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Lincoln Electric is hosting several welding seminars and schools in the coming months, including a free welding productivity seminar at is Cleveland, OH headquarters on March 16, 2010. Topics of the seminar include : Pipeline Market Overview; Latest Construction Trends; Understanding PHMSA’s Latest Findings; Welding Consumables Selection; Solutions to Common  Welding Challenges; Understanding Hydrogen Cracking; Automating the Welding Process; and Various Welding Demonstrations and Facility Tours. For information, contact or, Phone (216) 383-8355. 
  The Lincoln Electric Welding School, which has instructed more than 120,000 students since its inception in 1917, also announced its 2010 schedule. Classes are taught by the school’s seven full-time instructors who have more than 100 years of combined industry experience. Courses are designed to teach the arc welding skills that employers need.
  Classes range from a six-week basic course to an advanced 15-week comprehensive course, as well as one-week classes on specific welding processes, certification and customized programs. Students spend 80 percent of their time in the booth learning to weld. Additionally, Lincoln limits class sizes to 15 students per class in order to maximize learning and guarantee one-on-one instruction time.
  Courses scheduled for January through December 2010 can be seen by visiting
  In other news, Lincoln Electric is offering its Welding Educator’s Workshop, specifically designed for instructors and welding educators. The four-day seminar will take place July 12-16, 2010, and is limited to 24 attendees. Although the course is geared toward educators, it is also open to end users and distributors. To register, contact Lincoln Electric at (216) 383-2409 or visit

To enhance services to customers, ISCO Industries will soon open a 55,000 sq-foot, eight acre distribution facility in Martinsburg, WV. The plant will serve as a major hub in the area for ISCO Industries, servicing most of the U.S. Northeast. The main functions of the facility will be to: fabricate high density polyethylene pipe (HDPE) fittings and custom designed HDPE structures; stock pipe and accessories from ¾-inch to 63 inches in diameter; warehouse, rent, and refurbish McElroy fusion equipment; send out field service technicians to operate fusion equipment on customer jobsites; and train customers on HDPE pipe properties and operation of HDPE welding equipment.

The second edition of the McElroy Road Show 2010 is under way. This traveling exhibition of pipe fusion machines and productivity tools is slated to have more than 50 stops at various locations across North America. Each stop is located at one of McElroy’s distributor locations, and will offer demonstrations and product information for fusion equipment suited for thermoplastic pipes sized from ½-inch CTS to 65 inches in OD.
  This year’s Road Show will feature 16 new McElroy products, as well as popular existing products.
  Each Road Show stop is free to attend and begins at 1 p.m. at each stop’s local time. For information, visit

Tulsa, OK-based Darby Equipment Company has hired three employees to fill key management and engineering positions. Nick Minden joined Darby as chief financial officer. He has 20 years experience in accounting, financial and operations management with various manufacturing and distribution companies.  Joining Darby as senior mechanical engineer is Jeff Rollow with 17 years engineering design experience in the petroleum industry. Robyne Chatham is now the purchasing agent at Darby. Her experience includes 28 years of purchasing and materials management.

PipeLine Machinery International (PLM) has added two new territory managers. Martin Williamson has joined the PLM team in Australia. He will focus on growing PLM’s relationships within the pipeline industry and growing the Caterpillar presence within that industry.
  Also, Charles Zheng has joined PLM’s team in China. He will focus on maintaining and expanding PLM’s relationships with clients in China and coordinating the company’s China operations.
  PLM reports new staff and office locations are either planned or in place in Australia, Singapore, and China.

Andrew J. Mayer, founder and president of Murphy Pipeline Contractors Inc. (MPC) has been named the winner of the prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award sponsored by the Underground Construction Technology Association and sister publication of Pipeline News and Underground Construction magazine. The award is bestowed annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to the underground infrastructure industry.

