Energy Voices Telling Their Story

Saddles, tack and the Western lifestyle

Saddles, tack and the Western lifestyle

Good saddles, tack and working gear for horsemen and folks who love the Western lifestyle. That’s the brand Roger Allgeier has built Brighton Feed and Saddlery into over the course of its 71 year history. With an influx of people moving from New Mexico, Arizona and Texas to take jobs in Colorado’s booming oil industry,…

Carroll County Comeback

Carroll County Comeback

In a small office, surrounded by photos and memorabilia of General William Custer, sits the County Auditor of Carroll County Ohio. Mr. Leroy VanHorne was born in the same town as Custer and has made a life-long hobby out of studying the life and times of the storied General. But amid discussions about the Kansas…

For the first time we have enough money

For the first time we have enough money

In a county that has not raised its mill levy since 1977, the energy boom has been a crucial economic driver for it and its 15 townships and 7 villages. The increasing revenue from gas well royalties, sales and property tax has allowed for long-awaited construction projects and road improvements to be green lighted and…

I want to be a Rig Supervisor

“I want to be a rig supervisor.” Thats not a statement someone usually hears from 18 year old girls about their desired career path. But folks in energy states will be hearing it a lot more as students like Nedy Ayala assess their future and make decisions about their college majors. Energy companies across the…

Energy has big upside for employment in Pennsylvania

Energy has big upside for employment in Pennsylvania

Labor groups have seen big increases in jobs and employment with the development of the Marcellus Shale in western Pennsylvania. For pipeline workers, operating engineers, welders, equipment operators, and other skilled tradesmen the energy industry is helping to keep them on the clock and in the field. Jim Kuntz with the Union of Operating Engineers…

An Unexpected Customer

An Unexpected Customer

Mike Fergus of G&M Implement in Sterling, Colorado says his business is seeing improvements and growth despite being in a business that does not focus on the oil and natural gas industry. G&M sells tractors and power equipment to the agriculture industry but is seeing a bump in business because farmers are benefiting from oil…

Boon for Small Business

Boon for Small Business

But the good fortune doesn’t stop at the courthouse. Small businesses across the county have been seeing an increase in revenue. The laundromat and dry cleaner had to hire new employees and lengthen their business hours. The local YMCA is operating in the black for the first time since it opened. The local hardware store…