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E M I SPRING 2013 TA M I N T E R N AT I O N A L I N C . • Houston “We've found it's better to specialize.” // MICHAEL DION, regional manager TAM International has served the oilfield market for 45 years.. Packing Professionals TAM International’s inflatable and ‘swellable’ packers help oil producers in the Bakken Shale and elsewhere get wells flowing. [ BY JIM HARRIS ] For TAM International Inc., a focus on a few types of oilfield products instead of offering a wide variety has served it well for 45 years. “Because of our focus on specific products, our customers are dealing with sales and service people with expertise in the product,” says Michael Dion, manager of the Houston-based company’s Dickinson, N.D., regional office. “We’re not running one product PROFILE TAM International Inc. | Headquarters: Houston | Specialty: Oilfield services | Employees: 400 98 one week and switching to something else the next. “We’ve found it’s better to specialize, as many of the operators we talk to prefer to work with someone with a lot of experience and a positive reputation.” The company, founded in 1968 and purchased by its current owners in 1972, provides inflatable packers, “swellable” packers and through-tubing used to isolate sections of a well in fracking operations and stimulate well production. Products include inflatable bridge plugs used as anchoring in casing and openhole applications; test and treating tools available in single and straddle configurations; cementing tools; scab liners; and well repair tools. A REGIONAL PRESENCE TAM International in November 2012 opened the company’s Dickinson office specifically to serve oil producers working the Bakken Shale. Dion, an operations manager with nine years of experience at the company, was selected to lead the office. Dion – who holds a degree in theology from Southwestern Theological Seminary – started his career in the oilfield industry in 1979 with Otis Engineering, where his duties included running wireline and casing hole completions. While at Otis, he started the company’s first

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

Energy & Mining International - Spring 2013