Grizzly Equipment isn’t a rental shop for homeowners looking for a wood chipper or stump grinder. A division of Surerus Construction & Development, Grizzly Equipment is an equipment rental company based in Fort St. John, British Columbia, that rents heavy equipment and pipeline tools.
“We aren’t your typical rental store; we rent large, specialized equipment,” General Manager Anthony Bing says. “We have an inventory of between 250 and 350 pieces of machinery, and we’ve added more than 30 machines in the last six months. Our rental fleet starts where the typical rental store ends.”
For many, January 2013 means the start of a new year, but for Great Plains Sand, it will represent the start of a new business. COO Brian Gilbertson explains that in January, the company will open its first plant in Jordan, Minn., beginning its role as a provider of frac sand for oil and gas firms.
Gilbertson explains that the company’s conception goes back to 2010, when several private investors with ties to North Dakota’s oil and gas industry saw an opportunity for a frac sand operation. After learning of a mine that had been used up until the 1980s, they reviewed core studies to determine if there was a significant amount of frac sand.
It is no secret that the Bakken Shale area is a busy hub of activity. Since the introduction of fracking in 2008, the area has grown its oil and gas wells at a rapid rate. This growth has been an economic force not only for that region, but for the entire state, which continues to work to support infrastructure and workforce demands.
A short distance from Williston, N.D., the heart of the Bakken, the Grand Forks, N.D., region has buildings, land, workforce, services and infrastructure to help its western neighbors develop and maximize their growth potential.
From its modest beginnings nearly 40 years ago, Graber Post Buildings (GPB) Inc. has come a long way, CEO Glen Graber says. The Montgomery, Ind.-based firm specializes in many different fields, including the construction of buildings, laminated columns, overhead doors, metal panels and post-frame building materials.
Glen Graber says he believes the company’s start was the result of a miracle. In 1969, his mother was dying of cancer and prayed that her family would be able to form a company that would bring them out of poverty.
The West Coast’s largest commercial diving company is continuing to expand its reach in the United States and internationally.
Established in 1980, Global Diving & Salvage has expanded its capabilities beyond its origins as a diving contractor into new markets and service lines. Today, the Seattle-based company offers three main services: marine construction, offshore diving operations and casualty/emergency response.
In shale boom towns like Minot, N.D., rapid growth is not unusual. But for a company to grow from nothing to a top service provider in 19 months is unusual and shows a high level of skill in its founder. “I started First Choice in May of 2010, and it was very quick when I left my previous company,” recalls Tyler Beaulieu, First Choice Energy Services LLC operations manager. “I had nothing lined up. I had hit a wall mentally and wasn’t happy anymore. For where I was at, I just felt like I wasn’t going to be growing anymore, so I quit.”
When it comes to tension fabric buildings, one size may not fit all, but one company can do it all. ClearSpan Fabric Structures has engineered, manufactured and installed tension fabric structures for the past 33 years for an array of industries with a variety of needs.
The flexible yet durable structures can be fashioned into storage facilities, processing facilities, entertainment venues, animal shelters and more. There are benefits that all of ClearSpan’s clients enjoy, such as an abundance of natural daylight, which reduces energy costs. However, President Barry Goldsher explains that when customers come to ClearSpan, they are looking for a solution that fits their exact need.
Experience matters, no matter what industry you’re talking about. In the oil and gas sector, operators at every point in the stream need to feel secure that the partners they work with know what they are doing, and are the best in their particular area. That is why DTC Energy Group has become a big name in the Rocky Mountains and particularly in the Bakken Shale region in a relatively short time.
From its humble beginnings as a small consulting operation serving five exploration and production companies, DTC Energy Group has evolved into one of the largest and most prominent players in drilling management and petroleum operations consulting in the United States. CEO Robert Sylar says the company’s success is thanks in large part to its experience and its ability to leverage its expertise quickly for customers. “We are able to provide a very experienced team of skilled petroleum operations and drilling supervisors on short notice,” he says.