Somerset Well Drilling was established January 12, 1971 as a 4 man partnership between David Griffith, Gerald Carpenter, James Long, and Robert Carpenter. The operation was originally run out of Gerald’s home with Mr. Carpenter’s wife, Betty, serving as secretary until her retirement in 2006. Supplies for the business were stored at Mr. Long’s home on the Garrett Shortcut.
There were several locations considered, but the original building was constructed at its present site in Friedens in 1975. The building was expanded to its current size in 1981.
For the first 4 years there were no employees other than the 4 partners. They did it all. They began with 1-T4 drilling rig, 1- support truck, and Jim’s personal pick up truck which was used as a pump truck. As the business and their reputation grew they added equipment and manpower. At the height of operation they maintained a fleet of 4-T4s, 2- water trucks, 2- pump trucks, and various other pieces of equipment, and had a total of 11 employees.
Their scope of work involved everything from drilling water wells, test holes, blast holes, core drilling, pump installations and service, plumbing, and even electrical work.
By May of 2003 Gerald Carpenter and James Long were the only 2 original partners remaining.
In September 2007 Somerset Well Drilling was purchased and became part of Eichelbergers, Inc. from Mechanicsburg, PA. James Long remains as the Friedens Branch Manager and Mr. Carpenter serves in a consulting capacity. Robert Lehman transferred to the Somerset Well Drilling location from Mechanicsburg in 2008 and serves as Project Manager focusing on Environmental Services. There are currently 13 employees working out of the Somerset Shop.