For more than 40 years, Legacy Steel Buildings has been offering 100 percent made-in-America products – durable, high-quality, pre-engineered rigid-frame steel buildings for the industrial, commercial, residential, agricultural, government and military markets. With its dedication to “superior quality, service and durability at the most competitive prices,” the company not only has built a diverse and extensive client base, but it also has established a pattern of growing into new markets.
Douglas Cain and his father both found success in starting simple and growing, but the Lake Truck Lines that Cain’s father established in 1949 was far different from the Lake Truck Lines that Cain operates today. The company has achieved 300 percent growth in the past 18 months, and it continues to grow and improve the service it provides to its oil and gas industry customers, while maintaining characteristics that keep it sought after by the market’s big wigs.
Shortly after John Fithian joined his father’s contracting company in 1974, he knew the company was at a crossroads. The residential gas distribution line installation business that was long the company’s foundation was declining as a result of a housing decline leading to a steep decline in revenue.
For the company, formally established in 1963 as John Fithian Contracting Co. but with roots in a company founded by Fithian’s grandfather in the 1920s, it was time for a change. “My grandfather only had one customer, East Ohio Gas (today known as Dominion East Ohio Gas),” says Fithian, the company’s vice president. “When my father took over and incorporated the new company, he also only had the same customer until my three brothers and I came in.”
Ask for it by name – Northern white sand from Hi-Crush Partners LP. Like the variety of dairy products, beer or cranberries that make Wisconsin famous, companies performing hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells are seeking the highest-quality sand for their operations.
“The market is emphasizing the importance of high quality Northern white sand,” Hi-Crush COO Jay Alston maintains. “There are proppants that are sold cheaper and they have less landed cost because of location, but because of their inferior quality and crush strength, they’re just not being accepted by your bigger service companies and producers.”
If there is anything that people want in a logistics company, it is reliability. The Weatherford, Texas-based Hearn Trucking LLC embodies that very trait for its oil and gas clients. “[We are] positioned to provide safe and dependable service in the most active gas production areas and [are] centrally located for over-the-road transportation,” it says.
Its president, Jack Hearn Jr., represents the third generation of his family to take part in the trucking industry. Initially, he began with a single truck in 1987 and has since grown the company with new equipment based on Peterbilt power and multiple trailer types, the company says.
The motto “bigger is better” has never been truer at Havlik Gear than it is today. As a division of Havlik Machinery Inc., which has been around for 100 years, Havlik Gear has made great strides to diversify and increase its business over the last five years.
The company specializes in open gearing, special gearing, replacement gearing, bevel and worm gearing, gear units and gear grinding of all sizes. Its custom-made work serves the mining industry, both on the field and in the processing plant. It also manufacturers gear components for the metallurgical, chemical, rubber, cement, energy, steel and transportation industries.
The Bakken Shale has become a big name in the oil and gas sector, but 10 years ago that wasn’t the case. Likewise, Gold Spur Trucking has been around only since 2008, but the company has become a big name by serving customers in the Bakken fields. President Andrew McClellan says the company started with one water truck serving petroleum companies in Utah, but once it became big enough to serve oil companies in the Bakken Shale, things really began to take off and the company hasn’t looked back since.
Vancouver-based Gold Reach Resources is in the midst of advancing its large Ootsa copper and gold (Cu-Au) porphyry deposit. The mineral exploration and development company owns a 100 percent interest in the 47,080-hectare property, located in the Omineca Mining Division of northwest British Columbia.
“Since 2011, we started taking a new approach to project exploration, compiling more information and looking at the science of these targets,” says Dr. Shane Ebert, president. “Last year, we drilled 45,000 meters at our property. We feel we will be able to attract major mining companies because we will have enough contained copper, gold and other metals.”