1. Crawler Carrier Uses Broken Down by Region & State

    July 27, 2015

    Crawler carriers are making an impact among numerous industries across the United States, and their efficacy is being unraveled daily. Their impacts along with increased market exposure highlighting the benefits and value associated with crawler carriers are triggering increased popularity and demand at a fast pace. To top off the craze, new technological advancements in crawler carriers, and the introduction of a North American made unit – The Terramac® RT9, only increase the hype.

    As a dealer for top brand name Terramac® crawler carriers, and a well reputed used sales, rental and service provider of all brand name crawler carriers such as Morooka, IHI and Komatsu, we’ve analyzed our own crawler carrier sales and rental usage to give you a breakdown on exactly which industries are gaining the most from crawler carriers and sorted the data by region to demonstrate how various regions of the US differ with their crawler carrier use. Follow us in a three part journey as we travel the US on Tracks!

    Travel the Western Regions of the US on Tracks

    Northwest Region – Encompassing the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah & Colorado.

    • The Northwest region is often divided in two sub regions due to the Cascade Mountain Range. Within this division, it is noted that the far west states of Washington and Oregon find crawler carrier use a popular choice for dealing with the mountainous and often times wet terrain. This area is a hotspot for growing oil and gas pipelines since it is in close proximity to Canadian Shales as well as the Bakken. On the East side of the Cascades, pipeline work also plays a hefty role in crawler carrier usage, but crawler carriers are also being used frequently for mine reclamation and tailings pond maintenance. Common crawler carrier attachments found in the Northwest region include convertible dump/flat beds, personnel carriers, tac welders and dust suppression spray booms. Other industry uses in this region have included damn restoration and geotechnical drilling.

    Southwest Region – Encompassing the states of California, Nevada, Arizona & New Mexico.

    • States in this region are recognized for high copper production, and have both active and residual mines to show for it. Similar to the Northwest region, Mine Reclamation is in its prime as new environmental laws go into effect to protect the environment, and with that comes the increase demand for crawler carriers. Among the Southwest region, crawler carriers utilized for dust suppression on tailings ponds have taken the lead for usage in the region. California has also seen an increase of crawler carrier usage for exploration drilling, and due to the sandy conditions of the desert in this region they have become attractive to those in the utility market for their unstoppable rubber tracked technology. Common attachments found in the utility market include digger derricks, aerial devices and fifth wheel hitches in addition to the standard flat and dump beds.

    Island Region – Encompassing the state of Hawaii

    • The only state not attached to continental North America, Hawaii has less frequent crawler carrier use than the other states, but is a likely candidate for land excavation and reclamation, utilities and shoreline restoration. Hawaii is home to some of the world’s best beaches, varying altitudes and lavish rainforests. The use of rubber tracked equipment is ideal for sensitive terrain such as this to minimize environmental damage.

    That wraps up crawler carrier usage in the Western regions of the US so stay tuned and follow Rig Source’s news feed for the remaining Mid region and Eastern region updates.



  2. Rig Source Scheduled to Attend South Atlantic Jubilee

    July 14, 2015

    Logo for South Atlantic Jubilee Water Well ConventionJoin us in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – July 25-27, 2015.

    This year marks the 60th anniversary for the Jubilee Water Well Convention. This convention focuses on informing and educating professionals in the groundwater industry on state-of-the-art products and services as well as innovative drilling and installation techniques. Attendees are requested to appear to network, share and experience all the offerings the South Atlantic Jubilee provides.

    Rig Source Booth Information for Jubilee Convention

    As your first choice for drill rig sales, rental and service, Rig Source is proud to be exhibiting at booth #825 inside the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Rig Source has been supporting the South Atlantic Jubilee for years, and is excited to return again this month to build upon their ever increasing network. Whether you’ve seen them before or simply heard about them through the grapevine, stop by to visit with their South Atlantic Regional Sales Representative, Jesse Whittaker and Director of Sales, Matt Slater. Both team members will be available throughout the event for discussing reliable and affordable drill rig options, and will also educate attendees on new drill rig mounting options available to customers, such as Terramac® crawler carriers.

    As the Jubilee Convention draws near, it is encouraged you to register today to guarantee your badge. This is a family friendly event as well so do buy extras, and bring the kids by Rig Source’s  booth for a youth sized hard hat give-a-way! Rig Source is excited to see you at the convention, and looks forward to promoting expansion in the water well industry along with you in just a few short weeks.

