Our Story

We trace our roots back to 1978 in Bakersfield, California. We began as a small start-up called Chemex, Inc. focusing on used equipment refurbishment and sales. In the early years of the business, the U.S. refining market was contracting and consolidating so Chemex began offering the dismantling of smaller American refineries for re-assembly in international markets.

We saw the international need for upgraded equipment and our services inherently grew to building small crude distillation units for our customers around the world. From that vantage point, Chemex recognized the value of modular refinery construction and, in the mid-1990s, we bought the intellectual property assets of Texas-based Val Verde Corporation. Val Verde was recognized as one of the early leaders of the modular refinery construction movement.

In 2006, Chemex, Inc. was purchased by our current ownership group which saw the value in our offerings.  By 2012, the opportunities for our business led to a new entity, Chemex Modular, established in Texas.  We began focusing on new, modular refinery design and manufacturing, and our owners invested in building a state-of-the-art facility north of Houston, just off Interstate 45. The initial shop facility has since expanded and is now over 40,000 square feet of covered fabrication area, on-site blasting and paint buildings, and over 150,000 square feet of paved laydown area, with room to grow. From this facility, our team has proudly built various types of process equipment for customers all over the world including some of the largest modules that could be permitted for road transport.

In 2020, we amended our name from Chemex Modular to Chemex Global to better reflect the global nature of our business and our full EPC/EPCM capabilities and offerings for modular and conventional construction. Our company also moved its corporate office to The Woodlands, Texas.

Today, our administration, engineering, design, and project management teams are based in The Woodlands with additional design-build teams based out of the fabrication shop. Our teams are well-rounded with professional expertise in all facets of our business. We are eager to continue building and bringing our projects to life for our global customer base.