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Our Rich History

As one of the leading oil and gas companies in the nation, we invite you to learn about important milestones in our rich history!
1926

In 1926, Murfin Drilling was founded by I. W. Murfin, the grandfather of David L. Murfin, the current president. Operations began with the acquisition of 50 percent interest in a cable tool rig.

1939

By the start of World War II, Murfin Drilling owned 10 cable tool rigs.

1944 – WRM IWM
1944

In 1944, Murfin Drilling acquired its first rotary rig, allowing the company to become a major presence in oil and gas contract drilling in South Central Kansas.

1947 – 3 MDC Trucks Cecil Wheeler, Mrs. Wheeler, Bill Murfin, Fred Murfin Seated. Augusta, KS
1946

When the two sons of I. W. Murfin returned from military service in 1946 to join their father, the partnership took the name Murfin Drilling Company.

1950s-60s

During the 1950s and 1960s, Murfin Drilling acquired several rotary rigs and expanded operations into Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming. The company performed contract rotary drilling throughout the area and started participating extensively in exploratory ventures, primarily in deals generated by others.

1963
1963

In 1963, Murfin Drilling was reduced to a partnership of I. W. and W. R. (Bill) Murfin.

1970

in 1970, I.W. Murfin retired, leaving W. R. (Bill) Murfin to run Murfin Drilling.

1978
1978

In 1978, David L. Murfin, a petroleum engineering graduate of the University of Kansas, joined Murfin Drilling as the drilling manager.

1985
1985

During the peak of drilling in 1985, Murfin Drilling was operating 17 rotary drilling rigs, five portable workover units and 450 wells with 550 employees and offices in Wichita, Colby, Russell and Hill City, Kansas.

1990

During 1990, 10 rotary rigs with 225 employees were operational.

1991

In 1991, David L. Murfin became the president of Murfin Drilling.

2017-2018

In 2017, a fourth-generation family member, William L. Murfin, joined Murfin Drilling. In 2018, he became the drilling manager with 13 rotary rigs.

2019

Murfin Drilling acquired WW Drilling rigs in 2019, adding 12 more rotary rigs to the inventory.

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