Westech to Change Name, Move Manufacturing Unit

Compiled by Jack Searles

Westech Geophysical Inc., a Ventura-based oil-field services firm, has changed its name and announced plans to move its manufacturing unit from Escondido to Ventura.

The company has changed its name to DHV International Inc. The initials stand for down-hole video, a fiber-optic inspection service that the company provides to oil and gas producers worldwide.

DHV expects to relocate its manufacturing plant to Ventura County in May, according to Philip K. Schultz, president and chief executive. He said corporate headquarters, now on Eastman Avenue, will move to the same Colt Street building in which the production plant will be located.

DHV also announced the appointment of two new executives. Joseph C. Crites, a former official of Baker Hughes Inteq and Petrolane, has been named senior vice president of manufacturing and development. And Clifford E. Enger II, formerly with Harding Lawson Associates and Eastman Christensen, was named vice president of finance and chief financial officer.

Westech was founded in the late 1970s to conduct video surveys of commercial and municipal water wells. The firm also surveyed nuclear test facilities for the U.S. Department of Energy. By the late 1980s, the company developed a coaxial cable system capable of exploring wells 10,000 feet deep.

As part of an agreement with a unit of Haliburton Co., DHV has deployed its system in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Indonesia and other countries.

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