When oil and gas firms need a drilling contractor to count on, Robinson Drilling of Texas has the equipment to serve their needs. Based in Big Spring, Texas, the company has operated as a family run business since it was founded in 1947. Currently, Robinson Drilling has 14 rigs in operation in the Permian Basin. Additionally, the rigs can reach depths of 8,000 to 13,000 feet.
Construction and operation of mineral processing plants requires several widely different disciplines. “Essentially, this company is several companies under one roof,” CEO/co-founder David Miles concedes. “Process Machinery Inc. provides in-house engineering, design, detailing and project management for mineral process flow, application of process equipment, mechanical power transmission, structural design and concrete design. We also provide in-house manufacturing and fabrication, field construction and repair services.
A company founded with a single borrowed one-ton truck today has become a one-stop shop for oil and gas producers working in the oilfields of Western Canada. “After the service rig has left we’re the ones you want to call,” says Fred Reinbold, vice president of operations. “We can provide all the necessary services from that point.” Maverick Oilfield Services Ltd’s capabilities include pipeline and plant construction, structural steel and pressure pipe welding, excavating, maintenance, tank moving and providing oil well drilling fluids, according to Richard Dieser, vice president of field operations.
There are not many people who can say they love their work, but Keith Kimble, president of Kimble Cos. Inc., can. “We have fun,” he says. “We enjoy operating the business and [going against] the competition.” Based in Dover, Ohio, Kimble Cos. specializes in coal mining, energy services, solid waste recycling and disposal services, and clay and limestone aggregate products. Kimble’s parents, Floyd and Doris Kimble, founded the firm as the Kimble Coal Co. in 1948, which used hand shovels and a single truck.
For J.H. Fletcher and Co. General Manager of Rock and Industrial Mineral Products Billy Goad, the best words to sum up his company come from its mission statement. “I think that says it best: ‘Our goal is to manufacture equipment for underground mining that increase safety and production through engineering innovation, quality control, experienced service and ownership stability,’” says Goad, quoting Robert Fletcher, the son of company founder James H. Fletcher.
GHX Industrial has always been recognized in the energy industry for its quality fluid transfer and sealing products. But in recent years, the Houston-based company has expanded its reach to cover a gamut of markets and a broader geographic scope. Despite its rapid growth, CEO Dan Ahuero says GHX remains committed to offering customized, value-added solutions to serve individual customer needs.
The Tintina Gold Province in Alaska is known for providing some of the very first placer and lode gold discoveries in northern North America, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but its historical significance is not its only claim to fame. Modern extraction methods have helped firms reach previously known but economically restrictive gold resources, and Fire River Gold Corp. is one such operation finding success in such an endeavor.
Servicing the largest players in the Canadian oil and gas market isn’t easy, Fieldco Manufacturing COO Earl Strohschein says. With the number of competitors out there providing components, machine shop and mechanical services, any mistake or missed opportunity can be disastrous. But Fieldco has maintained the manpower, expertise and attention to customer service that keep it at the head of the pack, Strohschein says, and it aims to continue holding that position for a long time to come.