Cotton Gin International exists to expand safe water access globally by providing industry leading technical training and consulting.
“The worst thing we can do is help a few people,” said Michael Montgomery, Cotton Gin International’s founder, about starting a water drilling education and consulting business. After finalizing a transaction between his company, WEST Engineering Services (WEST), and Lloyd’s Register in 2012, Michael contemplated how he could reduce suffering throughout the world.
During his 38-year career in the offshore drilling industry working on floating drilling rigs, Michael saw, first-hand, the devastation caused by the the global water crisis. From his work in West Africa, the Philippines, and countless other locations throughout the world, Michael witnessed the suffering brought on by poor water quality and lack of clean water access.
After selling WEST Engineering, Michael focused his interests on helping the poor and underserved, and he learned how unsafe drinking water is a leading culprit behind poverty, illness, education gaps and many other challenges faced by millions. In 2014 Michael was asked to join the
Living Water International (LWI) advisory board of directors, and since 2012, he has been a member of the organization’s H2Oil Committee, a group focused on showing the oil and gas industry how they can help the world’s thirsty. After learning more about LWI and how they provide lifesaving water to the thirsty and suffering worldwide, Michael identified key strategies that WEST had utilized to become the world leader in blowout preventer (BOP) training, inspection and testing that could significantly improve the water drilling industry.
After Michael led the training efforts behind LWI’s first-ever water drilling seminar in Zambia in July 2014, he decided to launch a company that would strive to improve water drilling standards globally and provide training and consulting services for drillers. The goal behind Michael’s efforts remain: to expand safe water access globally.