Elk Point Drilling
Elk Point Drilling is a third generation, family-run business servicing the needs of Alberta and Saskatchewan from two locations in Spruce Grove, Alberta and North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
Elk Point Drilling was founded by Joe Topilka back in 1950. The company was originally located in Elk Point, Alberta which is where the name came from. After only a short time in business, Joe moved both the family and business to Edmonton, Alberta. He was the first drilling company in western Canada to successfully use stainless steel sand screens and also incorporated oilfield technology such as the first electric logger used in the completion of water wells in western Canada.
Joe’s son, Jerry, was able to take Joe’s ideas and carry them even further. Jerry was one of the first to run PVC casing as well as developing the first threaded PVC well casing. Jerry, with the help of his long time Partner, John Soloninko, expanded the company to what it is today. Jerry has always been a major contributor to the drilling industry as a whole by assisting to establish and maintain the Alberta Water Well Drilling Association and by initiating a water well drilling apprenticeship program and instructing for many years.
Jerry’s son, Kelly, has always worked within the company. However, in his early years of drilling Kelly has had the opportunity to work in different fields expanding his knowledge of the drilling industry which enables Kelly to continue to grow the company in today’s evolving market. Kelly is a Journeyman Water Well Driller, taken the NAIT Groundwater Engineering Program, worked for the Alberta Research Council and is a Journeyman Oilfield Rig Tech 3 Driller. Kelly has continued to expand the company to be more involved in the oilfield and industrial markets and maintain success in residential water well drilling.