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CSI Industrial Contractors
3203 Peppers Ferry Road
Wytheville, VA  24382
About Us
Coalfield Services, Inc. was established in 1977 and has since grown as a consequence of our reputation for honesty and dedication to serving our customers' needs. Our employees represent hundreds of years of experience in civil / mechanical facilities construction and maintenance.
We specialize in providing the turn-key design, fabrication, and construction services necessary to install ventilation fan, personnel elevator, hoisting and material handling systems of all types for the mining industry and general industry applications. We can also provide a highly skilled labor force to perform preparation plant, power plant, or mine maintenance on a routine basis or during scheduled shutdowns.
However, we are not limited to work at mine or power plant sites. We also specialize in heavy lift crane, rigging, and millwright work including but not limited to the removal, transportation, installation and alignment of commercial and industrial products and equipment. Coalfield Services, Inc. has the construction and rigging equipment as well as expertise to fill virtually any general contracting need.
Corporate Resumes
» Stephen S. (Scott) Aker » G. Michael Houseman, Jr. » Rush Y. Sutherland
Stephen S. (Scott) Aker
Having grown up on a working farm, Scott developed an aptitude for mechanics at an early age. Attending grade and high school at Fort Chiswell, Virginia, he chose Virginia Tech for his college career. He obtained a BA in Business Administration at Tech.
Working during his high school and college days, Scott began his first full time job with Kitchen Construction. Starting with the basics, he was an oiler and apprentice on various mechanical and hydraulic crane crews. Scott quickly learned all aspects of crane operation, mobilization and maintenance.
Scott moved to Williams Crane and Rigging (now Williams Crane Service.) Williams, currently headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland saw a need for crane service in Western Virginia. Aker was a natural choice to run the branch which would be located in Wytheville, Virginia, a short distance from Scott’s childhood home. Scott quickly established the Wytheville branch as a major player in the crane and rigging business in western Virginia, Southern West Virginia and East Tennessee. Scott developed a fabrication component to the Williams operation, filling a need for small volume, custom fabrication. In the mid-seventies, the coalfields of Southwest Virginia and Southern West Virginia were experiencing a boom. Scott quickly established an excellent relationship with mine operations in these locales.
During this time, Scott could see that Williams did not have the zeal for working in the coalfields. Over time, limited resources endangered service to these important customers. Because of this obvious need, Aker established his own company in November of 1977. With a partner he worked with at Williams, Scott worked for over a year from his home in Wytheville, Virginia. Subsequently, he acquired land just outside the town of Wytheville and set up shop. Over time, the operation grew from two men with almost no resources to a company generating annual sales in excess of $18 million and with an average of nearly 100 employees.
What began as a small crane and rigging operation became a corporation providing a wide range of general industrial construction services. Mr. Aker has also fulfilled a long-term objective, establishing a new fabrication facility with the latest in steel cutting and finishing equipment.
G. Michael Houseman, Jr.
Michael Houseman’s original goal was far from managing and owning part of an industrial contracting firm. Mr. Houseman was raised in Wythe County, Virginia attending school in the small town of Rural Retreat.
Michael obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Emory & Henry University. During his time at Emory, he spent a summer at Brown University furthering his education. During a couple of those summers, Houseman worked at Coalfield Services doing various jobs, including a lot of mowing grass. Scott Aker, Coalfield’s founder and President, was impressed with this young man’s work ethic and intelligence.
Graduating near the top of his class at Emory, Houseman was offered an opportunity to enter a doctoral program in Chemistry at UNC. Michael launched into the doctoral program with his usual enthusiasm. Mr. Aker, still remembering Michael’s summer work at CSI, was ready to bring some fresh blood into the organization. While it was a difficult choice for Michael to leave the doctoral program, Scott was able to persuade him to cast his lot with Coalfield Services.
Michael started immediately learning the business from the ground up. He quickly absorbed the various aspects of operations. Always anxious to gain knowledge, Michael made a decision to obtain an MBA degree to reinforce his growing experience. He was accepted into a cross continent program at Duke University. Impressively, Houseman was able to manage his job at CSI, while making his customary excellent grades in his MBA coursework. The experience in Europe, as well as his time at Duke University proved invaluable to Coalfield Services.
Mr. Houseman is now a stockholder of Coalfield Services and serves as the Corporation Vice President and General Manager. Together with Scott Aker, Michael has realized the vision of opening a new fabrication facility with the latest in steel cutting and finishing equipment.
Rush Y. Sutherland
Rush Sutherland grew up only two miles from Coalfield Service office, being born only two months before CSI was incorporated. Another product of a farming family, Rush became interested in anything that had a motor. He was particularly interested in John Deere tractors. His interest in farm related machinery was the beginning of a desire to learn engineering.
After a secondary education in Wytheville, Virginia, Sutherland began taking classes at Virginia Tech while continuing to work on family farms. Rush began his career at Coalfield Services during his college studies. He continued to pursue his degree over the next few years. His job at Coalfield Services brought an opportunity for practical application of what he learned at the University.
After graduation, Rush focused on ventilation, hoisting and hydraulics, primary areas of CSI projects. Sutherland has developed an excellent rapport with many of Coalfield’s customers, dealing effectively with complex engineering issues.
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