Graco’s Chairman and CEO, Dan started working in the oil and gas industry in 1966 with various drilling contractors in the State of California. Experiences included working on the first geothermal well drilled in California, while working for Brown Drilling Co., and working offshore in Washington on the Blue Water #2, for Santa Fe Drilling. After serving in the U. S. Army from 1968 to 1970, Dan then returned to the oil and gas industry, working on and offshore in various capacities including that of a fishing tool supervisor.
In August of 1978, Dan and four partners started Graco Fishing and Rental Tools, Inc. ultimately becoming its sole owner in 1982. Guiding the Company’s growth since its inception, the Company’s activities currently range in locations from Canada to Venezuela and from California to Pennsylvania, which are supported through plant locations spanning nine states.