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After 36 years in business, Ramtech has pursued getting the “Ramtech” name registered with the United States Trademark Office, whenever the name is used in the context of modular buildings or modular construction. After a long, arduous and expensive process, we were granted Registration Number 5,315,557. The registration was issued on October 24, 2017. You may ask, “Why wait 36 years to get your name registered?” The answer is that up until this time, the Ramtech name has never been used in an advertisement by our competition.
Last year, a competitor of Ramtech initiated a pay-per-click campaign where whenever someone searched “Ramtech Building Systems, Inc.”, an ad would pop up asking the question, “Looking for Ramtech?, Try__________”. We view this campaign as a deliberate attempt to confuse and divert potential customers that are specifically searching for Ramtech, to go to another site. This approach to marketing lies within an ethical grey area that we won’t condone and would never practice ourselves; therefore, we feel we must do whatever possible to counter the efforts of that competitor. Our belief is that by registering the Ramtech name, potentially misleading campaigns such as this that use our own brand against us will be taken down by Google and Bing.
Ramtech abides by the Modular Building Institute’s Code of Ethics as well as the Code of Ethics prescribed by the Better Business Bureau, achieving the rating of A+ with the BBB. Since 1982 we’ve thrived under the same ownership and management team. We’ve never been removed from a project, never had our bonding company intervene in the completion of a project, never filed bankruptcy, and have never faced litigation associated with a construction project or the running of our company. These are claims that very few in the construction industry could make, and they are the cornerstone for a reputation and brand name that we’re proud of and will make every effort to protect.
To our friends in the modular industry, we encourage you to run a search using your company’s full name to see if this same ad campaign is being employed against you. Many of you will be surprised. If so, I encourage you to consult legal counsel and confront this company in an effort to stop this practice.
We are pleased to announce that Matt Slataper has joined Ramtech in the role of Vice President. Matt comes to Ramtech from the Houston area where he served as a Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking division. In his new role at Ramtech, he will bring his experience to all areas of Ramtech’s operations with a particular focus on business development. Matt joins Ramtech at a pivotal time as we seek to grow our pier and beam and slab-on-grade permanent modular construction business. Matt’s experience, perspective, and business acumen will be essential as we move forward to position the company for growth in new markets and by expanding our product offerings and developing strategic partnerships. Matt has spent the last 12 years in finance, most recently focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets advisory within the oil and gas sector. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a BBA from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife Tiffany have two children and plan to relocate from Houston to the west side of the Metroplex.
The middle school students of Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District in Sour Lake, Texas closed out their first school year in a temporary middle school campus built Ramtech after the devastating flooding that occurred along the Texas Gulf Coast in August of last year. The 36,908 square foot modular construction project was installed on the grounds of the school district’s high school, and will serve as a replacement for Henderson Middle School until a new permanent facility can be constructed in the future. The relocatable modular school buildings that make up the interim use facility include 34 classrooms inside 17 portable classroom buildings, a full-service cafeteria and dining hall, two modular toilet facilities, boys and girls locker rooms, a library, and an administrative office area. The buildings all use light sand colored R-Panel metal siding on the exteriors, and are finished-out with lay-in ceilings, vinyl covered gypsum walls, and a combination of commercial grade carpet and vinyl composition tile flooring for the interiors. Heating and cooling of the structures are accommodated by Bard exterior wall-mounted HVAC units. Ramtech completed its scope of work in 45 days, beginning in mid-September and less than two weeks after the Sour Lake community’s receiving over 61 inches of rain. (more…)
The Beaumont ISD project is using Ramtech’s Slab-on-Grade Permanent Modular Construction approach. The foundation prep is almost complete and the 17 modules that make up the building will be crane set next week.