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12.15.22

EMPLOYEES WITH OVER 5 YEARS

KENNETH CASEY

JOSH SIMONS

BEAR PRITCHARD

RED GARNER

KENNY BAKER

MARC PROCELL

CURTIS ATWOOD

PATSEY MCCURDY

JIMMY HARDIN

MICHAEL ANDERSON

RYAN STUART

KEVIN WHISONANT

KEVIN GREEN

HENRY CAMPOS

KELLEY GARRETT

TRAVIS HAIR

GREG SIMPSON

DAN GRUBE

JACOB DANFORTH

MARTIN RESENDEZ

GEORGE EPPERSON

BARON EASLEY

MATTHEW MUNIZ

LEE BLANKENSHIP

MATT WYNN

DALON DAVIS

ANDY ELIZONDO

PATRICK GERAUGHTY

TIM FISHER

JACOB BLANKENSHIP

THOMAS HORN

WAYNE MASSEY

SAM MADDOX

MASON KEECHI

TERRY COOK

BRIAN UNRUH

TOOT SANDERS

DARRIN SCHULTZ

ADRIAN SAENZ

STEVEN PERKINS

KELLY SHUCK

DEBBY CLINE

CLINT DALRYMPLE

JIMMIE POTTER

CHASE FARR

MITCHELL SANCHEZ

RICHARD BUTLER

DAVID PERRY

ED PRITCHARD

BRION JANDER

CHERYL BROWN

BRANT SUMEARLL

SHAWN DODD

LANDON BASKIN

JASON DONLEY

DAVIN PEERY

MIKE HERONEMA

CINDY GARDNER

JASON MYERS

MATTHEW BRUNET

RYAN ABRETSKE

ROB KUNTZ

TREY SMALLWOOD

TYLOR GRIFFIN

DAVID STOTTLEMYRE

DAVID LAWS

JOSH LEFFEL

ERIC KANATZAR

KLINT ROBERTS

JOSH AUSTIN

LYNN SPENCE

 

