OCTOBER 8, 1962 was the date vivid in Bill’s memory today after a year of negotiating with government departments, customs and shipping to get his very first 150 Calweld rig into the country and drilling, to start his career in the drilling industry. With no experience on any drill rig when the north westerly started the very next day drilling was halted as he thought it would blow the rig over.
In 2019 Washingtons took over McNeill Drilling in Southland, a well-known and trusted brand that had been in business servicing the district for over 100 years. Washingtons have retained the same knowledgeable and friendly staff and equipment locally. This has now expanded our equipment base from South Canterbury down to Invercargill.