Blazing a trail in Texas has been fun and rewarding for Patti Engineering. We will celebrate four years of business in Texas on April 4th with a grand opening party at our new office in Austin. Founder and former President of Patti Engineering, Executive Vice President Sam Hoff spearheaded our expansion to Texas in the spring of 2010. Seeking geographical and industry diversification after 2008/2009 ‘Great Recession’ hit the Michigan area especially hard, Patti Engineering’s management team determined the energy and industrial rich state of Texas a perfect fit for our engineers’ skill set and a great opportunity to meet diversification goals.
With one of our most talented engineers, Steve Palmgren, willing to relocate to Texas, Sam and his team knew we had a great shot at making this work! In a few short years, we have gone from just a handful of spectacular engineers and a PO Box as our official Texas branch address, to exceeding growth expectations and opening our first Texas ‘brick and mortar’ office!
Steve Palmgren now serves as Patti Engineering’s Vice President of Texas Operations. Patti Engineering’s executive team attributes our ability to successfully enter into the Texas market with strong growth results to our most valuable assets: our talented and dedicated engineers, whose performance has quickly established Patti Engineering as a trusted and valuable resource to our new clients.
“The vision of opening a remote office has come true for Patti Engineering. 4 years ago it was just me and now we have 7 team members in our office and 2 more to make 9 by the end of May,” noted Steve. “We have formed strong partnerships in Austin with our partners and their distributers, many whom were skeptical at first of the markets need for another system integration company. We have also formed strategic alliances that have been key in much of the growth and opportunity. We have shown everyone in Austin who Patti Engineering is, and our brand and reputation has grown because of it. All this could not be accomplished if it were not for the support of our families, all the Patti Engineering team members, customers, partners and strategic alliances.”
Our partnerships with Siemens, Mitsubishi, Phoenix Contact, Matrox, Kawasaki Robotics and Indusoft have been critical components to our success in the Texas region. Siemens Austin/San Antonio, Texas, Senior Account Manager, Rich Jacobson commented, “Patti Engineering brings a level of expertise on Siemens based solutions that far exceeds almost any other systems integrator. I don’t hesitate to partner with them on the most challenging applications, knowing our customers are in good hands.”
Patti Engineering has formed great working relationships with several Texas automation suppliers. AWC is a leading automation supplier and distributor of Siemens automation products. AWC and Patti Engineering have work together on many projects, including assisting national oil well equipment manufacturers in the design, development and implementation of complex automated drilling technology.
According to Director of Drilling Support Services at AWC, Brad Rosenhagen, “AWC focuses on developing strategic partnerships with our customers, technology partners and trusted solution partners so that we all can win together on projects and product development. Patti Engineering exemplifies the type of partner to work with. Their professionalism and thoroughness from the start of a project to its completion, keeps us coming back for more. With their very capable and Siemens knowledgeable engineering staff, Patti Engineering provides the skills and the quick responsiveness our customers require. Whether we are working with them on a small prototype or a larger project, we know that our customer, technology partner, AWC and Patti Engineering will all win together.”
Steve has led the expansion efforts for the past four years. Steve is a licensed Texas Professional Engineer (P.E.); his experience as the lead engineer on many of Patti Engineering’s major projects has proved invaluable to our success in Texas. We have been adding to our Texas engineering staff since opening the doors back in 2010.
In late 2012, Patti Engineering hired Wayne Hachenberg, ‘Wild Hog’ as he is known to friends and family, to lead the office’s business development initiatives. Senior Electrical Engineer, Nick Hitchcock, added to our team’s success by earning his P.E. license from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
The latest news coming out of the Texas office is our strategic alliance with Hagbros Precision, LLC, a leader in the design and manufacture of precision injection molds, dies, assembly fixtures, gauges and tooling. The two companies formed their partnership last month after working together on five projects. The alliance will provide more robust manufacturing solutions to customers in Texas.
We continue to count our blessings here at Patti Engineering. Texas has been good to us and we look forward to what the future holds!