Our History

The Founder's PlaneJohn Joseph (Jack) Coates, considered a visionary by today’s right of way professionals, had an idea to create a company with the unique concept of contracting right of way services.  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. 

Ethics Newsletter clippingThe United States in the 1950s was powerful, progressive and spirited. There was a feeling of excitement, hope and anticipation. Great accomplishments were to be made. Jack Coates knew that. He also knew what it would take to make his new company a lasting success: hard work, good people and an unwavering commitment to honesty, integrity, stability and ethical business conduct. These traits have become synonymous with 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. From there, as Jack Coates was fond of saying, it was “onward and upward.” Coates Field Service, Inc., recognized as the first right of way acquisition firm, was on its way.
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