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Nearly 40 years ago, Steve Galmor opened his
first business, a hay-hauling enterprise, known
as G&G Trucking, which he and his brother
Mark “Rudas” Galmor founded while still in
high school. At the same time, the brothers were
doing some work for their father, Bob, in his
oilfield-supply company, Damor.
“We worked in the supply business during the
summers from the time we were really young,
basically until we got out of school,” recalled
Steve. “It was excellent experience because
we learned the oilfield industry firsthand, and
learned how to fix equipment, such as pumps.
Many of the people we met, we eventually
worked with later on and, in some cases, still do.”
Steve started working for some of those
people not long after high school. After about a
year of college, he decided it wasn’t for him and
came back home to Shamrock, Texas, where his
father had set up Damor’s shop. Steve bought
a steaming machine and went into business
“baking” pipe — a process that removes paraffin
from oil field rods and tubes — naming the new
entity G&G Steam Service in 1975.
“Eventually, we expanded into working with
the natural gas companies too, doing services
such as thawing out ice plugs,” said Steve.
“We had quite a few customers, built a good
reputation and the business kept growing.
Eventually, I added a second steamer, and Rudas
left his job and joined me in the business.”
Expansion wasn’t limited to steaming pipe
in the gas fields. In 1979, at the urging of his
grandfather, Steve bought a ditching machine
and a backhoe to add pipe installation as a
new service. His grandfather even had a job
for him to do.
“My grandfather wasn’t in the oilfield business,
but having worked for a drain company, he
knew about putting pipe in the ground,” Steve
explained. “To this day, I still don’t know how he
got the contract for that first job, but he came out
and helped us do it. That’s how we got into the
construction side of the business, and today that’s
the main driver.”
A third generation
Steve admits things got tough at one point
in the business. The oil industry in the Texas
panhandle took a major downturn in the early
1980s, and to survive, Steve downsized and
moved the business to Elk City, Okla.
“Many businesses we were working for at that
time went broke,” Steve recalled. “I did what I
had to do to survive. I brought five guys with
me, rented a shop to work out of and even lived
in it for a while. But I knew I could make it work.
It was actually good for us, because we had to
do whatever it took to survive. We were forced
to diversify into doing all types of excavation
work: house pads, oil-well sites, pipe installation,
digging for utility companies and anything else
that involves dirt work. We do demolition as well.
That’s been a real key to the company’s success.”
Excavation work isn’t the only area of
diversification. While Steve was building G&G,
his father, Bob, was still active with Damor. In
the late 1980s, Steve took over that business
as well, and eventually changed the name to
Galmor’s Inc., of which Bob is still an owner.
Though most of the two companies’ business is
done from Elk City, the Galmors still maintain
the original Damor shop in Shamrock, and have
an office in Montague, Texas.
“There are two aspects to our business now.
Galmor’s supplies products, such as rock, pipe
and many of the other items Damor carried
from the time Dad founded that business
in the 1950s,” Steve noted. “G&G is the
Between the two companies, there are
now about 130 employees, including Steve’s
sons Brandon, Levy and Justin, who all play
key roles for Galmor’s Inc. and G&G Steam
Services. Brandon and Levy run field crews
that handle everything from installation of
pipe and tank batteries in the oil fields to
building house pads and doing site work.
Justin takes care of the paperwork, runs the
companies’ safety programs and coordinates
“They grew up with the business, just like I
did,” said Steve. “Once things really took off
again in Elk City, we opened what’s now our
current office location. We lived in a trailer
house out back, and when the boys weren’t in
school, they were out there designing bicycle
tracks and using tractors to build hills. That’s
how they learned to run equipment.”
Steve points out they also learned to run
projects, such as one recently completed
at Fort Sill. During the 12-month contract,
crews demolished an old airplane hangar
before starting earthwork to build a new one.
G&G removed more than 30,000 yards of old
material, digging eight feet deep to ensure it
was down to stable ground. It then hauled in
new material, compacting it in six-inch lifts until
reaching final grade. Once, there, G&G worked
with the plumbing contractor to dig utility lines
and did the finish grading.
While G&G performs a variety of work, the
company still specializes in pipeline installation
for oil and gas companies. Much of that is done
for longtime customers that G&G has worked
with for decades. Recent projects include
installation of more than three and a half miles
of pipe of varying size for one company, and
more than six miles of work for another.
“In addition to the boys, I have a terrific
group of employees who know how to get a
job done,” said Steve, mentioning longtime
employees such as Richard York, Perry Duke,
Russell Freas, Jerry Howell and Will Region.
“There’s nothing those guys can’t do, and they
deserve much of the credit for getting us to this
Growing with the help of Kirby-Smith, Komatsu
Steve also acknowledges that G&G Steam
Services wouldn’t be where it is today if not
for the help of Kirby-Smith, and Ed Kirby in
particular. When things were tight, he helped the
Galmors get the equipment they needed.
“Ed helped me get an air compressor I needed
for a job,” he remembered. “He never hesitated
to help us out. That’s something we don’t
forget. Because of his willingness to go to bat
for us when we needed it, we’ve developed a
longstanding relationship with Kirby-Smith. We
call them out for service when we need an extra
hand, and they’ve always responded quickly.”
Through the years, Galmor has turned to
Kirby-Smith for additional units, including
several Komatsu excavators and dozers. Most
recently, Steve acquired a PC200LC-8 and a
D51EX-22 dozer. G&G Steam Services also has
two other PC200s and D41, D61 and D65 dozers,
plus, rents additional Komatsu equipment as
needed. Steve currently works with Kirby-Smith
Territory Manager Brad Howard.
“The operators find that the hydraulics in
the excavators are faster than other brands,
and they get better production both in digging
and in pushing pipe,” commented Steve,
who’s also bought compaction equipment,
trailers and Godwin pumps from Kirby-Smith.
“The dozers have excellent power, and that’s
important, especially when it comes to pulling
large-diameter pipe, which we do quite a lot of.
Komatsus are consistently the machine of choice
among our operators.
“That’s particularly true of the D51,” continued
Steve, speaking of Komatsu’s award-winning,
slant-nose dozer. “It has good all-around
visibility, so our operators can better see the
material they’re pushing and grading.”
Hard work pays off
The Galmors have put those machines through
their paces in the past year, as G&G Steam
Services has seen substantial growth in the
number of jobs and employees with its expansion
into the gas and oil industries. Steve said he sees
that continuing well into the future, even after he
decides to leave the business.
“My sons have learned construction and
pipelining, and they’re getting in on the
horizontal drilling,” said Steve. “That’s really
becoming a major part of the oil and gas industry
and it’s only going to continue growing. As the
boys become more involved in the business,
they’ll eventually take it over, and there’ll be a
third generation running things. I never expected
us to get to this point. It’s been a lot of hard work
on everyone’s part.”