West State Energy Contractors, Inc, from left, Eric Burnham, Luis Muñoz, Shelia Alcon and Kieth Burnham pose for a portrait on Friday at their facility in
West State Energy Contractors, Inc, from left, Eric Burnham, Luis Muñoz, Shelia Alcon and Kieth Burnham pose for a portrait on Friday at their facility in Flora Vista. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — West States Energy Contractors is a Farmington-based business that provides maintenance and construction services to the oil and gas industry.

The company has been operating since 2009 and has experienced rapid growth, with revenues growing by 81 percent in 2010, 79 percent in 2011, and another 27 percent in 2012, its owners say.

That's just one of the reasons the company has won an EDGE, or Economic Development, Growth and Excellence, award this year.

The company provides services to oil and gas companies within San Juan County, such as Enterprise, Williams and ConocoPhillips.

It also has operations in Texas, Colorado and Wyoming.

West States' Maintenance Division provides maintenance services for refineries, gas processing plants, compressor stations, field booster compressors, pump stations, pipelines and related natural gas facilities. Experienced crews perform maintenance and general repair work, and they are also available to perform full shutdown operations.

The New Construction Division is equipped to manage and construct new facilities, including mainline compressor/turbine stations, field booster/pump plants, gas metering, pipelines and transmission facilities, as well as retrofits and additions to existing facilities.

Keith Burnham, the company's president, said that when he and the other three West States founders started the company, the oil and gas industry had started to decline.

"We had just started the company, and we were really worried, but we just took off and didn't look back," he said.

The company's motto is: "If we don't take care of the customer, someone else will." But Burnham said he's proudest of the way the company takes care of its own workers. The company employs 300 people nationwide, including 60 locally.

"We've put a lot of people to work, and we really take care of our employees," Burnham said. "I'm really proud of that."

Leigh Black Irvin covers health for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4610 and lirvin@daily-times.com Follow her @irvindailytimes on Twitter.