Business News

Posted on

Grady McBurnett has joined Indianhead Pipeline Services as vice president of marketing and business development. His responsibilities will include the marketing and development of buoyancy control, foam breakers, sandbags, ROW restoration and portable, mat cleaning system.  He can be reached at (918) 629-4557 or

The Mears Group announced the election of Kevin C. Garrity, P.E. as president of NACE International for 2012.  Garrity is vice-president of Integrity Services for Mears Group Inc. and is located in the Mears’ Plain City, OH office. He was nominated by the Eastern Area of NACE and selected by the NACE Nominating Committee at Corrosion 2010 in San Antonio, TX.
  Garrity manages special projects and develops new markets for Mears worldwide. He has over 34 years of experience in corrosion engineering and the application of cathodic protection (CP) to buried pipelines and tanks, concrete structures, and marine structures.  He has managed all aspects of CP design, monitoring, and installation for a wide variety of CP applications including pre-stressed concrete pipe, transmission and distribution pipelines, reinforced concrete nuclear waste tanks, water lines and tanks, power plant condensers, buried tanks, bridge decks, and parking garages.
  Garrity earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and has also served in several leading capacities for NACE International.
Scot Jenkins has taken on the new position of vice president Asia Pacific Region at PipeLine Machinery International (PLM). He joins the executive team at PLM and will hold full responsibility for growing PLM’s investment and impact in the China and Asia Pacific pipeline markets. The expansion of PLM’s Asia-Pacific team is designed to address the long-term growth in the China pipeline construction industry as well as growing pipeline and LNG opportunities throughout India and Southeast Asia.
  Jenkins joined PLM in 2009 and has been working on developing PLM’s presence in China and the Asia Pacific region. While leading the sales and product support team on the ground in the area, he has been instrumental in establishing a corporate presence in Beijing as well as setting up region headquarters in Singapore.

The 13th Annual Southern Nevada National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) Spotlight Awards was recently held at the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada. The event brought together more than 400 attendees from the commercial real estate industry to honor individual members and companies for excellence in development and significant contributions to the chapter and community.
  Cashman Equipment was honored to receive the award in the Retail Service Center Building category for their new facility designed to provide parts, service, rentals, and sales to the North Las Vegas based contractors at 4380 Donovan Way.
  Spotlight Award entries are submitted for project and industry awards, including 15 different project categories ranging from master-planned office and industrial parks to common area interiors.
  Winners were chosen by a panel of industry leaders, based on a list of criteria provided to applicants before submitting their entries.
  Cashman Equipment, Nevada’s Caterpillar dealership, partnered with SH Architecture and Burke & Associates to construct the new parts, service, rental, and sales facility just north of Cashman’s previous Craig Road location in North Las Vegas.
  “SH Architecture and Burke were invaluable throughout the entire development of the North Las Vegas store, truly understanding our goals, so that the facility could fulfill the customer service needs for that area. We’re very pleased with the building and the recognition from NAIOP,” said MaryKaye Cashman, chairman and CEO of Cashman Equipment.

The danger surrounding damage to underground infrastructure is well known among the industry. In an effort to raise awareness among the public, excavators, and public officials, Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) created a free excavation training site ( that is an effective and popular teaching tool offering traditional excavation safety and additional information on working on or near underground infrastructure.
  Pre-excavation methods, such as calling 811 Call before you dig, reviewing job specifics help prevent damage caused by unsafe excavation activities. “ is a cost-effective way to train utility workers, contractors, and homeowners about safe excavation methods,” says Patrick Van Beek, president of MEA. “We encourage the industry to promote and link DiggingSafely to public awareness programs, web based public safety One Call sites and excavator safety information” Best of all the DiggingSafely is free. is an industry sponsored site providing free access to anyone interested in learning more about avoiding damage to underground infrastructure. The courses also provide information on how to recognize and react to abnormal or hazardous conditions in order to make conditions safe.

Terex has announced that Lowell Stout will be retiring after a 45-year career in the construction industry. Stout is retiring from Terex as a senior product manager with the Terex Construction Americas business segment, based in Southaven, MS. Stout was instrumental in the development of the Terex® “B” series tractor loader backhoes and has been actively working on upcoming 2010 product launches.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers sold more than US$42 million of heavy equipment during a two-day unreserved public auction (March 24 & 25, 2010) at the cmpany’s permanent auction site in Houston, TX. Bidders from 53 countries, including 48 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces and one territory registered to participate on-site and online at to compete on more than 3,300 lots sold during the multi-million dollar Texas auction.
  Some 3,000 bidders registered at the two-day unreserved auction – of which more than 1,300 (43%) were from outside the state. Buyers from outside Texas purchased more than US$24 million (57%) worth of equipment, trucks and real estate while American companies purchased 74% of the items in the auction (based on gross auction proceeds).
  “We ended on a high note in Texas last year and it is clear that demand for equipment in the USA and around the world is still holding strong in 2010,” said Alan McVicker, Regional Manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.
  In other news, Ritchie Bros. celebrated the grand opening of its new permanent auction site in Chilliwack, BC with a one-day unreserved public auction and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Records were broken at the company’s Chilliwack auction. After holding unreserved public auctions for the past three decades at its former Surrey, BC location, Ritchie Bros. saw the largest number of registered bidders participating at a Lower Mainland auction (more than 3,400) and the most lots sold (close to 1,700) in Chilliwack last week.
  There are 110 public unreserved auctions on the Ritchie Bros. auction calendar at

Leslie Equipment Company has joined the Sennebogen Dealer Network and will now be selling, servicing, and providing parts for the Sennebogen Green Line. Wayne A. Hoffman was brought on board at Leslie Equipment as the product sales specialist for the Sennebogen line. He can be reached at 513-313-0038 or

Miller Pipeline Corporation
, wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation, has acquired Illinois-based Elcon Pipeline, Inc. This transaction marks Miller Pipeline’s fifth acquisition within a four-year time period and expands the company’s geographic footprint to include 23 states and 19 facilities.

McElroy University, the training division of McElroy, recently announced the addition of a productivity-focused class to the 2010 class schedule. The inaugural class will take place May 17, 2010. The new Fusion Productivity and Project Management course covers what equipment would work best in certain situations, setting up job sites for optimal productivity and integrating productivity-enhancing tools into a job site plan. For information, visit
  Jared Riddle, son of Mr.& Mrs. David Riddle, is the winner of Stupp Bros. Bridge & Iron Co. Foundation merit-based scholarship, a potential four-year award of up to $10,000 per year. Jared is the third award recipient whose parent is employed in the Stupp Fabrication Shop in Baton Rouge, LA. 
  Stupp Corporation is a North American manufacturer of custom line pipe for the transport of oil and natural gas.  Stupp Bros., Inc. is the privately held parent company for Stupp Corporation.  The non-profit Stupp Foundation was established in 1952.

Lonnie G. Wilson, died September 27, 2009, in Sallisaw, OK. Wilson was a foreman and assistant superintendent for Welded Construction, L.P. for over 30 years. He is survived by his wife Pam.
Send condolences to: P.O. Box 731, Sallisaw, OK 74955.