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Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has named Mark A. Hurley senior vice president of the partnership’s Crude Oil and Offshore business unit. He officially assumed his new duties March 1, 2010. Hurley will be responsible for all commercial aspects of Enterprise’s extensive network of onshore and offshore crude oil transportation and storage assets, as well as the partnership’s offshore crude oil and natural gas pipelines.

Daniel Sperberg, training director for Operating Engineers Local 139, is the recipient of the 2010 National Excellence in Apprenticeship Training Award from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. The award recognizes overall excellence in the Local 139 training and education program, which is jointly managed by the union and its signatory contractors.
  The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans is a non-profit, educational association with approximately 35,000 individual members nationwide who represent some 8,400 organizations.
  Operating Engineers Local 139 is a statewide trade union that primarily represents skilled operators of heavy construction equipment and mechanics who service the machines. The union has approximately 9,000 active and retired members and is headquartered in Pewaukee, WI.

Mike Mason, executive vice president of the Fisher Division of Emerson Process Management, was recently elected chairman of the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA). He took over the helm at VMA from Sam Bennardo, president of AUMA Actuators. Also elected to the 2010 VMA board are Vice Chairman Max Mitchell, president of Crane’s Fluid Handling Group and Program Chairman Bruce Broxterman, president of Richards Industries.
  Newly elected 2010 board members (who serve three years) are Randy Cowart, president, CEO and chairman of The Wm. Powell Company, and Bob Urbanowicz, president of Samson Controls. David Linton, president of Curtiss-Wright Flow Control, is serving a second three-year term beginning this year. More recently, Greg Rogowski, president of Mueller Co., was appointed to fill a position vacated by a departing board member.
Ruofei “Charles” Zheng has joined the Pipeline Machinery International (PLM) team in China. Zheng takes the new role of China territory manager. He will focus on maintaining and expanding PLM’s relationships with clients in China and coordinating the company’s China operations. He joins a PLM presence in the Asia Pacific region that is expanding to serve the needs of a rapidly growing pipeline construction industry. New staff and office locations are either planned or in place in Australia, Singapore, and China. The China operations will be headquartered in Beijing, near the “Pipeline City” of Langfang (home to China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau).
  “We look forward to having Charles directly on hand in Beijing for our major pipeline customers,” said PipeLine Machinery International President Mel Ternan. “PLM has enjoyed equipment supply success in China and is Caterpillar’s exclusive equipment supplier for China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau. By establishing PLM’s base in Beijing, we are better serving this growing market.”

The Clock Spring Company recently added three new employees. Darren Looi has joined the company’s sales efforts and operations in Malaysia; Dimas Satya Lesmana joined the company’s sales efforts and operations in Indonesia; and Keith Hodson is the company’s technology manger in the UK office.

Darby Equipment Company of Tulsa, OK has relocated its administrative offices and manufacturing facilities to 2940 North Toledo Avenue. Their phone numbers remain the same: (800) 882-5468; (918) 582-2340; Fax: (918) 582-2011.  The new location provides significantly more manufacturing space and present construction will more than double administrative office space by year end. Larger overhead cranes at the new facility will increase lift capacity needed in manufacturing future product offerings.
  “We’ve secured enough land surrounding the facility to accommodate expansion for the foreseeable future,” said Bob Darby, president of Darby Equipment. “This should be our permanent home.”

Recent updates to the McElroy website now allow consumers to build and price fusion machines and pipelining accessories. This permits the end user to obtain manufacturer’s suggested pricing, as well as select the appropriate accessories with a few clicks of the mouse. For more information, visit

Rain for Rent is offering its customers a newly enhanced online portal that will allow customers to access their accounts through the company website,

SmartEquip and the National Equipment Register (NER), an ISO company, have formed a strategic alliance to help equipment owners and manufacturers better manage liability and risks such as theft, safety, and regulatory compliance associated with equipment ownership.
  “We know the SmartEquip team and its technology well. We see how manufacturers and fleets are increasingly becoming part of the SmartEquip Network to generate significant efficiencies, said David Shillingford, president of NER.”

The Gild of Ancient Supplers, a unique fraternity organization of suppliers to the gas industry throughout the U.S. and Canada, has lost two of its past mayors: Wayne Hamilton and Reuben Autery.
  Wayne Hamilton, 79, of Genoa, IL died Jan. 28, 2010. 
  He was born on May 15, 1930, in Chicago, the son of Milford and Mabel Hamilton. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Hamilton had a successful career as a sales/marketing/engineering executive and industry consultant.
  He is survived by his wife Joan; children, Carol Girardot (Linda Cress), Larry (Cindy) Hamilton, Ken (Karen) Hamilton, Lynn (Randy) Blackburn, Barb (Mike) Ebert; and son-in-law, John Girardot. He is survived by a number of grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kishwaukee Cancer Care Center in care of Butala Funeral Home, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.

Major General (Ret) C. Reuben Autery died Feb. 23, 2010, at the age of 76. He was born Sept, 23, 1933, in Corrigan, TX to Willie and Pearl Autery.
  Reuben graduated from Baylor University and Baylor Law School. He went on to a 30-year career in the Air Force and a 13-year career in the private sector as president of GAMA.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brothers, Dr. Bill Autery and Clay Autery. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughter, Lyn, and husband, Dan; son, Reuben, Jr., and wife, Beth; and seven grandchildren.
  The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to the: First Baptist Church of Boerne, Air Force Village, or Vision Forum.
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