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Charging Eagle Enterprises, Big Lease Trucking strives for excellency

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Charging Eagle Enterprises, LLC, in Killdeer is a company that strives for excellence in its operations as well as creating a family-like atmosphere with its employees.

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The managing crew of Charging Eagle Enterprises, LLC, and Big Lease Trucking, both of Killdeer, stand outside the main office in Killdeer Friday, April 23, 2021. From left, Charging Eagles Operations Manager Jake Peasley, AP/HR Lavae Williams, HR Amber Schmidt, Big Lease Trucking Operations Manager Duane Frick and owner of Charging Eagle Enterprises, LLC, and Big Lease Trucking Casey Fredericks pose for a shot. (Jackie Jahfetson/The Dickinson Press) (Jackie Jahfetson/The Dickinson Press)

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Charging Eagle Enterprises, LLC, in Killdeer is a company that strives for excellence in its operations as well as creating a family-like atmosphere with its employees.

Owned by Casey Fredericks, the company also includes Big Lease Trucking, which hauls crude oil.

Fredericks, who is a rancher in Dunn County, began working in the oilfield industry more than 10 years ago. With ranching being such a tough line of work, Fredericks noted that he saw an opportunity to haul crude oil when the oil boom hit southwest North Dakota in 2010. In 2011, Fredericks in turn created his second company, Big Lease Trucking to help with the shipment side of the company’s operations.

“So I started fencing, and then we got into environmental and erosion control, heavy civil,” Fredericks said. “It’s morphed into this. We started out on the ranch, working out of the garage… We did that for about two years.”

Born and raised on the Fort Berthold Reservation, Fredericks’ noted that one of the popular sayings is “If you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly.” So while looking for a shop, Fredericks had a friend that owned land just a few miles outside of Killdeer and asked him for 10 acres. But his friend sold Fredericks more than 130 acres, where he then created an industrial subdivision. Fredericks sold that building to another company in 2015, and the company moved into its current building in 2016.

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With the setbacks that 2020 unfolded for the oilfield industry, Fredericks noted that the company did lose some business during the coronavirus pandemic. However, Fredericks remarked that they did not have to lay off any employees.

“Lucky for us, I’ve lived here for a long time. So if you’ve lived in western North Dakota a long time, you become a survivor. You know how to get through the hard times because there are some. So what we’ve tried to do is be well-diversified in the oilfield,” Fredericks said. “It’s damn sure challenging and really challenging on the Charging Eagle side, but we’ve stayed in there and maintained our customers.”

With approximately 40 employees, Charging Eagle Enterprises and Big Lease Trucking has a dynamic workplace environment with varying age levels from young 20s to upper 60s.

“We’ve got a really good, loyal core group of people here. Any organization is as good as its people. So we’ve got a lot of good guys here and loyal people,” Fredericks remarked. “Our goal has been and is to maintain our business and keep our people working. We’re actively working on growing our business if we can.”

Fredericks noted that he has three simple rules, which include, “come when they call us, do a good job when we get there and be honest.” Those principles are the main guidelines that maintain the company’s integrity and merit.

“It’s worked for us. It’s a tough industry. It’s still a hard time; people vilify the fossil fuel industry even though it runs the world right now, and it’s become a big political football (game),” Fredericks said, adding, “But for us, it’s been a great industry and is a great industry and we’re just plotting along here, trying to maintain our core values and principles and build our business.”

With critics fighting against the oilfield industry, Fredericks noted that people need to educate themselves and be well informed.

Charging Eagle Enterprises Operations Manager Jake Peasley, who started in November 2019, noted that the company is highly community orientated with its annual “Fill the Bus” event, which is a fundraiser for the Killdeer Food Pantry. With an oilfield that focuses highly on education, Peasley noted that Charging Eagle Enterprises is more than just paychecks.

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“It’s definitely an industry that you have to be educated on, because there’s a lot of times when you’re dealing with the public that is uneducated, and they need to educate themselves too before they come in with a fight,” Peasley said. “One of our specialties is reclamation. So when you go and put a pipeline in the ground or even with an oil pad when it’s done, we go in and make it look like there was never anything there before — (whether) it’s nice grass pasture land or whatever it is. There’s a lot more to the oilfield than people think.”

For more information regarding the Charging Eagle side of operations, contact Peasley at 701-690-0919 or Big Lease trucking Operations Manager Duane “Dewey” Frick at 701-690-8061. Or call the main office at 701-764-7212.

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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