Crosby Traveling Block Training

Crosby Traveling Block Training

On September 10th Howard Supply Company had the privilege of hosting a 70 and 80 Series Traveling Block training session conducted by The Crosby Group. The morning session was conducted by Guy Coonts, Manager-Sustaining Engineering. Training consisted of discussions regarding API Recommended Practice 8B where it applies to their product. Also presented were numerous slides, pictures, and charts defining critical wear areas, dimensional data, wear tolerances, and remove from service criteria. Discussions were also held on sheave wear, and tolerances in the upper block. This seems to be a major area of concern for HSC customers, and we were given a lot of information and formulas to calculate when a sheave should be considered worn out and removed from service.
The afternoon session was led by Mack Taylor, Manufacturing Engineering Manager for the McKissick Products Division of Crosby. Mack disassembled a 73 Series lower block with assistance from many in our group. He brought along some “custom” tools to aid in making the job easier, and safer. The spring loaded 70 Series blocks are potentially very dangerous if each step is not followed meticulously during disassembly. Mack pointed out features of the block, and discussed changes that have been made through the years. After reassembly of the 70 Series Block, we moved to the non-spring loaded 80 Series block. We were all very interested to see the unique split retainer ring currently used to attach and hold the hook assembly to the block body. Disassembly and re-assembly is so much easier with this feature. There were quite a few pointers we were given to ensure proper re-assembly, both for fit and operational reasons.
HSC thanks The Crosby Group, and especially Guy and Mack for their involvement with our people! It was a pleasure working with them, and I know we will be a better partner for Crosby because of this exclusive training.
In attendance from HSC were; Mike Smith, Odessa Repair Complex Manager; Raul Ramos, ORC Hoisting Shop Supervisor; Jerry Aly, Odessa Block Shop Welder; Neil Turner, Odessa Block Shop Welder; Mark Busby, Odessa Block Shop Mechanic; Raul Subia, Odessa Block Shop Mechanic; John Watson, Casper Sales; Tommy Lorianc, Casper Sales; Tyler Krone, Williston Sales; Sid Shepard, Farmington Machine Shop Manager; and Terry Hadley, Bakersfield BRC Manager.

New Victoria, TX Location

Howard Supply is proud to announce the opening of our newest supply store in Victoria, TX on June 3rd. Located in South Texas, this supply store will offer an additional level of service to customers in the Eagle Ford Shale previously being serviced by our Alice, TX location.

Abilene BBQ

HSC’s Abilene, TX Branch hosted their first customer appreciation BBQ on Friday, 12 April

The event was very well received and attended, with no one going away hungry.

Our Abilene branch is strategically located to serve the developing Cline Shale.  Current operations include a well-stocked supply store and a power tong repair shop, we will add a high-pressure iron recertification facility and wire rope shop in the future.

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello.

New Turpin Location

Howard Supply is proud to announce the opening of our newest supply store in Turpin, OK. Located just South of Liberal, KS, this supply store will offer an additional level of service to those customers previously called on by our Western Oklahoma Trailer Route. Stocking inventory from both OKC and Pampa warehouses, Turpin will provide inventory for Well Servicing and Midstream customers alike.

New Area Manager

Howard Supply Company (HSC) is pleased to announce that Rudy Moreno has joined the company as our Gulf Coast Area Manager, effective December 15th, 2012. Rudy is highly regarded in the South Texas oil and gas industry with a proven track record of customer focus, product expertise and progressively responsible management positions. His knowledge of well service and drilling rigs is without equal, and he has been very successful during his 15+ years in this industry.

Rudy is responsible for all sales and service operations in the Gulf Coast/South Texas area. His primary focus is to implement HSC’s business strategy, and grow our market presence throughout the region. His experience in business development, project management and quality systems makes him uniquely qualified to serve in this role, and we are certainly in a stronger position to serve our customers now that Rudy has joined our team.

We are excited with the opportunities that having Rudy brings to HSC and are confident that our business will grow under Rudy’s leadership. Please join us in welcoming Rudy and his family to HSC.


