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Darby Equipment Company has begun shipping a new, smooth running 24 to 48-inch pipe facing machine featuring quick change-out (average 30 minutes) clamping sections for easy pipe size transference. The hydraulic system incorporates Parker seal lock fittings for leak-free operation; hardened, three-inch wide drive gears; and two, low speed, high torque hydraulic motors working in tandem to drive a 1,700 pound flywheel. The rigid support frame is suitable for right-of-way or offshore projects. Visit: www.darbyequip.com.

Kinder Morgan
announced the following organizational changes within its Natural Gas Pipelines Group. Tom Martin has been named president of Kinder Morgan’s Natural Gas Pipelines, which encompasses approximately 25,000 miles of pipelines with a transportation capacity of more than 22 Bcf/d and about 400 Bcf of working gas storage capacity. 
  Duane Kokinda has been named president of the Texas Intrastate Natural Gas Pipelines Group which operates primarily along the Texas Gulf Coast.  The Texas Intrastate Pipelines include more than 6,000 miles of pipelines with a peak transport and sales capacity of over 5 Bcf/d.   
  Steven J. Kean, who had been serving as president of the Natural Gas Pipelines Group, returns full time to his role as executive vice president and COO of the Kinder Morgan companies.  He also remains a member of the Office of the Chairman, along with President C. Park Shaper and CEO Richard D. Kinder.

BJ Services Company
announced a number of personnel appointments and promotions within its pipeline services group. Dave Drysdale was promoted to area manager for the Northern Europe and West Africa (NEWA) region. Supporting Drysdale in the role of business development manager – NEWA and Nigeria is Pete Clenshaw. He also joined BJ Services as a result of the acquisition of Norson in 2007.
  Also, Richard O’Dowd has been appointed executive account manager.
  All three managers are based at BJ Services’ facilities in Portlethen, Aberdeen.
   
L.B. Foster Company of Pittsburgh, PA, has announced a newly formed joint venture between three partners, Kentucky-based Lally Pipe & Tube, L.B. Foster and industry veteran, Jim Legg. Together the three partners have formed LB Pipe & Coupling Products, LLC, to manufacture couplings and accessories for the water well, oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and American Petroleum Institute (API) markets.
  LB Pipe & Coupling Products will occupy a new manufacturing facility in Magnolia, TX.

John Hughes has joined Godwin Pumps’ Environmental Safety & Health (ESH) team as a safety specialist at the company’s Bridgeport, NJ world headquarters. Hughes will be visiting each of Godwin’s 26 company-owned branch locations on a regular basis to help managers and employees observe and address known and potential hazards in the workplace. He will also assist in the development of safer work habits to promote company-wide improvements in overall safety.

In a move to improve the competitiveness and overall industrial efficiency of Volvo Construction Equipment, the company has decided to consolidate its North American industrial operations by removing excess industrial capacity in the Americas.
  As a result, the company’s Asheville, NC manufacturing facility will stop its activities by March 31, 2010. The production from Asheville will be moved to other existing Volvo CE locations while at the same time ensuring uninterrupted supply to North American dealers and customers.

Obituary
Reuben Leines, father of Christopher T. Leines, who is a member of the PLCA Board of Directors, passed away Nov. 21, 2009 in Florida. Reuben was 86 years old. He founded Minnesota Limited, Inc. in 1966, and was a World War II veteran and a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in engineering. He served as a member of the DCA Board of Directors from 1987-1989. Rueben is survived by his wife Joyce and seven children – Linda, Greg, Paulette, Karla, Sheila, Sally, Christopher and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services celebrating Rueben’s life were held Nov. 28, 2009, at the Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake, MN. Cards and condolences may be sent to 24802 165th Street, Big Lake, MN 55309.

H.F. (Hank) Mogg, a Pipe Line Contractor Association’s honorary member, died December 6, at the age of 91 in Titusville, FL after a long battle with muscular dystrophy. Mogg served as a member of the PLCA Board of Directors between 1977 and 1982 and was treasurer in 1977 and vice president in 1981. He attended the first PLCA convention in Houston as a spread superintendent from Mahoney Contracting Company in 1948. Mogg started in the pipeline business in 1936 as a welder helper. Between 1942 and 1947 he and his brother-in-law, Harold Fluharty, subcontracted the welding on various pipeline projects. In 1966, he acquired ownership of the Welded Construction Co., which became one of the major pipeline contractors in the U.S.
  He is survived by his wife Claudine Mogg of Titusville, FL; sister Bertha Fluharty of Mt. Pleasant, MI; Richard and wife Bonnie Mogg of Maumee, OH; son James Mogg of Titusville, FL; grandson Jeffrey and wife Peggy Mogg of Maumee, OH; granddaughter Jacqueline and husband Charles Stein of Central Lake, MI; and three great granddaughters Shea, Kelly, and Kayla Mogg of Maumee, OH.
  A memorial service is planned in Mt. Pleasant, MI at a future date.
  Donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association are requested in lieu of flowers.