That the United States (and world) economies are mired in a deep recession is old news. For the horizontal directional drilling industry, this recession is much broader than in 2001 when the telecommunications market imploded.
Downhole tools are critical components of the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) process—no project can be completed without them. The wrong tools for soil conditions can result in excessive equipment wear and slow production—or even make it impossible to complete a job.
The Michels Corporation is celebrating its 50th year in business in 2009, marking its evolution from a small contractor specializing in gas pipeline construction to one of North America's largest, multi division utility contractors.
The Robbins SBU-M is a manned entry, hard rock boring machine for use on both long utility installations (300 feet and over depending on geology) and crossings with specific line and grade requirements.
Repairing or replacing old, deteriorating utility infrastructure that has been buried in the ground for years and often directly beneath homes and businesses is a challenge that has become common for the nation's utility providers.
When Neal Jinkerson and Nick Walters began working for the pipeline construction division of Henkels & McCoy Inc. many years ago, there was a distinct time frame for what constituted the construction season.