History

Arkel International is an infrastructure and technical services company helping organizations, governments and militaries work successfully in the world’s most austere and remote locations. With a 60+ year history of working overseas building plants, providing construction and power generation, logistical and life support, Arkel goes where others cannot or will not. We’ve built a reputation of fulfilling on our promises and the needs of our customers worldwide.

Arkel’s history began in 1955 when a young, ambitious Homer Knost moved to Louisiana to participate in the building of the post-war petrochemical construction boom. Homer soon branched out to work in most of the chemical and refinery complexes on the Mississippi River system; and from Louisiana soon expanded to all facets of construction in industrial facilities across the United States. As the company’s horizons expanded domestically, Homer Knost set his sights on overseas opportunities.

Homer transitioned leadership to his son George Knost in 2001. His spirit of making the impossible possible live on through the Arkel team.