WorldWide Drilling Resource®

To be noticed, give us a call: (850) 547-0102 or e-mail: 12 SEPTEMBER 2020 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® Five Generations of Drilling Adapted from Information by Hawk Drilling Co., Inc. They say history repeats itself every 20 years. While 20 years may not be an exact number, the cycle really exists. Monte Hawk began his drilling career in the Oklahoma oil fields. In 1927, the cost of a barrel of oil plummeted and Monte left Oklahoma with his cable tool rig, in search of work. He found a job in upstate New York, drilling piling holes for a dam being built in the Sacandaga Valley. After his work on the dam project was completed, people started asking him to drill water wells. So Monte Hawk Well Drilling was born. His legacy lives on through four more generations of the Hawk family. In the 1940s, Monte’s son Guy started drilling with him. In 1953, Guy took over, changing the company name to Guy Hawk Well Drilling. Guy’s son Lindell started working for him in 1958, and the company name was changed to Guy Hawk and Son. Then in the early 1960s, Guy’s son Wayne joined the business, and the name was then changed to Guy Hawk and Sons. In 1967, Lindell formed his own company because he wanted to run cable tool and rotary rigs. He named it Hawk Drilling Company. Lindell’s daughter married Bill, who started working for the company in 1976, and in 1995, they purchased the company from her dad. She had a totally different career in education and never envisioned herself running a well drilling company. After 44 years in the drilling industry and almost 26 years as owners of Hawk Drilling, Bill and Janice will be officially stepping down. Their son Jeremy will officially be the fifth generation owner of the business. He has been working for the company since he was 14, and drilling with his father since he was 16. Jeremy is a master groundwater contractor and geologist. His knowledge and experience is an asset to the company. His reputation with fracture tracing in difficult water areas has him in high demand. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Empire State Water Well Drillers Association. Hawk Drilling Co., Inc. is committed to developing and protecting groundwater resources. Their goal has always been to showcase quality services at affordable prices. Over the years, they have provided services for well drilling, pump installation, hydro development, water treat- ment, monitoring well drilling, and geothermal drilling and heat pump installations. Education of the staff and customers is essential - they are proud to boast three master groundwater contractors on staff, in addition to their certified well drilling operators and pump installers. Bill and Janice sometimes wonder if they are doing Jeremy a favor by selling him the company since water well drilling is not for the faint of heart. The cost of equipment, insurance, and lack of competent individuals in the workforce is concerning for all, but they try not to dwell on those issues. After all their years in drilling, they know Jeremy recognizes what he is up against. Family companies succeed because of their passion for the industry. Each of them are proud to have drilled wells for generations of families. It is an honor to provide those families with safe drinking water. The Team loves listening to customer stories about their well drilling experiences with the Hawk family. Some people still have their original paperwork, dating back to Janice’s great-grandfather Monte. It is a legacy Monte started in 1927 ~ the cycle of life does exist. After 93 years, they are still providing an important service to the community. It is water for life and they are proud. WTR Jeremy, always hard at work and loving every minute of it.