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Bilfinger Industrial Services

topics "ranging from analyzing a company's current
maintenance performance to completely managing
maintenance for them and everything in-between,"
Van Lent says.
"This is geared to give our clients higher reliability
and availability in their production and reduce their
maintenance costs over time," he adds.
The modules encompass more than 30 maintenance
methods and tools. The concept is available either as a package or in singular components. The concept is in place at
more than 30 of Bilfinger Industrial Services' client sites.
"This is a concept that we think contains all aspects
of running a good maintenance organization," van
Lent says. "We think it really benefits our clients."

Exceeding Expectations
Bilfinger Industrial Services serves large national and
international companies in process-oriented industries including the specialty chemical, food and beverage, industrial manufacturing and light consumer
goods markets. The company has provided services to
many of its major-brand customers for up to 75 years.
The company's focus on process related industries
gives it extensive experience and knowledge of the
needs of those markets. This know-how enables it to
better serve those clients by minimizing the disruption of its services to daily operations, among other
advantages. "If you have knowledge of clients' production lines and the layout of their facilities, you can
perform multiple services with minimally interfering
with daily production," van Lent says. "We want to be
almost as invisible as possible so our clients can continue to make their products successfully."
Bilfinger Industrial Services' offerings are critical
to the success of its clients. One recent example of the
company's coming to the aid of a client was its replacement of a boiler that had failed at a customer's plant.
"We worked night and day to repair the boiler failure
and get that plant running again," van Lent says, noting that the company's work lasted close to a week.
That client, like most of the company's customers,
was highly grateful for Bilfinger Industrial Services'
efforts. "If I were to go to sites where we work, I'd
find that basically across the board our clients are extremely appreciative of the work our people do," he
adds. "Our people have been doing this for a long time,
know what the expectations of our clients are and deliver according to those expectations."

Midwest

International Knowledge
Van Lent's technical, marketing and sales background
makes him an ideal leader for Bilfinger Industrial Services. He joined the company in September 2013, after
working for Rhein Chemie Corp., where he was responsible for the company's North American business. Before
joining Rhein Chemie, van Lent led the chemical sector
for Celerant Consulting and was vice president of technical rubber products for LANXESS Corp.
Van Lent's personal and professional background includes extensive work in Europe. He was born in the
Netherlands, and holds a master's degree in molecular
science and a doctorate in physical and colloid science
from the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands.
The company applies the knowledge and staff of its
parent and sister companies to its U.S.-based projects
and clients. "We've brought over several people from Tebodin, our European engineering organization, to benefit from their expertise and client relationships, which
helps us accelerate our growth," van Lent says. mt

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