PipeLine Machinery International (PLM-Cat) announced that Account Manager Howard McCullough is retiring from PLM effective at year end. McCullough has been with PLM since June of 2006 when he was convinced to come out of retirement to bring his extensive pipeline experience to work for PLM in the eastern United States.
PLM Senior Vice President Tony Fernandez said for the past year, James Schulte has been working with Howard and the eastern pipeline customers and is poised to take responsibility for the region. Schulte joined PLM in July 2007 as equipment support coordinator for the southeast States. He began his Cat career with Ring Power (Florida) as parts and services sales representative. He joined the PLM sales team in September 2009 and has been working closely with Howard McCullough and the rest of the sales team.
Sentry Equipment Corp. has acquired the assets owned by Zeck Systems, LLC, based in Snyder, TX. The addition of Zeck Systems’ products are expected to significantly expand Sentry Equipment’s process ptoducts and systems portfolio, as the future looks to natural gas as a key source of energy and as customers continue to seek out safe, effective methods to improve processes.
Zeck Systems™ provides odorant injection instrumentation to accurately dose natural gas streams throughout various phases of production, transmission and distribution. These odorants belong to a group of organosulfur compounds that give natural gas a distinct scent, per federally mandated safety guidelines.
According to a Sentry official, beginning immediately, Sentry Equipment will implement a planned integration of Zeck Systems’ products, customers and employees, redirecting all manufacturing and administrative operations to Oconomowoc, WI by the spring of 2011. Mark Zeck, senior vice president of Zeck Systems (a division of Sentry Equipment), will continue to oversee engineering activities from Texas.
Gordie Tieberg has taken on the new position of sales manager – North America at Pipeline Machinery International. He joins the management team at PLM and will hold responsibility for the sales team and machine business in the U.S. and Canada.
Tieberg has been working closely with PLM as the Cat financial international account manager in charge of pipeline business globally since PLM was established in 2005.
Cat Financial has named Tieberg’s replacement for PLM – Anthony Zaccari, territory manager who took over the pipeline financing business effective November 1, 2010.
Willbros Group, Inc. has promoted James L. Gibson to Chief Operating Officer of the company from his present position as president of the Downstream Business Segment. In his new role, Gibson will expand his oversight and involvement in Willbros’ three business segments to enhance operational excellence.
Gibson joined Willbros in March 2008 and was named president of Willbros Canada in July 2008 where he implemented more robust cost, scheduling and project controls resulting in improved operational and financial performance. In February 2010, he was appointed president, Willbros Downstream where he successfully managed cost rationalization of the Downstream business units resulting in better financial performance and improved competitiveness in the U.S. downstream market. In 2010, Gibson also led the company’s Project Management Office to foster the development of the Willbros’ Project Management System including procedures, best practices, metrics, benchmarks and other tools.
Craig Johnson has joined the management and ownership team of Southern Drill Supply. Johnson has worked in the horizontal directional drilling business for over 25 years. He joins the Southern Drill Supply team as the new vice president of operations.
Laura Bauer has joined the Farwest Corrosion Control Company as district manager. She will be responsible for the overall operation of the future office and warehouse facility, which will provide Farwest the ability to serve new and existing customers in the Northeast region of the U.S.
Marsha Short, who has provided staff support to Gas Machinery Research Council (GMRC) for more than 15 years, is retiring this year. Short was also presented the prestigious Edward Henderson Award at this year’s Gas Machinery Conference, held October 4-6 in Phoenix, AZ.
In other news, Pat Downey is the new vice president at GMRC. He will be supported by Tracy Blakely, meeting manager, Jane Butler, controller-project manager, and LaRhonda Mays, support staff assistant.
Spectra Energy Corp., managing partner of Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, announced the appointment of William C. Penney as president, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. Penney previously served as vice president, Business Development, Northeast Transmission for Spectra Energy, and prior to that was an integral part of the initial development, construction and expansion of the Maritimes system.
Ron Charles has rejoined TechCorr USA LLC after a leave of absence. Charles will serve as division manager of the company’s Robotics Inspection and Sludge Profiling division.
Vermeer Corporation has announced staff realignments to support the company’s global growth initiatives. “We are excited about the realignment and how it will help Vermeer better serve our customers,” said Mary Andringa, president and CEO for Vermeer Corporation. “Every segment within Vermeer is thinking globally and focusing on the four geographic regions where Vermeer has already invested in growth potential, including Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Latin America and Asia, as well as continued expansion in North America.”
Vermeer named three senior directors to the office of vice president. All three will continue to support global industrial product efforts. They include : Mike Byram, vice president of environmental solutions; Steve Heap, vice president of Vermeer Latin America, and Vermeer Europe, Middle East and Africa (VEMEA); and Dave Wisniewski, vice president of underground solutions
In addition, Jason Andringa will assume the role of vice president of distribution and global accounts. Frank Beerthuis will take over Andringa’s managing director role at VEMEA.
Other changes resulted in Global Aftermarket & Marketing being led by Vice President Mark Core; Global Forage, Procurement, Logistics and IT by Vice President David Corbin; and Global Industrial Solutions by Vice President Doug Hundt.
Williams and Williams Partners L. P. announced that Rory Miller has been elected senior vice president of Williams and senior vice president-Midstream and director of Williams Partners, effective Jan. 3, 2011. Miller most recently served as vice president of the company’s onshore gathering and processing business.
Miller’s current responsibilities include oversight of the company’s midstream operations in the San Juan, Piceance, Green River, Washakie and Appalachian basins. In prior positions with Williams over the past 20 years Miller has served in various onshore and offshore supply-area leadership roles. Before joining Williams, he held similar positions with Tennessee Gas Pipeline and Delhi Gas Pipeline.
On October 20, 2010, MATCOR’S Houston office reached five years without incurring a Lost Time Incident. These numbers mean MATCOR® employees at this site have not lost time from the job, because of a workplace injury, for five straight years.
According to company officials, this is the second significant safety milestone marked by MATCOR® in 2010. On July 28, MATCOR’s Doylestown, PA headquarters and manufacturing facility reached 2,000 days lost time incident free. The Pennsylvania site continues to be incident free, achieving 5 ½ years with this record.
In other news, Trevor Eade has joined MATCOR® Inc.’s management team as director of Marketing and Communications. Eade will develop go-to-market strategies for in-house manufactured products and support services.
Miller Electric Mfg. Co. of Appleton, WI has entered into a partnership with Panasonic Welding Systems Co., Ltd., a division of Panasonic Corporation. To augment this business, Miller has created Miller Welding Automation in Carol Stream, IL, within Miller Electric Mfg. Co., that will serve as the distribution route for Panasonic robotic welding arms in North America. This business will also include a Canadian support office in Mississauga, ON. John Winek will serve as the general manager of the new business.
J. Ray Isgitt of Madisonville, TX passed away Nov. 3, 2010, one day after his 81st birthday. A life-long pipeliner, Isgitt worked for more than 50 years with some of the nation’s largest pipeline contractors. Over the years he held a variety of jobs, ranging from a welder’s helper to assistant superintendent of public relations. He is survived by his wife Brenda, two sons, John and Greg, two daughters, Debra and Sarah, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.