    If you have any questions regarding Rig Source’s exhibit at the South Atlantic Jubilee, please call 630.365.1649 to discuss.



  3. Career Development in the Oil and Coal Drilling Industries

    March 9, 2015
    Your Future in Drilling: Career Development Tracks in the Mining Industries

     

    If you’re considering a career in the coal mining, oil, or gas industries, you might not have a clear picture of how your career will progress. Your education, goals, and salary desires can all affect what path you might take in your mining industries career. Let’s drill down into what arcs your career path might make.

    Possible career paths for workers in the oil and coal drilling industries.

     

    First of all, it’s important to note that all entry level positions in the mining industries are paid hourly, meaning that the estimated salaries in this infographic are conservative, given that many in the industry work more than a 40-hour week. Jesse Whittaker, a Sales Rep at Rig Source who grew up in West Virginia and has been working in coal mining since the age of 16, knows the reason behind this: unpredictability.

    “There is no standard day on a drill rig,” says Jesse. “You could work 8 hours in a day and everything would be fine, or you could have an issue in the hole and be there for 18 hours.”

    Most high school graduates will begin as a miner or laborer, earning from $37,000-45,000/year for operating heavy mining machinery, drill blasting holes, transporting coal, and laying out and building underground mines, according to Indeed. Most miners fall between the ages of 20-45, according to WiseGeek; with that in mind, working in the drilling industry may be ideal for a young person without a family at home, since the job requires so much time away from the family.

    Miners or laborers can advance to an equipment operator miner, whose job duties include safely and efficiently operating mining equipment. The top rung of this career path is foreman, where one can earn $80,000-89,000/year for supervising miners, meeting quotas, and maintaining an efficient work environment.

    College graduates searching for a job in coal mining can explore careers as geologists or mechanical engineers, depending on their interests. A geologist researches formation dissolution and content of rock layers, and he may also study variation in rock formation and densities. A mechanical engineer, meanwhile, earns $73,000-89,000/year for designing machines and mechanical installations, evaluating machinery, and setting up work control systems.

    From there, an employee can advance to the role of mine manager, which comes with a significant salary increase and additional responsibilities of staffing management, performance evaluation, and promotion of a safe work environment. While a college degree isn’t necessary for a mine manager, only 17% have a high school diploma as their highest degree (for comparison’s sake, 43% hold a Bachelor’s Degree and 27% hold a Master’s Degree).

    Finally, a college graduate’s career in coal mining might culminate as an executive operations manager or mine engineer, both high-level roles earning around $100,000/year. A mine engineer is responsible for planning and designing mines for maximum structural stability, while the executive operations manager leads and managers operation teams.

    A crucial requisite to working in the oil and gas industries is being physically strong. In these career fields, you’re required to 100-150 pounds of equipment regularly. The physical nature of jobs on drilling rigs isn’t for everyone.

    A high school graduate will begin in the oil and gas drilling industries as a hand on an oil drilling rig, conducting inspection on oil drilling equipment, assisting the driller during operations, and ensuring the accuracy of fuel inventories for around $40,000/year. From there, he will advance to a driller, ensuring compliance with all regulating bodies and supervising drilling activities such as core drilling or exploration drilling. Eventually, he may become a tool pusher, supervising daily drilling rig operations

    A college graduate, on the other hand, may enter the oil and gas industries as a petroleum geologist, gaining valuable experience and knowledge in rock formations and mineral samples that could eventually pave the way towards becoming a CEO. The next rung on the ladder is drilling operations manager, managing daily operations and planning various drilling projects, such as exploration drilling, and revising them as necessary. Finally, a drilling operations manager may be promoted to a drilling/petroleum engineer, specializing in the production and placement of wells, earning around $104,000/year according to Salary.com.

    No matter which career path a budding worker in the mining, oil, and gas industries may choose, there’s one thing necessary for career success: autonomy. Being able to work well on your own and being self-directed is key to advancing in your career in the drilling industry.

     



  4. Discount on Crawler Carrier Parts

    February 2, 2015

    Inventory is complete, and Rig Source has a surplus of carrier parts so let the savings begin.

