Headquartered in southern Texas, Frontier Services Inc. has carved out a place for itself in the oilfield service industry. The company works to provide the highest possible level of experience and dependability to major and independent oil production companies.
Incorporated in 1990, Frontier Services is owned by Dickie McGehee and Denise Walker. McGehee serves as president, while Walker is vice president. Ever since its earliest days, the company has provided its specialized services to active operators in Texas and Louisiana.
With its wealth of resources ready to be developed, the Permian Basin in Texas is a hotbed of activity right now. That is one of the prime areas of focus for FireWheel Energy LLC, and the independent oil and gas company has found a way to distinguish itself and remain competitive by pursuing unconventional resource plays and acquire-and-exploit opportunities. With this strategy, the company has grown considerably since its inception nearly two years ago.
Pipelines are thought to provide the most economical transport of oil and natural gas, but if railroads were run the same way, all trains would go to the same place. The advantage of transporting crude oil by rail is that it can be shipped wherever in North America that the price of oil is best.
“Building pipelines is lengthy in time, and you’re committing yourself to a single market,” points out Dakota Plains Holdings Inc. President and COO Gabe Claypool. Contracts with pipeline companies can commit a crude oil producer to terms lasting from three to five years, and pipelines can take a similar amount of time to build, Claypool says. In a down market, such a contract can result in substantial losses.
In the year 2000, Mark Lewis went on a sales call hoping to close a $1 million deal for his family’s concrete business, Lewis Construction Inc. The 22-year-old Lewis met with David Nadler, closed the concrete sale and in the meantime ended up buying Nadler’s company, Cedar Falls Building Systems Inc. (CFBSI).
With the help of his father, the founder of Lewis Construction Inc., and his brother, Lewis slowly took over CFBSI. Over the next year, Nadler helped Lewis transition into his new role as president of CFBSI. The two companies cooperate in most projects, with Lewis Construction providing the concrete for projects developed by CFBSI. Today, Lewis has solid proof that he closed a great deal during that sales call 13 years ago. “The first year we made about $200,000; we are now in the $30 million to $50 million a year range, in combined revenue from Lewis Construction and CFBSI,” Lewis says.
Much of the business Caiman Energy II LLC is in has changed rarely over the past 60 years or so. In fact, according to Jack Lafield, chairman and CEO of Caiman Energy and Blue Racer Midstream, natural gas has been abundant in the United States for years, but the volatile pricing of other fossil fuels and new technologies which have allowed producers to access shale reservoirs have finally put this resource at the forefront of America’s energy policy.
Innovation may be a daunting challenge for some companies, but innovative ideas often fuel an operation’s growth, and sometimes this profitable spark of creativity is not as complicated as some may imagine. In the case of Cadre Proppants, it hit on an ingenious idea just by doing what most other business do on a regular basis – trying to find a way to better serve its customers.
In December, Cadre Proppants opened the world’s first proppant-on-demand system (PoDS). Located at the company’s headquarters in Voca, Texas – which is the largest single-line proppant plant in the state – the service was designed to reduce costs associated with scheduling, transportation and storage of large volumes of proppant required by customers that perform hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells. With PoDS, Cadre can supply, within 24 hours, more than 20 million pounds of proppant directly from the plant to a well site anywhere in the Permian Basin or Eagle Ford Shale. The company’s system consists of 90 million pounds of on-site storage, seven loading bays – each with its own scale – 24/7 operations and a safe and efficient shipping process.
After 35 years, Buck’s Fabricating (a division of Deist Industries Inc. since 1993) has enjoyed success by listening closely to its customers, President and owner Matt Wilson says.
“[We try to discover] what issues our customers are facing, what opportunities are there for them, [and go] back to our team and say, ‘Are there products we can provide to make their work day easier?’” he says.
The Hadley, Pa.-based firm specializes in manufacturing roll-off containers for multiple industries, including energy and mining, construction and demolition, municipal and solid waste, and scrap metal. Wilson notes that Buck’s originally started operations 35 years ago as a small auto body shop with a small staff.
In today’s trying economic climate, the lowest price is often the final determination of who a client hires for services in the construction and mining industries. However, if prices are comparable and a company has a name synonymous with quality backed by decades of experience, that provider often wins out.
In the case of Bloomsdale Excavating Inc., the Drury family name is what brings clients back to the St. Louis-area contractor. President Scott T. Drury is at the helm of the business his grandfather launched in 1946, and the younger Drury takes great pride in keeping the family legacy intact for years to come.