I recently visited my granddaughter in Katy, Texas and had the pleasure, for the third time, to meet young families originally from Norway! What peaked my interest in them was their language, their friendly and lovely children, and their colorful clothing! Each family had a similar story… their employer in Norway transferred them to Katy, Texas! What good fortune for us to have the opportunity to interact with such delightful people and to gain exposure to another culture. My granddaughter had a great time playing with the Norwegian children, who despite the language barrier, would grasp her hand and include her in their games and laughter.
These encounters sparked my curiosity and I discovered that Katy, Texas is home to a branch of the Norwegian company Det Norske Veritas. This company, located at 1400 Ravello Drive, was started in Oslo, Norway in 1867. It has approximately 300 offices in 100 countries. Their 90,000 square foot eco-friendly Katy facility is their North American headquarters. It accommodates more than 270 employees. Det Norske Veritas helps its customers manage risk with software solutions in a variety of industries including energy, healthcare, climate change, food safety, maritime and transportation.