Quality Assurance with Altiras

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Todd Pencarinha has led the chemical and fuel beneficial reuse business Altiras in Houston, Texas, since 2010. As company president, Todd Pencarinha has developed and launched five unique business units emphasizing various aspects of the beneficial reuse industry.

Mr. Pencarinha ensures that Altiras provides an array of services when it comes to the beneficial reuse of chemical and fuel byproducts and co-products, including services involving certain off-spec, used, and surplus chemicals. With such a broad selection of services, Altiras has taken the steps necessary to ensure that all of their clients enjoy a high-quality reuse experience.

The Altiras quality assurance program makes use of a six-sigma approach, which encompasses several statistically driven processes and comprehensive product testing. The six-sigma approach involves breaking down each phase of the beneficial chemical and fuel reuse process, allowing the Altiras management team to closely examine their services and optimize their clients’ experience.

Perhaps most importantly, the Altiras management team documents all aspects of their quality assurance program, providing clients with the peace of mind that is the essence of any effective quality assurance program. More information on quality assurance can be found at the Altiras website, www.altiras.com.

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Author: Todd Pencarinha

Todd Pencarinha is an expert in beneficial reuse and product recovery and is currently president of Altiras Holdings in Houston, Texas. Mr. Pencarinha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas. Todd began his career at Exxon Chemical Company in a group knows as the Basic Chemicals Technology group in Baytown, TX. Within the technology group, Pencarinha started as a process engineer in the area of pyrolysis furnace design and troubleshooting and and olefins recovery. He later became a project engineer, continuing to work in olefins hot ends and cold ends. Pencarinha later served in project management roles with Stone & Webster Engineering and then with Lyondell Chemical Company (now LyondellBasell) in Channelview, Texas. During his time at Lyondell, Todd managed multiple chemical plant development and enhancement projects. In 1999, Pencarinha took on the management of the company’s 800 MW Channelview Congeneration Project in collaboration with Reliant Energy to take advantage of new Texas energy deregulation laws. Upon successful completion and start-up of the project, in August of 2000, Pencarinha advanced to the position of lead internal business consultant, supporting the company’s executive leaders of three different business units: Oxygenated Fuels including MTBE, Styrene Monomer and Aromatics, and Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI). After five years at Lyondell, Pencarinha co-founded his first beneficial reuse company in January 2003. That company was Emergent Industrial Solutions. At Emergent, Pencarinha developed processes and methodologies for safe, legitimate, and responsible beneficial reuse of coproduct chemicals, byproduct chemicals, and previously used chemicals. Over the course of eight years, Mr. Pencarinha continually refined the business model and grew the business from nothing to nearly $10 million in annual sales. Pencarinha staffed and trained the company’s sales team, developed safety protocols, established a product stewardship program, managed marketing, and directed all business operations related to beneficial use activities. In December 2010, in order to grow a more national and professional business, Pencarinha joined with long-time friend and fellow entrepreneur Steven Marshall to found Altiras Industrial Services. Altiras started as a company focused buying and selling used, coproduct, and byproduct chemicals and petroleum products “as is” to companies that could use them without modification. The company also provided industrial waste services for small and mid-sized waste generators in the US gulf coast. In 2013, Pencarinha and Marshall decided to re-structure the company for better branding and to better segregate the various business interests of the company. At that time, Altiras Holdings was created as the parent company, Altiras Industrial Services became the entity focused on providing industrial waste services, and Altiras Chemicals and Altiras Fuels were created to serve the chemicals and fuels markets, respectively. At the same time, Pencarinha and Marshall also saw the need to create another new company, Altiras Recovery, to focus on beneficial reuse opportunities where materials could not be used “as is”. Altiras Recovery was created to provide research, development, and capital to unlock intrinsic value from materials that would otherwise be waste. All four of the operating companies (Chemicals, Fuels, Industrial Services, and Recovery) became wholly owned subsidiaries of Altiras Holdings. Pencarinha became president of the parent company and Marshall serves as Chief Executive Officer. In 2016, the company added Altiras Energy as a fifth subsidiary, which focuses on export of alternative fuel and energy products such as distillate blendstocks, petcoke, and biosolids to markets in Mexico and Asia. Mr. Pencarinha has spent his entire career in the chemical industry developing projects and new business opportunities. His areas of expertise include chemical recycling and beneficial reuse, waste reduction and waste minimization, sustainability in secondary chemicals, and beneficial recovery of otherwise unusable products, to name just a few. Both Todd Pencarinha and Steven Marshall serve on Altiras’ Board and both reside in Houston, TX. For more information on either Pencarinha or Marshall, please call 713-568-361 or email Altiras at info@altiras.com

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