BEN TEEL

GREG HUDSON

JARED JOHNSTON

DUSTY GARDNER

DANIEL MOORE

JOHNATHAN WONG

CHAD RYANS

KENNY LINKER

GRADY SHEPHERD

KENNY BOYANTON

JAMES HUDSON

GARY KELSO

CARL LANCE

JESSE COOPER

TRAVIS POWERS

RICKEY BURNEY

CHRIS AKIN

DANIEL ANDERSON

BRAD ABRETSKE

CHRIS MEDRANO

TREVOR FOSTER

JOSE DOMINGUEZ

JOSH GROOM

BRADON BLACKBURN

MIKE LAWS

CLINT BANKS

JEFF MONTGOMERY

HEATH WHITNEY

COLIN CASEY

WADE ARBUCKLE

KYLE CORDIS

JUSTIN MCDANIEL

SPENCER TREAT

CODY MCCLARD

GENE SUTTLE

BRANDON WEST

 JEFF HARRIS

GREG WRIGHT

CASSIDY YOUNG

PEYTON RHUDE

JAY HALE

CHRIS BATTERTON

RICK MIDDLETON

GLENN CARR

SCOTT GOLDSBERRY

RYAN SCHAUBLE

CARLOS MARQUEZ

JAMES LEE JR

TRENT CAIN

JOSH JUDD

LUCAS BLACK

PHILLIP BENNETT

JUSTIN BROWN

BOBBY HENDRICKS

DAVI PORTER

SCOTT MCKEE

RUSTY MAYES

CHAD STAPLETON

DUSTIN MORGAN

MARK CEBALLOS

TRAVIS WEAVER

BUTCH CAVETT

MARK LANDERS

ANDREW JACKSON

JUSTON SLOAN

TRAVIS FOSTER

KYLE DOW

SHAD SPARKS

COLT MCCLARD

TOMMY DENTON

AARON TROXELL

TIM HOMAN

KJ GUTHRIE

JAMIE ENGLAND

MICHAEL RICHARDSON

CALEB KNIGHT

NOAH WALKER

JENSON CARSON

MIKE MORGAN

CODY ANNEN

DANA COWGER

MARCOS CHAVEZ

KYLE BLEVINS

CODY PRITCHARD

WYLEE ZACHARY

MIKE AUGE

JAMES HUCABEE

PATRICK DAVIDSON

JEFF FERGUSON

HOWARD RANEY

RYAN BRUMLEY

TOBE KERR

JOHNNY MENDOZA 

MATTHEW HORTON

12.15.22

KENNETH CASEY

JOSH SIMONS

BEAR PRITCHARD

RED GARNER

KENNY BAKER

MARC PROCELL

CURTIS ATWOOD

PATSEY MCCURDY

JIMMY HARDIN

MICHAEL ANDERSON

RYAN STUART

KEVIN WHISONANT

KEVIN GREEN

HENRY CAMPOS

KELLEY GARRETT

TRAVIS HAIR

GREG SIMPSON

DAN GRUBE

JACOB DANFORTH

MARTIN RESENDEZ

GEORGE EPPERSON

BARON EASLEY

MATTHEW MUNIZ

LEE BLANKENSHIP

MATT WYNN

DALON DAVIS

ANDY ELIZONDO

PATRICK GERAUGHTY

TIM FISHER

JACOB BLANKENSHIP

THOMAS HORN

WAYNE MASSEY

SAM MADDOX

MASON KEECHI

TERRY COOK

BRIAN UNRUH

TOOT SANDERS

DARRIN SCHULTZ

ADRIAN SAENZ

STEVEN PERKINS

KELLY SHUCK

DEBBY CLINE

CLINT DALRYMPLE

JIMMIE POTTER

CHASE FARR

MITCHELL SANCHEZ

RICHARD BUTLER

DAVID PERRY

ED PRITCHARD

BRION JANDER

CHERYL BROWN

BRANT SUMEARLL

SHAWN DODD

LANDON BASKIN

JASON DONLEY

DAVIN PEERY

MIKE HERONEMA

CINDY GARDNER

JASON MYERS

 

MATTHEW BRUNET

RYAN ABRETSKE

ROB KUNTZ

TREY SMALLWOOD

TYLOR GRIFFIN

DAVE STOTTLEMYRE

DAVID LAWS

JOSH LEFFEL

ERIC KANATZAR

KLINT ROBERTS

JOSH AUSTIN

LYNN SPENCE

BEN TEEL

GREG HUDSON

JARED JOHNSTON

DUSTY GARDNER

DANIEL MOORE

JOHNATHAN WONG

CHAD RYANS

KENNY LINKER

GRADY SHEPHERD

KENNY BOYANTON

JAMES HUDSON

GARY KELSO

CARL LANCE

JESSE COOPER

TRAVIS POWERS

RICKEY BURNEY

CHRIS AKIN

DANIEL ANDERSON

 

BRAD ABRETSKE

CHRIS MEDRANO

TREVOR FOSTER

JOSE DOMINGUEZ

JOSH GROOM

BRADON BLACKBURN

MIKE LAWS

CLINT BANKS

JEFF MONTGOMERY

HEATH WHITNEY

COLIN CASEY

WADE ARBUCKLE

KYLE CORDIS

JUSTIN MCDANIEL

SPENCER TREAT

CODY MCCLARD

GENE SUTTLE

BRANDON WEST

JEFF HARRIS

GREG WRIGHT

CASSIDY YOUNG

PEYTON RHUDE

JAY HALE

CHRIS BATTERTON

RICK MIDDLETON

GLENN CARR

SCOTT GOLDSBERRY

RYAN SCHAUBLE

CARLOS MARQUEZ

JAMES LEE JR

 

TRENT CAIN

JOSH JUDD

LUCAS BLACK

PHILLIP BENNETT

JUSTIN BROWN

BOBBY HENDRICKS

DAVI PORTER

SCOTT MCKEE

RUSTY MAYES

CHAD STAPLETON

DUSTIN MORGAN

MARK CEBALLOS

TRAVIS WEAVER

BUTCH CAVETT

MARK LANDERS

ANDREW JACKSON

JUSTIN SLOAN

TRAVIS FOSTER

KYLE DOW

SHAD SPARKS

 