Howard Supply consummated the purchase of Clifton Supply in Pampa, TX yesterday. Clifton has been a respected supplier to the Texas Panhandle oilfields since 1969. The combined HSC/Clifton operation will greatly increase our ability to service our customers while simultaneously bringing new products and services to Clifton’s existing clientele. Please visit their website at

Contact Information

700 S. Price Road
Pampa, TX 79065
General Manager – Shawn Clifton
Phone: (806) 665-0089
Fax: (806) 665-0099


Howard Supply Company is proud to announce the opening of our newest location in Abilene, TX. The Abilene location will offer all the great product lines and exceptional customer service that each of our other HSC locaitons currently offer. While we have been serving the Abilene market for 2 years via a trailer route, we have never been able to adequately serve our customers due to the distances involved and the limited inventory capacity of the trailer. The opening of this location will provide the customers in the Abilene market a one-of-a-kind oilfield supply store.

If your in the area, please feel free to stop by and say Hi.

Contact Information

131 Wall Street
Abilene, TX
Store Manager – Casey Smith
(325) 437-8100


HSC is proud to announce the opening of our state of the art High Pressure Iron (HPI) Mobile Unit in Decatur, TX.

We’re bringing the same service we offer in our recertification shop to a location near you.  Weather you want to bring in your equipment for a quick turn around on recertifications or would like to schedule our mobile unit to be at your location for a few weeks.  Let us know and we will be happy to make accommodations for you.

To find out more about HSC’s HPI Recertification Guidelines & Procedures Click Here.

Pup Joints – Swivel Joints – Steel Hose Loops – Plug Valves – Hammer Unions – Ells – Tees – Crosses – Crossovers

Contact Information

Decatur Store
1766 E. Hwy 380
Decatur, TX 76234
Store Manager – Chris Miller
Phone: (940) 626-4920
Fax: (940-627-1835

HPI Services

HSC is proud to announce the opening of our state of the art High Pressure Iron Recertification Shop in Odessa, TX.

Whether You’re Looking for New Equipment, or Need Your Existing Equipment Serviced, Rebuilt &/or Re-Certified, Howard Supply Company can Meet Your Requirements.

HSC’s Complete Service, Rebuilding & Recertification Facility Offers Our Customers the Ability to Prolong the Life of Their Equipment, Rather than having to Burden the Expense of Purchasing New Equipment every Couple of Years.

To find out more about HSC’s HPI Recertification Guidelines & Procedures Click Here.

 Pup Joints – Swivel Joints – Steel Hose Loops – Plug Valves – Hammer Unions – Ells – Tees – Crosses – Crossovers

Click Here to download Odessa HPI PDF file

Contact Information

6103 Andrews Hwy
Odessa, TX 79762
Facilities Manager – Chris Clevenger
Phone: (432) 367-8116
Fax: (432) 367-4163
Odessa Store Page

HSC achieves Safety Excellence

 HSC is proud to announce that we have received the 2011 CNA Leadership in Safety Award during a ceremony held at our corporate offices in Fort Worth on the 22nd of February. 

 CNA Insurance Risk Control developed this award “to recognize customers who successfully work toward achieving results that avoid losses and keep their businesses and employees safe.”

 In their words, “Howard Supply Company has been selected to receive this award because of the support and involvement of your management team in establishing a safety culture and process over the past four years that has resulted in a significant reduction in your loss costs, as well as increasing employee and supervisory safety awareness.”          



    “Through many years of military aviation safety experience, both as a mishap investigator and operational commander, I learned that safety is a natural byproduct of good operational practices.  I think our emphasis on building a corporate culture of excellence and safety awareness based on our philosophy of “doing things right and doing the right things” has paid great dividends and this award is welcomed recognition of that effort.  On behalf of the entire executive management team, I want to thank all of our employees for the great job they do every day to make HSC a success.”
                                                                                                   Baron Lukas
                                                                                                   Colonel, U.S. Marines (Ret)
                                                                                                   HSC VP & COO