Press Release: REFCOMM Revs Up Offerings with New Parent Company

Refining Community and, which produce REFCOMM®, the premier refinery training, conference, and exhibition event, have been acquired by the global metals, mining and fertilizer powerhouse CRU.


The organization, which operates and, will operate under the name RefComm®, and will continue to offer unrivaled training and field services in the delayed coking and fluid catalytic cracking sectors, while also producing the flagship event RefComm® Galveston, which draws more than 600 refiners, operators, and vendors to Galveston, Texas each year to participate in the conference, training, and exhibition. In addition, RefComm® will continue to produce conferences in other strategic locations around the globe, including Europe, Asia, and South America.

“After more than 21 years creating, growing and developing the RefComm® business with fellow co-owners Evan Hyde and Gary Pitman, I am delighted that we have found a new home with CRU.  The acquisition strengthens our position in the refining space while allowing us to continue our focus on refinery safety, new technology, and best practices, and continue to grow the conferences and field service division,” says RefComm® owner, Paul Orlowski.

CRU Chairman Robert Perlman said: “This acquisition enables CRU to take a prominent position in the refining industry conference space.  The significant move to work in field services presents further development opportunities for CRU’s continued growth. We have an excellent fit between our two businesses, providing enhanced value for our technical customers around the world.”

RefComm® events include RefComm® Mumbai, which ran Nov. 11 – 14, 2019 in Mumbai, India, and attracted enthusiastic participation and a 1:1 refiner to vendor ratio. In 2020, RefComm® will once again produce its flagship RefComm® Galveston, drawing more than 600 attendees and 100 exhibitors. It includes Solvent Deasphalting (SDA) for the first time ever and Sulfur Recovery. RefComm® will also take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 22 – 25 June 2020, and Gdańsk, Poland, 2 – 5 November, 2020, where we will once again offer the popular resid hydrocracking (RHCU) track.

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