Special to The Sun
Gateway Services Group LLC has evolved from a pipeline company to a full-service company supplying their oil and gas clients with everything they need to do their job.
Jimmy and Selena McGuire, owners of Gateway Pipeline LLC, started Gateway Services Group LLC in 2002 with an office in Tulsa. McGuire, who had been supplying pipeline for about 10 years prior to that, saw the need for a survey company to provide surveying, drafting and mapping services for his current pipeline clients and by 2003 Gateway was growing.
Today, Gateway Services Group headquarters in Shawnee and recently opened an office in Edmond to be more centrally located in Oklahoma. Regional offices are in Fort Worth and San Antonio.
“We moved here in the fourth quarter of 2012,” said Kyle Thompson, Gateway’s business project manager, “and are on the fourth floor of the Gateway office building.” The building is the four-story office complex at 80 E. Fifth St. Offices are in Suite 400. The first three floors are leased out by the company to other businesses.
In addition to surveying, drafting and mapping the company added horizontal directional drilling, environmental services and on-site safety training a few years ago.
“Moving to Edmond is a statement,” Thompson said.
“With 200 to 250 employees, it is hard to talk to top metro talent when offices are not in the area,” he added.
While a student at the University of Central Oklahoma, Thompson was visiting with Roger Webb, the then president of UCO, who Thompson says was a mentor to him.
“Dr. Webb told me to focus on being a great corporate citizen and the rest will fall into place,” Thompson said.
Since Gateway provides oil and gas services for some of the top producers in Oklahoma like Chesapeake and Devon, Thompson said their services are not used by Edmond residents, and that is the reason the company has plunged head first in becoming a great corporate citizen.
“We are a top sponsor for the University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games,” Thompson said. “The benefit for our employees is that our company is attached to one of Edmond’s most important entities, the University of Central Oklahoma.”
Through the company’s affiliation with the Endeavor Games its company volunteers are able to watch and cheer an international event.
“UCO is the only university that is a Paralympic training site,” Thompson said. “Our company leadership likes to do a lot of things in the community that are low-key and offer direct help.”
The Edmond offices staffs 15 employees and offers services for land surveying, drafting and mapping.
“Several employees already with the company moved to Edmond when we opened offices here because of the Edmond Public Schools,” Thompson said. “When we post a job we get five to 10 times more applicants from Edmond.”
Thompson said Gateway Services is a niche group with ideas specific to what they do.
“We are a full circle energy company,” Thompson added, “providing everything from start to finish for oil and gas companies.”
The company will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday with the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce. It’s an opportunity for the public to see the company’s offices on the fourth floor. For more information, call 285-5884.