JV Industrial Companies Announces Acquisition of Priority Catalyst Services

March 6, 2012

JV Industrial Companies (“JVIC”) is pleased to announce the completion of its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Priority Catalyst Services, LLC. The new entity creates a specialty division under JVIC named JV Industrial Catalyst (“Catalyst”). The entire Priority Catalyst Services team is joining JVIC and the new division is led by Andre Folse (Vice-President of Operations) and Rodgers Thibodaux (Vice-President of Sales). JV Industrial Catalyst will have about 80 employees, and its main office will be located in Gonzales, LA, near Baton Rouge. The new division company will also have an office in Corpus Christi, TX.

JV Industrial Catalyst specializes in catalyst handling and chemical cleaning. Catalyst work involves entry into vessels under nitrogen purge in full supplied air equipment to change out spent catalyst, repair trays and supports followed by the loading of new catalyst. These projects typically require a small, highly trained crew. JV Industrial Catalyst’s new team has state of the art equipment, an excellent reputation and Mr. Folse and Mr. Thibodaux have a long and successful history in the industry.

“For the past year, they have been working for clients JVIC does not work for, which now gives us the chance to expand our service offerings to these clients,” said Joe Vardell, co-founder of JVIC. “We, in turn, have opportunities to provide these new specialty services to our current clients, making this a perfect growth opportunity in both directions. The entire JVIC organization looks forward to great success with JV Industrial Catalyst.”


JVIC is a turnkey industrial services company that provides time and profit sensitive services, such as turnarounds, refurbishing, expanding and managing plant assets for the midstream and downstream energy complex and the industrial process plant community. The company, headquartered in Pasadena, TX was founded in 1998 and currently employs, either directly or through contracts, more than 3,000 FTE and temporary craft workers.


The Stephens Group, through its affiliates, is a majority owner of JV Industrial Companies. The private, family-owned firm invests its capital in private companies with exceptional management teams and high returns on invested capital in growing industries. The principals of The Stephens Group have over 70 years of history in successfully investing in both minority and control positions across multiple industries. The Stephens Group, through its affiliates, has large positions in energy services, gas exploration and production, media, communications, consumer, manufacturing and other industries.


Steve Gillioz
JV Industrial