Optimistic about what’s in the pipeline

WHC Energy Services LLC embarks on its 60th year in business in 2017 with a clear vision for the future and a reputation forged as a preferred contractor meeting the needs of America’s leaders in energy delivery.

Established in 1957 as Woodson, Holzer and Crain, and formerly known as WHC, Incorporated, the company maintains headquarters in Broussard, LA. In a move that strengthened its financial position and assured sustainable growth in the oil and gas industry, it teamed with equity group Alvarez and Marsal Capital Partners in December 2014, changing its name to WHC Energy Services, LLC.

Today this privately held general contractor is under the guidance of President Randy Warner and provides construction services for pipelines and related facilities. It also offers pipeline right of way and facilities maintenance services.

Warner became involved with the company in 2004 as a consultant, brought in by George Crain Jr., the son of founder George Crain Sr., to evaluate and determine whether to sell what was a small family-owned business or simply close up shop.

“I told them that I thought we could build it up and find a suitable buyer. I became President and COO in January 2005 and George Crain Jr. stayed on as CEO. In December 2014, the sale completed with Alvarez and Marsal Capital Partners after presentations from many other interested buyers.

In little more than a decade, WHC has transformed from a business catering to a select clientele into a dynamo that eclipsed USD $330 million in sales revenue in 2016. Leadership is at the very core of Warner’s DNA but he deflects any credit. “Our success is the result of dedicated teamwork,” Warner says.

“Our culture is about family first and working together. It’s not about me, or any individual. It’s about the people who do the work. It’s about the quality of our work – we do what we say we are going to do. We live our belief in the value of safety first and treating everyone with mutual trust and respect. We have received three letters of appreciation from clients in the last month alone who appreciate our work ethic and our professionalism,” says Warner.

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