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Even after more than 45 years of service, Bob Westphal keeps moving up the ranks at Brownsville, WI-based Michels Corporation. President Pat Michels recently promoted Westphal to senior vice president of Construction Operations, a role in which Westphal will work more closely with Pat Michels, Executive Vice President Brian Johnson, and the Michels family as a whole.
  In his new role, Westphal will specifically help with strategic planning, process improvement, employee relations and problem resolution.

Lindley Imeson has joined PipeLine Machinery International (PLM). Mel Ternan, president of PLM announced that Imeson had taken on the new position of vice president – Product Support for the company’s global operations. Imeson will expand his current general manager product support role to include technical development of ancillary products and will become part of the executive team.

Mike T. Deason, CEO of M. T. Deason Company, Inc., announced the formation of a new corporation in South Korea.  MTD Manufacturing, Ltd. will be located approximately one hour from Seoul. The new manufacturing facility is now under construction and will open in January 2011. The plant will produce MTD TRI FUSION fittings, MTDTAPSTOP fittings, tapping machines and other products for natural gas, water, wastewater, and industrial markets. 
  MTD presently provides products for the USA, Canada and Mexico.  This new facility will allow MTD to expand into the world-wide market with the addition of metric size products. 

Vacuworx has added Randy Hayes to its sales team as a regional sales manager.  He will be working on dealer development. 

TDW Offshore Services AS (TDW) has joined forces with Offshore Independents BV to offer integrated solutions for companies keen to retain a full range of pipeline services and emergency pipeline repair systems from a single source. The two companies agree that there is a gap in the market for an organization that offers pipeline recertification and project management services, in addition to core inspection, repair and maintenance services, and expertise in emergency pipeline repair systems.  “Together we offer a truly comprehensive range of special services to the world’s pipeline industry,” said Dirk Rook, commercial director of Offshore Independents. 

ISCO Industries recently launched a new and interactive website ( The website features user-friendly navigation along with customer-in-mind elements such as a technical library, products and services information, and animations of various pipe fusion and installation procedures. In addition to a number of new features, popular features from the previous site are still in place, including the ability to download the full ISO Industries high density polyethylene pipe (HDPE) product catalog, ISCO fusion manuals (both English and Spanish) and sample specifications.

Wendy Brown has joined Contract Land Staff LLC as vice president of Business Development. Brown’s focus will primarily be on technology, CLSLiNK® and CLSLiNK GIS™ Viewer, CLS’s proprietary right-of-way technology solutions offering land records management, tracking and GIS mapping software solutions utilizing the latest server and web technology from ESRI. 

KorTerra has launched a new sister company, KorPartners, to operate One Call Centers.  The new company will specifically focus on the day-to-day processes involved in running state mandated, non-profit One Call Centers. According to a company spokesperson, KorPartners began running the South Dakota One Call Center on August 30 and will begin running Gopher State One Call (Minnesota’s One Call Center) on January 1, 2011.

Volvo construction equipment dealer McClung Logan Equipment Company, Inc., Baltimore, MD, has acquired certain assets from the Volvo Construction Equipment & Services of Elkridge, MD. As a result of the transaction, McClung Logan has now added Volvo compaction and milling products to its existing portfolio, which prior to the acquisition already included wheel loaders, excavators, articulated haulers, motor graders, compact wheel loaders and excavators, skid steer and backhoe loaders.

The Big Texas Road Show, a seven-stop tour of Ditch Witch dealerships in Texas, wrapped up in June after having successfully showcased a wide range of Ditch Witch equipment to approximately 800 customers and potential customers in Tyler, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Amarillo, Odessa and Fort Worth, TX areas. The road show was a collaborative effort among independently owned Ditch Witch dealerships in Texas and Ditch Witch corporate headquarters in Perry, OK. One of the main objectives of the event was to make it convenient for customers around Texas to see and operate some of the Ditch Witch organization’s newest and largest equipment in one location.

Volvo Construction Equipment North America has sold the rights to manufacture and sell service and replacement parts for all models of the Clark-Michigan product line to MinnPar, LLC, a subsidiary of PartsZone, LLC. In transitioning the service parts business to MinnPar, the company also transferred all engineering drawings, parts inventories, customer and supplier lists, and transactional records. 
  In March of this year, MinnPar also acquired the SuperPac compaction line from Volvo.

Godwin Pumps recently appointed Per Ohstrom as vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development. He is based at the company’s Bridgeport, NJ world headquarters.

About 200 members and guests of The Pipeliners Association of Houston attended the group’s first meeting of the 2010-2011 year on Aug. 30, 2010, at the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society Building.
  The program was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the U.S.A. by President David Dacus, Troy Construction LLC, and, after brief reports for task group leaders, the floor was turned over to the keynote speakers, Rick Steinheimer, of Stupp Corp., and Winston A. Johnston II, of J-II Consulting.
  The two industry veterans discussed advances that have been accomplished by Stupp Corp. with the construction of its leading-edge spiral pipe mill on a 12.5-acre tract within a 125-acre facility in Baton Rouge, LA. They also discussed the experiences transmission pipeline companies have had with the API 5L spiral pipe being produced at the mill in an atypical two-step process that enables strict control of dimensional tolerances.

Jim Cordell died after a six month battle with lung cancer on 15 August, 2010. Cordell was born February 1, 1935 in Loughton, North East London. He started in the pipeline industry in 1967 as UK marketing manager for TD Williamson (TDW), where he later became area marketing manager for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
  Early in 1984 Jim was moved back to the UK office, now located in Swindon, but by this time he had itchy feet to run his own company and so left TDW and set up his own consultancy business called On-Stream Systems Ltd, with an office in Cirencester. His big break came in 1996 when he became a full time consultant to Statoil in Norway, working on the design of specialist pigs for non-standard offshore pipelines.
  By the late 1980s, Jim had come to the conclusion that the pigging industry needed some sort of international association to promote the knowledge of pigging and its related products and services by providing a channel of communication between the members themselves, and with users and other interested parties. Everybody thought it a good idea but it was Jim who worked tirelessly to get the association off the ground and the Pigging Products & Services Association (PPSA) was incorporated on May 1, 1990 with Jim being unanimously appointed Executive Secretary (a position he held for 8 years). On standing down in 1998 he was immediately appointed an honorary life member and his role as Executive Secretary was filled by Gill Hornby who had supported Jim during his 8 years in the job. This gave him a little more spare time and so he joined up with Hershel Vanzant to write the Pipeline Pigging Handbook.  
  Jim retired completely in 2000 in order to spend more time with his wife Sheila and his family and to indulge in his and Sheila’s passion for travel.

Joseph L. Abbott, Jr. passed away on September 12, 2010. a Radnor, PA resident, Abbott received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA.
  In his professional life, Abbott joined Godwin Pumps in 1989 where he served as national sales manager.   He was a NASSCO member for more than 20 years where he  also served as a director. Abbott was a member of the American Rental Association, the National Mining Association, the North American Society of Trenchless Technology, the Water Environment Federation and the National Utilities Contractors Association.
  Abbott is survived by his wife Stephanie and his children, Molly, Joseph and Megan.