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Our Story

Over 72 Years of Groundbreaking Drilling Solutions

For nearly three quarters of a century, we’ve kept our noses to the grindstone, developing HDD tools to make directional drilling more productive and more profitable. Our Southern California design and manufacturing plant is ground zero for the HDD tools that changed the way an entire industry drills. The way we do business sets us apart. Read below to learn more about who we are and how we continue to shape the future of horizontal directional drilling.

Three Generations in the Family

Not only has Melfred Borzall been the catalyst of the HDD industry movement for three-quarters of the past century, it has also been a legacy of three family generations. When Fred Melsheimer left his position in the oil fields to start his own company it would be handed down from father to son. Today that same family runs the company and are thriving with modern innovations and engineering to meet the needs of today's driller.

The Pulpit Rock
  1. Fred Melsheimer launches Melfred Welding and Manufacturing

    1946

    Machinist, welder and innovator Fred Melsheimer launches Melfred Welding & Manufacturing, designing and creating tools for the first horizontal directional drilling system.

  2. Ted and Dick Melsheimer start working

    1955

    Fred’s two sons, Ted and Dick Melsheimer start working after school at Melfred Welding & Manufacturing. Like their father, both are inventors and dreamers, developing hydraulic-powered drill rigs and designing the the DynaMole, a self-propelled boring machine that could bore and pull in 1500+ feet of gas pipe per day.

  3. Mustang pipe squeeze off tools

    1972

    Ted Melsheimer invents the successful line of Mustang pipe squeeze off tools.

  4. Larry Coots joins the company

    1978

    Fred’s son-in-law, Larry Coots, joins the company. As a talented mechanic and sales expert, he possesses the right blend of skills to get these tools into the right hands to lay the groundwork for a changing industry.

  5. Dick Melsheimer launches Borzall Equipment

    1981

    Dick Melsheimer launches Borzall Equipment, dedicated to designing and manufacturing drilling systems that could bore further while disturbing less ground. Borzall Equipment produces bits, reamers and other drill parts that last longer and stand up to tougher conditions and make drilling more productive than ever before.

  6. DynaMole self-propelled boring machine

    1981

    Borzall Equipment redesigns the DynaMole self-propelled boring machine for even better daily production of utility installations.

  7. Melfred Welding Merges with Borzall Equipment

    1988

    Melfred Welding joins forces with Borzall Equipment to create Melfred Borzall, Inc.

  8. Sure Shot Directional Drill

    1990

    Melfred Borzall develops, demonstrates and sells the world’s first commercially available horizontal directional drilling system, the Sure Shot. Dick and other Melfred Borzall staff travel around the country, demonstrating this new technology and its tremendous possibilities for commercial drilling solutions.

  9. Melfred Borzall in United Kingdom

    1992

    Melfred Borzall partners with first international distributor in the United Kingdom. This opens up opportunities for international expansion, ultimately resulting in Melfred Borzall distributors that span five continents.

  10. Map pinning all locations thorugh U.S.

    1994

    Melfred Borzall expands distributor networks throughout the United States to ensure that drillers can get the tools they need right away.

  11. Melfred Borzall tools displayed out

    1996

    Melfred Borzall focuses on creating and selling the signature long-lasting red tools that make every other HDD rig more productive.

  12. Melfred Borzall's 70th Birthday logo

    2016

    Melfred Borzall celebrates it’s 70th anniversary.

  13. Dick Melsheimer consulting with contractors

    Today

    Melfred Borzall’s mission remains unchanged: to enable a more efficient, cost effective means of installing utilities underground so utility contractors can be as productive and profitable as possible.

Solar Panels and Electric Vehicle Charging Station

There's green behind our red tools

We don’t just protect drillers, we protect the Earth. Our Santa Maria plant houses 800 solar panels producing almost 150 kilowatts of power, enough solar electric energy to provide over 75% of the plant’s needs. We also cut our lighting energy usage in half by using skylights in offices & production spaces and replacing all our metal halide plant lighting with high-efficiency T5 fluorescent lights. We recently brought on two electric cars for business use which we recharge at the two plug-in stations in our north parking lot. When you see the “Made with Solar Power” label, not only are you getting a quality tool priced for value but you know that tool is made in a clean, high-tech environmentally friendly facility.

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