Selected As Job Service Business Of The Month"
CLARK FORK - Imagine a construction project
going on in some faraway corner of the globe,
like Magadan, Russia,when a highly accurate geologic
assessment of exactly what lies below the surface
of the earth is discovered sometimes up to thousands
of feet. Inquiries go out among international
companies to find who on the planet has the expertise
to do this work and to do it right. The result
might be a phone call to Clark Fork, Idaho. That's
the kind of reputation that has been earned by
Ruen Drilling Incorporated and its dedicated employees.
Drilling, Inc. was formed in 1974 by Dorian Ruen
to fulfill the needs of his clients in the mining
industry. He provided road and drill site construction,
and by offering drilling services along with the
construction services, the company could allow
their customers to deal with a single contractor.
With a focus on quality, not growth, the company's
services have expanded over the years to include
specialized geotechnical drilling, mineral exploration
drilling, environmental drilling, and drilling
of dewatering wells.
run by Byron Ruen, the company's President, and
his brother Arlan Ruen, Vice President, Ruen Drilling
is still headquartered in Clark Fork, but also
operates branch offices in Bozeman Mont., Modesto
Calif., Lima (Peru), LaPaz (Bolivia), Sao Paulo
(Brazil), Hong Kong, and as of last week, San
Juan, Puerto Rico. The expansion into regional,
nation-wide, and international operations was
in response to the need to "go wherever the
work is," but it had the additional benefit
of greatly reducing the impact of seasonal fluctuations
on the business. Ruen drilling now operates international
crews out of the United States, Canada, and New
Zealand. They have performed drilling services
throughout North and South America, and Asia.
building a freeway, a tunnel, or a bridge, it
is essential to know what type of geology is to
be found under, over, or around the project in
order to engineer a design that will be safe,
stable, and long lasting. To do this, holes are
drilled under carefully controlled conditions.
The core of this hole is removed and is thus available
for study of its makeup. To be meaningful, this
sample must accurately represent not only the
makeup of any different layers of rock and soil
types being drilled through, but also their depth
and thickness. The drilling may need to be done
vertically, horizontally, or at an angle.
might be from under a body of water, or in a remote
area, or in an environmentally fragile location.
These can all require differing types of equipment
and techniques, and it is in this regard that
Ruen Drilling's crews have developed its international
reputation as one of the very best in its business.
Drilling, Inc. employs approximately 20 persons
in the United States and 15 in Peru and has been
selected by the Sandpoint Job Service as the Business
of the Month for June. Much more information about
this fascinating company can be found at their
website at www.ruendrilling.com, and a display
including a portion of a core sample, diamond
drill bit, and photos can be viewed at the Sandpoint
Job Service office at 2101 West Pine Street.