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Tom Lassu, president, Ledcor Contractors Ltd., recently announced the appointment of Brian Edwards as vice president, Health, Safety and Environment – Contractors. Edwards will join the Ledcor Contractors’ team on June 14 and will be based out of the Edmonton office where Contractors is currently located.
  Edwards will be responsible for all of Contractors’ operations in Canada and the U.S.

The international welding group, Serimax, has appointed Kenny Spink as regional director as it prepares to extend its North Sea business. He will be responsible for activities in the UK and Scandinavia.

Anthony (Tony) Perot has joined the management team at Driver Pipeline as senior vice president of Operations. In his new position, Perot will be responsible for operations in all five divisions of Driver Pipeline and report directly to Driver Pipeline President, Jim Shaffer.
  A native of Columbia, LA, Perot has degrees in both business and construction management from Northeast Louisiana University to go with his 40 years experience in pipeline construction and construction management. That experience includes both onshore and offshore pipelines, natural gas compressor stations, oil pumping stations, meter and regulator piping facilities.

UniversalPegasus International, Inc. recently announced the following key executive appointments: John.  M. Jameson was named CEO, succeeding Jerry Mayfield who will assume the role of executive chairman, and Gary Hymel was named as the onshore director of Business Development.
  In other news, six employees of UniversalPegasus International have become certified and registered as ISA 84 SFS – SIS Fundamentals Specialists.  Charles Vivien, Kenneth Poteete, Michael Edwards, Shaun Derise and Monty Wilkins are five of only seven statewide certified and registered specialists for the state of Louisiana.  Rusty Gavin is one of 23 statewide certified and registered specialists for the state of Texas. This certification program was initiated in the industry to increase knowledge and awareness of the ISA 84 standard on safety instrumented systems.  This comes as a result of the increased emphasis on safety in today’s process facilities.  Industry studies have shown that improving safety improves productivity. 

Cashman Equipment Company has become an owner/partner in Cat Auction Services, which currently has 11 other Caterpillar dealer members. Headquartered in Bloomington, MN, Cat Auction Services is a combined effort of Cat dealerships to bring new, industry-leading alternatives to customers for their used equipment disposal needs.   
  Although Cashman’s customers will continue to buy, trade-in and consign used equipment in the traditional way, this new service offers the option of consigning their equipment for sale in Cat Auction Services sales.
  To date, Cat Auction Services has held 12 auctions in six states with total sales of over $78 million. Approximately 29% of the volume has sold to online buyers and 12% was purchased by buyers from foreign countries.
Utilicor Technologies Inc. announced the appointment of Ditch Witch Midwest as the distributor of its full line of truck and skid-steer mounted rotary coring equipment and Utilibond-based keyhole reinstatement technology in the Midwestern United States. Ditch Witch Midwest has locations in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
  Utilicor Technologies Inc. is the manufacturer of a rotary coring pavement excavation and restoration technology that is designed to cost-effectively core through all kinds of paved surfaces to enable crews to vacuum excavate and view subsurface activity or repair underground plant from the road surface using long handled tools. After the repair has been completed, the hole is backfilled and the core or “coupon” that was originally cut from the pavement, is reinserted back into the road surface where it is permanently bonded by a special proprietary adhesive (Utilibond™) allowing the road to be reopened to traffic within 30 minutes.
Case Construction Equipment recently celebrated production of its 250,000th skid steer loader. A special ceremony was held at the company’s global skid steer manufacturing facility in Wichita, KS. Case presented the 250,000th skid steer to its new owner, Dino Folino of A. Folino Construction from Oakmont, PA. The milestone unit – a Case 430 Series 3 model – is Folino’s fourth Case skid steer in a fleet of equipment that includes a total of nine Case machines.
  The Case 400 Series 3 skid steer loader line includes eight models, ranging from 57 to 83 net hp (42 to 62 kW) and 1,500 to 3,000 lb (680 to 1361 kg) rated operating loads.
Caterpillar Inc. has acquired all assets of Underground Imaging Technologies, Inc. (UIT) through its majority owned affiliate, Underground Imaging Technologies LLC. “UIT’s geophysical expertise and advanced technologies will add dynamic new subsurface infrastructure capabilities to our Connected Worksite offerings,” said Hans Haefeli, vice president with responsibility for the Caterpillar Advanced Systems Division. “But most important, this service provides detailed information that enables design engineers and contractors to proceed on underground projects with a clearer picture of the subsurface environment, contributing to both project cost savings and increased safety on the worksite.”

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
sold more than 3,400 equipment items, including a large selection of specialized oilfield equipment at a recent multi-million dollar public unreserved auction held at the company’s permanent auction site in Edmonton, Alberta June 9-10, 2010. More than 3,600 people from 28 countries, including 34 U.S. states and all Canadian provinces and two territories, registered to bid in person or online in real time at in the auction. Other equipment featured in the auction included cranes, crawler tractors, hydraulic excavators, screen plants, agricultural equipment and various types of trucks and trailers. Equipment was purchased by buyers from as far away as the United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Israel, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and Trinidad and Tobago.
  There are more than 70 upcoming public unreserved auctions on Ritchie Bros.’ auction calendar at, including the next Edmonton auction scheduled for September 8 – 9, 2010.
Effective immediately, Jim Micklos is the Gild of Ancient Supplers’ new mayor.  Former Gild Mayor Dave Campbell had to shorten his tenure due to a career change. The Gild is a unique fraternity organization of suppliers to the gas industry throughout the U.S. and Canada. The select group’s primary objective is to encourage the use of gas and basically strive to promote good will and good fellowship among its members and to the great industry of natural gas.

