WorldWide Drilling Resource

31 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® JANUARY 2021 www.starironworks.com 257 Caroline Street Punxsutawney, PA 15767 800-927-0560 • 814-427-2555 Fax: 814-427-5164 SERVING THE WATER WELL INDUSTRY Serving the Drilling Industry by Tim Rasmussen Loading a container without cold hands and feet, and without the wood stove roar- ing in the shop, was something new. Well, it isn’t cold in Spokane, Washington, in July; and as we were loading a container of medical equipment, it was predicted to be over 100ºF (38ºC)! The men assembled outside and joked about it as they waited to start. The material had been accumulating in Bartholomew’s shop for several months. Some items had been there longer than that, being left over from last fall when the weight limits would not let them be shipped in the container. There were hospital beds, carts, a box of new sets of crutches, operating room equipment, lights, and many items which I cannot describe. I may not know what they are, but the hospital staff will, and they will be thrilled to get them. For them, it will be Christmas in September, when the container is unloaded. There were a few items of great importance besides the medical equipment. There was a large air compressor with a CAT ® diesel engine with low hours on it donated by Jon Hansen and his brother Eric, of Tacoma Pump and Drilling. There is also a Smeal pump hoist donated by Bob Perry of Basin & Range Drilling in Spanish Fork, Utah. The hoist was reworked by Tom Richardson of H20 Well Service of Hayden Lake, Idaho. They installed new cylinders, valves, cable, and new hoses donated by Advanced Compressor and Hose of Post Falls, Idaho. Rod found a good deal on some new aluminum toolboxes in Billings, Montana. The hoist will be mounted on a new Isuzu truck purchased in Guatemala. Parts from many places and the efforts and generosity of many people make this truly an international rig! We do not know what the future will hold for our work in Guatemala as their government will not let Americans enter or leave except with great difficulty. Most of the country is still locked down, and travel inside the country is very restricted. As the fall gets closer and the pandemic crisis is not resolved, it appears less and less likely we will be able to function as we used to. We are thankful we have trained a crew of Guatemalans who can use the rotary rig and continue the work of pro- viding a clean and safe water supply to remote villages in Guatemala. Thank-you to all of our donors and supporters for con- tinuing to help us help them. If you would like to help, contact Gary Bartholomew at 208-907-0010 o r 509-939-1941 Tim Tim Rasmussen may be contacted via e-mail to michele@worldwidedrillingresource.com WTR

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