Fighting Cancer One Color at a Time


In its 5th year, the 5k Color Tour – Fighting Cancer One Color at a Time, brought together over 355 participants and volunteers who, with the help of the community, raised above and beyond their $25,000 goal! This year, NuEnergy Operating was joined by over 20 other sponsors, including Line 45, Maverick Oilfield Supply, and Yohe Services, LLC.

Since 2014 the 5K Color Tour, has generated and donated all race proceeds to various cancer related associations to help with the fight against cancer.  In its first two years, proceeds from the race were donated to the American Cancer Society through NuEnergy Operating’s Otsego County Relay for Life team. In 2016, its third year, the NuEnergy team wanted to shift the focus more local to strictly help residents battling cancer in Otsego County.  MOGA Board Member and NuEnergy Operating President, Jeff Smetzer, along with his wonderful staff, helped create the T.A.C.K.L.E fund (Together against Cancer, Kept Local Everyday) an Otsego County United Way committee to raise funds for local residents affected by cancer.  With the help of McLaren Northern Michigan, and the T.A.C.K.L.E. Fund, the group purchased new medical transport van to assure that Otsego County residents had safe and reliable transportation to their needed cancer treatments. At last year’s Color Tour, attendees were able to see this van that they helped raise money for. The fourth-year’s race proceeds stayed at the United Way to help with operating costs to run the transport van, assist with financial burden that residents face during treatments, help with lodging and gas cards for treatments outside of Otsego County, and a portion was donated to the Oncology department at the Otsego Memorial Hospital.

This year, the T.A.C.K.L.E. Committee teamed up with the Otsego Community Foundation to create an endowment fund to help grow the T.A.C.K.L.E. Fund even more, and to keep programs such as the medical transport van running, for years to come.  

To learn more about this amazing event, Click Here and be sure to check out the YouTube video of the event.  

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B & B Oilfield Equipment Corp. expands services and reach


Member of the B & B Oilfield team (from left to right): Safety director Erin Banks, president Hal Banks, office manager Devan Pearson, Michigan sales and rental manager Dustin Pearson, Pennsylvania sales and rental manager Adam Brickner, service technician and truck driver Howard Mogg and trucking supervisor Steve Beckwith. Fred, B & B’s official mascot, looks on.


MT. PLEASANT, Mich. — What began 35 years ago as a small, family-owned and operated wellhead business in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. has thrived in the ensuing decades, expanding in both products and services offered while extending its reach outside Michigan — all while remaining a family business, run by the same, albeit larger, family.


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Taplin Group Diversifies To Serve Oil and Gas Community


Northern Michigan Operations Vice President John Prescott (left) and Regional General Manager Kreg Wyskochil are shown in the dispatch office at Taplin’s facility in Kalkaska. 


Scott Bellinger

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The establishment in late 2016 by Steve Taplin, founder of Kalamazoo-based environmental remediation company Terra Contracting, of a group of new environmental service firms, that include Taplin Group and Taplin Holdings, is just the latest chapter in an evolving story of diversification into new markets utilizing common equipment and common personnel that began more than six decades ago when Taplin’s father, Al Taplin, bought a business called A & B Sewer Cleaning for $800.

According to a news release issued late last year by Taplin Group, LLC, the “new” Taplin companies grew out of a rich ­history in the environmental services industry, bringing with them expertise and a reputation as an industry leader, offering a broad range of environmental services that include energy services, industrial cleaning, underground ­infrastructure, asbestos abatement, ­specialty remediation and civil construction.

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Trend Services: Keeping Michigan's Oil and Gas Industry On Track


MEMBERS OF THE TREND SERVICES “FAMILY” pose for a photo at the company’s headquarters in Kalkaska, Mich. Mike Babcock (third from left) has worked for Trend Services or its predecessor companies for more than 40 years and has owned the company since 1994. His daughter, Jill Ponstein (second from left), has been with the company for 12 years. Son-in-law Mike Ponstein (left) has been with Trend for 8 years and Charles Witt has worked for Trend for 29 years.


KALKASKA, Mich. — Lifelong Kalkaska, Mich. resident and Trend Services president and owner Mike Babcock has witnessed a lot of change in the more than four decades since oilfield service company Hamilton Enterprises of Odessa, Texas opened up shop at 311 Maple St. in Kalkaska, the location his company ­continues to operate from.

Perhaps best known as the home of the National Trout Festival — which has taken place annually in Kalkaska since the 1930s — the village of Kalkaska and Kalkaska County were forever changed by the discovery of significant reserves of oil and gas in Michigan’s northern Niagaran Reef Trend in the early 1970s.

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McConnell & Scully, Beckman Production Services earn 2016 safety awards


McCONNELL & SCULLY’s Ron McConnell Jr. (left) and Ron McConnell Sr. pose proudly with their AESC 2016 safety award.

Two Michigan-based companies were among 26 well servicing contractors nationwide to be presented with safety awards for 2016 at the annual winter meeting of the Association of Energy Service Contractors (AESC) in Oklahoma City.

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Western Land Services One of Nation's Leading Brokerage Firms


LUDINGTON, Mich. — Western Land Services, which had its roots in a small independent oil company formed in 1974 in this west Michigan community by legendary Michigan landman T.T. “Tommy” Thompson, has evolved and grown over the past four decades to become one of the leading full-service land brokerage firms in the domestic oil and gas industry.

The most recent transition in a journey which saw current CEO John Wilson purchase the company — which was ­renamed from Western States Oil Co., Inc. to Western Land Services, Inc. — in 1992 and begin to shift its focus from more traditional land services to all aspects of oil and gas resource development, was the Jan. 1, 2017 announcement that 49 percent of the company’s stock had been sold to its employees, through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP.


Western Land Services president Rich Collins talks about the company’s evolution from a small, traditional leasing company to one of the leading full-service brokerage firms in the nation recently at the company’s headquarters in Ludington.


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