A start-up business that helps companies in the oil and gas industry connect with suppliers is opening its third location in Pinedale.
Pivot Energy Solutions LLC is opening its new distribution center on Country Club Lane, founder and chief executive officer Jeff Zimmerman said.
“The easiest way to explain it is that we’re like Amazon for oil and gas,” he said.
Zimmerman said rather than visiting with perhaps 20 different representatives from different companies about a particular product or service they need, companies will be able to use Pivot Energy as a one-stop shop for energy supplies and services. The company will handle traffic through its online presence, www.Pivot-Energy.com. If it doesn’t have the goods the industry needs at its distribution center, its staff will pivot quickly to get what’s needed.
“They can go there and request the goods and we will go find them,” Zimmerman said.
The company’s website emphasizes what it calls “the Pivot Platform,” a software created for energy professionals to streamline purchasing power. The goal is to save the industry time, lower cost and provide quality service and goods. “The platform is designed to identify equipment options for operators and create new opportunities for providers,” the Pivot Energy website says.
The company will start with one or two employees in Pinedale, but Zimmerman believes the market will support perhaps as many as 20 as the industry becomes aware of what Pivot Energy can do.
Chief legal officer Joe Evers agreed that’s possible.
“I think it all depends on the type of activity we get out of the Jonah field and what it would take to service those accounts,” Evers said. “There’s a lot of activity that we think will continue well into the future.”
The company’s other locations are in Greeley, Colorado, and Parachute, Colorado. But Zimmerman and Evers said because all of Pivot’s partners attended the University of Wyoming, the western part of the state.
“Everybody who is associated with Pivot has Wyoming roots,” Evers said. “It was important to get part of the business back into Wyoming and the Wyoming economy.”
Zimmerman, who is from Rifle, Colorado, said he spent two and a half years at the University of Wyoming, where he played football along with Evers. They were college roommates. Evers, who is from Sheridan, said a third partner in the company was also a University of Wyoming football player, Jesson Salyards of Haxtun, Colorado. He’s Pivot’s chief technical officer.
Zimmerman said Pinedale fits well within the company’s focus on the Rocky Mountain region.
“It’s a great place. It seems like most of the people in the Jonah Field or (Pinedale) Anticline area live in Pinedale or Rock Springs. There’s definitely a lot of reserves out there,” Zimmerman said. “Business is growing. We’re a year in business now. Three different locations in a year is pretty good.”