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Rutledge Well Drilling & Pump Service, Inc.

"Family Owned Business Since 1979"

About Us

Rutledge Well Drilling and Pump Service, Inc. is a family-owned business started in 1979 by army veteran Mike Rutledge. The same dedication to country he exhibited in 1973 when he voluntarily joined the military during the Vietnam War has carried over to his company. Based in Atlanta, Indiana, Mike and his sons serve customers in communities located in Howard and Hamilton counties.

“Michael L. Rutledge graduated from Hamilton Heights High School in 1971,” says Beth Rutledge, Mike’s wife. “As most high school graduates, the options were to go to work, mainly in a factory, or attend college. Mike chose to attend Vincennes University and study aviation. That career did not take off the ground. Uncertain of his future, Mike decided to join the United States Army in 1973. The Vietnam War was raging overseas and was also causing rage here in the United States. He believed it was his patriotic duty to defend his country, its people and the freedom of the American way.”

Mike completed his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and was then sent to Texas for advance training in air artillery. For the duration of his service, he was stationed in Wackernheim, Germany, where he was a crewman on an air defense tank. Since there were only four positions on the tank, he was both a driver and a gunner. He was honorably discharged in September of 1978 after achieving the rank of Specialist 4th Class.

“It was then time for Mike to re-enter the workforce,” Beth says. “For a short time, he worked side by side with his dad, Leon ‘Shorty’ Rutledge, in the family plumbing business until his dad became too ill to continue working. Mike obtained a job at Central Supply, a plumbing wholesale house in Indianapolis. It was here that he was introduced to the well-drilling business. At the time we were newly married and starting a business with nothing in our pockets. We became creative and were able to buy an old sputter hammer rig. This was a slow and tedious process of pounding the steel pipe into the ground at a snail’s pace. However, it served us well.”

Later, with a goal to become more efficient and less labor intensive, Mike was able to find an old rotary well-drilling rig in southern Indiana. After many years of good, and sometimes bad experiences with that rig, he was able to finally secure a carousel rig where the lifting of heavy rods is minimal.

Mike has always involved his sons in the family business, even from a young age. Often, the boys would go with their dad on job sites. Today, the oldest, Nathan Rutledge, is a licensed well driller and pump installer, and has worked next to Mike for about 15 years. He is well-prepared to take over the business upon Mike’s retirement.

Brock Rutledge has his own career but is an experienced backhoe operator as well as a licensed pump installer. Levi Rutledge also works with his father, jumping in when needed, and is learning the business side of the operation. Mike’s grandson Braden proudly announced that when he grows up, he wants to drill wells in the family business.

“The future is bright for the Rutledges to continue serving hometown communities,” Beth says. “Mike has great clients. They know he is honest, affordable and will do a good job. Whether it is drilling a new well, installing or repairing a pump or tank, setting up a softener or iron filter, or just installing a new hydrant, everyone is treated with integrity and professionalism. Next time you are driving through the country and you see an American flag flying 38’ in the air, it is likely on the top of the Rutledge Well Drilling and Pump Service’s drilling rig. Be assured the Rutledges are proud to live in a free country that the head of the family served as a proud soldier and now a proud American veteran.”

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Tipton County, IN | Hamilton County, IN | Boone County, IN | Surrounding Counties

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On 4/2/2024 jason walton had this to say:
Awesome and professional guys. Had an emergency situation that thought was simi minor, turned into alot bigger problem. Called them at 7pm Easter evening, and they was in my driveway before 10am the next morning. They worked vigilantly for a day and a half getting everything fixed and replaced, and our water back up and running. I very highly recommend Rutledge Well Drilling and will suggest them to anyone who asks. Thanks again for everything Nate.

On 7/8/2023 Luke Funk had this to say:
The guys were very helpful and got here quick. They were willing to pass along some knowledge and not just there to fix the issue but teach as well. I will most definitely call them with any other well issues in the future and would recommend them to anyone!

On 6/8/2023 Ashley Lehto had this to say:
Nathan’s service was great! He was able to come same day and replace our well pump. He was friendly and honest!

On 2/22/2023 Cory A. had this to say:
Outstanding family to work with. They were very friendly to work with and very efficient. They worked with my old well and tried everything to make it right but it just wasn't possible. My old well had finally ran so low that it couldn't keep up with demand. They were able to adjust it to get me through until they could drill a new well. The new well was put in as fast as the weather would allow. I now have more water pressure and cleaner tasting than I have had since I moved in in 2009. Thank you so much for all of your help and professionalism. Also, Thank you for the education. You guys are AWESOME!

On 1/26/2022 Austin Laster had this to say:
We have used this company twice and they are absolutely phenomenal! We plan on having them come back this spring and doing more work as well. They are very professional, courteous, & honest. Would 10/10 recommend Rutledge to anyone!! Best around!

Contact Us

Rutledge Well Drilling & Pump Service, Inc.
3340 W. 600 S. Atlanta, IN 46031
Phone: (765) 292-2315
Fax: (765) 292-6366

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Monday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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