History of MTS Solutions


Serving California since 1983

MTS Solutions, which has serviced oil wells in California for over thirty years, has earned a reputation for the highest standards in service, quality of products and safety. MTS’ capabilities include servicing producers, injectors, generators, disposal wells, gas plants, co-generation plants, refineries and line cleanup. The company is headquartered in Bakersfield. MTS Solutions began as Mitchell-Taylor & Sons in July 1983 when Jay Mitchell and Byrl Taylor purchased the stimulation services division of Champion Chemicals. Taylor, a native of Bakersfield, began his career with Diversified Chemicals Corp. where he became assistant regional manager for the Los Angeles Basin. He later joined Champion Chemicals and ultimately became western regional manager.

Mitchell began his career in 1974 with Diversified Chemicals. He later joined Champion Chemicals and became district manager in Bakersfield with responsibility for the San Joaquin Valley and Coastal Region Fields. Even in its early days, finding solutions was what MTS was all about.

Mitchell, who grew up in Bakersfield and graduated from Bakersfield College, is a third generation oilman. His grandfather, P. D. Mitchell, was a drilling superintendent who pioneered California oil development in the Los Angeles Basin and San Joaquin Valley fields. His father, Jerry Mitchell, was a partner in Western Avenue Properties, the umbrella company for several pump and supply and liquid waste management firms.

Today, the company continues to progress with technical advances, the invention of production chemicals to enhance production and assist in well maintenance, and an emphasis on working safely each day. MTS offers a wide variety of well maintenance products and services. The company also provides traditional chemicals and a line of environmentally friendly green products for those looking for the same effective results.

The core values at MTS, developed through more than three decades experience, include safety, teamwork, solution and reliability. At MTS, health and safety is the number one priority. Every member of the team is personally committed—24/7—to his or her own safety and the safety of others, both on and off the job. MTS has a full-time safety manager who oversees the equipment and training needed to keep everybody safe. The importance that MTS places on teamwork can never be overstated. The MTS ‘team’ includes both the MTS staff and its customers. The company’s commitment to both is absolute and unwavering and 100 percent team satisfaction is the goal.

Because many jobs are unique and require a versatile approach, MTS is focused on finding solutions to often challenging problems. MTS employs the most efficient and cost-effective and laboratory-designed processes to achieve optimal, timely results. MTS is noted for its reliability because customers know it delivers the results it promises. The company realizes that two things are needed to make a team—leaders and players—and that it takes hard work, effort, leadership, vision and players to make a good team. “We are committed to meeting or exceeding our customers’ high expectations and earning their trust by providing stateof- the-art oil field services, and always performing with the greatest possible focus on safety, efficiency, real-time execution in complete compliance with regulatory and environmental requirements,” explains Byrd. Taylor retired from the firm in 1993 and Tommy Reed served as president of MTS Solutions since Mitchell retired in 1989. Reed was President until he retired in 2020. Reed was manager for Di-Chem Dresser before joining MTS in 1983. Monda Byrd served as Vice President from 2016 until 2020 when she became President. December of 2022 MTS Stimulation Services, Inc. sold to MTS Solutions, LLC with the new owners being Virgie Beard and Oreste Risi. May of 2023 John Fordham became General Manager.