Johnson Drilling Co. was founded in 1945 by Harold Johnson. Originally a mining operation in San Diego, Johnson moved the company to Academy Avenue in Sanger and began drilling water wells. However, he could never get mining out of his heart, and when Pat Rhodes joined him in 1970 he realized Rhodes had a greater passion for drilling wells. Rhodes took over the company in 1975 and ran the business for 20 years with his wife Darlene moving the location to Kings Canyon Road outside of Reedley, where it resides today. Throughout the years the Rhodes' made their devotion to hard work, their customers and their employees the elements that make Johnson Drilling Co. a presence in the industry.
Pat and Darlene Rhodes sold the business in 1995 to his three brothers and sister who have worked at Johnson Drilling Co. all their working lives. Currently the business is run by brothers Dennis Rhodes and Kenneth Rhodes. They have continued to grow the business to its present size, buying a new drill rig and updating all the service trucks.
Johnson Drilling Co. keeps up with the times and new techniques. Many of the employees have worked for the business for over 20 years and customers have become old friends. While making new friends we are pioneering new techniques. Drillers call from across the country asking for information so they can set up their drill rigs like ours. The business consists of drilling hardrock wells in the foothills, casing driven wells in the valley, including cobblestone wells in the river bottom, municipal wells in the difficult glacial till of the Mammoth Mountain area, and municipal, domestic and irrigation wells from Los Angeles to Sacramento. Our wide range of drilling skills sends Johnson Drilling Co. in many interesting directions.