Location: Halfway, Mo.
Owner: Jeremy and Kali McCarthy
History: Jeremy McCarthy is the owner of McCarthy Drilling, which has been a family affair for many years.
“I bought the business from my uncle in early 2002,” Jeremy said. “He’d been in the business since the mid-1970s. It had been a family business with two of my uncles. Just watching him, it was something that interested me. I bought my brother out in 2004, and then it’s just been me and the employees. I have four employees, including Kali.”
Products and services: McCarthy Drilling serves a large portion of Southwest Missouri.
“We’ve expanded all the way to Cassville, Mo., to the Arkansas line, Kansas City, St. Louis. We diversified into geothermal back in 2007 and 2008, when the water well drilling got a little slow. Geothermal is heating and cooling for housing. We run two crews at a time, so both rigs are going.”
Jeremy understands the needs of farmers, and makes serving them a priority.
“I’m a farmer, so I can relate to farmers. They run out of water for their cattle, or anything, we try to make that a top priority. We’ll be happy to move out on a weekend, or evening, if we have to, to try and get the farmer out of a bind. When you have a challenging well, and you see good, clear water coming, you know you’ve helped.”