Ken Hryciuk: the importance of teamwork

12/01/2018 - Canada
For Ken Hryciuk, there is an opportunity in every difficulty.

After gaining many years of experience in the oil and gas industry in Western Canada, Ken Hryciuk joined Vallourec Canada in July 2014. Since then, his position has evolved quite rapidly from Material Planner, to Planning and Production Control and Safety Coordinator. "This multi-hat role provides me with daily challenges that make my career at Vallourec interesting and engaging".

Safety, Planning and Production are Ken's watchwords: he must focus on providing his customer with extremely accurate information and fast response times to their questions. The information and data that stream through the position have to be filtered, refined, and then presented to the internal and external customers in a way that is tailored to their requirements. Safety cannot be delayed for any reason, and situations require immediate helpful responses.    

Vallourec's premium threading facility is located in the town of Paradise, on the island of Newfoundland, which is situated on the East Coast of Canada. There are currently 4 offshore rigs working the oil-rich basins of the North Atlantic Ocean approximately 200 miles (320km) east of the island. The plant threads 4-1/2" to 13-5/8" OD casing for super majors, majors and large integrated independents.

Ken explains how he and his colleagues take pride in supplying this market with high quality VAM® premium threads. "Over the years, our staff has become the go-to-people for solutions to our customers' regular and extraordinary threading requirements. It gives me great pride to be a part of the Vallourec Canada team and to assist in finding ways to make other people's daily routines easier." 

To conclude Ken adds "the advice that I would like to pass along to all Vallourec employees is when an occasion presents itself, seize it and make it yours! For example, Vallourec provides its employees with the abilities to quickly get closer to our customers and to show them we take ownership of the work that we do. Personally, I fully intend to leverage every one of those opportunities."