Faces Of The Boom: Oil Services Manager Values North Dakota’s Can-do Attitude

Richard Cloy, district manager for MMR Constructors Inc., poses in front of the company’s new Williston, N.D., facility, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Kathleen J. Bryan/Forum News Service

By Kathleen J. Bryan
Forum News Service

WILLISTON, N.D. — Richard Cloy was just 16 when he got his start in the industrial instrument and piping business at the Exxon Baton Rouge Refinery.

Now a district manager with MMR Constructors Inc., a subsidiary of Baton Rouge, La.-based MMR, Cloy recently hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the company’s Williston, N.D., operation, the culmination of a business plan conceived two years ago.

A leader in electrical and instrumentation construction, management and technical services for oil and gas production facilities, MMR began working with Hess in 2008 on the Tioga Gas Plant.

Cloy said he first came to western North Dakota two years ago to survey the potential of the Bakken and saw a tremendous opportunity for MMR to do business in Williston. What started as a business plan has morphed into a vision realized through teamwork and support from the entire company.

“It’s absolutely amazing to see how far we’ve come in such a short time and how much potential there is,” Cloy said. “Just being here with a facility means a lot. We’ve established a lot of friendships in the community, and they’ve embraced us.”

MMR recently served as a contractor to Hess on its expansion and modernization of the gas plant, which was completed this year. Cloy said that at the peak of construction, about 275 craftsmen were working on the site.

The company’s expertise, he said, is targeted to industrial instrumentation and electrical work. It offers state-of-the-art safety and quality assurance and quality control, something that differentiates MMR from other companies.

Its history, expertise and financial track record have helped MMR forge ahead, collaborating with some of the largest oil and gas companies working in the Bakken.

“The company has nearly $1 billion in annual revenue with 5,000 employees in 23 locations. That gives us the strength relocating people to this region. … We have the depth to be able to put the right people in the right spots,” he said.

His grandparents were dairy farmers, but Cloy’s family history in industrial instrumentation and construction is “long and deep,” including his brother, who is an MMR project manager, and two sons, who work in the instrument controls business in Dallas.

Cloy and his wife, Christie, will celebrate 38 years of marriage in November, and he credits their strong family values in weathering “this very challenging business.”

MMR’s four-acre Williston facility north of Sloulin Field International Airport includes a 6,000-square-foot shop with radiant floors and a 6,000-square-foot office building, all designed to proclaim it’s open for business and ready to tackle any project.

Cloy said he likes North Dakota: the warmth, friendliness and the can-do attitude.

“Williston has a pulse, and I like that. I like the fact that most of the people here are hard-working and taking the opportunity to get ahead in life. This is giving a lot of people opportunities to advance their careers,” he said.