The oil and natural gas industries are cyclical, and staying flexible with the services and equipment it offers has kept Watson Packer prospering since its founding by Bill Watson in 1963. Through multiple changes in ownership and the addition of specialized services, Watson Packer has been able to go with the flow.
Packers are just one of a series of specialized services that Watson Packer offers its clients. The company distributes the equipment for these services and also provides employees who can operate the equipment, much of which is specialized.
Walter Energy has become a leading producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry. Based in Alabama, the company also produces metallurgical coke, thermal coal, anthracite, and coal bed methane gas, and has access to high-growth steel markets in Asia, South America and Europe.
Walter Energy is primarily a pure-play metallurgical coal company. Overall, the company has 14 mines in three countries, and in 2012 produced approximately 11.7 million metric tons of metallurgical coal and generated revenue of $2.4 billion.
Economic conditions in the oil and gas industry fluctuate, but Veristic Technologies has a way of dealing with that. “We have made ourselves a diverse company with an array of products and services to offer our client,” Senior Vice President Charles Vora explains. “For example, if there is a decline in new rig sales, we can turn our focus to engineering services, such as recertifications and inspections, and upgrades.
“We are an engineering group at heart,” he explains. “The oil and gas industry is our focus, but if the industry goes through a down time, we can use our engineering expertise elsewhere.”
For Trident Structures, taking a project from design through construction to start-up is just par for the course. And for this vertically integrated company, it’s all about doing it with safety, efficiency and profitability in mind, and delivering projects on time and on budget.
“Being in the market we are in and given the size of our company, we have the ability to respond to customers’ requests,” says Ryan Kynard, senior project manager. “We are efficiently sized and integrated enough so our staff listens to customers and is in tune with their needs. We understand budgets and schedules and our customer service makes us shine.”
Its technology might be a small part of the artificial lift market, but Tech-Flo Consulting LLC’s downhole hydraulic jet pump has been recently designed to be more resilient and productive than jet pump designs of old. This is not your grandfather’s jet pump, maintains President and CEO Bill Jackson.
“The jet pump is a product we base our entire company around,” explains Erik Reissig, executive vice president and general manager. “The jet pump is a tool used to produce, test and flowback oil and gas wells. We sell, lease and service this tool as well as ancillary production equipment. With in-house engineering, we are able to design downhole tools to address any application we may come across. This allows our jet pump to have the most comprehensive application range of all forms of artificial lift.”
Although the oil and gas industry is booming and labor rates are high, finding people with the requisite skills is difficult. Assisting major oil companies with highly skilled labor is the niche of Shamrock Energy Solutions.
Shamrock Management was initially founded in 1997 as a consulting firm connecting oil companies with experienced labor for production. Big changes came to Shamrock in 2008, when the company was purchased by Jeff Trahan.
A new business philosophy and additional products and services called for an all-new label: Shamrock Energy Solutions (Shamrock).
The development of the metal shipping container in 1956 revolutionized the shipping industry and defined the legacy of its inventor, Malcom McLean. Prior to McLean’s innovation, goods were loaded and unloaded individually in bags, boxes, crates or barrels as opposed to the more efficient method most frequently practiced today.
Josh Oren, founder and CEO of Houston-based SandBox Logistics, feels his company can do for frac sand storage and transportation what McLean did for general cargo: Make the shipping process faster and more efficient.
The one thing all wells have in common is that they are deep and complex environments, which makes knowing exactly what’s going on inside of them very difficult. SageRider Inc. has made a name for itself over the last few years by providing oil and gas operators with technology that allows them to view much of what goes on in their wells, and Director of Sales and Marketing Luke Rollins says the company continues to add capabilities and customers throughout the most active shale plays in North America and abroad.
The company was founded in 2008 to address what Rollins says was a need for strong real-time information in downhole monitoring. Utilizing similar technology found in overseas and offshore completion operations, SageRider offers its customers unique, customized solutions to their well monitoring needs.