Liftoff: Chemical carrier adds fracturing tank rental


Space City Services, a Houston-headquartered bulk carrier, is diversifying its business by adding equipment rentals to its Gulf Coast offerings.

With the recently completed acquisition of La Porte-based TIBC Rentals and Transportation, the company has increased its fleet to more than 400 containers, including frac tanks, waterproof recovery boxes, vacuum boxes, 25 and 50 yard waste recovery. , waterproof roll-off dehydration boxes and vacuum dehydration boxes.

“Offering the complementary services of recovery and fracturing tank rentals, waste profiling and disposal services not only helps us build customer loyalty, it differentiates us in the marketplace,” said Robert Thomas, president of SpaceCity. “This acquisition enables us to provide more robust environmental services and solutions to the downstream chemical industry.”

Thomas founded Space City in 2000 with a truck. The fleet has since grown to more than 100 trucks and 200 trailers, and additional trucks and trailers are on order, the company said.

Space City provides hazardous and non-hazardous waste transportation, bulk chemical transportation, plant turnaround and emergency response services, as well as regional and long-haul transportation in the lower 48 states for a range of customers, including refineries, petrochemical plants, environmental companies, and petroleum chemical producers.

The acquisition of TIBC enables Space City to offer turnkey environmental and industrial storage solutions, in addition to the company’s 24/7 services and rental of stainless steel tank trailers and roll off.

TIBC, founded in 2002, has managed environmental projects along the Gulf Coast, from container delivery to transportation, disposal, cleanup and waste management solutions. Its management team will join Space to ensure a smooth experience for existing and new customers, Space City added.

“We are delighted to welcome the TIBC team to Space City Services,” said Thomas. “This transaction positions us as a significant player in the frac tank rental space along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana.”

Space City positions itself in the industrial corridors of the Gulf Coast region, with terminals in Beaumont, Texas, and Geismar, Louisiana. The company says it is planning additional terminals throughout the region.

This is the second acquisition in the two-decade history of Space City. The first was in 2021, when Space City acquired Superior Waste Solutions in a deal that included more than 700 portable bathrooms and more than 300 20- and 40-meter dumpsters, as well as equipment for chemical toilets and septic tank sanitation.

“This acquisition is part of Space City Services’ continued rapid growth period,” concluded Thomas. “Over the next few years, we will continue our strategic growth through acquisitions and geographic expansion to provide additional capabilities and resources to meet our customers’ needs.


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