A familiar corporation in the local area has just expanded its already-extensive portfolio with the acquisition of another Houston company in a match made in corporate heaven.
On Aug. 30, MAREK Construction – sitting just off Judiway Street in Oak Forest – announced that Houston-based Ryder Insulation will join the MAREK team, consolidating all employees from its former home at 5810 North Houston Rosslyn Rd. to MAREK’s offices.
Both family-owned with a strong reputation for safety and quality, MAREK and Ryder have worked alongside each other for nearly 40 years on numerous high-profile commercial construction projects in Houston. Their partnerships include work on ExxonMobil’s Woodlands campus, Phillips 66’s headquarters, and Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Maternity Center.
“They do everything right and ethically, they take care of their customers and employees the same way Marek does,” MAREK Managing Director Saied Alavi said. “We never hesitated to hire Ryder to do jobs, because we know it’s going to be done correctly.”
MAREK Managing Director Phil Nevlud believes the service Ryder offers is a natural fit with MAREK’s existing culture of interior services such as paint, specialty finishes, flooring, fabric panels, special remodel projects and more.
“Ryder’s deep expertise in fireproofing, fire-stopping, and advanced insulation techniques will strengthen MAREK’s portfolio of offerings for customers, ensuring a seamless experience for them,” he said.
Ryder Owner and President John Ryder had been searching for good hands in which to place the business his father began, along with its employees, and the two’s existing partnership and friendship made the acquisition a perfect fit. Ryder approached MAREK about the acquisition about a year ago.
“Since 1963, we have been focused on providing exceptional work on time and budget. Just like MAREK, our strong commitment to customers and employees, along with strong experience and supervision are hallmarks of our success,” he said. “We are excited to join the MAREK family.”
Ryder will remain on, joining MAREK as a Specialty Department Manager, while Ryder Insulation employees began assimilating into MAREK’s workforce this past Tuesday, Sept. 4.
“We discussed it internally, and given that we know John takes care of his people, it was a fit. We knew his craft workers and field employees, and the rest of his staff since they work on our jobs,” Alavi said. “It’s not like you were getting engaged with someone who you didn’t know how they went about their work.”
Over the last several weeks, Ryder employees joining the MAREK workforce have undergone training courses to ensure a seamless transition, both in operation and in culture, for the acquisition as they join the company at 2115 Judiway St.
“People are the best assets for any company. You can go order equipment or materials and it gets delivered, but the people are the most critical, especially in a day and age where there is a shortage of skilled craft workers,” Alavi said. “A company that has a group of workers that are skilled, trained in what they’re doing and dedicated to the company is a great asset.”