TAM International sets up shop in the Bakken: Fracking-related company chooses Dickinson for regional headquartersSlowly but surely TAM International is increasing its presence in the Bakken.
By: Katherine Grandstrand, The Dickinson Press
Slowly but surely TAM International is increasing its presence in the Bakken.
The oil field product distributor is beginning its North Dakota infiltration with swellable packers, devices that isolate fracked sections of a horizontal well, increasing oil production and decreasing water flow, Bakken Regional Manager Mike Dion said.
“In the Dickinson office we’re going to have (swellable) packers, case hole packers, which are used in the drilling aspect to assist in cementation of the earlier stage casing compartmentalization,” he said. “We’ll also have what we call a posi-frack straddle tool that allows customers to go in there without having to run any type of packers in (the well).”
Warehouse operations began Nov. 1, according to a recent press release. The company is renovating its space in a north Dickinson industrial park to include sales and service staff, as well. It plans to carry a staff of about 15 in the Bakken.
“I’m planning to hire mostly local,” he said. “That’s pretty much TAM’s philosophy that when we open up a facility (we) support the community.”
Ideally the facility will be fully staffed by Jan. 1, Dion said.
The swellable packers are placed on the horizontal leg of an oil well on either side of a fracture to block water from flowing through the well bore, only allowing oil to go through.
Manufacturing and corporate headquarters is located in Houston. The company is building a new manufacturing facility there.
Even though Dion just moved to Dickinson when the warehouse opened, he is no stranger to cold weather.
“I have worked in several of the arctic locations up in the North Slope, and actually worked around the world,” he said.
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