COLT MCCLARD

12.15.22

KENNETH CASEY

JOSH SIMONS

BEAR PRITCHARD

RED GARNER

KENNY BAKER

MARC PROCELL

CURTIS ATWOOD

PATSEY MCCURDY

JIMMY HARDIN

MICHAEL ANDERSON

RYAN STUART

KEVIN WHISONANT

KEVIN GREEN

HENRY CAMPOS

KELLEY GARRETT

TRAVIS HAIR

GREG SIMPSON

DAN GRUBE

JACOB DANFORTH

MARTIN RESENDEZ

GEORGE EPPERSON

BARON EASLEY

MATTHEW MUNIZ

LEE BLANKENSHIP

MATT WYNN

DALON DAVIS

ANDY ELIZONDO

PATRICK GERAUGHTY

TIM FISHER

JACOB BLANKENSHIP

THOMAS HORN

WAYNE MASSEY

SAM MADDOX

MASON KEECHI

TERRY COOK

BRIAN UNRUH

TOOT SANDERS

DARRIN SCHULTZ

ADRIAN SAENZ

 

STEVEN PERKINS

KELLY SHUCK

DEBBY CLINE

CLINT DALRYMPLE

JIMMIE POTTER

CHASE FARR

MITCHELL SANCHEZ

RICHARD BUTLER

DAVID PERRY

ED PRITCHARD

BRION JANDER

CHERYL BROWN

BRANT SUMEARLL

SHAWN DODD

LANDON BASKIN

JASON DONLEY

DAVIN PEERY

MIKE HERONEMA

CINDY GARDNER

 

JASON MYERS

12.15.22

KENNETH CASEY

JOSH SIMONS

RED GARNER

BEAR PRITCHARD

11.14.22

Join the team.

Apply in person at:

The Fredonia Hotel
200 N. Fredonia Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961

MAP

December 1st & 2nd
8:00AM - 5:00PM

Requirements:
2 Forms of ID
Mandatory Hair Follicle Drug Screen

03.24.22

Now Hiring Rig Hands!
Starting at $24/hour + Overtime, and get a $30 daily per diem!
Not to mention great benefits!

Join the team. Open Interviews!
Apply in person at:

Fairfield Inn & Suites
200 Showbarn Rd.
Pleasanton, TX 78064

MAP

April 7th & 8th
8:00AM - 5:00PM
April 9th
8:00AM-10:00AM

Requirements:
2 Forms of ID
Mandatory Hair Follicle Drug Screen

06.09.21

Cactus is now accepting applications for Floor Hand positions.
Application details at https://cactusdrlg.com/job-application

03.19.18

Carol Theodore Hubbard: 1954 – 2017.

When Carol Hubbard retired recently he concluded a 33 year career that was longer than any other Cactus employee. So long, in fact, that he didn’t even begin with Cactus.

 “When Carol started his career he was a roughneck with Pilgrim Drilling Company,” said wife Kay. “I’m not sure when the name changed to Cactus, but when Carol started working as a hot shot driver in the yard at El Reno it was still Pilgrim.”

 The move from roughneck to hot shot driver was a pivotal one for Carol. He would continue in that capacity for the rest of his career, building a reputation as the most dependable hot shot driver a company could hope to have.

 “He loved his job,” said Kay. “So much that he almost never missed a day of work. The only time he ever missed was when he cut his leg on a fork lift and got a staph infection. He was in the hospital for a few weeks and I had to make him stay home. He would never take his whole vacation and he often worked Saturdays.”

 The fork lift incident was Carol’s only injury in 33 years on the job. He did manage to avoid injury when he got knocked out of the derrick early in his career.

 “He caught the lead tong line and held on until the driller, Lonnie Keehee, could rescue him,” said Kay. “I have never seen Lonnie move so fast in his life.”

 Kay should know something about Carol’s career. After all, the two spent virtually their entire lives together having met playing tether ball in a field next to her house in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She was 12, he was 14. She went home and told her mother that she had just met the man she was going to marry. Five years later they were married in the Salvation Army Church in Chickasha, a union that would span 44 years.

 Kay was not the only one to notice Carol’s commitment to his job. It was evident to anyone who worked around him.

 “Carol was always in a hurry,” said Andrew Hutchcroft, Yard Foreman. “He would start honking when he entered the yard, yelling at people to get him unloaded so he could make another run. We would mess with him sometimes just to slow him down. But we learned a lot from him. You don’t find people as motivated as he was.”

