When Justin Mecklenburg acted on a hunch he came close to dismissing five years ago, he never could have imagined how one eureka idea would forever rewrite the course of his career and revolutionize an energy services industry. In 2014, Mecklenburg was right in the middle of selling the flow-back company of which he was a partner and CFO in his hometown of Kingfisher, Okla. And there were far too many details left to wrap up before even entertaining a new business proposition. But a pitch came anyway. And something told Mecklenburg to make the time to hear it.
NeoInsulation provides revolutionary, state of the art protective solutions for the oil & gas and industrial industries through its patented insulation applications.
Kingfisher sits front and center in the STACK play in Oklahoma’s Anadarko Basin. Summers here are face-melting hot. Come winter, the weather can turn wickedly cold and wet inside a quick minute with temps falling to single digits at night. Oil field workers are commonly shaken out of sleep with orders back to location to insulate vital components of the production process to ensure oil keeps flowing. But one third-generation roustabout in Kingfisher had long grown weary of applying insulation materials over and over that couldn’t compete with winter’s brutality. Then one night, that roustabout switched on his TV to a Discovery Channel scuba-diving program—and an introduction to Neoprene.
Mecklenburg quickly seized on the idea that Neoprene—when combined with other key materials—offered freeze-proof, water-resistant protection for valves, pipes, vessels, fittings, tank batteries, wellheads, separators and heater/treaters—especially in the most vulnerable areas North and East. He also recognized the material’s strength and tenacity to retain heat in gas plant and refinery applications. By manufacturing customized, removable, and re-usable insulation covers that could save the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors millions of dollars in lost production, Mecklenburg could transform an entire industry. And that’s exactly what he’s done with NeoInsulation.
In five short years, this little ol’ company in Kingfisher, Okla., has turned the oil and gas insulation business on its head, even expanding into electrical heat trace installations to complement its services. And NeoInsulation isn’t so little anymore either. After more than 3,000 installations for the nation’s leading E&Ps, midstream and downstream companies—and not a single freeze failure—NeoInsulation is growing big time and hiring, too. The company now operates four field offices in Kingfisher; Midland, Texas; Casper, Wyo.; and Williston, N.D., with plans next year to open offices in N.M., northern Colo., Ohio and Pa.
Learn more about Justin and NeoInsulation at www.Neoinsulation.com.
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