    As of February 1st, Rig Source announced a large crawler carrier parts sale that would run throughout the entire month. During this limited time offer universal crawler carrier replacement tracks for brand names such as Terramac®, Morooka and IHI units are 10% OFF, and there are numerous BUY 3 GET 1 FREE offers on rollers, bushings, sprockets, pivot shafts and much more. If you were considering some general maintenance on your crawler carrier units this year, a sale like this is definitely worth taking advantage of.

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  5. Hiring Now – Shop Manager & Sales Representatives

    September 24, 2014

    Now Hiring - Shop Manager and Sales RepresentativeWhether you’re in search of a new career or just seeking advancement, the opportunities provided by Rig Source are truly endless – Just ask our existing team!

    Rig Source is a privately held company which provides sale & rental drill rigs & crawler carriers to a number of industries such as: geotechnical, environmental, exploration, pipeline and even general construction. Our company is growing rapidly, and we are seeking additional team members to assist with this growth.

    We are highly reputable among the customer’s we serve as well as the team we employ, and are in search of candidates that possess the skills necessary to ensure Rig Source is continually maintaining an unprecedented degree of support to our customers. For this reason, we’re seeking knowledgeable candidates with entrepreneurial spirits to join our shop and sales team.

    “Rig Source has been in business for over ten years, offers competitive pay, insurance and one of the best work environments around.” – Matt Slater, Director of Sales (more…)



  6. Products Made from Crude Oil & Other Uses for Crude

    July 25, 2014

    Crude Oil Products Infographic

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  7. What We’ve Got That Others May Not

    July 9, 2014

    Monica and GrantAs Rig Source celebrates its 10th year in business, we continue to honor our employees as they each celebrate their own achievements and longevity at Rig Source. You may have already noticed a handful of employee recognitions go out, but the fun has just begun. We have six more months to go and many more fabulous employees to share with you. After all, without these wonderful employees, Rig Source would not be what it has become today.

    This spring, Rig Source is honored to be celebrating anniversaries for both Grant Harbecke and Monica Coenen. Grant has been a team member for two years, and serves as a shop apprentice while Monica joined our team a year ago as the company’s marketing manager. You almost wouldn’t think these two have much in common, but the truth is they couldn’t be more alike in the sense each goes above and beyond their assigned duties to enhance the overall workflow of the company.

    Behind The Scenes Making Lasting Impressions

    Grant came to us as an apprentice to learn the mechanical and welding trade and daily does just that. He is truly dedicated to his position and is an eager learner. Through his time as an apprentice he has become an asset to our shop team, and consistently offers his assistance to those around him. From prepping equipment to assisting with repairs to general building maintenance, Grant has proven to be a hard worker willing to climb the ladder.

    Monica was a delight to welcome to our team right from the start as well. Coming from a background in marketing and graphic design to seeking out the challenge of learning a new industry with increased responsibility was a natural progression for her. During her time here she has managed to bring regularity to our marketing department, and enhance communication processes. Monica’s strong character allows her to take on more one should, and yet she still presents the Rig Source team with fresh ideas regularly.

    While neither one of these roles may be present to those on the drilling forefront, their friendly aura and willingness to conquer whatever lies ahead, does spread throughout the Rig Source workplace. It is because of employees like Monica and Grant that Rig Source as a whole maintains such an incredible work environment that even our customer’s want to be around.

    Above & Beyond

    There is something to be said about going above and beyond in your workplace role. It gives you an advantage to move from just an employee to company asset, and here at Rig Source we are proud that Grant, Monica and the rest of the Rig Source staff take such great pride in our business that they choose to do just that. It is certainly something every customer should remember when searching for a crawler carrier and drill rig rental source – A personable, dependable and knowledgeable staff like ours at Rig Source!



  8. Rig Source: Drilling Support One Decade Later

    May 22, 2014
    Rig Source Inc. celebrates 10 years of providing service and support to drilling contractors and crawler carrier users worldwide.

    10 Year Anniversary for Drilling Support ServicesTo say the least, it has been a wild ride as Rig Source progressed from a small drilling support company to becoming the international sales, rental and drilling support center many of you know today. The immeasurable amount of success that has come from, and continues to come from Rig Source has surprised even the owners, Mike and Lisa Crimaldi.

