In August of 2004, Sintex opened a new 17-acre Distribution Center located in Rosenberg, Texas. Sintex Minerals & Services, Inc., established in Houston in 1993, is the exclusive distributor of Curimbaba proppants for Mexico, Canada and the United States. Sintex has shown an aggressive, steady growth rate which has positioned them as the leading bauxite proppant supplier for North America. As a result of this and projected future growth Sintex purchased the raw land and constructed a new 85,000 sq. ft. warehouse to import and distribute Curimbaba proppant throughout the region in a faster and more cost efficient manner. Construction of an additional 85,000 sq. ft. warehouse extension is already planned to accommodate product line expansion and further market penetration.
All Curimbaba proppant is imported in bulk bags containing 3,300 lbs. each shipped in overseas shipping containers. One side of the Sintex warehouse is constructed with dock-high bays to receive the shipping containers from the Port of Houston. The bulk bags of Curimbaba proppant are unloaded, segregated and stacked according to grain size.
Customer loadouts occur on the other side of the warehouse. This process utilizes two stationary conveyor systems to load bulk trailers for shipment and one mobile conveyor which can be used for loading a shipment or unloading and re-bagging a return shipment. These conveyors provide the ability to load three trucks simultaneously for faster customer response.
By separating these functions Sintex can receive product from the Port of Houston and load product for customer shipments at the same time, adding to the efficiency of the operation. The facility is operational 24/7 to satisfy the dynamics of the stimulation industry.
The Sintex Distribution Center includes a fully automated drive-on truck scale which also adds efficiency.In addition to the warehouse, the Distribution Center houses the Sintex corporate offices as well as the quality control laboratory.
In 2007 Sintex enhanced the distribution network by adding stocking points in Odessa, TX, Rock Springs, WY and Minco, OK.