July 11, 2016 // Franchising.com // Harahan, LA, USA – Pirtek Elmwood is marking its official opening on July 12, 2016, in the greater New Orleans area. The new Service & Supply Center at 5229 River Road, in Harahan, LA, is prepared to address the hydraulic hose replacement and maintenance needs of the area’s marine and industrial sectors. The center is located in southeast Louisiana’s largest industrial park, about 10 minutes from the New Orleans city limits.
“It’s a great community,” said Pirtek Elmwood owner, Carl Prince, of the place he’s lived for more than 27 years. “It’s a friendly environment. People in New Orleans are very approachable, they’ll talk to you.”
Prince plans to talk to a lot of them as he promotes Pirtek services to an economically diverse and vibrant area that includes a thriving oil market, plenty of port and marine businesses, some light-to-medium manufacturing and petrochemical plants.
The only franchise of its kind in the United States, Pirtek provides hydraulic and industrial hose replacement sales and services. There are 58 Pirtek Service & Supply Centers and a fleet of Mobile Service Vehicles throughout the United States. Globally, Pirtek has more than 400 locations and 2,000 Mobile Service Vehicles in 23 countries around the world.
A native of Pompano Beach, FL, Prince moved to New Orleans decades ago to attend Loyola University. He took a job locally with Grainger Industrial Supply after graduation. After a long career there, he began searching for an entrepreneurial endeavor.
“I was looking for my next role in life and I quickly realized the corporate world probably wasn’t going to be a good fit for me,” he said. “I started going through magazines for entrepreneurs. I saw restaurants, pizza places featured. None of that struck a chord with me.”
While looking for an interesting business-to-business opportunity, Prince came across Pirtek in one of the magazines. “I heard of them in my travels,” he said. “The more I researched them, the more appealing the opportunity appeared.”
Prince sees Pirtek as an excellent fit with his background. During his long tenure at Grainger, he worked with many local companies to help them manage their inventories. He also put his skills to work during the BP oil spill and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. During the latter disaster, Prince helped businesses get their operations up and running again – work that solidified his knowledge of the New Orleans economy.
“I know the industry, where the services can be used,” Prince said. “I worked in the New Orleans market for well over 20 years. In some cases, I know the players. The idea of owning a Pirtek just clicked.”
Prince is opening his Service & Supply Center with two vans and a staff of five. He expects to have a third van in about four months. Pirtek Elmwood will serve all of metro New Orleans.
Pirtek is the fluid transfer solutions leader in sales and service and the only franchise of its kind in the United States. Pirtek boasts more than 400 Service & Supply Centers in 23 countries around the world, and has more than 30 years of experience in the hydraulic and industrial hose replacement field. Powered by an industry-leading approach to sales and service and backed by a corporate center passionate about its franchisees and customers, Pirtek offers unmatched service and logistics. For additional information about Pirtek USA, visit http://www.Pirtekusa.com.
On behalf of Pirtek USA