History of Our Company

A history of drilling

1997 IDEA Drilling founded by Dick and Pam Backstrom in Montana.

  • 1997 Started with 1 drill rig
  • 1999 Moved to Minnesota to pursue taconite opportunities
  • Drilled 47,000 feet
  • 2000-2001 Began other drilling projects with Polymet, Wallbridge and Franconia
  • Continued drilling taconite projects
  • 2003 Drilled 61,000 feet
  • 2007 Drilled 349,000 feet
  • 2008 Drilled 424,000 feet
  • 2009 Moved to new office and shop
  • 2010 13 drill rigs in fleet
  • Drilled 458,000 feet
  • 2011 Expanded drill fleet to 18 rigs
  • Built 7,200 square foot cold storage facility
  • 2013 Expanded to 20 drill rigs
  • 2014 Sonic Drill acquired, Engineering and Environmental Drilling services offered

Our Community

IDEA Drilling is proud to be a part of the Iron Range Community. We are committed to doing our part to build a stronger Iron Range for today and for generations to come. Our vision is simple: to say thank you to the community for the support we receive by investing both financially and in service leadership. We ensure our actions back up our vision to "pay it forward" by directing our corporate giving to support organizations that address vital community needs and issues.

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