PESCO’s Transportation Department is Ready to Go
PESCO’s management and employees are focused on getting their job done safely, and when it comes to the Trucking Department safety is key.
“Safety is a big part of PESCO, no matter what job is being done from welding all the way to transportation,” said Scott Creech, transportation coordinator at PESCO.
Creech, who joined PESCO four years ago, coordinates the delivery of equipment to customers, primarily in North Dakota, Colorado and Texas. Many of the loads are delivered to locations in the middle of nowhere, and it’s up to truck drivers Wesley Grubbs and Calvin King to make it there safely.
“We basically load the units, haul them out to location, and the customers unload it,” Grubbs said. “Once it’s on the ground its theirs and we leave after that.”
Grubbs and King have been hauling units once or twice a week to sites, almost exclusively in the Permian Basin. Much of the equipment, which includes oil and gas separators, treaters and dehydrators have been at PESCO in the yard for about a year awaiting delivery dates. This was because of the downturn in the oil and gas industry as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
“Now that oil is hovering above $70 a barrel, people want their equipment,” Creech said.
PESCO remained busy during the pandemic and continues today. “Their reputation for quality leads to the stability through the ups and downs of the oil and gas industry,” Creech said. “I have a lot of customers who really like our units. Because of the quality, they can plug them in and start making money pretty quickly with the ease of operation.”
When a customer is ready for their equipment, PESCO’s truck drivers focus on getting the unit to them safely. “We don’t get in a rush. We take our time,” Grubbs said. “We check everything, make sure everything looks right. We do walk around inspections on our trucks before we leave and when we arrive on location.”
They also select safe routes and check in with the Department of Transportation to make sure everything will be okay.
The drivers also make certain they are ready to do the job at hand. “We make sure we are in good shape, getting plenty of rest,” Grubbs said.
King, who has been with PESCO for eight years, said he enjoys getting paid by the hour, because it allows him the time to focus on safety. “There were other jobs, where I was paid by percentage or per mile – with that, guys just rush through their job,” King said. “With being paid by the hour – the rush isn’t there anymore. I enjoy that.”
Grubbs started with PESCO two years ago and said it was the job he had been hoping for, because of the stability, retirement and benefits. He also likes the focus on teamwork and safety. “It’s a friendly atmosphere. The owners are very good people to work for. I feel like you can talk to them,” he said.
The focus on safety, professionalism and quality helps keep the transportation department motivated to do their job. “We are ready to do our job here and keep our trucks our ready to go,” King said.
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