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Reliable and experienced… How West Penn Heavy Haul blows past the competition

It’s no secret why West Penn Heavy Haul has built a reputation for delivering safe and efficient services to the oil field industry.

We’ve been successful because we have assembled a seasoned team, some of whom have worked together for over a decade. The deep familiarity and tight relationships are invaluable.

Crews that have worked together for so long operate seamlessly. They trust each other. They are versatile, and skilled at performing multiple roles. They know what is expected of them, and they exceed those expectations.

At West Penn Heavy Haul, we are selective about who we hire. We value experience because our clients demand and expect that.

Working in such challenging terrain, with steep slopes and all sorts of hazards, requires team members with established track records and deep knowledge.

Members of the Heavy Haul team have worked in the oil and gas industry for 15 years or more. They take pride in what they do and consider themselves partners with our customers. Your rig move is as important to us as it is to you.

Our team is safety conscious. We train and prepare to protect each other and to safeguard the multi-million-dollar rigs and equipment that we are trusted to transport.

We focus on providing intimate, one-on-one service to each customer. That takes time and effort.

Do you have a move coming up? Contact us to see how we can help.


West Penn Heavy Haul expands to meet rising demand for rig moves

Being the market leader for moving rigs and oil field equipment in the Appalachian Basin means there is heavy demand for our services.

To meet that demand, West Penn Heavy Haul recently hired more staff and purchased new vehicles to better serve our customers as the natural gas market booms.

We are pleased to welcome about a dozen new team members – including swampers, loader operators and truck pushers – who are seasoned veterans in our specialized industry. Their experience allowed them to jump right in and provide quality services to customers in Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia. Many of these professionals live in or near West Virginia, increasing our ability to quickly assemble teams for work in that area.

Our fleet grew to include a new Kenworth winch truck. Two other winch trucks will be delivered soon, along with a 5-axle lowboy trailer. They complement our existing fleet of trailers, winch trucks, pole trucks, cranes, loaders and other heavy equipment.

These additions allow West Penn Heavy Haul to significantly expand our services, including the capability to move multiple rigs simultaneously.

There is a reason so many oil and gas companies trust West Penn Heavy Haul to move their rigs. Our dependable team has a reputation for transporting multi-million equipment safely and efficiently, over difficult terrain, in all weather conditions. No move is too challenging for our experts. We take pride in developing creative solutions for any need.

Contact us to see how we can serve you on your next move.


Protocols for Heavy Haul loads

Delivering Heavy Haul loads safely requires planning and preparation. It starts with our journey management plan.  

Prior to departure, the team maps and scouts the route. We identify hazards to be aware of, such as low-hanging trees and wires; curves; construction zones; and weight limits. We share photos and videos of the challenging parts of the route, so drivers know what to anticipate. 

Drivers must make sure their vehicles are safe and ready. That includes checking chains, binders, and winch cables, plus tires, lights, and other equipment. They must identify where they can make their required stops to comply with DOT hours of service regulations and manage any daytime-only travel requirements. 

Weather forecasts must be consulted, and communications established with any accompanying pilot or pole vehicles.  

All of these pre-trip preparations are crucial to ensuring long hauls are done safely, for our team members, our clients, and the public.