Team Member Spotlight: Q&A With Beno Konaraki, Vice President, Production

September 15th, 2023

1.  Tell us about yourself. I’m a devoted husband and father who cherishes family time. I’m also passionate about exploring the world, delving into literature, and constantly seeking out new experiences. Professionally, I have nearly 20 years’ experience in manufacturing and project management. 2. What does the VP of Production do? I oversee and optimize…

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Tower and Drum Maintenance Planning Guide

August 29th, 2023

Keep your internals in top operating conditions, using this checklist as a planning guide By Robert Lasser, Vice President, Tower Division Tower internal and drum maintenance is essential for keeping operations running smoothly and at peak efficiency. Designed for mass-transfer and separation process requirements, your internals work in demanding conditions, continuously being exposed to temperature changes, pressure, erosion, corrosion and…

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Get to Know José Montes, WMP’s 2023 Spark for the Future Scholarship Winner

August 10th, 2023

Get to Know José Montes, WMP’s 2023 Spark for the Future Scholarship Winner At Woven Metal Products (WMP), we’re living out our brand promise of partnership and embracing collaboration through Woven Together, our community engagement program. Each year, we award the Spark for the Future Scholarship to a Houston-area student who is pursuing higher education…

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Woven Together: Bringing Skilled Labor Career Awareness to Local Students

July 12th, 2023

By Beno Konaraki, VP Production for WMP Higher learning at the collegiate level isn’t for everyone, and potential employees with trade skills are incredibly valuable to manufacturers, as well as the economy. However, a 2021 study from Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute found that the skills manufacturing gap in the U.S. could leave as many as…

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Team Member Spotlight: Q&A with Jessica Letourneau, Drafting & Project Manager

May 18th, 2023

1. Tell us about yourself. I’ve worked in drafting professionally for 13 years, but I’ve been playing around with AutoCAD since I was 13 years old. I was inspired by a woodshop teacher in high school who taught us the basics of AutoCAD. I really liked being able to design what we were eventually going…

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Our Welders’ Voices: National Welding Month

April 4th, 2023

April is National Welding Month, and Woven Metal Products is proud to call several talented welders our team members. Welders and aspiring welders in our shop can cross-train with more experienced team members, so they can gain new experience and skills, allowing them to move into more advanced positions with pay increases. We currently have…

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Taking Care of Your Team: Tips for Creating a Workplace Culture of Caring

March 13th, 2023

Donna K. Komlofske, Office Manager, Woven Metal Products You’ve probably heard, “Employees are a company’s most valuable asset.” But what does that mean when you break it down? To put it in perspective, the cost of losing just one hourly worker earning $14/hour is over $4,500, according to the Center for American Progress. And on…

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Managing Change in the Manufacturing Industry  

March 1st, 2023

By Heather Bennett, VP of Strategy and Marketing for WMP  When I started working with Woven Metal Products (WMP) in 2011, I had the advantage of not knowing the fabrication industry. I brought an outside perspective and new ways of thinking to a company that had been operating much the same since its beginnings.  …

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Inside Look: Our CNC and Robotic Technology in Action

November 15th, 2022

By Kevin Stidham, CNC Foreman for Woven Metal Products Kevin has worked with Woven Metal Products (WMP) for 24 years, overseeing the crew who manages the computer numerical control (CNC) and robotics machinery used by WMP. Imagine lifting several hundred heavy sheets of metal onto a cutting machine, over and over — all day —…

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Team Member Spotlight: Q&A with Randy Smith, Shop Supervisor

October 18th, 2022

1. Tell us about yourself. How did you get into this field? I’ve always been good with my hands, and I enjoy the technical side of our work at Woven Metal Products (WMP). I’m good at watching someone do something once and then mimicking it. That ability has helped me grow within my field. I…

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Team Member Spotlight: Q&A with David Quinn, VP IndChem Constructors Inc

June 30th, 2022

1. Tell us about yourself. I was born and raised in the area, and I have a beautiful wife of 19 years and two beautiful teenage daughters. I enjoy the outdoors and spend most of my free time on the water either boating or fishing. 2. What’s your role at Woven Metal Products (WMP) /…

