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Russell Hillenburg

Woven Metal Products, Inc.

Abstract: “Smart Business in the Oil and gas Fabrication Industry”

Russ Hillenburg from Woven Metal Products, Inc. will present how being smart about managing domestic capacity to respond to urgent orders and routine orders helps them stay competitive, the technology investments that have been required, and the need to maintain skill sets to be competitive. 

Russell Hillenburg was born into fabrication. In 1967 his grandfather founded Woven Metal Products (WMP), of which he is now President. As a third-generation family business owner, Mr. Hillenburg has seen the growth of WMP over the years and the evolution that has occurred from a fabrication facility making custom metal parts, into the solutions provider of today, working with all major licensors in the oil and gas processing industry.

Mr. Hillenburg began as an Operator/Worker at WMP and worked through the ranks of Field Superintendent, Administrative VP, and on to President of the company. The field time gave him invaluable experience that he stills calls upon today when dealing with clients or helping to anticipate problems in the field. Mr. Hillenburg has personally cultivated or created many of the licensor relationships to which WMP can credit its success, such as Haldor Topsoe, Axens and UOP. WMP works with the majority of end-users, refineries and chemical plants all over the world, but calls Alvin, Texas home, the site of the company’s fabrication facility. Customers often call upon Mr. Hillenburg as a subject matter expert in refining and chemical plant equipment.

In recent years, Mr. Hillenburg also eliminated the Field Installation Division of WMP, allowing it to focus on what it truly does best, specialty fabrication. He has segmented his company to provide for more solutions in Reactors, Towers and General Fabrication in order to solve growing market needs and customer demands of product providers/suppliers.

Mr. Hillenburg not only has a degree in Entrepreneurial Business from Baylor University, it is truly where his interest and passion lie, as he sits on the board of directors or has a majority interest in seven other companies. Mr. Hillenburg’s expertise includes finance and evaluation, business development, management, sales and acquisitions. He sits on the Executive Board for the Lighthouse Charity Team in Friendswood, Texas; is a Board Member of the Friendswood ISD Education Foundation; and is a Board Member of the Alvin Community College Foundation. He resides in Friendswood, Texas, with his wife and their two children.