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About Us

  • Team - WORD International

President and CEO, John Patterson founded WORD International, World of Rock Drills, in 2006 after an extensive working career in the rock drilling industry. Although WORD International lends its name primarily to the sale of rock drilling attachments worldwide, WORD also underlies the mission, vision, and values of this company and its founder. John is a dedicated Christian and has founded this company on the principles and truths of the Word of God.

We realize that our clients are paid for the work they perform, therefore our goal is to quickly provide you the most-effective drilling equipment available on the market and the least cost per foot drilled.

Our desire is to seek mutually beneficial business transactions where all parties come out ahead. The commitment and faithfulness of our customers ensure a long-term success forecast. Our clients are important to us. We intend to keep them coming back for that specialized customer service that the big corporation just cannot offer.

WORD International is a family owned and operated business.  Lisa Patterson is the matriarch and amazing Do-it-all lady around the shop and office. She and John have joyously survived 34 years of marriage and raising 5 children. They now get to enjoy the fruits of their labor surrounded by 12 grandchildren! 

Alex Patterson is their eldest child. Alex is married with 4 small children. He served 4 years in the United States Army in the Airborne Infantry and 3 tours in Iraq as a Sniper. He’s right on target when it comes to installing and troubleshooting your drills. 

Next, in the service department, we have our shop manager, Clayton Durham. He is our hysterical, mustache man with a plan for all your sales & service needs! He keeps us on-track and organized. If you're lucky you may also see him out on a drill installation. He is an incredibly talented musician and a North Carolina native. He sewed deep into the WORD tribe when he married John & Lisa's oldest daughter, Paige. 

Paige graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with a double business degree. She speaks fluent Spanish, along with John and Clayton, and she is sure to keep you on your toes in the Office. As our office manager, she handles all the integral parts that keep our well-oiled machine running!  Paige and Clayton have 2 of the 12 Jr. WORD helpers. 

We couldn't end the All About Us section without mentioning the glue in our purchasing department, Ron Sockwell. Ron may be happy he's not part of this crazy family, but he's the silent leader of our tribe! 

Our intention and desire is to see you profitable as a company, as you cannot continue in business without that. We are a small family operation ready to help you in any way that we can. We love our customers and truly wish for them to succeed. Our prayer is to live in eternity with those we know and love. There is an eternity for everyone, but Jesus Christ gave us the free choice of where we would choose to spend it.