In 1971, Cecil hired his son-in-law, Charlie Moncla
Charlie spent about two years working on the rigs, before moving into safety, and later, sales.
His wife, Virginia took over as president of the company with, Charlie Moncla
moving up to vice president.
on the cover of Well Servicing magazine
served as the 2002 national president of the Association of Energy Service Companies
In 1984, Charlie Moncla
went out on his
own buying one rig, and by his
tenth year in business, was running seven rigs.
never liked the connotation of Cecil's janitor example, so he
passed down to his
children that, "we are the doctors of the oilfield, and our rigs fix broken and sick wells!
In 1993, Charlie
hired his son Mike to handle sales and marketing.
Three years later, and after adding three more rigs, Charlie
brother, Buck, and his
second son, Marc (Spook).
For the next 11 years (1996-2007) Moncla
added 43 rigs.
During that time, Charlie
also added his
brother Cain, son Matt, and nephews, Andrew and Ben.
It became a running joke that every time Charlie added a new family member to the company; he had to add four or five rigs to pay for their cost.
Also, in the same fashion as Cecil had done to Charlie
, each family member had to work a week on each rig to learn the equipment and meet the entire rig personnel.
was headquartered in Lafayette, with offices in Sour Lake, Texas and Sandersville, Mississippi.
The Sour Lake yard was acquired through the purchase of Petroleum Well Service, and the yard covered the Texas Railroad District Three area.
Through several acquisitions, Moncla
became the largest workover company in Mississippi, marketing 14 rigs out of the Sandersville yard and covering the Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida areas.
In Louisiana, Moncla
was known for its fleet of 1,000 hp rigs that handled deep workovers, and their ability to work smaller daylight rigs on a 24-hour basis.
Through the years Moncla also accumulated 40 rig hauling trucks that moved rig equipment from well-to-well.
The company also diversified into other facets of the oilfield as part of that growth.
The demand to put land rigs on keyway barges for customers was tremendous, in some years having five land rigs on barges the entire year.
So, in 2001 they constructed and christened their first fully fledged 24-hour inland barge rig, The Stingray, which accompanied The Moccasin, a daylight barge rig Moncla
acquired from the acquisition of Harris Well Service
(Harris had been a competitor since the Pelican days of the 1950s).
By 2007, this subsidiary, Moncla Marine, also became the largest in the U.S. with eight workover barge rigs, all named for indigenous reptiles or fish of south Louisiana.
Perhaps the oddest job in the history of the workovers!
Moncla Rig #8 in 1993 in a Baton Rouge plant atop a coke tower 150 feet high.
In 2003, Moncla
acquired Louisiana Swabbing that catapulted them into the swabbing business.
This subsidiary was named Brother's
Oilfield Service & Supply (BOSS), and it furnished swab trucks, tubing testing units, hot oil trucks, anchor trucks, power swivel rentals and mud system rentals.
In 2005, the company also started Moncla Drilling
and converted two of their 24-hour workover rigs into drilling rigs and signed long-term contracts in the Barnett Shale near Fort Worth, Texas and southwest Mississippi.
Moncla's yard on I-10 north near the University exit in Lafayette, was a familiar landmark with a huge American flag painted on the roof of the trucking building.
It was at this twenty-acre facility that Moncla
drilled a training well down to 4,000 feet, and began a new hire training school called the "U of Krewe".
Here, hundreds of new employees were able to learn, in not only a classroom setting, but in actual on-the-job training, the safest and best way to be a part of a rig crew.
most important asset was its loyal employees, many who dated back to the Pelican days.
It was only by the expertise of the employees that Moncla
was able to handle the many high profile jobs from sidetracking wells in the Florida Everglades, to high pressure completions 100-yards away from I-10, or from working for the U.S. government at the strategic petroleum reserve, to working in environmentally sensitive Federal Game Reserves.
Due to the proximity to the Mississippi River, several large industrial plants transport products via ships from the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.
These plants also have injection wells and storage wells that commonly have to be tested and worked on by workover rigs.
Probably the oddest job in the history of workover rigs was done by Moncla in the early 90s when a fire at a Baton Rouge plant melted away the standard derricks atop of the 150-foot coke battery (see photograph).
In November of that year, Moncla
sold to Key Energy
was the largest workover company in the world at the time, and Moncla's reputation, its 53 rigs, and its 1,000 employees was a perfect fit to Key Energy's
southeastern U.S. division.
Charlie worked for Key in the corporate office in Houston throughout the transition period, while Charlie's family remained in Lafayette to run Key's southeastern division.