    Dedication Delivers Rewards

    I recently had the opportunity to interview President, Mike Crimaldi on the couple’s accomplishments in the drilling industry over the last ten years, and it was truly an honor to hear his humble story. During the interview Mike had this to say,

    “I have a great deal of loyalty to the drilling industry since it was not too long ago, that I myself was a driller. I knew this company wouldn’t fail because I wouldn’t let it, but I never realized it would go global. The fact that we’ve made it ten years gives me a great sense of pride that I have been able to maintain my loyalty to the industry and fulfill my role in providing drilling support to so many remarkable drilling contractors.”

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  9. Trade Scholarship Opportunities

    April 21, 2014

    Mike Rowe WORKS logo: Trade Scholarship FundsEveryone knows the name Mike Rowe from his hit television series “Dirty Jobs” where he spent over a decade tackling an assortment of the dirtiest trade jobs, and worked toward changing American’s perspective on hard work and skilled laborers. Many of those dirty jobs are ones our customer’s know well such as professional oil driller, coal miner and well digger.

    Mike’s videos were clear in showing the public that there isn’t always desirability behind what drillers and various other tradesmen do on a daily basis, but the significance and availability of trade jobs is still as vital as ever.

    During filming of “Dirty Jobs” Mike discovered that the biggest challenge trade company’s face is finding skilled employees capable of doing the hard work necessary on the job. According to Mike, today’s society puts such a great deal of pressure on young adults to earn a college education that they are often times deterred from entering trade professions like drilling that also have potential for leading young adults down a successful career path. Mike Rowe is adamant on his stance to help more young adults into trade professions rather than fooling them into believing college is the only way.

    To make sure this happens, Mike Rowe began the Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation which provides trade scholarship funding to assist dedicated and hardworking senior high school students in receiving the skills necessary to excel in the trade professions of their choice. This year alone Mike Rowe WORKS will reward $250,000 in scholarship funds to candidates that apply for assistance. His one and only stipulation is that you sign his S.W.E.A.T. Pledge which a compilation of statements in blunt terms promising to work hard. (Pretty funny!)

    We all know a variety of jobs do exist even in the declining job market so spread the word of the opportunities offered through Mike Rowe WORKS. No one job or career path is “better” than the next, and if the trades are what interest you, this scholarship can help you get there. Trade jobs such as drilling, mining and well digging can be successful career paths when you work hard and dedicate yourself to acquiring the skills necessary to get these dirty jobs done.

    To take a trip down memory lane, follow the link and watch Mike Rowe’s attempt at oil drilling.



  10. Crawler Carrier & Drill Rig Shipments: No Easy Task

    April 17, 2014

    Dave: The Guy Behind Your Drill Rig ShipmentsRig Source thrives on the ability to get our customer’s what they want and need in a timely manner, and we respect the urgency that arises when our customer’s drill rig or crawler carrier units are down. That is why for the last three years we’ve designated Dave Thomas our Shipping and Receiving Coordinator. His customer service skills, knowledge of equipment operations, and achievements on the job not only perfect the flow of incoming and outgoing shipments through Rig Source but ensure our customer’s satisfaction as well.

    Friendly Face and Determined Spirit

    When you have drill rigs, crawler carriers and freight coming in or out of Rig Source, Dave is the first face you’ll see. Day in and day out, Dave is busy in our yard collaborating with our shop, office, customers and vendors. In many ways, he has become an intricate piece of the Rig Source puzzle for the work that he does. Dave is certified as one of Rig Source’s fork truck trainers, and has extensive knowledge on how to operate every type of unit that comes through our yard. He is also the man that ensures our customer’s get their ground shipments of crawler carrier parts and tracks as well as drill rig tooling and parts ON TIME which is of absolute importance!

    Beyond the Call of Duty

    Dave’s job is all encompassing and it takes a lot of ambition to fulfill it the way he does. In his three years of employment, Dave began an entry level shop position and right from the start proved to be a necessity for the company which is something worth noting. In addition to going above and beyond at work, Dave has spent the last seven years volunteering for the Fox Valley Hospice helping out with set up and photography for their annual Garden Party event. His passion for this cause even got Rig Source hooked on helping!

    Despite being consistently busy maintaining the flow of drill rig shipments and helping within the community, Dave is still eager to learn more, do more and enjoy more inside and outside the company. In the coming year, fine tuning his understanding of a diesel motor is on the top of his to do list. For Dave, he is always thinking one step ahead of the task at hand, and probably always will.

    On behalf of everyone at Rig Source, Happy Anniversary Dave! We are proud to have you on our team, and look forward to working together for many years to come.