Highlights and Major Projects
John Joseph Coates had a dream. He was carrying on the abstract and title business originated by his father and uncle back in Territorial days, but in the back of his mind was the wish to start a service company for the benefit of the oil and gas industry. In March 1950, he started on the organization of Coates Field Service, Inc.. According to the records of the Secretary of State at the Oklahoma State Capitol, the Articles of Incorporation were filed on Coates on June 13, 1950.
The company’s first job was acquisition for a 145-mile natural gas transmission line in Louisiana, for United Gas Pipeline.
Another major job was for Northern States Power Company-- acquisition for new power line construction throughout Minnesota. Approximately 300 miles were acquired from 1951-54.
Coates received the first contract from Oklahoma Gas & Electric, for a 10-mile power line extension in Purcell, Oklahoma. Other jobs included title and tax compromise work for the G. A. Nichols Estate and acquisition and title search for the Oklahoma City Board of Education.
Florida Power Company made a long-term agreement with Coates to acquire approximately 500 miles for power line extensions throughout Florida.
Pipeline work increased dramatically, with Coates signing on clients such as Transok, Phillips Petroleum, Cities Service and Kansas Gas Supply. First contract is signed with Public Service Company of Oklahoma for electric power line work.
Other new clients included DX Sunray Oil Company, Oklahoma Highway Department and U. S. Engineers Justice Department.
Carolina Pipeline Company awarded Coates with a contract for mapping and acquisition for a 340-mile natural gas pipeline system in South Carolina, and East Ohio Gas Company contracted with Coates to acquire 125 miles.
Other major projects included two segments for El Paso Natural Gas Products Company (200 miles and 250 miles), acquisition, survey and mapping of 100 miles of electric transmission line in New Mexico for Kermack Nuclear Fuels and 90 miles of pipeline, from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, La., for Shell Pipeline Co.
Coates expanded across the U.S., taking on an 85-mile project for Connecticut-Massachusetts Pipeline Corporation and a 1000-mile project in Montana for Big Flat Electric Cooperative.
Coates signed the first contract with AT&T--500 miles across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, for a buried cable project.
New clients included Peoples Natural Gas Company (Pennsylvania); Cometa Corporation (New York), South Georgia Natural Gas, The Lark Corporation (California), New York State Electric and Gas, Sibon Pipeline Company (Louisiana); and New Bedford Gas & Edison Light Company (Massachusetts).