From Water Well Drill Rig Distributor to Drill Rig Manufacturer
The roots of DRILLMAX® today began with founder, Ron Owens. Ron’s many relationships with both water well drill rig manufacturers and family water well drilling companies developed his keen awareness of what water well equipment drillers needed to be successful.
In the early '80s Ron began business as a distributor for existing drill rig and tooling products, specifically to support water well drillers in the southeast United States – first based in Georgia and then moving to Ocala, Florida. The upstart company commonly took a standard water well drill rig and modified it with special features their customers required for their specific water well drilling conditions.
As rig manufacturers went through company reorganizations, Ron increasingly had difficulty supporting the growing customer base. So in the mid-90s he began manufacturing entire water well drilling rigs specifically for their client base – initially under the name Drillmaster and then in 2003 redesigned and launched as DRILLMAX®. The business grew as an increasing number of water well drillers utilized their drilling rigs.
During the years, DRILLMAX® also became known for their drill rig service team. Water well drillers continue to bring their water well equipment to DRILLMAX® for routine maintenance as well as more in-depth rig remounting and refurbishment work. The service technician team continues to grow in size and expertise. With two service shop locations customers have the convenience of having service support close by or even via phone call, all backed by our team of engineers.
Beginning in 2018, DRILLMAX® rig production shifted to an industry-leading manufacturing facility in Salina, Kansas, where working teams leverage each individual's skills and specialized manufacturing tools.
Now as DRILLMAX® exceeds 40 years in business, we are as excited as ever about the opportunities ahead. Our facilities are open to tours to personally witness the manufacturing processes, see the rigs in action, and dialogue with engineers – just give us a call.