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IDEA Drilling announces appointment of new President/CEO

July 15th, 2017

Virginia, MN – June 28, 2017 – IDEA Drilling, which offers surface coring, underground coring, environmental, sonic, and RC (Q3 2017) drilling services announces the appointment of Julian Collins as President/CEO.  IDEA Drilling also owns and operates Marcus and Marcus Drilling and Minex Drilling Products.  Collins will oversee all three companies which have locations in Virginia; MN, Winnemucca; NV, and Coeur D’Alene, ID and a fleet of 28 drill rigs.

IDEA Drilling has provided exceptional core drilling and surveying services since 1997.  They are rapidly growing and utilizing the most advanced drilling and surveying technology available.

Marcus and Marcus began operations in 1985 and specializes in Diamond Core Drilling utilizing light weight, flyable rigs mounted on trucks, tracks, rubber tires or skids.

Minex has been a leading supplier of tools and products for the mining and exploration industry for over thirty years.  Additionally, Minex provides down hole surveying services.

Collins brings to IDEA Drilling 17 years of drilling services experience. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology with a Masters in Business Administration.  “IDEA Drilling has a deep and rich history, particularly in the Iron Range region, and is in a fantastic position to continue its growth by providing a wide array of services to our clients as the market continues to improve.  It is an absolute pleasure to be able to offer leadership to this great organization.  With offices and infrastructure strategically located and already in place, we will safely service our clients’ drilling needs,” Collins said.

The founders, Dick and Pam Backstrom, have continued their positions on the Board of Directors.  Dick Backstrom, who is now Chairman of the Board, is extremely excited to have Collins on board to lead IDEA Drilling into the future.  Dick stated, “Julian brings a very unique talent to the industry and our company in particular.  He is a hands-on leader with great vision, is very customer oriented, and puts safety and the well-being of the employees first.  We are very pleased to have Julian on board and excited for the future.”

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Minex has Moved Into Nevada Market

May 11th, 2015

We are excited to announce we have now moved into the Nevada Market!  Minex has listened to our clients’ needs and have positioned a survey team based in Elko, Nevada.  Our new office is located at 5895 East 2nd Street Winnemucca, NV 89445.  We pride ourselves on providing a professional and personal service that meets the highest possible standards in the safest way and we have proven we can deliver those standards.  We look forward to becoming your leading provider of Bore-Hole Surveying in the West.

Minex is currently looking for down-hole surveyors in Nevada

April 28th, 2015

Minex, a growing employer, is actively seeking a surveyor in Elko, Nevada to be part of our survey team. We are a trusted service provider of bore-hole surveying and supplier of survey tool rentals and exploration products.  This position will perform down-hole surveys with survey instruments, related software and a Trimble GPS at drilling sites both on surface and underground.  Work conditions will primarily consist of working outdoors in diverse environments and will have various hours.  Customer interactions are one component of this position.  A successful candidate will continually have safety in the forefront of their mind.  Employee will be required to occasionally help lift 75lbs or more.  Successful candidates will have a high school diploma, college experience is preferred, a clean driving record, be able to travel for extended periods.  Previous mining experience is a plus.  Serious candidates should send a cover letter with salary history and a current resume to Minex at 5895 East 2nd Street Winnemucca, NV 89445 or our main office in Minnesota.  Minex is an EEO employer and maintains a drug-free work place.

Devico Directional Core Drilling & Borehole Planning

May 29th, 2014

Minex is a distributor of Devico survey tools.  Devico A/S, a Norwegian company, is recognized as a foremost source of products for directional core drilling and borehole surveying. Minex sells and rents the Devico tools to enable our clients to know exactly where their drill hole has gone.  We also provide survey services using both magnetic and non-magnetic tools.  Devico also has a new core orienting system.

Devico’s directional drilling personnel have worked in Minnesota, Idaho and Michigan since early 2012. They are now using the Devidrill at the Eagle Mine in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to steer the drill hole to a predetermined target.  Devico brings in its own experts to do the directional drilling.


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