Sam’s Well Drilling is a family owned business located in Randolph, WI and is owned by the Vander Galien family, including Sam Jr. and his wife Sylvia, Jim and Sid (Sons) and Ray (Son in Law). The well drilling business has been a part of the Vander Galien family for quite some time; Grandpa, Bill Vander Galien drilled wells dating back to the 1930’s. The current business was started in 1947 by Sam Vander Galien, Sr., when he traded in his Model A Ford and purchased the first cable tool drilling rig. Sam Jr. helped his dad while in high school and has worked full time at the business ever since.
Sam Sr. purchased his first rotary rig in 1964. What a change this brought to the well drilling industry! Rotary Drilling was a more efficient way of drilling a well. A rotary rig could accomplish in a day or two what would take a bale tool rig weeks to do. Sam’s was one of the first in Wisconsin to purchase a new rotary drilling rig. In 1978, Sam Jr. purchased the business from his father. In the late 70s’ early 80’s, Sam’s had 3 rigs that were servicing south central Wisconsin. Sam’s continued to experience growth. In 1986, Jim Vander Galien, Sam’s oldest son, began to drill wells just as his father had some twenty years prior. Since that time, Sam’s son-in-law Ray and son Sid have joined the business. During the late 80’s and early 90’s, Sam’s has been adding new equipment periodically. There are now more than 12 rigs that are in operation, which means that Sam’s has one of the largest fleet of rigs in the State of Wisconsin. The services that are offered include primarily residential, municipal, irrigation, and geothermal.
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Over the last several years there has been much change at Sam’s. The company now employs over 30 people and services the entire State of Wisconsin, Northern Illinois Eastern Iowa and SE Minnesota. The employees at Sam’s are dedicated courteous and knowledgeable and can help with any questions or problems that need to be addressed. Sam’s takes pride in their employees, and they are treated like family. This is expressed in the quote from Sam Jr., “We are thankful for our great employees and how they work as a team. They contribute their individual skills towards the success of the company”.
The biggest and most noticeable change is that of the present facility. The building is easily noticed from Hwy 33 by its red and white colors. Sam’s has tripled the actual size of the facility by allowing for a state of the art service area. The facility now has a service shop with five bays and a special bay that allows the derricks (towers) to be placed in their vertical position for service and maintenance. Sam’s has a full time mechanic staff that services the equipment and keeps everything running smoothly. This is an asset to the company as Sam’s values quality, efficient and prompt service and an important part of that is having equipment that is always operating in top condition.
Although there have been many changes throughout the years, one thing has remained the same- Sam’s believes in providing quality water supply to their customers through prompt and courteous service. This can best be reflected in a quote offered by Sam Vander Galien, Jr., “Well water – it’s something that most of us take for granted. The area we work in has been blessed with a plentiful aquifer that contains good quality water. We all need to use and protect this most precious natural resource. We at Sam’s are thankful to be involved in supplying the well water needs of people all over southern Wisconsin”. This shows the passion and level of commitment that has made Sam’s Well Drilling into what it is today.