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Kevin R. Fox has been named CEO of Laney Directional Drilling Co. Fox joins Laney after a 19-year career with Willbros Group, Inc. where he was most recently   president of the Willbros Construction division of the Willbros Group, Inc. He previously served as president of Willbros Engineering.  During his career, he has performed various engineering functions, managed EPC projects, directed multiple-project programs, and has held numerous senior management positions with increasing responsibility.
  Based in Humble, TX, Laney has completed some of the longest and most challenging HDD crossings in the pipeline construction industry in the U.S. and globally. 

Lincoln Electric was recently honored with the Market Share Leadership Award for best practices in the world pipeline industry related to welding equipment and consumables. The award, based upon global research by analysts and consultants and outlined in Frost and Sullivan’s CEO 360 Degree Perspective report, recognized the company for exhibiting market share leadership through the implementation of market strategy. For more information on Frost and Sullivan’s 2010 Growth Excellence Awards, visit

Rhino Linings Corporation has acquired Tobin Manufacturing LLC, a manufacturer of two component positive displacement meter/mix/dispense equipment. Tobin will relocate its operations to the Rhino facilities in San Diego, CA.   
  Terms of the acquisition were not released.

MS Energy Services™ has opened a new regional service center in West Alexander, PA to replace a center that was previously located in Washington, PA. With its headquarters in Conroe, TX, MS Energy Services maintains regional service centers in oil and gas producing regions throughout North America. These centers allow the company to provide a broad range of services and equipment to satisfy contractual directional drilling and surveying requirements.

Terex Construction has named Jim Robbins as vice president and general manager of its American operations. In this role, Robbins is responsible for all Terex Construction business in North and South America, including on-site logistics functions.

Mpact® Downhole Motors has opened a new regional service center in West Alexander, PA. The new facility replaces the service center previously located in Washington, PA, providing a significant increase in physical space and service capabilities as well as serving as an ideal location to best serve the Appalachian oil and gas producing region.
  Mpact® Downhole Motors has over two decades experience in the design and manufacture of drilling motors and is an independent downhole motor supplier to the North American directional, horizontal and vertical drilling markets. Headquartered in Conroe, TX, the company serves customers through four regional service centers and ten district sales offices strategically located throughout the Gulf Coast, Permian Basin, Mid-Continent, Rocky Mountain and Appalachian regions.

UniversalPegasus International recently hosted an open house luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the April 2010 opening of its new onshore Marcellus Shale office located at 601 Technology Drive in Canonsburg, PA.  UniversalPegasus’ CEO John Jameson and Moe Barnes, the Onshore Division COO, welcomed visitors along with Business Development Manager Ken Sullivan and Director of Midstream Services Troney Langston.  Several local representatives spoke at the event, including: Commissioner J. Bracken Burns, Commissioner Larry Maggi, Representative Jesse White and Washington County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Kotula. Client guests included representatives from a number of the Marcellus Shale development companies.
  In 2009, UniversalPegasus began offering their services to Marcellus Shale clients and are engaged in projects in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  Services offered include engineering, survey, environmental, inspection, construction and project management.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers recently conducted a multi-million dollar unreserved heavy equipment auction at its auction site in Dubai, UAE.  Of the 1,950+ equipment items sold, 115 were sold for the Jan De Nul Group, one of the largest dredging and marine engineering contractors in the world. Their package included a large selection of late model wheel loaders, crawler tractors and hydraulic excavators.
  The auction also included the highest value equipment item ever sold at the Dubai site, a multi-component SBM Closed Circuit Jaw/Impact Crushing Plant. The plant, which includes primary and secondary crushers, screens, generators, conveyors, a control house and more, was sold as one auction lot. After more than 10 minutes of bidding, the plant was sold to a Saudi Arabian buyer for US$1.8 million.
  There are more than 90 upcoming unreserved auctions on the Richie Bros. auction calendar available at the company’s website:

Acculloy Manufacturing Solutions has begun operations at PerformaCoat, Inc., a new division performing advanced protective and lubricating coating services for oilfield tool, machined component, assembly and mold and fabrications manufacturers in the Gulf Coast-area. The new PerformaCoat operation is housed in a 12,000 sq. ft. facility at 14014 East Hardy Road in Houston, TX. 

T.D. Williamson Inc. has promoted Bruce Thames to vice president – Eastern Hemisphere. In his new role, Thames has full profit and loss responsibility for all product and service lines and oversees operations, marketing and financial management of the company throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

John R. Rutherford has been appointed executive vice president with responsibility for Business Development and Strategic Planning at Plains All American Pipeline L.P.

Laura Bauer has joined Farwest Corrosion Control Company as district manager. She will be responsible for the overall operation of the future office and warehouse facility, which will allow Farwest the ability to serve new and existing customers in the Northeast region of the U.S

Francisco Vargas has joined Denso North America as South American sales manager.He will be introducing company products under the Premier Coatings name. Vargas has started to appoint new agents and distributors within South America.

Robert Berkley (Cowboy Bob) Tuckness, 64, passed away on September 13, 2010. Tuckness was a member of IUOE Local 178 in Fort Worth, TX and worked throughout his life on pipelines. He worked for Gregory & Cook, Great Plains, H.B. Zachary and a number of other PLCA contractors. He was also an instructor for the IUOE and PLCA pipeline training schools. He is survived by his wife Linda, four sons, two daughters and 15 grandchildren.

Richard Vick
, 60, of Azalea, OR, passed away on September 13, 2010. During his pipeline career, Vick had most recently worked for Snelson Companies, Inc. and U.S. Pipeline, Inc. His wife, Pat, and his two sons, Shane and Hunter, survive him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice in Vick’s name or to the Memorial Fund at Azalea Community Church, P.O. Box 274, Azalea, OR 97410.