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Trendsetter Engineering, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of the Global Readiness Center (GRC) in Houston, TX. This facility, strategically located near the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), is dedicated to providing enhanced subsea well control response capabilities to the global market. 

Trendsetter’s GRC is located within a designated Free Trade Zone (FTZ) that allows for global response equipment to be staged near the airport, pre-cleared by U.S. Customs and ready for immediate export to any location around the world. This pre-clearance has the potential to greatly reduce response times to the incident location in the event of an actual subsea well control emergency. 

With approximately 40,000 sq. ft. of secure indoor space, the facility is equipped to conduct complete asset integrity management of client owned equipment, including inventory, storage, assembly, maintenance, and testing and logistics support. The facility also includes the necessary office space to facilitate client representatives as well as a training center which can be quickly converted into an onsite Emergency Operations Center. This dual purpose facility allows for improved practical training on source control response assets while providing a local command center to facilitate onsite response operations during an actual incident response. 

“The expansion of Trendsetter’s footprint to a dedicated response facility demonstrates our commitment to the industry for continual operational excellence and response readiness improvement,” said Mike Cargol, Vice President of Rentals & Services for Trendsetter Engineering. “The opening of the Global Readiness Center firmly establishes Trendsetter’s Source Control Solutions group as the industry leader in this market segment.” 

Trendsetter’s Source Control Solutions group has secured multiple contracts to store and maintain source control and oil spill emergency response equipment at this new facility. The GRC will be operational and staging equipment on December 1, 2016.