Kenneth Casey is the manager for the Permian Basin yard located in Odessa, Texas. He’s in charge of each and every part and all the supplies that span an area of 25 acres. And he’s also responsible for getting those parts and supplies from point A to point B in a timely manner.
“This yard has one purpose and that’s to keep the rigs running in West Texas and New Mexico,” he said.
“When toolpushers call in needed parts, it’s my job to locate those either in the yard or through a supplier and then distribute them to the rigs. We also do repairs here, perform upgrades and even install walking systems on conventional rigs.”
Casey knows every inch of the Permian Basin yard. It’s extremely important to know what comes in and what goes out through the gates. For many years, Casey was a one-man show, but for the last two years, he’s been working side-by-side with Ed Brown who handles top drive parts, ST80s and anything electrical. He also recently hired rotating yard hands who help out with the day-to-day activities.
“It was definitely crazy busy at times,” he said. “But now that I have Ed [Borger] and Tony [Weed] I have more time to spend out at the rigs. I like talking to the pushers about what they need to do their job better. I’ll do whatever I can to make that happen. Whatever they need, I’ll try to get it.”
Casey admits that giving up some responsibilities to the yard hands was tough for him.
“I’d rather do stuff myself,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for so long that I know how to avoid potential mistakes. But business is just too busy right now in the Permian. We have more work than I can handle, so I need to let Ed and Tony help. I’m just used to taking care of business by myself!”
Asset Manager John Trent works closely with Casey and understands how hard it is to let go.
“Kenneth is one of those guys who does anything for anyone at any time,” he explained. “He’s one of the most genuine guys I know. I’ve never heard anyone speak negatively about this guy. He gives everything to his job and his family.”
Casey moved his family out to Odessa to work for Cactus. In his time off, he enjoys spending time with his 11 grandchildren.