Ranger Plant Constructional Company, Inc. was founded in June of 1972, in Abilene, TX. The company was formed by Cecil Castleman, Frank Ford, and Woody Strickland. Cecil, Frank, and Woody were friends for many years and had worked together during this time for other contractors. They began working in the industry at a very young age. Cecil, at the age of 19, went to work for El Paso National Gas Company. Frank, at 22, started working for Dresser Engineering Company. At 22, Woody began working for Olsen Engineering Corporation. Throughout the years, they became highly respected for their knowledge and expertise in the installation of compressor stations; which included large diameter pipe, hot tie-ins into existing pipelines, hydro-testing, oil flushing, concrete, instrumentation, electrical and start-up. Their top priority was to meet project milestones, especially startup dates. With this in mind, they built a team that became highly respected for their expertise and project management.
In 1971, Ben Greene, Construction Director for Tennessee Gas Transmission, knew Cecil and Frank were interested in starting a construction business. He advised them to decide on a company name and get a banker; then he would add them to Tennessee Gas’ bid list. Mr. Greene had met Cecil and Frank years before when they were with Olson Engineers, the General Contractor on an extensive project for Tennessee Gas Transmission. The widespread project covered an area from Chalmette, LA to Ada, MN. Throughout the construction of this project, Mr. Greene and his team held numerous meetings with Cecil and Frank due to their invaluable expertise in compressor station installation.
Ben Greene’s encouragement was the final blessing Cecil, Frank, and Woody needed to start the company. Ranger Plant Constructional Company was founded in 1972 with a foundation built on integrity, impeccable work ethics, and consistently meeting milestones.