Veteran Employer Background – Energy – Dresser, Inc.

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Published in the May/June 2010 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

While some organizations consider themselves stable because they’ve been around for a decade or two, Dresser, Inc., can trace its roots back to the 19th century. With only nine CEO’s since Solomon Dresser founded the company in 1880, Dresser, Inc., is about as stable a company as they come.

In 2010, Dresser is one of the world’s leading providers of energy infrastructure equipment and services. Dresser is powered by more than 6,000 employees located in every region of the world. It has manufacturing facilities, sales organizations, and distribution and service centers in more than 100 countries. The company has four main business units: Dresser Waukesha for engines, Dresser Consolidated and Dresser Masoneilan for control valves and pressure relief valves, Dresser Wayne for fueling, and Dresser and Dresser Roots for air and gas movement, measurement, regulation, and control.

Butch Crawford, a plant manager in Deer Park, Texas, has been in the Dresser organization since the late 1980s. He’s helped to build two service stations, and has served as the operations manager in the Corpus Christi plant. The Deer Park location is the largest plant at 75,000 square feet.

Crawford thinks that the future looks bright for Dresser, Inc. “We have added head count over the last few years and grown the business, so I would say the future is good, he said.

Back when he was working at the Corpus Christi plant, Crawford hired veterans through a Navy placement center in Ingleside, Texas. He liked the people he hired so much that he’s made it a point since then to recruit veterans whenever possible.

“They know how to show up for work every day, are punctual, and don’t know what an eight-hour day is. That’s good for us, because we work a lot of overtime,” Crawford said. “They know how to follow instructions, and do it without discussion. They have good hands on technical abilities, and are able to quickly learn our processes. Most also learn easily from technical manuals, and are able to teach themselves.” Crawford said that veterans will like working for Dresser because the company needs employees with mechanical skills who also have leadership experience.

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers