Marine Corps Veteran Assumes Ownership of Nashville-Based Pirtek Foster

PIRTEK Foster, a Service & Supply Center in Nashville, TN, is under new ownership. Matt Mejia, who previously worked for PIRTEK USA in operational support, officially took ownership of the PIRTEK location July 1.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mejia said he deeply appreciates that PIRTEK is such a veteran-friendly company and recommends it to others who have served in the Armed Forces. “PIRTEK stands behind their veterans, and believes in helping veterans,” said Mejia. “The company’s principles go hand in hand with what I believe about the military and about our country.”

The world’s leading industrial hose-replacement service, PIRTEK offers special incentives to attract former members of the U.S. Armed Forces as franchise owners. For example, veterans enjoy substantial discounts when they set up a location. PIRTEK also supports the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, an organization established by Taya Kyle, wife of the famed American Sniper. One of the foundation’s missions is to help strengthen military and first-responder marriages by providing special outings and counseling opportunities for couples.

“Being a veteran, you would want to work for a company like PIRTEK,” Mejia said.

He added that PIRTEK’s commitment to veterans also benefits the company in return because of the military values that help make a successful business. “When you’re in the military, you learn leadership, the need to be mission-driven, attention to detail, service, commitment, discipline,” he said. “Also, a sense of urgency, which is important for a PIRTEK owner, because we have a one-hour ETA – we need to have an ongoing sense of urgency.”

A California native, Mejia left the Marines in 2008 and worked as a law enforcement officer for seven years before joining PIRTEK as a technician at PIRTEK Inland Valley in Ontario, CA. Eventually, he moved into operational support at the company’s Rockledge, FL, headquarters.

Since then, PIRTEK has been sending Mejia to various PIRTEK locations to help strengthen and bring them up to their full potential. When an opportunity to obtain his own franchise presented itself in Nashville, he took advantage of it.

That location, he said, has at least one out-of-the-ordinary aspect – the same one that made Nashville famous.

“We serve all kinds of customers, including the music industry,” Mejia said. “We’re at the Grand Ole Opry, fixing equipment on job sites where we might see a singer walk down the street. And because Nashville is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States right now, there’s a lot of construction going on.”

PIRTEK is the only franchise of its kind in the United States, providing hydraulic and industrial hose replacement sales and services. There are 76 PIRTEK franchises and a fleet of Mobile Service Vehicles throughout the United States. Globally, PIRTEK has more than 400 locations and 2,000 Mobile Service Vehicles in 23 countries.

PIRTEK is the fluid transfer solutions leader in sales and service and the only franchise of its kind in the United States. PIRTEK boasts more than 400 Service & Supply Centers in 23 countries around the world, and has more than 30 years of experience in the hydraulic and industrial hose replacement field. Powered by an industry-leading approach to sales and service and backed by a corporate center passionate about its franchisees and customers, PIRTEK offers unmatched service and logistics.

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