Henniker Directional Drilling (HDD) was founded in 2001 by Jeff Martin and his partner Rick Patenaude who is
the vice president of Contoocook Well Co. Inc., a Henniker, NH, residential water well drilling company.
Holding NH Water Well Drilling license #1, Contoocook Artesian Well
is operated by third generation family
owner Rick Patenaude.
Founders Jeff Martin and Rick Patenaude saw directional drilling as a complement to the well
company's services. Throughout New England, directional drilling is in demand to make utility
connections and road crossings for the growing commercial and housing markets. Directional
drilling helps preserve the region's established road infrastructure and is often the best
option to keep traffic moving.
Jeff Martin and Rick Patenaude, founders of Henniker Directional Drilling, shared a vision: that underground
drilling - whether horizontal or vertical - would be the means more often for bringing water, cable,
sewer, electricity, and other utilities to homes and businesses. It would succeed in New England
because there would be no need to rip up established roads and expensive infrastructure.
Martin worked at Ingersoll Rand for 15 years, bringing an expertise to HDD that influences the tools
the crews choose and use in the field. Martin is known for successfully completing challenging projects
others have been reluctant to accept. He has been involved in specialized drilling projects since 1986 with
Ingersoll Rand, Versa Drill, and Atlas Copco thru 2008. Henniker Directional drilling has completed bores 2000
feet in length, up to 30" pipe and in rock and soil conditions.
The types of projects we bore include:
- Gravity and pressure sewer
- Telecommunication lines (fiber)
- Water service
- Power service
- Drain installation
HDD is focused on safety, accuracy, and completion in a timely manner.