Tim McKinney joined Woodmansee and Sons Construction, Inc. of Wayne County in 2016 and steadily moved up the ranks to become a site supervisor. His introduction to the natural gas industry started about six years earlier, however, when he worked outside sales for Taylor Rental (Now BX3 Supply & Rental) and then in business development at RHL Companies.
“It really familiarized me with the whole industry,” said Tim, who credits BX3 owner Bill Kelley, Sr. with giving him a nudge after he retired from American Airlines. “Bill told me, ‘You have a knack for talking to people,’ and asked me to give sales a try.” BX3 and RHL continue to be valuable partners to Cabot in many facets of our work in the Marcellus Shale.
“I basically networked my way up the ladder, going out and finding jobs and bidding them,” Tim explained. His confidence and growing knowledge of the gas industry led him to Bruce Woodmansee. Bruce started his company in 1997 and started doing well connects for Williams Midstream in 2014.
Tim moved from Kingston, NY to Liberty Township in Susquehanna County about 30 years ago. His previous jobs had him on the road a lot, and he needed a change. As he watched companies evolving to meet the demands of the gas industry, Tim told us, “I realized that here was an opportunity to work in my backyard and make a difference. I support the whole industry.”
Shortly after he joined Woodmansee, the company landed a five-year contract with Cabot. And Tim was now facilitating well pad construction and well connects across the county. In addition to making sure Cabot had all the right equipment they needed onsite, Woodmansee provided laborers, including welders and roustabouts—usually about 20 workers per job. “It was steady work,” Tim said of the relationship with Cabot. “It kept a good group of guys together and gave them a good education. Ultimately, they’re learning a trade.”
Tim uses “safety” and “safely” a lot in the course of a conversation because it means so much to him. He says that safety was drilled into him during his stint with the U.S. Coast Guard and has been a hallmark of his approach to work ever since. Cabot’s adherence to safety appealed to Tim and helped to secure our relationship.
Tim looks to many years to come of working with companies in the Marcellus. He maintains that what he still likes best about what he does is “taking a job, starting a project, and seeing it to completion in a timely, safe fashion.”
We can safely say that we are looking forward to many years of working with Tim McKinney and Woodmansee Construction.