In 1988, Michael 'Smokey' Smith and his wife, Judy, started Smith Equipment Rental and Services in Carthage, Texas. At the time, Smokey was an employee of Pennzoil and Judy had been in the banking business. They saw a niche that could be filled by a company willing to rent equipment and provide services to local oil and gas exploration companies.
By 1994, the company had grown substantially and it was incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas as an operating C corporation. In that same year, the company finished construction of its current headquarters building and yard at 932 S. Shelby Street in Carthage. In late 2003, the company was changed to a limited partnership known as SERSI, LP dba Smith Equipment Rental and Services. The next change was made in November, 2007 when the company changed its name to "Smith Gas Field Services, LLC dba Smith Equipment Rental and Services" and began operating as a limited liability company. Finally, in October 2011, Smith Energy Services, Inc. was established as a Texas C Corporation.
The company offers services in each of the following areas:
- Pipeline Repair and Construction
- Oilfield Services – "Roustabout"
- Well Testing and Flowback
- Lease Maintenance
- Equipment Rental
- Vacuum Services
- Various Other Services