Houston-based Scientific Drilling International will be the latest oil and gas firm to set up operations at the Alta Vista business park, a 256-acre property in Fallowfield Township in southeastern Washington County.
The company reached a deal last week to buy 9.2 usable acres at Alta Vista from The Middle Monongahela Industrial Development Association, the nonprofit organization that owns the park.
Travis Mason, a director for Commercial Oklahoma, who represented Scientific Drilling in the land buy, said the company plans to build a new regional office along with a new maintenance facility.
He said the company has seen such strong growth and demand that it’s still formulating how large its facilities will be at Alta Vista, as well as how many people will work there.
“They’d done so well and the local team there has done such a great job picking up new business that the project has grown significantly since we started last August,” said Mason. “We acquired the property with room to grow because no one likes to move.”
No sales price for the property was provided.
The company develops technology that enables directional drilling for oil and gas firms and the firm also helps to service the tools it provides to drill sites.
Working from what appears to now be a newly outdated estimate, Lue Ann Pawlick, executive director of MMIDA, indicated that Scientific Drilling had expected to bring about 150 jobs to the site, which would be a move from a much smaller facility in Finleyville, north of Alta Vista in Washington County.
It’s a busy time at Alta Vista as MMIDA works to build the final roadwork and other infrastructure at the park this summer, making available the remaining 90 acres of land for development.
“We’re being contacted all the time by companies and by brokers,” said Pawlick, whose organization prioritizes companies that bring the most jobs and make the substantial capital investments. “It’s just a matter of trying to get that good fit and make that match.”