In order to drill a well properly it often requires a significant amount of leveling to get the rig in the right position.
Somereset crews are drilling a residential well for Daystar Builders near LaVale MD. The rear of the rig is raised significantly to get the proper drilling position.
Rig 600 recently received a fresh paint job. The rugged conditions these rigs work in aren't often kind to to the finish. As part of an effort to continually upgrade the fleet the rig was completely gone over and sent for sandblasting and a fresh paint job. Rig 600 runs out of the Somerset office Mark Howard is the operator.
Now an Eichelbergers Inc. company
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.