Ron Chandler grew up in Wichita Falls and he has worked in the petroleum service business for 32 years, opening his own plant 12 years ago, Chandler Mfg., Inc. During 2010 he created “SuperTherm” – a Fluid Heating Service greatly helping the oil and natural gas industry here in the U.S. and globally. Chandler said that he has always tried to remain visionary about his business.
The technology SuperTherm uses has been a staple in the petroleum industry for many years. It holds two advantages over the competition, its patented process, self-service and meticulous craftsmanship. For years, water has been heated by propane. SuperThem devised and patented a diesel process which is less volatile, environmentally friendly and more efficient than propane. The water is heated to a high temperature in the coiled reservoirs within the mobile unit. It then flows into the wellhead, dissolving and breaking up the waxy buildup that stalls the pump jack. Then the drilling process can proceed normally. The extremely high temperature of the water allows these systems to be used in very cold climates.
Chandler has built and sold his units to companies located in the United Kingdom, Mexico, India, Canada, and extensively in the United States. Chandler Mfg. is a $7 million-a-year business. In its first full year SuperTherm grossed $9 million, with an expected growth to approximately $15 million by the end of 2012.
SuperTherm is currently representing Hess Corporation at drilling sites in North Dakota. Hess, although not as large as Exxon or Shell, is a major player in worldwide exploration and production of oil and natural gas.
Following a loss in 2002, Chandler consulted with the MSU SBDC during 2003. Later that year they sought assistance seeking financing to obtain and ship a unit to India. Their latest visit to the SBDC was during the fall of 2010 when they only had two SuperTherm units built. A new CFO was onboard and knew growth needed to be controlled and that financing needed to be in place because the team knew they were going to rock the oil and natural gas industry. The MSU SBDC consultants agree that it is very exciting and rewarding to work with a manufacturer and see them from early stage company to international recognition and respect in their industry.
Photo courtesy of Torin Halsey/Wichita Falls Times Record News.