By Karen Daniels
R. Stahl Inc, the world-wide manufacturer of explosion-protection equipment, may not have moved far–just from Houston–but after outgrowing their prior space, did their research on where to move. “We looked at all of the nearby counties and decided that Fort Bend looked like a good partner,” said Craig Yoss, Director of Marketing and Business Development.
In addition to leasing 40,000 square feet in the business park on N. Promenade and Cash Rd, R. Stahl is anticipating a 50% growth, providing a need for up to 105 new jobs in many areas such as: clerical, management, assembly line, sales, shipping and receiving, and engineering. President and CEO of the Stafford location, Jim Campbell, said he likes being in Stafford because “some of our customers are now our neighbors.” Customers like National Oilwell Varco and Schlumberger. R. Stahl offers a three prong service for their customers: designing, building, and certifying, to meet the specific requirements needed for the particular region of the world the components are going to.
During a tour of their new facility, one of the products the company manufactures, circuit breakers, was on display. If a company works in an area that has hazardous materials, and that circuit breaker were to trip, there could be a spark, and that spark could trigger an explosion. R. Stahl manufactures the equipment to prevent these gasses from igniting. Rather than encasing the breaker in a cement box, the technology was invented to make the individual breakers explosion-proof in case of an electrical event.
Martin Schomaker, CEO of the Waldenburg, Germany, headquarters, flew in for the open house and said that R. Stahl has seen “double-digit figures in growth” and that the Stafford location “is the fastest growing subsidiary world-wide.” R. Stahl is a publicly traded stock. When it first appeared on the stock exchange, shares traded at 5 Euros each. Now their shares trade at 35 Euros each. The Stafford location handles all of the orders for their United States customers.