Swamp Donkey Oilfield Services started over twenty years ago, in 2000 with a fleet of water trucks freezing roads in the Horn River Basin near Fort Nelson. In 2001 Trent Lindberg, Owner, bought his first steamer and started washing drilling rigs and steaming culverts. In 2006, Trent bought Swamp Donkey's first tank truck. Through 2010, steamers and tank trucks were what Swamp Donkey was known for. Seeing a gap in the market, Trent and his team decided they needed to offer a product to go alongside the tank trucks. This led to building tank farms in key locations that could provide large volumes of heated water to industry for fracking. An opportunity to pump water for a local operator led to the creation of Swamp Donkey's water transfer business. Starting with just a few kilometers of hose and a couple of pumps in 2012, Swamp Donkey now has grown to over 25km of hose and a fleet of over 30 pumps.
Also in 2012, Swamp Donkey purchased land north of Dawson Creek, which included a shale pit. This led to the purchase of the equipment to process and load shale, along with a fleet of gravel trucks to deliver the material. Alongside the shale pit came an opportunity to use some of the equipment, delving into lease and road construction. Starting with an excavator, cat and a couple box trucks, Swamp Donkey's Construction division has now evolved into an experienced lease and road construction service provider.
Through the years Swamp Donkey continued to operate with the mentality that diversification and a strong commitment to customer satisfaction were keys to being successful in an industry that is constantly evolving. The diversification and expansion led to a staff of over 50 in 2015. In 2016, began the start of the downturn, Swamp Donkey underwent a major realignment, dispersing of equipment that wasn't utilized. Many of the tank trucks were dispersed, along with some of the other under-utilized equipment. Swamp Donkey was able to come out of 2016 in a position to prosper.
Due to the diversification at Swamp Donkey, we are able to utilize staff across business units, resulting in a lower turnover rate during downtime. This helps give our employees the opportunity to work more or less as they see fit. Today, Swamp Donkey employs almost 100 people, many of them local to Dawson Creek. Supporting local is an integral part of our business, which is why we buy most of our products and services locally and we are a proud supporter of several local organizations and clubs.
Swamp Donkey is proud to support our local clubs and community organizations, including:
- Dawson Creek Minor Hockey
- South Peace Junior Soccer
- Dawson Creek Exhibition & Stampede
- The Ark Christian Youth Centre
- Kiskatinaw Fall Fair
- West Moberly Days
- Coffee for a day, FSJ, Chetwynd and DC
- Relay for Life
- Terry Fox Run
- Canadian Cancer Foundation
- Stollery Children's Hospital