CRW Acquires CCI Inspection Services


Last week, Houston-based CRW Consulting & Distribution announced the acquisition of CCI Inspection Services, Inc. in Conroe, Texas. According to the company, the latest acquisition complements its strategy to mitigate the causes of coating failures and to provide comprehensive consulting and inspection services.

Founded in 1986 by AMPP CIP Level III Certified Inspector #113 Jonell Nixon, CCI serves inspection needs of major energy companies globally. These reportedly included, but are not limited to, Kinder Morgan, Shell Pipeline Company, LLC, Magellan Midstream, Enbridge, Explorer Pipeline, Williams Pipeline & Midstream, Baker Hughes and the Texas Department of Transportation.

CRW reports that CCI’s quality assurance program provides inspector training and calibrated state-of-the-art inspection equipment to ensure accurate and reliable test results and readings, including in areas such as:

  • Coating Consulting;
  • TCEQ (Survey Existing Water Tanks);
  • Welding (AWS - Trained & Certified);
  • In-Plant Inspection (Steel, Coatings, Transportation);
  • Pipeline (Utility, Welding, Chief, Drill, Tie-ins, Stringing, Clerk);
  • Expediting Services;
  • Rail Car;
  • QA Coordination;
  • Lead Removal Maintenance (Site Supervision);
  • Coating Inspection (AMPP - Trained & Certified); and
  • Construction (Project Management, Inspection, Supervision).

According to the emailed release, the acquisition is a “natural fit” for both companies based on their shared history. It will also significantly enhance oil and gas consulting offerings from CRW.

Additionally, with the change, CRW plans to update its name to CRW Companies to better encompass the expansion. The company also anticipates bringing on more inspectors and build the CCI customer base, with projections of doubling revenue within the first year.

Nixon is survived by her husband, Roy Zboyan, who said, “The acquisition by CRW is not going to be that big of a change initially because we have five or six inspectors in place that all have established work with Magellan and Enbridge, and Tanya [McCoy]’s the one that’s coordinating everything right now, and she has been for the last year by herself.

“So, as more and more inspectors are brought on board, they’re going to maintain that level of quality, not only for the customers, but the inspectors they bring on board.”

“The first sediment inspection equipment I ever owned was because of Jonell… I would not be where I’m at today. I would not have the certifications that I have today. I would not have the teaching tenure that I have today. I would not know the equipment that I know today had it not been for Jonell Nixon,” stated Jeremi Day, CRW’s Chief Technology Officer and former employee at CCI.

“This acquisition allows CRW Companies to enter another segment of the O&G/industrial sector in the surface preparation industry. Our focus over the last year has been to expand our offerings for products and consulting services, and the inspection realm was a perfect fit,” commented Gregg Taney, CRW’s President.

“We looked into a few different companies, and it didn’t take long to recognize CCI was the one that made the most sense. Roy and Tanya are going to be great partners, and we’re dedicated to continuing forward, honoring and carrying the same vision and dedication Jonell gave to this industry.”

Recent CRW News

In November, Corr-Ze manufacturer Corrosion Innovations alongside business partner CRW Consulting & Distribution announced that it is expanding its operations by relocating to a larger global distribution center.

According to the company’s announcement on LinkedIn, the two companies have been operating in the South Houston area since 2019, and the move comes after their sales and distribution outgrew their previous space. While still based in Houston, the new office is located at 3500 South Richey Street, Suite 320.

The 15,000-square-foot facility houses indoor storage, training, and administrative facilities and will reportedly allow for the continued growth of the Corr-Ze product line. The expanded space was reportedly needed to host several demonstrations of the Corr-Ze 200 product released earlier this year, which was “critical” in the decision to relocate headquarters.

Corrosion Innovations reports that the Corr-Ze product line remains available in stock despite market changes and supply chain issues across the industry. The new building is anticipated to add additional space for the bulk storage of raw materials and finished products.

“This new facility will allow us to continue to grow and provide our market-leading products domestically and internationally without interruption. When you can't provide a product, you are impacting someone's project with delay; the only impact a manufacturer can have and stay in business is a positive one,” said Marlin Lester, CEO of Corrosion Innovations.

“This is what our end users, contractors, distributors, and private label accounts have become accustomed to.”


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