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WATSON INC.

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trained operators take advantage of
the rigs' exclusive features - which
can improve the users' bottom lines.

U.S. MANUFACTURING
Among the advantages of Watson are
that its products are made in the USA
and that its offices and personnel also
are located domestically. The company
says it has a full staff of engineers who
can take a drill from conceptual design
through fabrication and into assembly.
"We can design just about any kind
of drill rig or configuration of one
in-house from scratch," the company says. Its rig production facility in
Fort Worth, Texas, has approximately
60,000 square feet under roof on its
8-acre site. Material storage, testing areas and parking are outdoors. Outdoor
driveway staging areas are available for
completed drills waiting to ship out or

Watson believes that making products in the United States is a distinct competitive advantage..

for excavators and trucks waiting for
their drill mounts.
Watson uses equipment from lathes
to drills to bores and does welding,
assembly and fabrication. The factory
includes shops for machining, welding and painting, along with assembly
facilities. Raw materials include raw

steel tubing and castings. The company
can assemble up to 15 rigs at once in
its two buildings and six bays that are
dedicated to rig assembly.
Truck-mounting a drill rig involves
cutting a truck frame down and
repainting it. The chassis from an
existing vehicle such as a dump truck

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