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Blast off: Chemical hauler adds frac tank rentals

July 27, 2022
Space City’s acquisition of TIBC Rentals and Transportation adds more than 400 containers to its fleet, enabling ‘more robust’ environmental services along Gulf Coast

Space City Services, a bulk transporter headquartered in Houston, 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 grew its fleet by more than 400 containers, including frac tanks, watertight roll-off boxes, vacuum boxes, 25- and 50-yard trash roll-off boxes, dewatering watertight roll-off boxes, and dewatering vacuum boxes.

“Offering the complementary services of roll-off and frac tank rentals, waste profiling, and disposal services not only helps us retain customers, but it differentiates us in the market,” said Robert Thomas, president of Space City. “This acquisition enables us to provide more robust environmental services and solutions to the downstream chemical industry.”

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

Space City provides hazardous and non-hazardous waste transport, bulk chemical transport, turnaround and emergency response in-plant services, as well as regional and long hauls in the lower 48 states for a range of clients, including refineries, petrochemical plants, environmental companies, and oilfield 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 stainless-steel tank trailer and roll-off rentals.

TIBC, founded in 2002, managed environmental projects along the Gulf Coast from delivery of containers to hauling, disposal, cleaning, and waste-management solutions. Its management team will join Space to ensure a seamless experience for existing and new customers, Space City added.

“We’re excited to welcome the TIBC team to Space City Services,” Thomas said. “This transaction positions us to be a significant player in the frac-tank rental space along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.”

Space City is positioning itself within 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 Space City’s two-decade history. The first was in 2021, when Space City acquired Superior Waste Solutions in a transaction that included more than 700 portable bathrooms, and more than 300 20- and 40-yard dumpsters, as well as chemical toilet and septic tank sanitization equipment.

“This acquisition is part of the ongoing, rapid growth period at Space City Services,” Thomas concluded. “The next several years will see us continuing strategic growth through acquisition and geographical expansion in order to provide additional capacity and resources to meet the needs of our customers.”

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