By Houston Business Journal

RPC Inc. leased a single-tenant building in The Woodlands in order to expand and consolidate its Houston area employees.

The Woodlands will replace Houston as the operational headquarters for Atlanta-based RPC (NYSE: RES), a holding company of several oil and gas-related businesses, such as Cudd Energy Services, Cudd Well Control, Patterson Tubular Services, Bronco Services and EPI Consultants.

RPC leased a 79,000-square-foot building at 2828 Technology Forest Blvd. for 150 employees to begin occupying in February.

The company is leaving behind a 7-acre facility it owns at 15015 Vickery Drive with 31,000 square feet of office space and 12,000 square feet of warehouse space. The property is being marketed for sale by Bandier Realty Partners. RPC also will vacate 13,000 square feet of office space at 16770 Imperial Valley Dr.

RPC needs more square footage to keep up with growth in the energy industry, said Richard Hubbell, RPCâ¿¿s president and CEO in Atlanta. The companyâ¿¿s largest office is in Houston, but most of its facilities are located in oil and gas fields throughout several states.

While RPCâ¿¿s executive team and board of directors are in Atlanta, most of the major decisions are made in Houston, Hubbell said.

Rob Banzhaf, Trey Halberdier and Tiffany Nuche represented RPC on the lease. The landlord, Black Forest Ventures LLC, was represented by Sean Quinn with Quinn Co.

The expanded facility will initially house 150 employees, Banzhaf said, but has room to accommodate up to 230 employees.

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