Energy company shuts office in Rifle

About 20 Rifle jobs were among some 225 that disappeared when energy services provider EnerCrest Construction closed its five offices March 18.

Todd Erickson, chief development officer of the Denver-based EnerCrest oil field services company, said it closed its construction subsidiary but continues to operate EnerCrest Products, which provides ready-mix and aggregate materials, and KC Harvey, a professional services and consulting company.

The end of construction operations resulted in shutdowns of offices in Rifle and Greeley and locations in Louisiana, North Dakota and Wyoming. The Louisiana office took the hardest layoff hit, with about 125 people losing jobs. The Greeley office employed about 20 people, and the other two offices had about 30 workers each.

EnerCrest Construction worked on pipeline projects and built roads and well pads, Erickson said.

“Some areas were doing better than others, but as a whole we’ve seen a pretty good drop-off in business, and we were not able to sustain the company,” he said.

Energy development in areas such as western Colorado has begun to come back following the sharp decline in activity in 2009. But Erickson said credit is still tight, and other factors contributed to EnerCrest’s problems.

“It was just a difficult environment to operate in,” he said.


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