Prepare Your Plumbing for Freezing Temperatures

Winter has arrived in Southern Louisiana and across the South. With freezing temperatures reaching our typically warm, humid climates, many residential homes and businesses are left wondering what to do to combat against potential harm including frozen pipes. Greenup Industries specializes in In-Plant Property Management including Plumbing and Septic Maintence, so we’ve asked our experts for a few tips that might help you when temperatures dip closer to freezing.

Safeguard Your Pipes
During freezing temperatues, your pipes are at high risk. If they freeze over, they can somtimes burst causing a lot of financial strain to fix or replace. In order to avoid this, let your sinks drip over night. This helps prevent pipes from freezing. In addition, open cabinet doors to kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warm air to protect and circulate around plumbing. Keep doors, windows and garages closed during these times, too, to better insulate and warm plumbing.

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Exterior Pipes Need Different Protection
Spigots and outside pipes and plumbing require a bit of a different approach when preparing to prevent freezing. Wrap outside pipes in small towels and let drip if necessary.

Prevent Frozen Septic Tanks

Septic tanks freezing over can be an unimaginable mess for your business or home. To avoid dealing with what could be a severely foul occurrence, take the following precautions. Empty your septic tank. Yes, this is regular maintenance, but not always the first task people jump at when temperatures are already uncomfortably low. If a full tank freezes, this could cause a septic tank to burst. Another thing to consider is cracks and open areas. Be sure to inspect for any potential leaking as this could also invite more liquid to seep into the tank and cause bursting. And of course, keep water moving through the system if possible. Water in motion won’t freeze, so if your business is closed due to inclimate weather, be sure to check back in daily and induce some motion through the system.

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Greenup Industries is a full service maintenance provider in the the South Louisiana region and across the Gulf South and in Walnut Creek, California. Greenup Industries can help you prepare or fix issues concerning your plumbing. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call at 225-283-4843.

Greenup Industries: As Seen In Bic Magazine

Greenup As Seen in BIC 12.17

Greenup Industries is proud to work with BIC Magazine to provide management services to South Louisiana, Alabama and California.

Shell, Motiva honor Greenup Industries

Greenup Industries is honored to receive a safety award from the Norco Manufacturing Complex through Shell and Motiva Enterprises LLC. 

The award recognized Greenup employees for their outstanding safety and performance of over 120,000 man-hours completed without an injury in 2016.

“We are honored to be a part of the complex’s history and its ongoing commitment to St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, and the surrounding Gulf Coast region,” said Rodney Greenup, president of Greenup Industries. “Greenup 100 percent supports the complex’s sustained pledge to operate safely, reliably and environmentally sound.”

Read more about this prestigious honor at BIC Magazine

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President, Rodney Greenup joins NSBA Leadership Council

Greenup Industries President, Rodney Greenup, was recently named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council.


NSBA is the nation’s oldest small-business advocacy organization, and operates on a staunchly nonpartisan basis. Greenup, a recognized leader in the business community, joins the NSBA Leadership Council alongside other small-business advocates from across the country as they work to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

“As a small-business owner, I see daily the importance of being involved and active when it comes to laws and regulation,” stated Greenup. “Joining NSBA’s Leadership Council will enable me to take our collective small-business message to the people that need to hear it most: Congress.”

Greenup has more than 25 years of experience as a Project Manager and business owner. Greenup is a Mechanical Engineer with a Master's in Engineering Management from the University of New Orleans. Prior to working in the oil and gas industry, Greenup worked 20 years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Supervisor and Project Manager for a variety of projects throughout South Louisiana.

Greenup joined the NSBA Leadership Council as part of his efforts to tackle the many critical issues facing small business, including tax reform and regulatory restraint. The NSBA Leadership Council is focused on providing valuable networking between small-business advocates from across the country while ensuring small business a seat at the table as Congress and regulators take up key small-business proposals.

“I am proud to have Rodney Greenup as part of our Leadership Council,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “He came to us highly recommended and I look forward our coordinated efforts for years to come.”

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Greenup Industries earns Safety Excellence Award

The Greenup Industries team was recently recognized by one of our valued clients for achievements in safety. Our diligent team was awarded the Contractor Safety Excellence Award by one of Greenup Industries valued clients.  

