A One-Stop Shop for Well Pad Equipment and Service

Power Service Inc.

Power Service, Inc. (PSI) has served the Rocky Mountain region for 60 years by providing high-tech solutions for complex industrial needs. The company has a long and storied history and a strong reputation as a “one-stop shop” for well pad production and equipment.

President and Owner Tony Cercy spoke about PSI’s rich history, its current projects, and its plans for the future.

“We provide everything for a well pad from the well head to tanks,” he says. “That includes production units, heated 3-phase heat treaters, 2-phase separators, vapor recovery units, water transfer, oil transfer, and LACT (Lease Automatic Custody Transfer) units. We oversee everything in a controlled environment from product engineering to facility engineering to civil engineering; it’s all done in-house.”

This controlled environment enables PSI to cut down on manpower when it comes to managing a project. “Everything a client needs is put into a modular package and sent to their location for installation,” Mr. Cercy explains. “The ability to represent equipment as a distributor and manufacturer is what makes us so distinctive from other companies.”

PSI’s fabricated equipment includes pumps mounted with motors; air and gas blowers on bases driven by motors and engines; skidded air system packages including compressors, receivers, dryers and piping; water injection skids with various types of pumps, drivers and controls for a variety of climates; water filter skids with pumps, controls, vessels, buildings, as required by its customers; and vacuum pump and blower packages designed for coal-bed methane recovery. PSI is also required by contract to keep aftermarket parts on its shelf and provides trained personnel to service equipment, so clients are aware that the company is truly a one-stop shop.

“We’re a believer in providing service after the sale,” Mr. Cercy says. “Our longevity in the market and dedication to customer service is a must. We also focus on quality and our ability to provide a product that is not only cosmetically appealing, but will operate continuously maintenance free for a long time. We pride ourselves in making sure we develop quality equipment – and in servicing it and taking care of after we sell it.”

PSI was launched in Casper, Wyoming in 1954 by Clyde Sissman and his son, Clyde Jr. Clyde Sr. had experience with engines in the oil industry and installed the first internal combustion engine on a drilling rig in the Rockies in 1932.

Clyde Jr. had experience as a heavy engine mechanic and a mechanical engineering degree. Together, they operated the company from a truck garage near downtown Casper. Initially, PSI’s primary business was repairing oilfield pumping engines and selling v-belt and chain drives, pumps and compressors. At the time, most of PSI’s business was in oil drilling and production, but the company also had contracts with the Air Force to work on missile sites and generator work.

In 1967, the Sissmans purchased four acres west of Casper to construct an expanded shop and parts operation. To this day, PSI is still based at that location, the original building enlarged several times.

PSI has evolved over time to meet the demands of the oil and gas industry. In the 1970s, the company became a pump and electric generator distributor when the oilfield became electrified and there was no longer a need for pumping engines. The company began a long-term effort to broaden its customer base outside the oil industry by selling their generators to telephone companies, mines, and agriculture and manufacturing facilities. In 1972, Clyde Sr. retired, and Scott Sissman – the third generation of the family – came to work at the company.

Like many energy companies in the 1980s, PSI experienced turbulent times due to the crash in oil prices. Mr. Cercy was hired in 1983 to guide the company, along with Scott Sissman. During the 1980s, PSI saw the need to fabricate plug-and-play modular packages for clients who were dealing with the harsh environment of the northern Rockies. Locations were becoming more remote, and the modular units provided heating – and the packaging ensured the units were ready-to-go without the need for contractors to constantly go back and forth to worksites.

By the 1990s, PSI’s fortune had improved. The aggressive pursuit of large pump fabrication jobs and pump sales helped PSI become the dominant pump distributor in Wyoming and the largest provider of large fabricated pump packages in the Rockies. During this time, PSI opened offices in Denver, Green River, and Salt Lake City. PSI also has offices in Dickinson, North Dakota, Billings, Montana, San Antonio, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

PSI’s facilities have grown from a 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility to a 200,000 square foot facility, and the company builds modular packages throughout the United States – servicing virtually every part of the country with an oil and gas presence. Indeed, PSI’s dedication and commitment to service doesn’t stop at its Casper offices, but extends throughout its entire network. “Every store we have is supported by parts, aftermarket personnel, service, sales and management personnel. We have local inventories and shop capacities for each location, when we move into market, we want to have a local presence and help any community we want to support.”

Some recent developments include PSI’s Completion Services division, launched in November 2013. “We had good personnel in market to help start this new division,” Mr. Cercy shares. “Our completion services involve them going on site after the well is drilled and fracking is complete. Our people get drill bits and mud pumps to help bring the well online and start the flow-back process of the well.”

This new venture has been quite successful for PSI. The division started with four employees in January this year and as of April, the number has grown to 15.

The current boom in the oil and gas industry is also working to PSI’s advantage. “We’re experiencing the largest growth trend since the 1970s over the past five years,” says Mr. Cercy. “We’re… helping our oil and gas customers save money with our modular packages so they have more money available for exploration. By providing everything ready-to-go, contractors won’t have to drive and pay transportation costs.”

Other recent developments from the oil and gas boom include opening an office in Dickinson, North Dakota to serve the Bakken shale oil field. Initially starting with two employees in 2008, the office now has 17 employees in a new facility. PSI is also expanding to serve the NioBrara shale in Colorado and Wyoming. The company has also recently opened offices in San Antonio and Tulsa to service the Eagle Ford in Texas and the Mississippian Oil Play in Kansas and Oklahoma. “Our company’s go-to-market strategy will continue to take us to places where we can service equipment for our customers,” Mr. Cercy says.

A dedication to safety is another way PSI keeps its high standards. The company has adopted the motto “Safety is no accident,” and has an extensive safety manual that employees train with on an annual basis. Monthly safety meetings are held at each branch office and the company is a member of safety networks such as ISNetworld, PEC Premier, PIC, and Browz Group. “We want to ensure our lost time (due to accidents) is as small as possible. We are currently on every drug testing program, web-based and customer driven.”

PSI also distinguishes itself by having mutually beneficial relationships with its vendors, suppliers, and customers. “When they are prospering, we are prospering. As a distributor, having a great relationship with our manufacturers is extremely important because we use their products in the manufacturing process of our modular packages.” PSI reaches out to its clients by employing 26 sales reps throughout Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Colorado, who make daily calls to gain business. The company also distributes a quarterly newsletter to 20,000 people within its customer base.

For over 60 years, Power Service Inc. has serviced oilfields by providing its clients the quality equipment they need to get oil from a well. An emphasis on customer relationships, providing one-stop shop service, and delivering quality products have all contributed to its long history and success. “Our mission statement has been to think of ourselves as a one-stop shop that gives the best service possible to our customers. Our 60 yrs of business attributes to the fact that we’re a well-established company that customers should feel comfortable with.”

For more information about Power Service Inc., please visit http://powerserviceinc.com/

June 19, 2018, 8:17 AM EDT

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