Randy Page, 46, became president of Emerson Process Management’s Regulator Technologies 17 months ago, just in time to lead the company in the final stages of starting construction of its new McKinney headquarters.
Based in McKinney since 1965, the company broke ground on the project in the city’s south-side Gateway development in July 2012 and moved its operation into the completed facility in September.
“It’s very busy, obviously, but it’s been met with a lot of excitement,” Page says of getting everyone and everything settled into the new digs. “We had a great team that worked on the transition to ensure everything went to plan.”
Regulator Technologies, a world leader in pressure-control devices, manufactures various types of regulators for multiple industries. The largest industry sector it serves is natural gas.
McKinney’s quality of life, Page says, is “probably the best of any place we’ve lived, with a great education system and friendly people.” He and wife Rachel have two children – Derek, 14, and Ashley, 12. “They’re enjoying all the activities the community has to offer,” Page says. “They’re involved in baseball, golf, swimming, volleyball and church activities. We’re really enjoying McKinney in the year-and-a-half that we’ve been here.”
Page adds that he and his family appreciate McKinney’s downtown square and being close to Dallas-Fort Worth.
A native of Iowa, Page has been with Emerson for 19 years. He started his career with them at Emerson’s Fisher Controls in Marshalltown, Iowa, and then relocated to Houston in 2004.
Page says his current short commute to work allows for more family time.
Ironically, Page’s first job out of Iowa State University was for a company based in Iowa selling gaskets and metalstampings – and his largest customer was then-Fisher Regulators in McKinney. “I was calling on this facility as a salesperson back in the early ‘90s,” he says. “I’ve kind of come full circle now.”
“Part of Emerson’s culture,” Page says, “is to make sure that we are leading the industry with technology and new innovative products.” A few years ago it was decided, for Regulator Technologies, that meant renovating its longtime home on Highway 380, building a new facility or perhaps moving.
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The new Emerson McKinney headquarters near Highway 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway.
“As we thought about our options of expanding [the former facility] versus a new facility, it seemed more productive and efficient to identify a new facility, and we did that.”
Page notes that going the new-facility route also allowed employees to have increased input in improving their workplace. “We were able to start from scratch and really rethink, ‘How can we do things differently to be more efficient, to use the latest and greatest in technology, and be more productive?’ It’s been a welcome opportunity for all our employees.”
Page says working with McKinney Mayor Brian Lough miller, City Manager Jason Gray, the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and others was a pleasure. “They were just fantastic about trying to make sure this long relationship Emerson has had with the City of McKinney continued. We were grateful for their support and to be able to work with them.”
Regulator Technologies’ new headquarters joins Collin College’s Higher Education Center as completed projects at McKinney’s 90-acre Gateway development near the intersection of Highway 75 and Sam Rayburn Tollway.
Besides office space, Regulator Technologies’ complex includes a world-class research facility with various high-tech labs for product testing. A state-of-the-art customer center also provides educational classes where clients may test and troubleshoot company products. Page expects to attract over 500 visitors per year to McKinney for these classes.
For the company’s approximately 130 employees, a fitness center, an outdoor basketball court and a sand-volleyball court are also on-site.
“We have a great facility in a great location in the city,” Page says, “and we’re ecstatic to be part of the Gateway project.”