#WyoStrong: Former oil trucker finds greener grasses

(Casper, Wyo.) - Is the grass greener on the other side? Casper lawn artist Justin Hathaway thinks so, as he left his oil field trucking job recently to pursue a new career where the grasses are actually greener than the black roads and oil he was working with. Hathaway has lived and worked in Wyoming for three years as an oilfield truck driver, hauling oil from "lovely Williston," as he put it. During his time, he put on over 400,000 miles of drive time. For another three years in the oil patch, he spent fracking with Sanjel Fracking. Before moving to Wyoming with his family, Hathaway worked for Turner Gas, then Tradestar brought him to Wyoming. He would eventually go to work for Iowa Tank Lines and Powder River Services hauling oil. "I met a lot of fun people from around the world, some great people, had some fun times, but I had to step out," Hathaway said. "It was the end of the line for me as there was slim pickings on work, the rates had dropped and I was barely making minimum wage." He left the oil trucking business and set his sites on a new career path. "The name," he said with a grin, "Oil Bust Lawn Care, it just kind of came to me. I was basically just sitting there, looking at the walls, thinking about what I was going to do." ​ Many have done the same thumb twirling in Wyoming with significant oil, gas and coal layoffs this year, but Hathaway decided he was going to do something different. "I made a list of all the things that I could do, which included the basics of landscaping from when I was younger, and I decided to run with it. I made the logo, got an LLC and posted the ad. " He has been booked up since putting the ad out, he mentioned that a local Realtor reached out to Oil Bust to take care of rental and new properties, and he has been taking on only what he can handle. "With my good ole push mower and weed eater, I have been doing about five to six lawns a day, just depends on the size of the yard. When snow flies, I will switch to shovels." Hathaway continued: "Mowing lawns is kind of similar to the patch, you really don't know what you're going to be doing that day or where you're going. Sometimes it is just minute to minute. One of the biggest things that the oil field taught me is my work and my drive. It teaches you to stay busy and to move, to make things happen." He misses the money, but he does not miss the weather and the time away from his family. "I have a wife and five kids. When I was fracking I worked two weeks on with only a week off. Truck driving is great, if your a single dude, but when you have a whole colony it is great to be home. It is nice to go out and do my own thing and be home every night." Hathaway reported that his goal is to grow the business and hopefully employ others who are going through the same struggles. "I just want to help people out, it is just how it is now. Everyone is looking for work wherever they can find it." #wyostrong #oilcity #news #county10 #bootstrapped #county17 #dally #reboot #springcity #buckrail