WWJ Closeup, October 2019

CORY MILLER
Owner
C. Miller Drilling
and Centerline Mfg.
Winnsboro, Texas

THE BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED?
My father repeatedly ingrained into me: “You can do anything you set your mind to.” Given that he rose in the engineering field with GE to chief project manager over the construction of a nuclear power plant without a college degree, that statement has been a fundamental component of my outlook.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL SELF?
Be more organized. I’m strong on vision but could certainly benefit from a substantial increase in my organizational skills.

MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB?
Since before I was a teen, I have been captivated by the passion to invent. The challenges of developing the technology for Centerline Manufacturing have brought me countless opportunities to invent and perfect not only the technology of Centerline products, but also countless other pieces of equipment we rely on.

HOW FAR HAVE MUD PUMPS COME SINCE YOUR COMPANY FORMED IN 1983?
The water well industry relied on oilfield duplex piston mud pumps whose designs originated in the 1930s. Since we introduced the Centerline pump line, it has provided rig manufacturers with the ability to standardize combination drill rig designs to incorporate high capacity air, high capacity mud, and the broadest range of options on one drill rig platform.

WHAT IS THE NO. 1 TIP FOR SOMEONE LOOKING TO PURCHASE A MUD PUMP?
My dad said: “A poor man can’t afford cheap things.” When a driller uses a cheap mud pump and faces Mother Nature, he has created a losing dynamic. Performance and quality cannot be compromised. If a poor man can’t afford cheap things, then a businessman can’t afford cheap equipment.

WHAT ARE YOU HEARING MOST FROM CUSTOMERS?
For customers who lived with underperforming mud pumps for years, the experience of finally having the performance they always wanted and needed is a complete attitude reset for their outlook about their operations.

WHAT DID EARNING THE 2018 NGWA EQUIPMENT DESIGN AWARD AND MANUFACTURERS SECTION SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD MEAN TO YOU?
It’s satisfying for the years of financial struggle, technological challenges, and hard work to be recognized by these awards from NGWA. These awards represent a resounding affirmation that my contribution to my industry has been meaningful and positive, and I am humbled and grateful.