Skilled Worker Openings, Supplier Launches Abound

By The Bakken Magazine Staff | November 11, 2013

The Bakken is an equal opportunity employer. From well-head supplies to flexible hose to aviation, the oil and gas play continues to offer an attractive environment for company openings, regardless the scope or size of opening event or the company.

A two-week span in early October exemplifies that. Canary LLC, a comprehensive oilfield drilling and production service, opened the largest Bakken shale wellhead facility in Watford City, N.D. The 45,000-square-foot installation, the city’s largest to date, employs skilled workers for round-the-clock access to drilling and production services. As special entertainment, former NFL head coach Mike Ditka spoke at the opening, and David Garibaldi, a performance painter, who performed on a nationally televised talent show, painted at the event. Regional officials and company executives were also present.

FlexSteel Pipeline Technologies Inc., a Houston-based flexible pipeline provider, also held an opening for an 8,000-square-foot facility in Killdeer, N.D., that is now housing inventory, installation equipment and technical field service staff members. During an opening receptions, the company invited regional operators and potential clients to see the facility and visit with FlexSteel staff.

Williston Jet Center, a joint venture company formed between Fargo Jet Center, Denver-based Ross Aviation and Overland Aviation, may not have held a large grand opening, but the company is now operating out of Williston and is open, in part, to offer better access into and out of the region for Bakken operation teams.