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Lovington oilfield services firm opens Roswell base

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Legendary Services LLC, which has operated in Lovington since June 2005, is opening a Roswell facility. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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A Lovington oilfield services company is expanding its operations in Roswell, with plans to construct a new building on East Brasher Road and employ up to 12 people within the next six months.

“We always felt we were missing out on the market closer to Roswell, east of Roswell, around Roswell, so we had it in our sights for a while to be in that market,” said Rogelio Hernandez Jr., who calls himself Junior Hernandez.

He said he has owned and operated Legendary Services LLC since June 2005 and has been in the industry since 1999.

Legendary Services, he said, provides hot water, hot oilers, kill trucks, vacuum trucks and lease operators (people who monitor and record daily oilfield production).

The company works in Lea, Eddy and Chaves counties and has counted Roswell-based oil production companies as clients — from large firms to small, independent operators — for many years.

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“We have found a good core of employees that we have hired and retained in Roswell, starting with Robert Sanchez, who will be supervisor over that facility,” Hernandez said, adding that now his Roswell employees won’t have to commute every day.

Hernandez said that his company purchased the East Brasher Road property, just east of South Main Street, about four years ago. County records show the property is owned by Buena Vida LLC, with Hernandez as its registered agent.

In June, Legendary Services began to prepare the site for its Roswell base. Now fresh and water brine tanks and trucks are in a fenced off area, while work for a drive pad is ongoing on another portion of the property. Hernandez said only water, no biohazard materials, will be kept on the site.

Hernandez said the company also has hired an engineering firm, contractor and architect for the 3,500-square-foot facility that he expects will be completed by spring 2019.

With six Roswell employees now, Legendary Services expects to hire about another six soon, which would include equipment operators, lease operators and commercial drivers. Hernandez said that his hope is that the local business will one day be as large as the Lovington operation, which has about 40 employees.

He thinks his company is among the few oilfield services businesses to open in the area in the past decade.

While the oil industry is booming right now, Hernandez said his company’s expansion is not due to that, but rather a commitment to the Roswell community and his Chaves County and north Delaware Basin clients.

“We have grown our business with sure footing and foundation,” he said. “We are looking for established firms, established leases and established work, not necessarily what the boom brings. … We are not going to chase the booms right now in Wyoming, or Pecos, Texas, or in North Dakota or Midland-Odessa.”

The Baker Hughes Rig Count, an industry standard, indicates 96 active oil and gas rigs in Chaves, Lea and Eddy counties as of September 2018 and 485 rigs in the Permian and Delaware basins of New Mexico and West Texas.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.