In its 35 years, Wyoming Casing Service has expanded from modest beginnings in southwest Wyoming to operations in the Dakotas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and other locales. Since the oil boom started in 2010, the company has gone from fewer than 100 employees to 750.
The company now keeps the 450-plus vehicles in its fleet moving at all times and, according to CFO Tim Gross, the overwhelming majority of those vehicles are International. “International vehicles hold up great in this environment,” says Gross, referring to the scorching summers and, especially, the brutal winters, when temperatures can drop to 40°F below, not to mention the rugged off-road application. “To provide the service needed on the 195 oil rigs we service, we make sure we have the best equipment in the business.”
A look around the remote rathole operation tells the story. In addition to the two WorkStar vehicles parked side by side for the drilling, two additional WorkStar trucks are outfitted with in-transit concrete mixers on their chassis, and one TerraStar® is hauling a 40-foot trailer that holds the massive bits and other heavy equipment. To say International is a presence at Wyoming Casing’s operations would be putting it mildly.
Barry Wegner is the general manager for Nelson International’s Bismarck and Dickinson locations. He’s been working with Wyoming Casing CEO Steve Halvorson since 2008 and has been the Casing company’s go-to guy when it comes to finding the right truck. “There are a lot of special circumstances with Wyoming Casing that require us to make sure we’re rigging the trucks up correctly,” he says. “Horsepower, torque, transmission, gear ratio and suspension—some need air rides, some need a spring suspension. It really comes down to the application.”
Gus Pech, a drilling equipment manufacturer, builds the drill rigs individually for each International. Each unit can take up to six months to complete, but the result is a rig that works completely in sync with the WorkStar.