Houston's leading role as the international epicenter of the oil and gas industry is a benefit to Montgomery County as high-tech companies eye the advantages of a corporate presence in the area.

One of the newest corporate relocations is Flotek Industries, a technology-oriented company serving the oil, gas and mining community. The company held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new CESI Chemical Research and Development Facility, located at 8701 New Trails Drive in The Woodlands, on Wednesday. ""Houston is the center of the international oil and gas industry,"" said Jerry Dumans, chairman and CEO of Flotek Industries. ""It's important to have a presence in close proximity to the major players in the industry.""

Based in Marlow, Okla., Floteck provides drilling chemicals and related products essential in the exploration process to major oil and gas companies like Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baroid and BJ Services.

Flotek Industries creates a wide range of technical products used to facilitate the exploration and harvesting of energy resources. Their products are also used to maximize productivity through techniques known as stimulation and hydraulic fracturing. ""Our Woodlands location will be a research facility responsible for the creation of new products to serve our customers,"" said Phillip Kaufman, vice president of research and development who will head the new office. ""Our scientists will help us create new ways to expand productivity in the oil and gas community.""

Of the 10 staffers initially hired for CESI's research facility, six have doctorate degrees. Company officials expect staffing to double over the coming year. ""It's a pure research facility, not a manufacturing facility,"" explained Todd Sanner, CESI president. ""Production will continue at our headquarters in Oklahoma.""

A number of civic and business leaders attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and facility tour on Wednesday. ""This is a great day for The Woodlands,"" said Gerald Irons of The Woodlands Development Company. ""This adds to the total composite of great companies that are choosing to locate in The Woodlands.""

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