The Staff, Family & History of M & M Drilling Co Ltd

M & M Drilling Co Ltd has been family-owned and operated since 1952. From our location in Strathmore, Alberta, we are able to serve all areas in Southern Alberta, Southwestern Saskatchewan, and Southeastern British Columbia. The quality of our services is a result of our extensive history and dedicated staff. We are also proud of the contributions to the community we have made for over 60 years.

Early Years
The company’s early beginning started in the seismic industry during the winter of 1949/1950; Don Murray got his start in the industry by working a Franks rig for M & W Drilling, which was owned by John Mundell and Hank Webster. Several years later, Don purchased Hank’s share in the company and also purchased a new Mayhew rig. M & M Drilling became incorporated in 1956. Two years later, John Mundell retired and sold his shares to Don.

In the beginning, M & M Drilling served the seismic industry in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. Locations include Fort St. John and Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Fort McMurray, Del Bonita, Grande Prairie, Sexsmith, Bashaw, Stettler, Wetaskiwin, Big Valley, Crowsnest Pass, Rainbow Lake, Zama Lake, Consort, Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta, Bengough, Weyburn Saskatchewan, and many more.

During these years, M & M Drilling provided services to Weiss Geophysical, Amerada Petroleum, Beaver Geophysical, Century Geophysical, Teledyne and Compagnie Generale de Geophysique.

Entry into the Water Well Industry
In the mid-1960s, we became more focused on the water well drilling industry and purchased two new Failing rigs. Our business also expanded to include sales and installations of pressure systems, pumps, and later water treatment systems.

Today, M & M Drilling has added two Cyclone rigs to the fleet, providing expanded services such as larger diameter, deeper holes.

Past specialty drilling projects included the construction of a series of high-capacity wells in Finnegan, Alberta to de-water river gravel for use at the Alberta Power Sheerness power plan water intake site. Prior to the construction of the new CP Rail tunnel, M & M took part in exploration drilling in the Rogers Pass area. Our team has also drilled surface holes for oil and gas well production, as well as cathodic protection drilling for gas plants and pipelines.

About Our Founder, Don Murray (1922 – 2002)
Don Murray and his business partner began M & M Drilling in 1950. The company started as a seismic drilling company working in Northern Alberta and during the spring thaw the company would drill water wells back home. Eventually Don bought out his partner and became the sole owner of M & M Drilling and the company began to focus more on water well drilling. Don became well known for doing whatever it took to find water for his customers. No matter what the time of day if someone had pump problems Don would take care of it. Many customers would be surprised as Don flew his plane to a customer’s place to fix a problem. Don was a major force in water well drilling in Alberta and was involved in the Alberta Water Well Association as a director.

Don loved to try out new ways of getting the job done and M & M was noted as an innovator due to his efforts. Everyone knew Don and when you saw him driving down the road, two things were unmistakable: Don in a rush to get to the jobsite and his dog, Texas in the truck box.

In 2002, Don passed away and the company ownership was turned over to Bill Murray and his wife, Jeannette.

Staff

William “Bill” Murray, Owner
The owner of M & M Drilling, Bill Murray, has been involved in water well drilling throughout the entirety of his life; from his work behind the drills, to management and later, ownership. Bill has served on the board of the Alberta Water Well Association, as well as an alternate for the Alberta representative of the Canadian Ground Water Association.

Jeannette Murray, Office Manager
In addition to being Bill Murray’s wife, Jeannette is M & M Drilling’s office manager. She is in charge of the company’s financial management and human resources. Jeannette also organizes many of the community activities in which M & M takes part, including the design of our award-winning floats for the Strathmore Heritage Days Parade.

Shannon (Murray) Zieman, Human Resources and Safety
As the company’s health and safety officer, Shannon Zieman is tasked with ensuring M & M Drilling remains compliant with the ever-changing government and occupational health and safety standards. Shannon also makes sure each employee has the required safety tickets and is also responsible for the company’s internal safety audits.

Charlotte Watson, Office Assistant
As office assistant, Charlotte Watson may likely be the first person you speak with when you call M & M Drilling. Charlotte is tasked with scheduling well tests for real estate properties and oil companies as well as the day to day operations in the office.

Melinda McInnis, Office Assistant
Melinda McInnis is M & M’s data entry and accounts payable clerk. She is a great help in answering clients' questions over the phone and may be the first person you speak with when you call.

Paul Stahl, Driller
Joining the team in 1996 and working as a driller since 1999, Paul applies his knowledge and capabilities to:

● Water Well Drilling
● Anode Installations
● Industrial Drilling
● Piezometer Installations

Bill Penrod, Driller
Bill joined the M & M team in 1983 and became a driller in 1985. With nearly 30 years of drilling experience, Bill applies his skills toward:


● Water Well Drilling
● Anode Installations
● Industrial Drilling
● Piezometer Installations

Dustin Zieman, Pump Installations
Dusty is our “in-the-field” pump installations and repair technician.

Community Involvement

M & M Drilling is involved with numerous local events, including parades and fundraisers. For the Strathmore Cancer Walk for Life, we are known as “Lyle’s Drillers,” in honour of a friend and former driller who lost his battle with cancer. We regularly enter (and sometimes win) the Strathmore Heritage Days Parade float competition. M & M Drilling also supports other local causes and activities, including 4H, Relay for Life (for the Cancer Society), Strathmore Lion’s auction, the Hope Foundation, local high school rodeo, Wheatland & District Food Bank, Youth Club of Strathmore, and the Wheatland Community Crisis Shelter. In 2013, M & M Drilling sent a crew of volunteers to help support the flood recovery efforts in High River.

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