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LUFKIN Rods is the only privately owned and operated domestic sucker rod manufacturing plant in the USA. All our products are sourced and manufactured domestically, and our advanced manufacturing plant ensures the highest quality possible. Our automated system continually monitors the manufacturing process and ensures the quality is consistent from start to the finish. Throughout the entire manufacturing process, our quality control is unmatched in the industry. We offer more experience than any other Sucker Rod Provider and offer unparalleled solutions for your rod lift applications. LUFKIN Rods will help you meet and exceed your goals, and can offer expert help with predictive designs, correct product selection, accurate failure analysis, training and more.

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Our Team


Product Line Management

Russell Stevens

Product Line Manager

Tulsa, OK

With over 35 years in the artificial lift field, Russell Stevens has specialized in design, optimization, and failure analysis for sucker rod lift systems. An accomplished problem-solver with demonstrated knowledge and experience, Stevens has helped oil & gas companies around the World initiate and implement programs that identify and reduce failures associated with the artificial lift system. Russell is highly competent in areas of materials selection, design and optimization, sucker rod inspection and quality systems, corrosion and failure cause analysis. Stevens is responsible for reciprocating rod lift design and optimization, training, and failure analysis. He is a member of SPE, NACE, ASM and API’s Sub-Committee 11 on “Field Operating Equipment.” He served on various API Task Groups concerning the specifications and recommended practices for pumping units, subsurface pumps and sucker rods and is the past chairman for the newly revised API 11B on sucker rod specifications. In 2014, Russell was the recipient of the JC Slonneger Award presented by the Southwestern Petroleum Short Course and sponsored by the Petroleum Industry of West Texas in cooperation with the Texas Tech’s Department of Petroleum Engineering.

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Gary Abdo

Global Engineering Manager, Rods Products

Oklahoma City, OK

Gary began his career in the oilfield after graduating with a mechanical engineering degree from Oklahoma State University. With 22 years of experience in reciprocating rod lift (RRL), Gary has helped design and optimize RRL systems all over the world. He specializes in designing and optimizing deviated and directional wells and has helped developed rod guide product lines for Norris, NOV and Weatherford. He has expert knowledge of sucker rods, material selection, design optimization, guide placement and root cause failure analysis. He has developed RRL training programs including SROD and Rodstar design classes, sucker rod failure analysis, design optimization, sucker rod and rod guide material selection, rod guide well design, and care and handling.

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Jason Brooks

General Manager, Manufacturing

Nappanee, IN

ason Brooks began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1989. He values high integrity, character, and work ethic, with a high value on perfection both professionally and personally.

With 30 plus years experience in the Oil and Gas Industry, he has performed roles in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Operations as well as other various functions.

Mr. Brooks joined US Rod in November of 2018 as General Manager for their facility in Nappanee, IN overseeing the project to build a world class Sucker Rod Facility. Before joining US Rod, he was General Manager at Weatherford at the Greenville, TX complex which represent most of his experience.

In the course of his career, Jason managed teams of 600+ employees in different domestics and international facilities being responsible for their Safety, Quality, Production and domestic financials. He also led Greenville into the modern era of forging sucker rod with a full Robotic/Automation system. He was an intricate part of the expansion of two new Sucker Rod Plants being built ($80M Project) in Greenville Tx.

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Mark Mitchell

Director, Sales

Oklahoma City, OK

Starting his career with Noble Drilling in 1978, Mark has over 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry with over 25 years directly in the artificial lift field. He specializes in rod lift applications with predictive designs, correct product selection, guide placement and failure analysis. Mark also has extended experience with subsurface pumps and their applications. Mark is recognized as being one of the best predictive rod design experts in the industry, helping his customers to optimize the entire artificial lift system. He can also recommend solutions for existing troublesome wells. Mark’s experience in Montana, North Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and West Texas gives him a strong understanding of different environments and how to best optimize and design for challenging well bores.

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Jim Hunter

Director, Distribution Sales

Denver, CO

With over 40 years in the oil and gas industry, Jim has extensive expertise in artificial lift applications specializing in rods and sub surface pumps. His experience is widespread. Jim’s knowledge from the New Mexico San Juan Basin, North Dakota Bakken, Utah Uinta Basin and oilfields in Eastern Colorado and California is valuable in his ability to suggest and optimize rod lift applications in a wide variety of well environments.

Jim started his career in 1978 in the sub surface pump shop with Oilwell Supply in Fort Morgan Colorado, he also worked as a store manager for The Bovaird Supply Company in Farmington NM. In 1992 Jim moved back to Denver to work for Norris rods and in 2007 he became Sales manager. In June of 2010 Jim and 6 of his co-workers started Rod Lift Consulting which later sold to Schlumberger. Jim joined US Rod Company in 2018 as National Sales Manager. Jim has developed many close friendships over the course of his career and has been an API member for 30 years and a SPE member for 25 years.

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Dean Halseth

Manager, Area Sales

Williston, ND

Dean has over 35 years experience in the oil and gas industry, all in North Dakota. Dean has experience in a variety of positions including pump shops, supply stores and as a foreman with an oilfield construction and insulation company. More recently, Dean spent 16 years with Harbison Fischer as warehouse manager and as an area salesman. After, Dean accepted a sales position with Northern States Supply selling industrial tools in the Bakken oil fields. In July 2014, Dean took a sales position with Rod Lift Consulting selling sucker rods and artificial lift equipment. Dean recently accepted the Area Sales Manager position for US Rod Company in early 2019. Dean is highly respected by his customers and he believes strongly that quality and service are a major part of business relationships, and strives to exceed customer expectations.

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