‘Just Doing the Right Thing’
Helical Drilling solves geotechnical challenges with unparalleled engineering and unconventional innovation
Through a customer-first philosophy in conjunction with aggressive hiring and expansion of its capabilities, Massachusetts-based Helical Drilling Inc. (HELICAL) has emerged over the past three decades as a leading geotechnical design/build contractor throughout the New England region. The company motto? “Just Doing the Right Thing.”
From design to execution, Helical Drilling has taken this maxim to heart in the way the team is always focused on the big picture. With a broad range of ground construction solutions and services, including geotechnical technologies such as helical piles, Geopier Rammed Aggregate Pier (RAP) ground improvement and Ductile Iron Piles (DIPs), Helical Drilling has earned a reputation for innovation, efficiency and delivering on promises.
Helical Drilling was founded in 1989 by CEO Rimas Veitas, PE, as a company that primarily subcontracted its services to underpin residential homes. Chad Graybill joined forces with Veitas in 1993 as a co-owner, and the company began to expand organically. Graybill, who serves as President, notes, “Building a company like ours wasn’t necessarily a deliberate plan. We weren’t afraid to take risks and try new things. You start doing work, you do it well, and you end up solving customer problems. You look out for your employees, invest in the company, and promote growth by surrounding yourself with talented people who may even be smarter or more capable than you.”
Graybill further notes his confidence that Helical Drilling, armed with two department heads leading the company’s primary business centers, Ground Improvement and Specialty Services, is the best in the industry from a technical perspective as well as in service and dedication to its customers. Graybill says of the company’s values and standards of performance in its operating space, “Through truly honest and fair business practices, utilizing talented field operations and especially delivering on promises, Helical Drilling maintains a unique leadership position.”
Indeed, over the last few years, Helical Drilling has made a deliberate move toward expanding the business’s Specialty side with the likes of SOE (Support of Excavation) and larger micropile projects. Graybill explains what this has meant for the business, noting, “This allows us to package technologies and multiple project scopes together. We have also expanded into performing ground improvement for several large distribution facilities.”
Strength in Values
Helical Drilling’s core values underline its overarching strengths. As Graybill shares, the company runs on a philosophy of “safety, innovation, focus, quality, integrity, teamwork, and keeping things ‘fun’.”
Beyond its customer focus, Helical Drilling also “does the right thing” through contributions to multiple local charitable organizations that provide help to individuals, schools, communities, and the industry at large.
‘We Are HELICAL’
The company’s mission statement sums up its longstanding emphasis on innovation and relationship building to accomplish its goals: “Helical Drilling believes in ‘Just Doing the Right Thing.’ This means creating a safe and rewarding work environment to foster a sense of family and provide growth and development opportunities. We are committed to long-lasting relationships with our customers, vendors, and employees by treating them with respect and loyalty. We deliver unmatched value by integrating innovative field operations, engineered solutions and the passion of our employees to exceed customer expectations. We are HELICAL.”