Founded by Wendell Reich in 1944, REICHdrill is located in Philipsburg, PA just north of State College. As one of only a few drill manufacturing facilities to incorporate “Ultra High” assembly areas, we are able to completely manufacture and assemble each drill rig with the mast in a raised position. This unique advantage allows the fitting, mating and testing of all drill components. Wendell Reich’s hands-on approach to product support is still evident today.
In March 2013, REICHdrill was acquired by Hughes Drilling. REICHdrill has been Hughes’ exclusive supplier of blast hole production rigs for several years and is REICHdrill’s largest client. Hughes Drilling (ASX:HDX) is Eastern Australia’s largest open-cut coal mine production drilling specialist. In its more than 20 years of operation it has built stable long term relationships with Australia’s major mine owners and operators including BHP, Peabody Energy, Leighton Mining, Downer, and EDI. Hughes currently owns and operates a fleet of 35 rigs.
Recent sales and sales leads arising from changes to REICHdrill’s international marketing strategies and non-Australian agency arrangements also provide confidence in the sustained growth of REICHdrill’s business.
Hughes’ acquisition of REICHdrill, which is also affiliated with its Express Hydraulics business, will result in a major upward change in its business activities as it will remain a coal production specialist for the foreseeable future.