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UniversalPegasus International’s employees on the TransCanada Keystone XL Project recently received a shared commendation for the vital role they played in the achievement of 1-year without a recordable incident or accident on the entire project, which runs from Ada, OK to Beaumont, TX. The President’s award for outstanding Safety Performance was awarded to both UniversalPegasus International and Trow Engineering for their joint achievements and safety partnership on the project.
  According to a UniversalPegasus International spokesperson, project safety representatives John Weatherall, Jerry Garza, Forrest Nelson and Project Safety Manager Joe Whitaker were vital in the success of this milestone, along with all UniversalPegasus employees involved in the project.  The group is comprised of surveyors, inspectors, project managers, engineers and all associated office staff. 

Scot Jenkins has taken on the new position of vice president of the Asia Pacific Region at PipeLine Machinery International (PLM). He joins the executive team at PLM and will be responsible 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 instrumental in establishing a corporate presence in Beijing as well as setting up region headquarters in Singapore.

Steve Spaulding has joined Crosstex Energy Inc. as senior vice president of its Processing and Natural Gas Liquids business.

Charles Machine Works, Inc. (CMW®), manufacturer of Ditch Witch® underground construction equipment, has acquired 100% ownership of HammerHead Trenchless Equipment, manufactured by Earth Tool Company, LLC (ETC) of Oconomowoc, WI. This acquisition makes ETC a wholly owned subsidiary of CMW. HammerHead is a global leader in the design and manufacture of piercing tools, bursting systems, pneumatic hammers and horizontal directional drill tooling.

As a part of Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) recent Spring Gas Operations Learning Summit in Madison, WI, MEA volunteers lent their time and talent to help out the Second Harvest Food Shelf in Madison. The volunteers bagged a total of 5,545 pounds of rice, which equates to 4,436 meals for the Food Shelf. MEA recognized the volunteers later that evening at a reception, which also raised another $78 dollars in donations. To learn more and see a list of volunteers, contact elizabethf@midwestenergy.org.

Dennis Howard has joined Farwest Corrosion Control Co.  In this position, he will help launch the company’s engineering division in Denver, CO. His addition will also allow Farwest the opportunity to offer its customers cathodic protection engineering and corrosion related services and support to the surrounding Rocky Mountain Region. 

Earl Kesner, general superintendent for Henkels & McCoy, Inc., will retire after 59 years of pipelining. Kesner has worked for Henkels & McCoy for the past 33 years. Kesner and his wife, Louise, will retire in Tulsa, OK.

The Ditch Witch® organization now offers Ditch Witch Safe, a new safety program designed to meet the ever-present need for timely, substantive safety information for crews working on jobsites on a daily basis. At the heart of the program is a library of “Safety Matters” training and information sheets. Available in both Spanish and English, Safety Matters sheets can be used in classroom settings, safety meetings and even on the jobsite. They address a wide range of safety topics, including working in trenches/pits, safely transporting equipment, rollover protection, electrical strike education and much more.
  Safety Matters sheets can be downloaded at Ditch Witch Safe. In addition to Safety Matters topics, customers will find a growing number of training materials including safety tips, safety training videos, operator’s manuals and material safety data sheet (MSDS)
  In other news, Ditch Witch® recently announced the winners of three of its most prestigious annual awards. Winner of the 2009 Gold Ace Award, given to the top Ditch Witch salesperson worldwide, is Thomas Reszkowski of Ditch Witch Northeast in Perrineville, NJ. Tim Conover of Ditch Witch Midwest in Carol Stream, IL earned the 2009 Lowell Highfill Award for his outstanding promotion and marketing of Ditch Witch products and the 2009 Service Manager of the Year Award went to Mark Frey of Ditch Witch of Montana in Billings, MT.

Energy Solutions International, Inc. (ESI)
,  a supplier of software solutions for oil and gas pipelines, announced that Buckeye Partners, L.P. signed an agreement to license the training simulation application of ESI’s PipelineManager® pipeline operations and control software. Buckeye, which currently uses ESI’s pipeline leak detection application, plans to use the simulation software to train pipeline control room personnel overseeing its North American pipeline system. The training simulator application helps significantly decrease the time required to train personnel.

Godwin Pumps recently announced the appointment of Mick Trotter and Paul Marlow to Sales & Rental Distribution Development. Trotter will provide support to Godwin’s existing distributors in the Southeast of England, the Netherlands, and Belgium. In addition, he will seek to expand sales and rentals in those same territories through their distributor network. Marlow will apply his expertise in the Central Region of England from Norfolk to Cornwall. He will also be working on developing business opportunities in Spain and Portugal.

OBITUARY
Keith R. Wilson, 73, died March 24, 2010 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL.    
  Wilson is credited with designing the WMS-1B wireless monitoring system widely used in underground boring/drilling operations.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, E.R. Wilson and Carol C. Evans; a brother, David; and his son, Scott. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (nee Wonderlic); daughters, Cathleen Raasch and Patricia Scott and son, Glenn (Kris); granddaughters, Lauren (Mark) Mateja, Victoria, Valerie and Kaitlyn; and great-granddaughters, Ryann and Reese.
  Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Lincoln Park Zoo, Keith R. Wilson Memorial, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614 or online at www.lpzoo.com.