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CRC-Evans Pipeline International has been acquired by Stanley Black & Decker for $445 million in cash. The acquisition of CRC-Evans is a significant step in Stanley Black & Decker’s ongoing strategy  to diversify its revenue base and build its Infrastructure Solutions growth platform through acquisitions.
  “Our customers can expect that their relationships with CRC-Evans will not be interrupted,” said CRC-Evans CEO Tim Carey. “It’s business as usual. Our approach to the business will remain the same, and our operations will continue to be everything they expect – and more.”

Dallas-TX-based Driver Pipeline has hired Kristi Yarbrough as Haynesville division marketing manager. Yarbrough’s primary focus will be to provide customer service to the company’s growing customer base working in the Haynesville Shale in Louisiana, southwestern Arkansas and eastern Texas.
  The addition of Yarbrough is a direct result of the success that is being experienced at Driver Pipeline’s newest regional field office in Waskom, TX, approximately 15 miles from Shreveport, LA. The new 6 ½ acre site is the primary headquarters for servicing the needs of its Haynesville Shale customers.

After 12 years, Gill Hornby announced she will step down from her position as executive secretary of the UK-based Pipeline Products & Services Association (PPSA). In honor of her years of service to the association, she has been made an honorary member of PPSA.
  Diane Cordell has been named to take over as the executive secretary.

El Paso Corporation recently made the following changes in the company’s Pipeline Group, effective August 1:
  Daniel B. Martin, currently senior vice president, Operations, will become senior vice president, Pipeline Safety. He will be responsible for leading the Pipeline Group’s pipeline safety and integrity initiatives, as well as the company’s outreach to regulatory agencies.
  Bryan W. Neskora, currently senior vice president and chief commercialofficer for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, will become senior vice president, Operations and     Norman G. Holmes, currently senior vice president and chief commercial officer for Southern Natural Gas, has been named president of SNG and TGP. He will relocate to Houston.
  These three executives, as well as Jim Cleary, president of Western Pipelines, and others will continue to report to Jim Yardley, president of the Pipeline Group.

MATCOR® Inc. has named Chad Oliver as director, Client Services. Based out of Doylestown, PA, Oliver will report directly to MATCOR® President and CEO Jeffrey Stello.

Steel tubular manufacturer TMK IPSCO has named Paul Fullerton to the newly created position of vice president, TMK Premium. Based in Houston, he will be responsible for developing a global technical sales force along with a worldwide network of TMK production locations, third party threaders and licensees to support the expansion of TMK IPSCO ULTRA™ premium connections and related services to support on and offshore drilling customers.

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.”

Compressor Products International (CPI)
has acquired Total & Superior Compression Service & Supply Inc., in Gainesville, TX, which provides components for reciprocating engines and compressors and offers a full range of repair services.

ISCO Industries, a Louisville, KY-based distributor and fabricator of piping products, recently received the McElroy Manufacturing President’s Award for the fifth year in a row.
  Representatives from McElroy Manufacturing presented ISCO Industries with the award at ISCO’s corporate headquarters in Louisville. The McElroy President’s Award is given to McElroy distributors that have risen above the rest in terms of sales growth, leadership within the industry, participation in training, continued employee development, actively promoting the pipe fusion industry and overall leadership. ISCO Industries was one of the first McElroy fusion equipment distributors to receive the award.

Flowserve Corp. has acquired Valbart Srl, a privately owned Italian manufacturer of trunnion-mounted ball valves (TMBV) used primarily in the oil and gas industry.

OBITUARIES
Vickie Goree, 55, of League City, TX, passed away on June 18, 2010.Visitation was held, June 21, at Forest Park East Funeral Home. Funeral services followed at the Clear Creek Community Church, in League City on June 22. 
  In her professional life, Goree served as president of Brance-Krachy Co. Inc. in Houston.
  She is survived by husband, Monty, and two sons.

C.S. “Buddy” Hardwick, Jr. died July 22, 2010 in Florida. Hardwick was senior vice president at Price Gregory International, Inc. at the time of his death and had been a member of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) board of directors in 1996.
  Hardwick graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1968 with a degree in Engineering and from 1968 to 1971 he served his country as a pilot for the U.S. Navy. He began his carrier in the oil and gas industry in 1971 while living in Shreveport, Houston and Dallas. Hardwick is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cookie; son Jason and wife Kelly; daughter Susan Singleton and husband Ryan; sister Nell Chamblee; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 28, 2010 in Shreveport. LA.