Riding the wave of another quarter of record growth, global provider of specialist heavy equipment maintenance services, Mader Group, has launched a start-up supporting natural gas operations in the USA.
Called Mader Energy it is dedicated to meeting the maintenance needs of upstream and midstream operators throughout the Permian, Barnett, Eagle Ford, Woodford and Haynesville Shale formations.
“When we look at the opportunities in North America, both in mining, oil and gas, then also in Canada, we're pretty excited about the prospects that lie ahead for us there,” he says.
“When you look at the addressable market in North America, gas plays a huge part. However, it wasn't really a need to diversify that led to the creation of Mader Energy, but rather an opportunity.
“When we looked at those addressable markets and how our business model could fit into them, and the requirements for services we provide, that one really ticked a lot of boxes.
“We think we can be a big player in that market.”
Speaking to investors recently CFO Paul Hegarty says their quality workforce has helped Mader Energy (registered in October 2021) to some strong early success in the USA, securing a contract with a major multi-national oil and gas company, with several other major contracts in the pipeline.
He says the US companies are delighted with the high quality workforce and associated culture that Mader brings to the table.
Mader Group made its first foray in North America in 2018 when it launched operations to support heavy equipment maintenance across the USA’s mining sector. Based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, the operation has grown to support customers across 16 states.
Mr Nuich says while operations there are just four years old, it has been a significant contributor to the business.
The company subsequently expanded into Canada with its newest mining maintenance service line supporting operations in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
A new fleet of service vehicles has been ordered in anticipation of continued growth throughout the region, as business development and recruitment work-flow trend positively and additional experienced operational management are repositioned throughout North America.
Mr Nuich says demand for labour on both the east and west coasts of Australia has been incredibly strong and the company’s ability to attract a quality workforce was key to its success throughout its operations globally.
That ability helped win the company Most Trusted Mining and Civil Contractor in the Australian Enterprise Awards 2021 and Employer of the Year in the RISE Business Awards 2021 sponsored by Business News.
Mr Nuich says Mader Group prides itself on its strong team.
“We've grown; we've been able to really diversify our services and offerings like our ancillary and infrastructure maintenance services within Australia are going from strength to strength and really helping us grow,” he says.
“That helps us draw from pools of labour and talent that are outside of our core business, which again is extremely important and advantageous for us.
“Our ability to recruit and retain the best talent remains a strong focus and key strength for us.
“We have the ability to give people really meaningful and long careers within Mader, based on their circumstances and their ability, and that’s super important to us and super important to our clients.
“It is vital for staff recruitment and retention when people know they are moving into a business that genuinely values their input and works and flexes to suit their lifestyle.”
Mader Group’s revenue for the second quarter was up 32 percent on the previous corresponding period. Increased confidence had prompted the company to upgrade its FY22 revenue guidance to at least $370m, delivering a forecast net profit after tax of at least $24m.