EC Tool & Supply Co.

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About

EC Tool was founded in 1962 by E.L. "Slim" Coker and Virgil "V.J." Edwards as a rental shop for oil well drilling supplies. As most service companies, Slim and V.J. struggled through the '60s and early '70s, but with prudent management and the old oilfield spirit, they succeeded and even grew as a company.


The History of EC Tool

In 1974 EC Tool was sold to the ownership group of DB Drilling, Inc., consisting of A.D. Bowen, Robert Schumacher, and Bill Rector. The company was moved from its original location to its current location at 242 S 11th Street. Slim and V.J. continued to manage the company as it flourished throughout the late '70s and early '80s.

In 1979, Bill Brewington was brought in as an owner and CEO. Bill's expertise in inventory management allowed for tremendous growth during 1980 and '81. With Slim and V.J.'s expertise, EC Tool became a premier supplier of rig equipment and built at least eight complete rig packages during the boom. In November 1979, EC Tool opened its 18,000 sq. ft. repair facility in Abilene and rebuilt an untold amount of equipment during that period. By November 1981, EC Tool opened its 24,000 sq. ft. facility in Bryan, Texas. This repair facility was closed in 1982 and the store was finally closed in 1986.

In September 1988, EC Tool was purchased by the current owners and management. After struggling through the late '80s and early '90s, it has again evolved as a middle-range equipment dealer and supply store, developing a special market in the servicing of duplex pumps and small to mid-sized drilling rigs. We maintain one of the largest inventories of supplies and spare parts for drilling rigs in the US.

Today, EC Tool is again operating its repair facility and continuing to service contractors with supplies, equipment, and repairs. We have one of the largest inventories of duplex pumps in the country, exceeding 40 units, as well as most other components for small to mid-range drilling rigs. EC Tool serves contractors throughout the US and in several foreign countries, keeping an inventory of duplex pump expendables unmatched by any independent store.


Our Staff

Take some time to meet our staff and find out why there is no better team to trust with your drilling or milling needs. Boasting more than 150 years of combined experience, our employees are more than prepared to provide solutions to any problem you run into.

John Berry - President
John has more than 40 years of experience in the oilfield service industry, comprised of more than a decade as a drilling contractor in the Abilene area and more than 30 years as president of EC Tool. John has a vast amount of experience in operating, constructing, and supplying equipment and supplies.

Randy Hoyle
Randy graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in January 1977 and joined EC Tool after that. As store manager of the Abilene and Mineral Wells stores during the '70s and '80s, Randy has more than 35 years of experience with drilling contractors. He is an expert on parts and expendables, especially for duplex pumps. Randy is also interested in helping contractors find spare parts at competitive prices and in a timely fashion. If the part is available, Randy has it in stock or will find it for you.

Kevin Abel - Store Manager
Kevin graduated from McMurry University in 1980 and quickly joined EC Tool. During the 80s, Kevin was in charge of acquisition of parts for the EC Tool repair facility and machine shop. He also tracked all repair and rebuilding jobs. Through his experience, he acquired a tremendous working knowledge of the parts needed on drilling rigs. Kevin is now a part of the store staff and is happy to help customers.

James Berry - Shop Manager
While attending Texas A&M, James worked summers as a mechanic in the repair and fabrication shop. Since graduating in 2003, he has continued to manage the facility and work outside sales. Although still young, he has a vast knowledge of drilling equipment and can be of service in filling your needs for both repair and fabrication.

Becky Howard - Accounting Manager
Becky started to work at EC Tool in 1981 as our switchboard operator. After graduating from McMurry University, she passed her CPA exam and quickly took over as accounting manager.