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E M I SPRING 2013 JOHN FITHIAN CONTRACTING CO. • Youngstown, Ohio “We realized a long time ago that word-of-mouth is the best way to get the word out.” // JOHN FITHIAN, vice president John Fithian Contracting operates nine boring machines ranging up to 72 inches in diameter.. A Deep Reputation John Fithian Contracting Co. builds on 50 years of experience in boring and utility installation by taking on projects in the gas and other industries. [ BY JIM HARRIS ] Shortly after John Fithian joined his father’s contracting company in 1974, he knew the company was at a crossroads. The residential gas distribution line installation business that was long the company’s foundation was declining as a result of a housing decline leading to a steep decline in revenue. For the company, formally established in 1963 as John Fithian Contracting Co. but with roots in a company founded by PROFILE John Fithian Contracting Co. | Headquarters: Youngstown, Ohio Specialty: Horizontal boring | Employees: 14 88 Fithian’s grandfather in the 1920s, it was time for a change. “My grandfather only had one customer, East Ohio Gas (today known as Dominion East Ohio Gas),” says Fithian, the company’s vice president. “When my father took over and incorporated the new company, he also only had the same customer until my three brothers and I came in.” John Fithian’s brother, Larry, oversees the company’s work crews, equipment, scheduling and safety programs, while his other brothers, Jim and Jeff, work in the company’s shop and as a foreman, respectively. After the residential market in the company’s home base of Youngstown, Ohio, took a downturn in the mid-1970s, John Fithian looked to expand the company’s capabilities in boring, which it had performed for roughly a decade at that point using a coal auger machine manufactured by Salem Tool. Fithian in 1975 purchased a used Richmond Mfg. Co. boring machine and started performing water and sewer installation. By 1980, John Fithian Contracting left the field of gas line installation entirely, focusing instead on horizontal auger boring. The company later started to use guided boring techniques, small diameter tunnel boring and hard rock boring.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Energy & Mining International - Spring 2013

Energy & Mining International - Spring 2013
Washington, D.C.
Independent Exploration
Drilling Down
Pipeline Infrastructure
Marine Oil Terminals
Eagle Ford Shale
Monterey Shale
Marcellus Shale
Bakken Shale
Monitoring Fracking
Compliance Abroad
Public/Private Sales
Qv21 Technologies
PVR Partners LP
Lake Truck Lines
Aurcana/Rio Grande Mining Co. – Shafter Mine
Ruder Ware
Legacy Steel Buildings
Mineral Park Mine/Mercator Minerals Ltd.
Hearn Trucking LLC
John Fithian Contracting Co.
Chemex LLC
Global Diving & Salvage Inc.
Gold Spur Trucking
TAM International Inc.
Industrial Minerals Focus
The Mouat Company
Hi-Crush Partners
Mill Creek Sand and Gravel/Peaskie Minerals
Del Sol Industrial Services Inc.
Market & Johnson
Fortress Proppants
Canada Focus
Strategic Oil & Gas
Copper Fox Metals
Standard Machine
Gold Reach Resources
Treasury Metals Inc.
Canadian Zinc
Havlik Gear
The Final Shot

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