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Our Approach to Sustainable Business

June 9th, 2022

By Russell Hillenburg, President of Woven Metal Products As state-of-the-art fabrication facility with more than 50 years of experience, Woven Metal Products (WMP) has grown with our customers. With that growth has come increased expertise, capabilities, and state-of-the-art equipment. A visit to the WMP facility today yields a vast array of workstations, cutting machines (laser,…

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Introducing Woven Together, Our Commitment to the Future Workforce in Our Community

May 13th, 2022

By Russell Hillenburg, President of Woven Metal Products Giving back and helping others have always been important to me and my family. At Woven Metal Products (WMP), we’ve always made it a point to support local nonprofits and provide support to our community in Alvin, Texas. But this year, our WMP team decided to take…

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Recognizing Our Team on Employee Appreciation Day

March 4th, 2022

By Woven Metal Products Today is Employee Appreciation Day, and at Woven Metal Products, we are thankful for the team members who choose to work with us. They are the people who have helped make us into the premier fabrication facility that we are today. Whether they’re working on the shop floor or handling administrative…

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National Innovation Day: Celebrating Our Creative Fabrication Solutions for the Energy and Petrochemical Industries

February 15th, 2022

By Woven Metal Products Team Today is National Innovation Day, a moment to recognize creative solutions to difficult problems and new approaches that make life and processes easier across a variety of industries. For our industry, innovation means creating custom solutions that bring efficiency, reliability and better outputs for our customers. And our customers are…

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Team Member Spotlight: Q&A with Lowell Matheny, Compliance and Safety Manager

January 18th, 2022

1. What’s your role at Woven Metal Products (WMP?) I’m in charge of compliance and safety for the company, ensuring all team members understand and follow safe workplace guidelines. That ranges from the shop floor to our IT systems and cybersecurity. I’m in tune with all accidents or near accidents that happen on-site, and I’m…

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A Family Tradition in Excellence

December 15th, 2021

By Russell Hillenburg, President of Woven Metal Products With the holiday season upon us, many of us are spending time — virtually or in-person — with friends and family. This time of year always makes me reflect on our company’s ties to family and what lies ahead. My grandfather Richard Hillenburg started Woven Metal Products…

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Team Member Spotlight: Q&A with Natalia McCauley, Drafting Lead Project Manager

November 29th, 2021

1. Tell us about yourself. I’m originally from the Republic of Moldova, and I graduated from the Technical University of Moldova with a degree in civil engineering — a field I was drawn to by my love of math and physics. Through my university, I found out about opportunities to work in other countries —…

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Specialized B2B Marketing: A Behind the Scenes Look

November 9th, 2021

By Heather Bennett, VP Strategy and Marketing, Woven Metal Products My career journey didn’t start out at Woven Metal Products, a company focused on manufacturing and fabrication for the refining, petrochemical, chemical and energy sectors, but I’m glad I ended up here. My path alternated between global public relations agencies and corporations, where I specialized…

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Celebrating Our Workforce on National Manufacturing Day

October 1st, 2021

By Russell Hillenburg, President, Woven Metal Products Today is National Manufacturing Day, a day we recognize the importance of modern manufacturing careers and encourage the next generation of the workforce to consider this industry for their chosen profession. As president of Woven Metal Products (WMP), a premier fabrication facility that manufactures reactor and tower internals…

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A Problem Sparks an Innovation: Patented Tray Deck Repair Washers from WMP

August 18th, 2021

By Robert Lasser, Vice President, Tower Division of Woven Metal Products Innovation in the energy and petrochemical industries has always been a relentless pursuit with ever evolving challenges. After all, minimizing a plant’s unit outage time and equipment repair costs is vital for meeting operational performance targets, and business financial goals. At Woven Metal Products…

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Tackle Turnaround Season Prep with These Six Tips

July 19th, 2021

By James Robinson, Vice President of Business Development for Woven Metal Products Turnaround season is just around the corner, and while planning is already underway or finished for this planned pause in production for maintenance, it’s always a good idea to look take a fresh look at your approach to this critical time. Whether you’re…

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