Building a Stronger Foundation: McKinney Drilling Company Announces Organization Restructure and Executive Promotions

  • Jun 15, 2016
  • Hanover, MD
Mdc Restructure

McKinney Drilling Company, a leader in the North America drilled shaft industry, announces an internal reorganization of their operations structure. The new structure includes aligning the offices into four geographic regions: North East, Mid-Atlantic, South East, and South Central. Three district managers were promoted to vice presidents to oversee each region’s field and office operations. Each vice president is responsible for the overall growth and management of the offices in their designated region. As part of the restructure, Seaboard Foundation offices in Virginia and Tennessee have been merged into McKinney offices. The Seaboard office in Ft. Worth, Texas will remain open and focus solely on the transmission line market sector.

The new structure will ensure more effective use of resources and industry leading processes and procedures, while promoting each region’s individual growth. Ultimately, the enhanced processes and procedures will improve McKinney’s service to clients.

An Introduction to the Vice Presidents

Lance E. Shreffler, P.E., Vice President of the North East Region


Lance E. Shreffler, P.E., holds a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He has over 17 years of experience with McKinney, specializing in project management, risk management, safety implementation, and process and procedure efficiency development. Shreffler has worked on notable projects such as the Tank Farm in Cushing, OK, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center NE in Monroeville, PA and Kaufmann’s Pittsburgh Mills Mall, involving the deepest known caissons in the Pittsburgh area. Shreffler is involved with key industry associations in the Pittsburgh area including participation in Constructor’s Association of Western PA (CAWP), Master Builder’s Associate (MBA-CAP), Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE), and Pittsburgh Builder’s Exchange (PBX). Shreffler is responsible for the Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, OH, Philadelphia, PA and Charleston, WV offices.  

Harold Gathers, Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Region


Harold Gathers joined McKinney Drilling as a foreman/project manager in 2004 after receiving a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Penn State University in 2003. Over 12 years he gained progressive responsibility, becoming a district manager for the Lorton/Woodstock, Virginia area in 2009. Gathers has been instrumental in building successful relationships in the region, leading to several large transmission line projects such as the Lexington to Dooms transmission lines. Another successful project was a joint venture with sister company Case Foundation working on the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Gathers is responsible for the McKinney and Seaboard offices in Woodstock, VA, and Winston Salem, NC, which cover Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, and North Carolina.  

Michael Robinson, Vice President of the South East Region


Michael Robinson started his career with McKinney as a laborer after graduating Durrett High School in 1980 and later became an operator. He left McKinney to work for his family-owned drilling business, where he gained broad and extensive knowledge in project and office management. In 2005, Robinson returned to McKinney in Louisville, KY as an assistant manager before becoming district manager in 2008. Some notable projects he has worked on are bridge foundations for the I-69 Indiana projects in Oakland City, IN and Toyota Manufacturing in Georgetown, KY. Robinson is responsible for the offices in Louisville, KY, Atlanta, GA, Memphis, TN, and Blountville, TN. 

Commenting on the recent restructure and promotions Jim Eikenberg, chief financial officer, stated: “We are excited about the new structure and the promotion of the four new vice presidents. Together, our new VPs have more than 50 years invested in McKinney Drilling and Seaboard Foundations and they are looking to take both companies to the next level.”  

McKinney’s business office is located at 7550 Teague Rd., Suite 300, Hanover, MD 21076. For more information about the reorganization and the full range of services offered by McKinney and Seaboard, contact Jim Eikenberg