The Contractor Safety Excellence Award recognizes exemplary site safety performance and Goal Zero leadership. We are proud of our team for continuing to raise the bar when it comes to safety! The criteria for receiving the award includes remaining Injury and OSHA Recordable Free in 2016. 


Pictured from Left to Right: Client HSSE Manager, Greenup HSE Manager Jill Jasmin, Client Plant Manager, Greenup Site Manager Orlando Lumar, Client Contractor Manager, Greenup Compliance Director Macarthur Webster, Client Contractor Manager.

This award is not the first of its kind for the Greenup team. We reitirate the importance of safety in the field. Our people are valued above all else and make our company one to watch. We are proud to continually raise the bar in safety standards and will continue to prioritize the protection and well-being of the men and women we work with, train and place on-site. 

The Greenup team specializes in facility maintenance along the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. To ensure safety in your facility, contact Greenup Industries to work with us, hire us or join our team.

Team Greenup participates in Race for the Cure

Last week, Team Greenup took part in the 2016 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in New Orleans at City Park. Our team was excited to be participate in such a worthwhile cause together in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 


The Greenup Industries team has participated in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in New Orleans for three years now and as our company has grown, so has our involvement in the community and in events like this. Last year, 14 employees and their families and friends joined the fun. This year we had nearly 25 team members show up with their families to support this cause. In the past, we only participated in the race. This year, we set up tents and had people from across the company come out. 

Niva "Becky" Murillo, came to Greenup Industries President, Rodney Greenup three years ago with the idea to make this a company-wide outing and since then, our team's interest in community events and cause involvement has grown beyond the Race for the Cure. This year, Greenup team members spent their Saturday enjoying each other's company outside of their usual setting in the gorgeous weather with delicious food, drinks and good music. 

Niva said getting the staff together is a big deal and events like this help keep morale high, lift spirits and allows the team to get to know each other outside of their usual work environment. Staff is invited to join in on festivities and events like this at least once every quarter to stay engaged since Greenup Industries staff is spread out through New Orleans, Gonzales, Baton Rouge and beyond. 

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is especially important to our staff, since it hits close to home for many people. Almost everybody knows somebody affected by breast cancer, so it's an organization that everybody is happy to support. 


Greenup Industries awarded Supplier of the Year

Greenup Industries was recently awarded the Supplier of the Year award for Tier III at The Gateway Impact Awards Ceremony for 2016.


Rodney Greenup, President and CEO of Greenup Industries accepted the award at The 2016 Gateway Impact Awards Ceremony in August. The Gateway Impact Award Ceremony celebrates outstanding certified MBE partnerships with member corporations. Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) businesses are nominated by member corporations and compete in the competition for the “Supplier of the Year” award in four major categories, determined by MBEs’ gross annual sales. The local competition hosted by the Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council considers MBE certified businesses in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas. 

Local winners receive awards, prestigious business scholarships, special recognition and compete in the regional and national competition for the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) “Supplier of the Year” award.

The SRMSDC is the only council providing nationally recognized ethnic minority business certification (MBE) in the Gulf south states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.  The SRMSDC certifies MBEs and connects them with corporate members representing many of America's largest publicly and privately owned companies.

Greenup Industries is proud to be an MBE certified business serving the Gulf South. Being recognized and award for the work our team does is an incredible honor and we thank the Southern Regional Minority Supplier Diversity Council for considering our efforts. 

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Greenup Specialty Services: IT Services Your Company Needs


Information Technology (IT) is incredibly complex and the operations of your business likely depend a lot on how smoothly your IT is operating. Greenup Specialty Services offers IT services in the New Orleans area to ensure that your businesses online operations run smoothly. However, there are many factors that go into the overall IT in an office and understanding what your business needs are is definitely something to consider.

If IT is not your area of expertise, we’re here to offer some tips in choosing what is right for your business. First, ask yourself what your company’s most basic IT needs are.

For example tech support for hardware is an essential part of a company’s day-to-day operations if your staff is using computers, phones, email and software programs both online and offline. Having IT support just a phone call away can save your team hours of frustration and idle time. This is also why reports on how your IT infrastructure is running have become essential. For the last two decades, we’ve moved from mainly offline business transactions to online and this means we are using technology at a higher rate than ever. The introduction of cloud computing, outsourced data services, mobility, telecommunications and more has changed the game and has pretty much forced businesses to stay on top of this technology by implementing these changes when they become adopted by the masses. This change doesn’t mean you have to learn all the ins and outs of the IT world, but it does mean you should probably recruit a team that can, especially when your company is going through other major changes, like moving offices. 

