Rig Fixer sets up shop in DickinsonJacksonville, Fla. native Shawn Hullett is taking advantage of the area’s oil activity and recently opened a new location for Rig Fixer Welding and Fabrication in Dickinson.
Jacksonville, Fla. native Shawn Hullett is taking advantage of the area’s oil activity and recently opened a new location for Rig Fixer Welding and Fabrication in Dickinson.
He has been operating in the area off his truck for over a year and recently moved into a shop in Dickinson’s west industrial park.
“Your quality of work is limited on the back of the truck and with having a shop you can kind of bring your quality up a little bit,” Hullett said. “It keeps us out of the elements.”
He began his career in welding about 15 years ago, but began welding when he was about 8 years old.
“My dad was working on some old dump trucks and he let me work on them,” Hullett said.
He has been hooked ever since and enjoys how welding allows him to be creative.
“When I was a kid I used to tear apart my toys,” Hullett said. “My mom would buy me a battery-powered car. The next day I’d have it totally disassembled and I’d build something else out of it.”
Welding now allows him to work on a larger scale.
“It just fueled my imagination with what I could do with metal,” Hullett said.
Through Rig Fixer, he and his 11 employees work on a variety of oil industry-related projects from fabricating and fixing stairs to derrick repairs and modifications, he said.
The company’s quality of work is what makes them stand out, he added.
“I’ve made my name by being dependable, loyal to my customers and honest,” Hullett said. “I don’t settle for second best.”
Scott Fenn, who subcontracts with Hullett and has worked with him for about five years, agrees.
“We can afford to turn out a little better quality product,” Fenn said. “We’ve had the time to put stuff together right.”
He said in the welding business, quality is important.
“You have to step it up a bit,” Fenn said.
Some welding companies overcharge, but Hullett
doesn’t, Fenn said.
“It’s very rare to find anybody that has fair pricing,” he added.
The company concentrates on oil industry, but will take on other projects as well, Hullett said.
“I’ll do something for anybody, from a farmer to somebody who’s just got something broken,” he said.
Although Hullett misses the ocean, he thinks he’ll stick around Dickinson for years to come.
“You build a name for yourself and it’s not so easy just to walk away from,” he said.
Hullett enjoys the lifestyle of the area and is glad his children are being raised here.
“It’s a good influence on my kids,” Hullett said. “I don’t want them influenced by a city of nonsense. Small towns have a strong hold on the way things used to be. That’s what I want them to identify with.”
Rig Fixer Welding and Fabrication runs 24 hours a day, Hullett said.
“We don’t stop,” he added.
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