Texas company using Martins Ferry site

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON THE WHITMAN brothers, from left, Caleb, Adam and Jonathan, take a break while working to erect a new building in the Martins Ferry industrial park for Worldwide Rental Services of Texas. Their company is Cover Concepts of Colorado.

By SHELLEY HANSON

Times Leader Staff Writer

MARTINS FERRY — Motorists on Ohio 7 in Martins Ferry may have noticed a new white building being erected in the city’s industrial park area.

The new building, which is made of a stretched plastic of sorts, is being used by a company supplying heavy equipment to the local gas and oil industry — Worldwide Rental Services of Houston, Texas.

Brett Simpson, branch manager for Worldwide, said his company started leasing the 8-acre lot in January. The company rents heavy equipment, such as large backhoes and bulldozers, mostly to gas and oil sites.

“When we first came this was all weeds,” Simpson said the land, which Worldwide cleared for their own use.

The new building, which is half moon-shaped, was erected by Cover Concepts of Grand Junction, Colo. It will be used as a dry place for mechanics to work on the machinery.

The Whitman brothers, Caleb, Adam and Jonathan, did the building work for Worldwide. They noted they do not typically come this far east for work, but had erected a building for Worldwide in the past in another location. The brothers co-own Cover Concepts with their father, Brent Whitman.

The buildings can be taken down and reused at other locations, pending local permits.

“They’re tough and great utility buildings,” Jonathan Whitman said.

Simpson said his company is always in need of new mechanics. Mechanics with a Class A license are needed to work on the machinery, he said. Those interested in a job with Worldwide can simply visit the site in Martins Ferry, Simpson said.

“We’re always looking for mechanics. They are hard to come by,” he said.

The Martins Ferry site currently employs three full-time mechanics. All three came from the Ohio Caterpillar program, he added.

“We have 130 machines rented out. Everything in the yard needs to go out,” he said.

Simpson noted one of the reasons his company chose the Martins Ferry location because they received a good deal on their two-year lease. Though he put Washington, Pa., at the center of the local oil and gas industry, he said the Martins Ferry site was close enough to work.

He added Worldwide likely will build a larger, permanent location somewhere in the region in the future, possibly in two years.

Simpson, originally from Texas, said he moved from his company’s Colorado facility to the region. He rents a condo in St. Clairsville.

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