While working on a new-build drilling rig project in 2008 and 2009 it came to my attention that almost all of the rig mats for the drilling industry were manufactured using various species of softwood pine. Having been in the rig moving business for most of my life, I was surprised at this revelation. Of the 10 western species of softwoods, pine is near or at the bottom of the strength table. Douglas fir is at the top of that table. So I decided to build a better, stronger rig mat. A rig mat made using kiln dried Douglas fir that is native to the northwestern United States and more suitable to the bigger, heavier modern drilling rigs — drilling rigs designed to drill out the long laterals in today's new era of exploration and production.
US Mat Systems is a small company specializing in the manufacture of quality rig mats for the Energy and Logistics Industries.
We started business in McMinnville, Oregon in the spring of 2010 and quickly outgrew our first two facilities. In June of 2013 we began moving our manufacturing equipment from McMinnville to Leavenworth, Washington. Our new 85 acre facility includes 90,000 sq. ft. of indoor manufacturing, 25 acres of outdoor storage on asphalt and has three large rail spurs on a BNSF Railroad East-West mainline.
Our new home is approximately 100 miles east of Seattle, Washington off US Highway 2, and about 13 miles north of the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth. We are situated in a beautiful little valley near Lake Wenatchee and Fish Lake, and 20 miles east down US Highway 2 from Stevens Pass Ski Resort.
US Mat Systems is now purposefully located in the heart of the Northwest Douglas fir forests and strategically located close to the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle.
- Mike Wold, President