From left, Dale Mainil, Darcy McCormick, Calvin Tracey and Dennis Mainil. Photo submitted

WEYBURN – Some jobs don’t come open very often. One of the Saskatchewan oilpatch’s longest-running oilfield service companies is seeing just its second change in senior management in its 61 year history. The last time this happened was 30 years ago, when Dennis and Dale Mainil, and their brother-in-law Calvin Tracey, bought out patriarch Jerry Mainil.

Jerry Mainil Ltd. of Weyburn will now be headed by Darcy McCormick, who was promoted to chief executive officer. The owners of the dirt moving company – Dennis and Dale Mainil, and Calvin Tracey – made the announcement online on May 12.

All three owners told Pipeline Online they will still remain involved. They’re not stepping away, but they are stepping back a bit, especially from the day-to-day operations.

Calvin said, “We obviously want to keep our business going and keep it going in the right direction. And we just feel putting Darcy into this role, he’s done a great job as operations manager. It’s a good opportunity to keep Jerry Mainil Limited going forward.”

“We’ve got great people in there, and we’re obviously going to be directors, and we’re going to be in there a fair bit, but driving the day-to-day operations is the role they’re going to be doing.

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Dennis said they’re “not walking off into the sunset.” They will be going in regularly, but they will have more flexibility as Darcy will be taking the calls and handling the day-to-day leadership of the company.

Dale said, “We’ll be there for him, as always,” noting this was part of succession planning for the company. “This is the right fit. It’s a good thing. It’s a great thing for Jerry Mainil Limited. Darcy’s been there for eight years and he wanted more responsibility, and to give us a little more time to do whatever.”

He said this change has been discussed for over a year now. “When you’ve got a very good person, a team player like that, why wouldn’t we?” he said.

Dale noted that Dennis has been with the company for 40 years, he’s been around for 39, and Calvin for 30 years.

“Change is always good,” Dale said.

Dennis Mainil, left, congratulates Darcy McCormick on his appointment to CEO of Jerry Mainil Ltd., one of the oldest businesses in the Saskatchewan oilpatch. In addition to dirt work and construction, pickers are a key part of their business. Photo submitted.

Reached by phone on May 13, Darcy McCormick said he grew up in Weyburn and joined the Canadian Army out of high school. He served nine years in uniform in the communications signals corps. That service was in multiple places across Canada, in the former Yugoslavia, and parts of the United States.

Then he found work with Qualcomm in San Diego. In the States, the position would be referred to as an electronic engineer, but in Canada it’s an electronic engineering technologist.

“We moved back in 2002. I was hired by Nexans Power Cables in Weyburn,” he said. He worked in process engineering for around eight years before making the jump to the oilpatch.

Darcy worked with Site Energy, which was on a growth tear at the time. “I helped with the acquisitions and mergers of the various businesses that they were amalgamating and bringing into the one big business model. Their business plan was to buy small and medium businesses that were doing relatively well, and merge them into one big company.”

In making the announcement on social media, the ownership said, “Darcy has been with the company since 2014 and has managed the day-to-day operations. He has become more and more involved in the management side of the company and is excited to lead the company into the future. We feel the oil industry has a bright future and with Darcy’s direction and leadership Jerry Mainil Ltd will be well positioned to be part of that bright future.”

Calvin concluded, “What’s happening at Jerry Mainil Limited is a positive thing. It gives us more ability to do the things we need to be doing, and have the people we have in place, that are good people, keep thing going on the same way – keep a lot of people employed and carry on what Jerry started here.”

 

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