Our Story

70 Years of Groundbreaking Drilling Solutions

We know a lot about directional drilling because we’ve been in this business a long time. Our founder Fred Melsheimer saw a problem in the drilling industry, so he went about fixing it. In 1946, when he introduced the first horizontal directional drilling system to the public, he set a standard that we still live up to over 70 years later.

When versatile designs meet quality materials, dependable HDD tools are born. We hire expert engineers who put their designs to work, right away. We know that high quality drilling solutions are only as good as the job they perform, so we take them out of the workshop and into the field to see how they hold up under pressure. By watching our tools work and watching the way drillers work with our tools, we refine our designs to pack the most punch at a reasonable price. The result: long-lasting, Earth-chomping, tough-as-nails tools that help drillers cover more ground while limiting expenses.

We’re not out to make a quick buck. We’re out to keep the drilling industry moving forward. We stand by our products because we know that they’ll stand up to the toughest conditions nature puts in your path. You can’t control what you’ll run into underground. But you can control the quality of tools you choose. If you’re looking for unmatched quality at value pricing remember that “Nothing bores like a Borzall.”

Proud to Be Going Green

solar-panelsaWe don’t just protect drillers, we protect the Earth. Our Santa Maria plant houses 800 solar panels producing almost 150 kilowatts of power, enough solar electric energy to provide over 90% of the plant’s needs. We also cut our lighting energy usage in half by using skylights in offices & production spaces and replacing all our metal halide plant lighting with high-efficiency T5 fluorescent lights. We recently brought on two electric cars for business use which we recharge at the two plug-in stations in our north parking lot. When you see the “Made with Solar Power” label, not only are you getting a quality tool priced for value but you know that tool is made in a clean, high-tech environmentally friendly facility.

A Brief History of Melfred Borzall

  • 1946


    Machinist, welder and innovator Fred Melsheimer launches Melfred Welding & Manufacturing, designing and creating tools for the first horizontal directional drilling system.

  • 1946


    Fred’s two sons, Ted and Dick Melsheimer start working after school at Melfred Welding & Manufacturing. Like their father, both are inventors and dreamers, developing hydraulic-powered drill rigs and designing the the DynaMole, a self-propelled boring machine that could bore and pull in 1500+ feet of gas pipe per day.

  • 1946


    Ted Melsheimer invents the successful line of Mustang pipe squeeze off tools.

  • 1946


    Fred’s son-in-law, Larry Coots, joins the company. As a talented mechanic and sales expert, he possesses the right blend of skills to get these tools into the right hands to lay the groundwork for a changing industry.

  • 1946


    Dick Melsheimer launches Borzall Equipment, dedicated to designing and manufacturing drilling systems that could bore further while disturbing less ground. Borzall Equipment produces bits, reamers and other drill parts that last longer and stand up to tougher conditions and make drilling more productive than ever before.

  • 1946


    Borzall Equipment redesigns the DynaMole self-propelled boring machine for even better daily production of utility installations.

  • 1946


    Melfred Welding joins forces with Borzall Equipment to create Melfred Borzall, Inc.

  • 1946


    Melfred Borzall develops, demonstrates and sells the world’s first commercially available horizontal directional drilling system, the Sure Shot. Dick and other Melfred Borzall staff travel around the country, demonstrating this new technology and its tremendous possibilities for commercial drilling solutions.

  • 1946


    Melfred Borzall partners with first international distributor in the United Kingdom. This opens up opportunities for international expansion, ultimately resulting in Melfred Borzall distributors that span five continents.

  • 1946


    Melfred Borzall expands distributor networks throughout the United States to ensure that drillers can get the tools they need right away.

  • 1946


    Melfred Borzall focuses on creating and selling the signature long-lasting red tools that make every other HDD rig more productive.

  • 1946


    Melfred Borzall celebrates it’s 70th anniversary.

  • 1946


    Melfred Borzall’s mission remains unchanged: to enable a more efficient, cost effective means of installing utilities underground so utility contractors can be as productive and profitable as possible.

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We’re committed to helping directional drillers remain productive and profitable. Our knowledgeable sales staff are here to answer your questions and get you the right tools for the job.