 “He was a sparkplug,” said David Ross, Cactus’ Inventory/Trucking Coordinator. “He would keep us positive, upbeat and motivated to work.”

 But Carol had a thoughtful side and he was concerned about the people he worked with. That was evident in the little things he did for them.

 “Carol always made sure we had coffee and water,” said Ross. “He really cared about us.”

“I chewed tobacco for a time,” said Hutchcroft. “He would make a spit cup for me each day. Who does that? He also shared his tools. I still have his carpet stretcher that I borrowed a few weeks ago.”

 Carol’s commitment to people and to his job showed in his work habits. He was never late, always the first one there and the last one to leave.

 “We were lucky to know him, especially getting to have lunch with him every day for the last several weeks,” said Hutchcroft, laughing as he remembered Carol’s usual diet of chicken strips and mashed potatoes. “We’re all going to miss him.”

09.14.17

Keeping rigs running is essential if you expect to succeed as a drilling contractor. It affects margins and frequently determines if a customer returns to drill another well. That’s why a good service department is critical. Not surprisingly, Cactus has one of the best.

 “I don’t mind saying that our service department is great,” said Mike Heronema, Cactus Service Manager. “Each person in it is 100 percent committed to keeping our rigs running. The knowledge they possess is incredible and our ability to work as a team is unmatched in the industry in my opinion.”

 That teamwork was on display recently when a brake failed on rig 154.

“Our controls and instrumentation guys and our mechanics all worked together to completely rebuild the brake,” said Heronema. “Then the rig crew joined the team and helped the service tech when he got on location. The rig was soon back up and running which is why we exist in the first place.”

 The key to a good service department is not just rapid response to problems, however. The key is keeping those problems from happening in the first place. And that begins with preventive maintenance.

“We have developed a preventive maintenance program where every piece of Cactus equipment that is working is inspected at regular intervals,” said Heronema. “We see potential problems and fix them before they occur.”

That maintenance program, and the hands that execute it, are big reasons why operators select Cactus time after time.

 

Question of the Day

 

What makes Cactus service great?

“We always have someone available to handle problems at the rig no matter what time of the day or night.”

 Joshua Newport, Field Mechanic

 

“Teamwork. We have a really good team and we all come together to fix any problem no matter what it is.”

Troy Tull, Controls Technician

“Service department personnel pay attention to detail and we are absolutely dedicated to preventive maintenance.”

 Kenneth Boyanton, eMaint. Mgr

“We have people from all walks of life and the knowledge, attitude and experience everyone brings to the table is unmatched in the industry.”

 Dave Stottlemyre, Top Drive and Maintenance Coordinator

 

“We have a positive attitude that is visible in everything we do. It makes the quality of our work better and our customers happy.”

Dalton Finnigan, Top Drive Mechanic

 

“We check out each piece of equipment every month and we teach rig hands to do the same. We fix the problem before it happens, not after.”

 Vernon Weed, ST-80 Service Technician

09.13.17

Some people fit the description “jack of all trades.” That's a person who can do pretty much anything that needs to be done. Kenneth Casey, yard manager at Cactus’ yard in Odessa, Texas, would be one of those people.

Need a rig manager for a day? Kenneth’s your man. Need a hot shot driver to get a piece of equipment to the rig in a hurry? Call on Kenneth. Night watchman at the yard doesn’t show up? Well, you know who you’re going to call and it’s not ghostbusters.

"My job description is pretty simple,” said Casey. “Just do what you have to do to keep the rigs running, to keep downtime to a minimum.”

According to Casey, the most difficult part of the job is finding stuff that’s not in the yard, that can’t be fabricated or welded overnight. That’s why he has 2300 contacts in his phone. Some days he gets 100 calls before lunch.

“The welders here are great, they can make almost anything,” said Casey. “My job is to get them the parts they need, or to get those things they can’t make.”

Casey’s had what you would call an interesting career. He has tried his hand at well servicing, even spent some time as a dairy farmer, a skill which might come in handy if any Cactus rigs ever need milk.

“I’ve settled down now,” said Casey. “This is a great company, great people. I’m here until they run me off.”