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Global supply chain solution company to bring plant to Houston area

Renewable Parts, an independent supply chain solutions for the wind industry that works with remanufactured and refurbished products, announced that its North American operations will be based in Humble. Photo courtesy of Renewable Parts

A Scottish company has chosen a Houston suburb as its home for North American operations.

Renewable Parts, an independent supply chain solutions for the wind industry that works with remanufactured and refurbished products, announced that its North American operations will be based in Humble. The new office will host the parts recirculation workshop to service the North American market.

"Being close to Houston was important for us as a business. Texas has a thriving wind industry and an abundance of turbines that we have vast experience on," CEO Michael Forbes says in a news release, "And Houston is widely considered the Energy Capital of the World — a great opportunity for us to find good people and collaborate with some of the many great business that are located there.

"We were also helped through the process of establishing our new venture by the Greater Houston Partnership, who gave us a warm welcome and connected us with many of the people who have gone on to play a part in the business set-up, from finding a location to supporting us with the legal side of things," he continues.

For over a decade, Renewable Parts successfully has been recirculating wind turbine component parts at scale for service providers, turbine operators and even turbine OEMs.

Craig Rhodes, senior vice president of economic development for the Greater Houston Partnership hopes the new location will help boost the local economy.

"Renewable Parts' decision to establish their North American operations in Humble, Texas, is further testament to the Houston region's strong infrastructure, skilled workforce and unmatched industry expertise,” Rhodes says in the release.

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Nádia Skorupa Parachin joined Cemvita as vice president of industrial biotechnology. Photo courtesy of Cemvita

Houston-based biotech company Cemvita recently tapped two executives to help commercialize its sustainable fuel made from carbon waste.

Nádia Skorupa Parachin came aboard as vice president of industrial biotechnology, and Phil Garcia was promoted to vice president of commercialization.

Parachin most recently oversaw several projects at Boston-based biotech company Ginkjo Bioworks. She previously co-founded Brazilian biotech startup Integra Bioprocessos.

Parachin will lead the Cemvita team that’s developing technology for production of bio-manufactured oil.

“It’s a fantastic moment, as we’re poised to take our prototyping to the next level, and all under the innovative direction of our co-founder Tara Karimi,” Parachin says in a news release. “We will be bringing something truly remarkable to market and ensuring it’s cost-effective.”

Moji Karimi, co-founder and CEO of Cemvita, says the hiring of Parachin represents “the natural next step” toward commercializing the startup’s carbon-to-oil process.

“Her background prepared her to bring the best out of the scientists at the inflection point of commercialization — really bringing things to life,” says Moji Karimi, Tara’s brother.

Parachin joins Garcia on Cemvita’s executive team.

Before being promoted to vice president of commercialization, Garcia was the startup’s commercial director and business development manager. He has a background in engineering and business development.

Founded in 2017, Cemvita recently announced a breakthrough that enables production of large quantities of oil derived from carbon waste.

In 2023, United Airlines agreed to buy up to one billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel from Cemvita’s first full-scale plant over the course of 20 years.

Cemvita’s investors include the UAV Sustainable Flight Fund, an investment arm of Chicago-based United; Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, an investment arm of Houston-based energy company Occidental Petroleum; and Japanese equipment and machinery manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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