Mark: Hey, folks. Let’s learn something new about the oil and gas industry.
I’m sitting here with Tim Jones today. How are you doing, Tim?
Tim: I’m doing great. How are you, Mark?
Mark: I’m doing awesome. And, Tim has a company called FRCpros and they do some really important stuff in the oil and gas industry, but he’s also a great fun guy to work with. I’ve known him for a long time.
So, Tim FRCpros, what does FR stand for in case our audience doesn’t know?
Tim: FR stands for flame resistant as in flame resistant clothing. We also work with arc rated clothing as well and it is protective clothing that won’t burn in certain flash fire or arc hazards.
Mark: Yeah. And so, in the oil field FR as they’re known is required in a lot of places. And what Tim does is a very unique, I’ve never seen this before. So, Tim actually helps companies make sure they make the right buying decisions when equipping their people with FR clothing.
So, Tim when you work with a client and they may be looking to do what they’ve always done with FR clothing, what’s one of the things you bring to the table they may not think of?
Tim: Well, what I’ve discovered is if you think about the FRC supply chain throughout the industry, everyone that’s who’s working as technical experts that are calling on the oil and gas companies are actually paid salesman who obviously have a bias towards their products.
So, I think with all the layers involved as well in distribution channel throughout the supply chain, it can be very confusing to the end user and how does the oil and gas company know that this is a straightforward message they’re receiving from those companies, not just a marketing message and that’s where I can – I can help them.
Mark: Yeah. So, do you understand what he does, he’s an independent third party person with a bunch of industry knowledge contacts and expertise, so you can make sure you’re not being boozled by some sales guy.
Tim: Exactly. You know I’ve worked for manufacturers as well and I know we all have that vested interest in having to place our product within that customer and I realize that’s not who this – this should work. And, when you look at the supply chain, they’re all kind of captive of each other all the way from the fabric manufacturers to the garment manufacturers even down to the distributors; they’re all beholden to each other, so you’re really not going to get a straight answer from any of them.
And, that’s kind of where I come in to help. I can guide through that marketing spin that every product manufacturer puts on their product helping you make a decision that a lot of times can be even more economical, but also can affect the safety and the comfort of the employees as well.
Mark: Yeah. That’s awesome. So, Tim if people want to learn more about what you do in your company, where should they go?
Tim: They can go to my website. It’s FRCpros.com and they can certainly call me. I’m all over the web. I’m on LinkedIn as well as also Twitter and Facebook.
Mark: Yeah. So, we’ll put a link in the show notes so you don’t have to be writing anything down.
Tim, dude man, thank you so much for your time today.
Tim: Thank you, Mark. I appreciate it and you’ve been a great friend through all this process.
Mark: Yeah. So, folks I hope this helped. We will see you next time.