for those companies that demand safety, quality and excellence in project delivery.

Industries Served

  • Petrochemical
  • Chemical
  • Oil & Gas Production
  • Gas Processing
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Industrial Gases
  • Energy
  • Air Separation
  • Minerals Processing
  • Power
  • Cement
  • Heavy Manufacturing

Core Values

We are Committed to Customer Satisfaction
  • Produce a top quality product at a competitive price
  • Bring value to our clients
  • Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness
  • Provide innovative solutions
We are Committed to Demonstrating the Highest Degree of Integrity and Ethics
  • Through respect, truth, honesty and fair dealings with our Clients, Suppliers, and Employees
We Lead by Example
  • Demonstrate consistency in business practices
  • Promote a positive attitude
  • Strive to promote cooperation
  • Accountable for our actions
We are Dedicated to Providing a Safe and Healthy Workplace
  • Safety is always first and foremost
  • There is no compromise on safety
  • If you can’t do it safely…Don’t do it!
  • Employ personnel with an attitude and ability to perform safely
General Business Philosophies
  • Expect a reasonable return on investment
  • Sell professionalism and our expertise
  • Invest in the future
  • Provide a firm price on a manageable scope of work
  • Never risk over 10% of the company on any one venture
  • Believe in and promote teamwork
  • Committed to earn repeat business
We Value Our People
  • Committed to development and training
  • Demonstrate respect
  • Committed to open communications
  • Reward performance
  • Display pride in our jobs and our company
  • Consistent and Fair