Of course there are so many more facets that contribute to your full IT infrastructure and needs, but these are just a few points to consider. Greenup Specialty Services has a team of IT professionals in the Greater New Orleans area and across South Louisiana who have been consulting and implementing changes in IT for years. Our team is trained to get to know a company’s overall needs, then move forward with a strong game plan for your company with those needs in mind. Contact Greenup Specialty Services for IT consulting at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call at 225-283-4843.

Greenup Specialty Services: Moving Checklist

moving office

Moving is already a hassle, but when it’s your entire business, the stress can be overwhelming. In the midst of keep your operations running, the many tasks that come with moving equipment and furniture to a new space can take up a lot of valuable time. Greenup Specialty Services has you covered. With our commercial moving services you and your team can rest easy and operate with little to no interruption.

Here are a few things to consider before moving your business to a new space:

  • How many work spaces need to be relocated? The amount of employees that will be moving with you is important to know when planning a timeline. Letting everyone know where they will be setting up is also good-to-know information for them. Sharing a floor plan will help keep everyone on the same page.
  • Are there any drastic changes in everyday maintenance? If your current leasing space includes shared restrooms with other offices in the building, the building owners likely have a dedicated maintenance staff for plumbing, lawn care electrical, etc. Making sure these things won’t change much, if at all, is recommended before even signing a lease.
  • Will you and other employees have access to the office after business hours? Does your team need to be out of the building by a certain time? Consider the time your team spends at the office outside of normal business hours. If they are doing considerable work at times that may be off limits at this new space, consider finding another space for your team to be able to work comfortably and conveniently.
  • Are there public transportation stops nearby? If your city offers public transportation and your employees travel to work this way, then it is important to find a space where they will be able to access these stops.
  • Is there room for your business to expand in the future? THis is an essential part of the planning process. Your team may not see growth now, but considering the possibility in the future is a factor to consider when choosing a new office space.

Of course there are many more factors to consider before choosing a new home for your business. As stressful as it can be, the actual process of moving your office furniture and equipment will be most taxing and Greenup Specialty Services is here to help you. We also offer IT services that are essential when moving. For a more detailed list of the other services we provide, view our services page and contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 225-283-4843.

Preparing for summer on the job

The temperatures are rising, especially in the Gulf South states of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama and Mississippi where humidity can add to the stress of the heat. As summer officially begins, Greenup Industries is taking time to consider the working conditions of some of our team members on-site at refineries across these states. Here are a few tips for staying cool on the job if you're mainly spending your time outside. 

Don't let yourself get thirsty - Staying hydrated is a huge deal and will help prevent heat exhaustion. Make sure to have a water bottle or access to water at all times. Once you're thirsty, you've already let yourself become dehydrated. Keep your water bottle close and sip frequently. 

Hydrate before you even leave for work - It is highly recommended to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning and before getting into bed at night. Drink plenty of water and hydrating drinks leading up to work. This will help ensure that you do not become dehydrated and are at less risk of become overheated. 

Stay in shaded areas as often as you can - Sure, you're not always in a place where you can be shaded from the sun, but limiting exposure to direct sunlight and remaining aware of your surroundings will help you. Examine your surroundings and find the areas you can rest in where the sun is less likely to bare down on you. 

Avoid or limit caffeinated drinks - As a natural diuretic, it is often suggested to avoid or limit caffeine consumption when spending large amounts of time outdoors in the sun. Increased water loss occurs when consuming drinks like coffee or caffeinated sodas. 

Take snack and drink breaks as needed - If your job requires sweat inducing physical labor, staying up on your electrolytes and energy are absolutely essential! Drinking something like gatorade and having healthy snacks like nuts and fruit will help replenish the loss of electrolytes. 

As we stress regularly, Greenup Industries takes safety very seriously and that includes keeping individuals healthy and safe on the job. We want to do as much as possible to ensure that our employees and team members are able to perform their jobs comfortably and without risks to their health. These are only a few ways to help ensure that safety. Talk to a team member about our safety standards or take a look at the services we provide through Greenup Industries and Greenup Specialty Services


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