Dallas, TX-based Driver Pipeline has opened its fifth regional field office in Waskom, TX, approximately 15 miles from Shreveport, LA. Driver chose the site as its primary headquarters for servicing the needs of its customers in the Haynesville Shale located in Louisiana, southwestern Arkansas and eastern Texas.
  A major player in helping to bring the Barnett Shale production to market in north Texas, Driver expects to supply the same pipe-in-ground resources in the Haynesville field. “We are excited about our new Haynesville Division and the opportunity to build a new facility in the area” said Jim Shaffer, president of Driver Pipeline.

Employees of Michels Corporation recently combined with the Dale R. & Ruth L. Michels Family Foundation to donate a total of $50,000 to the Salvation Army and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund in response to the catastrophic earthquake that rocked Haiti on Jan. 12.
  Spearheaded by Marysue Michels,  Project Haiti set a goal to raise $15,000 through employee donations and an internal auction on the company’s Web site, which offered items such as four tickets to next fall’s Packers-Vikings game and a wide variety of Michels memorabilia.
  All told, employees of the company raised nearly $25,000. The Michels Family Foundation matched the employee funds and made it an even $50,000.
  The company celebrated its effort on Feb. 5, with a ceremony in Brownsville, which was highlighted by the company’s participation in another cause — wearing red shirts as part of “Go Red For Women” to help Agnesian HealthCare raise awareness of heart disease in women.
  Michels offices and locations throughout the United States and Canada participated in the week-long effort, which was led by the Project Haiti committee: Marysue Michels, Karen Wuest, Mark Hutter, Bob Wothe, Holly Luehring, Michelle Trapp, Kathy Wondrash, Brad Roehrig, Steve Wessing, Andy Lefere, Kathy Loppnow and Kevin Gitter.

Fecon, Inc.
plans a western demo tour of the RTC-22 Mobile Biomass Chipping System. The Fecon RTC-22 fulfills the need to chip and collect biomass with a one step, in woods process. The RTC-22 is a high production forestry chipper, engineered on a forwarder chassis. With a 22-inch infeed and 365 hp it is ideal for in the woods biomass collection. The RTC-22 can chip over an open top chip van or into a towable biomass collection wagon. While chipping slash and understory at a log landing this mobile chipping system averages 30 tons per hour. It can also bring processed material out of the woods for transport. Much more versatile than a tow behind biomass chipper, the RTC-22 is suited for right-of-way maintenance, land clearing, roadside chipping and many other projects benefitting from high production and mobility. Fecon plans a demo tour in the North Western United States and Western Canadian Provinces. To attend one of the demos or to demo the RTC-22 on your jobsite, call (800) 528-3113.

William George Bruce Gant of Calgary, passed away on Jan. 31, 2010 at the age of 82 years. Gant was an honorary member and past president (1963/64 and 1970/71) of the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada.
  Gant was born in Vancouver on October 20, 1927, grew up in Medicine Hat, and studied geological engineering at the Montana School of Mines. His career in oil and gas pipeline construction administration, spanning nearly 30 years, saw him rise from being a time-keeper, to the president of H.C. Price of Canada, Ltd., during which time he was  recognized as an international authority in winter construction techniques. Following a year in Alaska as project manager of the Alyeska pipeline project, Gant left the pipeline construction industry in 1975 to join the Loram Group (Mannix), where he held a number of senior management positions.
  Throughout his working life, Gant was an active industry promoter as well as an ardent community volunteer. Gant  was named an “honorary member” of the Pipe Line Contractors Association in appreciation of his contributions to that industry.
  He was predeceased in death by his parents, Alfred and Emily (Bruce) Gant; his brother, Donald; and his grandson, Justin McNeill, Gant  is survived by his three daughters, Patti (Bob Rippon), Sharon and Nancy; his grandson, Marc Rippon; his granddaughters, Jenna (Nicolas Guinoiseau), Caitlin Rippon, and Jodi McNeill; his sister, Betty (Gordon Nerland); and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
  A funeral service was held at St. Andrew’s United Church in Calgary, on Feb. 6, 2010. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gant’s name to the Rotary Foundation (Canada), or the Rotary Clubs of Calgary Foundation, both c/o the Rotary Club of Calgary, 1202 Centre Street South, Calgary T2G 5M5 or, alternatively, to the charity of the contributor’s choice. Condolences can be sent to: