Companies in Abilene Hiring More Employees for Oil, Gas Production

Published 02/26 2014 05:16PM

Updated 02/27 2014 09:33AM

It's no surprise that the increase in oil and gas production means more jobs, and companies in the Abilene area are looking to meet that demand every day.
Businesses are either seeing a consistent amount of employees or are having to hire more. Tiger Manufacturing Company say they've recently produced tanks for trailers or truck used in the oil field service before it was primarily for fracking.

"The industry can be peculiar," production manager Allen Vail says. "When it comes to demand and ordering, it slows down in October and picks up after the new year meaning we're starting to fill our order book."

Tiger Manufacturing had 15 to 20 employees when Vail first started in 2010. As of this year, the company has 85 to 95 full time employees at the manufacturing facility and continue to grow as the demand for their product and service increases. 

Although the increased activity is proving well for job growth, employers say it can be difficult to keep high-quality employees.

Anthony Zacniewski of Bandera Drilling Co., Inc. on E. South 11th in Abilene says the industry has a high turn-over rate.

"People see how much money they can get paid but not realize the amount of work that is involved," Zackniewski said.

Zacniewski says Bandera receives 25 to 50 applications every week but is usually narrowed from 6 to 10. The company strives to have 108 employees consistently.

"There are good employees in Abilene," says Zacniewski. "You just have to go out and hunt them."

Both Tiger Manufacturing Company and Bandera Drilling Co., Inc. say people who are wanting to get into the field should realize that they can grow in the industry if they stick it out.

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