Monthly Archive: October 2014

Some history before we march into the future

On June 30, 1989, SSCI specialized in closing nonhazardous oilfield waste pits in Louisiana, a business model that took advantage of a government mandate that those pits be dealt with. The next day, Helen Hodges took over and expanded our services to include consulting and a range of environmental remediation activities.

That kicked off a thriving 25 years for SSCI.

Helen, who’d run small businesses enterprises since she was in grade school, brought both technical and business expertise. She had earned her bachelor’s degree in physical sciences from San Jose University, a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Idaho and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Then she’d worked for a national laboratory and an energy consulting company before she and her family bought SSCI.

Helen insisted SSCI focus on the client, seeing it as the company’s job to look out for the customer. SSCI wouldn’t worry about the next job or where that job will come from – great work and a stellar reputation would take care of that – which means SSCI isn’t looking for ancillary services to sell to clients. “Getting the job done is priority number one, not prolonging our participation,” Helen said.

The blend of environmental consulting and remediation work has kept us busy and growing, even when one side of the business slowed down. Over time, our project management services offerings have grown.

Because we’re constantly watching what’s happening in the environmental services industry and bringing new, thoroughly tested innovations to environmental site and risk assessments, underground storage tank management, soil and groundwater remediation design and implementation, hazardous and nonhazardous waste disposal, asbestos and lead surveys, spill response plan design, and wetlands delineation and training, we bring the latest best practices to bear on each project.

That, combined with personnel who believe in a strong team focus, quality work and innovation, has led to steady success as SSCI has become one of the most honored women-owned companies in Texas.

But that’s our history. At SSCI, we don’t rest on our laurels. We’re constantly looking forward.

Today marks another significant milestone in SSCI’s existence: the installation of a blog and social media updates to keep you informed of new developments not just within SSCI, but also with environmental remediation initiatives and environmental issues.

Come back each month – we’ve got plenty of stories to tell. And connect with us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to get regular semi-weekly updates and to engage us in lively debates.

We look forward to having a dialogue, and a long-term relationship, with you.