Julian Alvarez, Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor, was on the Kilgore College campus June 9 presenting KC and RedZone Coil Tubing LLC a $233,262 Skills Development Fund grant from TWC.
With funds from the grant, KC is partnering with RedZone Coil Tubing LLC to provide customized training to new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on oil and gas standards for on-shore exploration.
The grant benefits workers in East Texas and the Permian Basin and is being used to train coil tube operators, engineering mechanics, fluid pump operators, ground hands and information technology coordinators.
"This grant will have a $2.1M economic impact on the community," Alvarez said at the check presentation. "That's impressive. A quarter-million-dollar grant, along with the assistance of RedZone Coil Tubing and Kilgore College, will greatly assist the workforce training needs of this area and the local economy."
Upon successful completion of training, trainees may be eligible for SafeLand, Aerial Lift and ForkLift certifications, earning an average wage of $20.88 per hour.
Kevin Pope, director of personnel for RedZone, accepted the check from Commissioner Alvarez along with Blaine Duckworth, RedZone safety manager; and representatives from KC including Dr. Brenda Kays, KC president; Martha Woodruff, KC's Workforce Development-Continuing Education director; and Jennie Alcantar, assistant director of KC's WDCE corporate services.
"In 2014 when the bottom fell out of the oil market, we (RedZone) suddenly had no funds to train our employees. While some competitors had to cut safety training, we were able to use this grant for safety training and it made a tremendous impact on the company," Pope said. "We've run 13 classes so far with 187 employees through the safety training. We increased our market share by 40 percent, increased the workforce by more than 30 percent and plan to hire another 50 employees this year."
Pope said RedZone has also increased wages for all of its employees and the safety training has helped the company achieve a 15-month period without a single recordable injury incident.
"RedZone is now the gold standard in the oil industry and we could not have accomplished that status without this valuable partnership," Pope said.
Above photo (left to right): Kevin Pope, director of personnel for RedZone; Blaine Ducksworth, safety manager for RedZone; Julian Alvarez, TWC commissioner representing labor; Dr. Brenda Kays, KC president; Jennie Alcantar, assistant director of KC's WDCE corporate services; and Martha Woodruff, KC's director of WDCE. Photo by Jamie Maldonado/KC
About the Texas Workforce Commission:
The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit www.texasworkforce.org.
About Redzone Coil Tubing, LLC:
Established in 2012 by Waylin Ott and Dee Winston, two men steeped in oilfield experience, Redzone Coil Tubing set out to be the premier leader in coil tubing completion technology and service for all major unconventional play areas of the southern United States–Eagle Ford Shale, Mississippi Lime, Cana Woodford, Granite Wash, Cline Shale and the multi-target Delaware Basin. RedZone Coil Tubing is a leading provider of coil tubing services in West Texas and western Oklahoma. Redzone’s dedication to the safety of its team members, success of its customers, and protection of the environment has allowed it to successfully develop relationships with operators, vendors and team members to build a company to exceed the goals of its customers and stakeholders. More info: www.redzonecoil.com