SOURCE: Franklin Electric

Franklin Electric

April 15, 2015 14:01 ET

Indiana Ground Water Spring Field Day Slated for April 25 in Fort Wayne

Education Event Co-Sponsored by Franklin Electric, GEFCO and Baroid IDP

FORT WAYNE, IN--(Marketwired - Apr 15, 2015) -  Franklin Electric Co., Inc. ( (NASDAQ: FELE), GEFCO and Baroid IDP, are sponsoring the Indiana Ground Water Association's ( 2015 Spring Field Day and Mud School on April 25 at Franklin Electric's global headquarters and Engineering Development Center in Fort Wayne. The event, which will serve as a continuing education forum for ground water drillers, will focus on mud rotary drilling utilizing solids control unit, with product demonstrations featuring new industry technologies. 

"Franklin Electric, the IGWA, GEFCO and Baroid are honored to co-host about 150-200 groundwater professionals from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. Training is mission-critical for all of our organizations and Franklin Electric is excited to showcase our engineering capabilities and new technologies that enhance system efficiency, installation and monitoring capabilities. Our customers demand products that are robust and adaptive to advances in communications and control technology without sacrificing performance or shorter lifecycles," said DeLancey Davis, Vice President, Franklin Electric and President, North America Water Systems. 

Instructors Brock Yordy of GEFCO, manufacturer of mobile and portable drillings rigs, and Chad Yordy of Baroid IDP, supplier of drilling fluid additives and services, will lead the three-hour event and cover all aspects of ground water drilling to meet safety and environmental requirements. 

Attendees will be led through a complete drill plan beginning with a discussion on drilling methods, a drilling fluids plan that utilizes a solids control unit, and mud mixing and solids control with the goal of teaching how to use a drilling fluids plan on every job. Drillers will start the rig and slowly drill the first 40 feet illustrating how the solids content of the mud increases with the rate of drilling. The course will show how basic mud testing and correlating test results define a good well. Drilling rates and efficiency of the solid control system will provide information on the proper operating systems. Drilling to a 100 foot total depth, attendees will learn proper drilling fundamentals in regard to rotation and mud pump speed. The session will wrap up with the proper hole abandonment to the state's required properties and questions/answers. 

"The ground water industry is largely self-taught," said Brock Yordy. "This is one reason why GEFCO and Baroid IDP lead training sessions throughout the country. We're very pleased that we can put our expertise to work under the support of the Indiana Ground Water Association and Franklin Electric to bring the latest technologies in the industry to local drillers."

Event registration information can be found at

About Franklin Electric

Franklin Electric is a global leader in the production and marketing of systems and components for the movement of water and fuel. Recognized as a technical leader in its products and services, Franklin Electric serves customers around the world in residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial, municipal, and fueling applications. For more information, visit or contact your local Franklin Electric Distributor.


GEFCO is a world leader in the design and manufacture of portable drilling rigs and related equipment for the water well, environmental, groundwater monitoring, construction, mining and shallow oil & gas exploration and production industries. For over 83 years, GEFCO has provided rugged and dependable equipment that has been delivered to over 100 countries. Today GEFCO continues its long tradition of providing the highest quality equipment and service available in the marketplace.

About Baroid IDP

Baroid Industrial Drilling Products (IDP), a Product Service Line of Halliburton, is an international supplier of drilling fluid additives and services, supported by a network of sales and service representatives, laboratory scientists and support personnel dedicated to servicing all facets of the non-oil and gas drilling industries. Baroid Industrial Drilling Products supplies a comprehensive line of drilling, grouting, plugging, abandonment, well rehabilitation and well development products engineered to optimize performance and cost effectiveness to end-users in wide ranging and diverse markets.

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