National EWP Inc. has announced the addition of Gernot Penzhorn to the company’s executive team as chief operating officer. Penzhorn will respond to opportunities in the drilling industry, expand the company’s customer service, improve its operational performance and implement a targeted growth strategy.

“We are thrilled to welcome Gernot to the National family and are certain he is the kind of leader we have been in search of,” says Jeff Morgan, National’s CEO. “Gernot’s business acumen and love for the drilling industry born from 18 years of experience paired with his integrity and respect for people will launch National to the next level of safe, industry leading services to our valued clients.”

Penzhorn’s understanding of safety and his innovative focus are expected to allow National to continue its drive to set new industry safety standards. National’s hiring of Penzhorn is one part of its aggressive plans to raise the bar on safety, operational efficiency and quality, client service and business practices.

After beginning his career as an attorney in South Africa, Penzhorn entered the mining and drilling industries, in which he has developed a targeted expertise in diverse business development and operations management over the past two decades. Penzhorn’s experience, both nationally and internationally, in law, manufacturing, drilling operations and business management makes him an ideal fit for the company.

“National’s employee culture will welcome Gernot with open arms. I have spent over a year searching for the right fit for our company and feel we are lucky to have someone with Gernot’s experience and character on board. I am even more confident in National’s future by adding Gernot to our team of great people,” Morgan says.

Established in 2010, National Exploration, Wells & Pumps Inc. offers a full range of drilling services throughout the western U.S., with eight locations in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The company has a management team of individuals each having at least 25 years of industry experience and field support teams that are able to respond 24 hours a day. For more information, go to