To better connect with customers worldwide, Vermeer Corporation has launched a new multilingual and multimedia Web site designed to provide easy access to product and market-specific industry information.
  “Web site content is available in six languages, allowing more customers around the globe to interact with Vermeer,” says Glenda Vander Wilt, director of marketing for Vermeer Corporation. The redesigned site provides detailed information on the current line of Vermeer products, including the 360-degree walk around of select models that allow customers to get familiar with the product features and benefits. or
Roy Meredith has joined Gulf Interstate Engineering as the director of Business Development. In this capacity, he will assist and oversee the efforts of Gulf’s account managers, initiate and cultivate relationships with key clients and prospects to identify potential long-term business opportunities and increase visibility in the market place.

Kristopher Dusek has joined Welker, Inc. as vice president of Engineering. He is charged with guiding the engineering, drafting and engineering support teams at the company.

Regency Energy Partners LP has named James (Jim) W. Bryant to Regency’s board of directors as an independent director, effective immediately. Bryant is replacing John T. Mills, who has elected to retire from the board.

America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) has named Michelle Bloodworth vice president of Business Development. The 22-year natural gas industry veteran started with ANGA on July 1.

Noble Denton recent won the International Business Development Award presented by the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and the Society of British Gas Industries (SBGI). The company received the award for its progression to a worldwide business in gas industry projects, with the company’s ensuing success promoting gas industry standards and safety worldwide.

Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) recently inducted Bill Herdegen III, Kansas City Power & Light and Alan Kettle, ONEOK, into the MEA Hall of Fame for their outstanding contributions in leadership and expertise to the energy industry through participation in association activities. Montana-Dakota Utilities and Commonwealth Edison both receive MEA’s Accident Prevention Award for the lowest Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) rates, in their respective categories. All were honored at the recent Environmental Management Learning Summit and the Electric Operations Conference.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Aberdeen Section has appointed Chris Nussbaum as Chairman. Nussbaum, operations manager at Seawell’s Well Service Division, took over the role from former chairman Jeb Tyrie and will hold the chair from July 2010-June 2011.

Exelon Corporation has named Kathleen Barrón vice president of federal regulatory affairs and policy, effective July 12. Barrón joins Exelon from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where she served in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as deputy general counsel. In her new role at Exelon, Barrón will oversee management of federal regulatory policies and strategies

The Lincoln Electric Company recently announced two appointments: Peter Pletcher has been named director, Global Consumable Development, and Ferry Naber has been appointed director, Global Machine Development. Both are new positions within the company’s Global Marketing and Product Development organization and will be effective June 1, 2010.

Newpark Drilling Fluids recently appointed industry veteran John R. Beltz, to the position of director of Marketing. Beltz will be responsible for developing and overseeing the company’s marketing and communications efforts.

In line with recent corporate restructuring initiatives, OSD Pipelines has promoted Michael Peoples to general manager – Victoria, Australia. The move follows the recent promotion of Martin Axelby to general  manager, Queensland.  This internal restructuring aims to streamline OSD’s activities  to a more geographically focused business structure and to provide greater service to its clients.

Drill String Services Inc.
recently opened a new location in Elk City, OK. The 3.5 acre yard — located at 19666 Rt. 66 N., Elk City, OK 73644 — offers a full range of inspection services, including electromagnetic and wet and dry magnetic particle inspection; hardness and pressure testing; inside diameter (ID) and outside diameter (OD) cleaning; refacing; and hardbanding.

Acergy and Subsea 7 are being combined into a single company.  The companies say the transaction will create a combined entity with: a market value of $5.4 billion and a global organization of 12,000 people; the capability and resources to address complex subsea projects; and enhanced local presence in all major offshore oil and gas regions.

ITT Corporation
has agreed to purchase privately held Godwin Pumps from its principal shareholders for $585 million. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010, pending customary regulatory approvals.
  “This acquisition is another example of ITT’s strategy to expand our core businesses and build on our strong global positions in water, wastewater and industrial process,” said Gretchen McClain, president of ITT’s Fluid and Motion Control group.

Dennis Michael (Mike) McKay of Richmond, TX passed away May 28, 2010. He was born May 6, 1947, in Dallas to Marie and Johnnie McKay. He grew up in East Texas graduating from Rusk High School. McKay attended Tyler Jr. College before going on to serve his country in Vietnam where he was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for valor.
  He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Margie Nottingham McKay; two sons and a daughter in-law, Michael David and Amber McKay of Richmond and Jon Christopher McKay of Houston; three grandchildren, Gavin Lewis McKay, Tanner Michael McKay and Drew Christopher McKay of Richmond; his parents, Marie and Johnnie McKay of Rusk; his sister, Sherry McKay Williams of Rusk; and a number of nieces and nephews.
  During his business career, McKay was a member of the senior management team at Welker Engineering in Sugar Land, TX where he was employed for 32 years. During his tenure he served a vice president of sales for the U.S. market and for a period of time took the helm as president of Welker’s OdorEyes® Technologies, Inc.