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While there are many companies specializing in well completions, workovers, maintenance and plugging for the U.S. oil and gas industry, Fortis Energy Services Inc.relies on its workforce to set itself apart.
“It’s really the service we provide on location,” says Edward Shelton, Fortis’ vice president of business development. “Our crews work safely and efficiently. We have initiatives that set us apart from the competition, but it’s not high-tech stuff. It’s just focused on people and how we work.”
One such initiative is its intensive safety program called Fortis Safe Certified. It’s behavior based and covers employees and equipment, Shelton says.
“That’s key since we’re working with machines so it’s important they’re both certified,” he says. “The certification needs to be obtained and maintained. It’s right on the employees’ hard hats if they’re certified.”
Headquartered in Michigan, Fortis has employees at rigs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Dakota – the site of tremendous growth in recent years for the oil and gas industry. That expansion increased the need for workers and Fortis responded with a comprehensive recruiting program focused on military veterans called Fortis 4 Vets.
“These are individuals who come to us that already understand discipline, the importance of safety, and teamwork,” Shelton says. “They make excellent workers, plus it’s the right thing to do – to provide solid jobs to those who served our country.” Continue reading…