Paul Martin recently opened a new Pirtek franchise in Long Beach, Calif. The mobile-based hose and fitting replacement business will specialize in minimizing equipment downtime by manufacturing replacement hydraulic hose assemblies at customer jobsites.
Martin has more than 30 years of experience in industrial supply. He will put three mobile service vans on the road that are stocked with everything needed to manufacture hose assemblies at jobsites. On board are a large selection of braided and spiral hose styles and a full range of standard and metric hose fittings and adapters. Each van's high-capacity crimp machine has the capability to produce crimp hose assemblies from ¼-inch to 1¼-inch diameters.
Marian, Martin's wife and franchise co-owner, will serve as administrative assistant, and the couple's son, Geoff Martin, will work as operations manager.
"A lot of civil and port construction projects are under way, which is a good sign that the economy is getting better,” Martin said. “Another indicator is what Californians call the 'freeway meter.' We know the economy is improving when it takes longer and longer to get anywhere. Right now, it's challenging out there."
Rockledge, Fla.-based Pirtek USA is a leading service provider of on-site hose replacement with nearly 40 franchise service centers. For more information, visit www.pirtekusa.com.