A Lancaster County drilling business has been adjusting to industry changes since it was founded in 1884, but this month they are adjusting to a different kind of change: Dana Flexman became the company's first female owner.
"I'm kind of like in a man's world," she said, "and I never think about it."
Flexman took over ownership of Myers Bros. Drilling, which is based in Landisville, at the end of February when her father retired. Flexman is the fifth generation of owners in a business that was founded by three families of cousins decades ago.
"I was asked to come and my grandmother worked here at the time, and she needed some help and I just came in part time...and it just went from there," she said.
Company president Ron Myers said Flexman has come a long way since then.
"She came in without tramping on any toes and was helping grandma out and fell right into the position."
Flexman is the company's office manager but her father Paul Myers, who handed her the business, said she's much more.
"She just isn't the secretary," he said. "She's part of the corporation."
Whenever she can, Flexman said she tries to get out of the office and go out on the drillings site.
Since taking ownership of the business, which employs 27 people, Flexman said not much has changed.
"It has not affected me at all, to be honest with you, nothing has changed," she said. "I still do the same thing, he [Myers] still comes to work for something to do and it really hasn't changed."
Regardless, Flexman believes she's proving a point for girls everywhere.
"There's no reason why they couldn't [get into this field]. They can do whatever they want."
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