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Williams and Williams Partners L.P. has named Phil Wright senior vice president of corporate development for Williams. Randy Barnard will succeed Wright to head the company’s gas pipeline business. Both Wright and Barnard report directly to Williams CEO Alan Armstrong. Barnard currently serves as Williams’ vice president of natural gas market development.
  Consistent with the changes, Williams’ board elected Barnard as a senior vice president of Williams; the Williams Partners board elected him senior vice president–Gas Pipeline and as a director of the board.

The Charles Machine Works, Inc. (CMW)
has acquired 100% ownership of Radius® Professional HDD Tools in Weatherford, TX. Finalized January 13, 2011, the sale makes Radius HDD Tools a wholly owned subsidiary of CMW which includes the Radius brand name, its patents, and products.
“Radius fits well under the umbrella of CMW along with our other companies and our long-term strategy,” said CMW Chief Executive Officer Tiffany Sewell-Howard. “They have an excellent reputation for quality in the industry. The company’s knowledge, brand recognition, expertise, and understanding of the HDD market will be valuable assets as we go forward to provide the best possible products and services to utility providers and contractors all over the world.”

Coble Trench Safety, Inc.
has opened a new branch in Knoxville, TN which will service the Knoxville metropolitan and surrounding areas. The new branch will be managed by Knoxville branch manager Jon Frits with Richard Overman.

V & M TWO, LLC of Youngstown, OH has awarded Aker Construction Inc. a contract for the construction of a pipe mill process building in Ohio. The project is located adjacent to the V & M Star L.P.’s operations in Youngstown, OH. V&M plans for the new mill to be operational within 18 months.

Roger Kirwan, vice president of marketing for Vacmasters, Denver, CO, has retired after working 17 years with the company. Considered by many to be an expert in air-vacuum excavation, Kirwan spent his career at Vacmasters advising the community in the best practices when considering excavation work where underground utilities are present. Besides making himself available to customers, Kirwan provided insight into the most efficient and feasible ways to meet their needs.
  Trevor Connolly has assumed the position of vice president of marketing.

John Renfroe and Michael Ray have joined American Innovations’ Compliance Technology Division leadership team.  Ray will utilize his pipeline industry experience to create and implement the strategic direction for the company’s Pipeline Compliance Software, Risk Intelligence Platform, System Analyzer, and the Allegro Field Data PC product lines. Renfroe will direct the technology and employee resources needed for efficient delivery and growth of all product lines.

Douglas McIntyre, associate member director of the International & Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA), is the new CEO of CRC-Evans. McIntyre took up his position on Jan. 1, 2011, replacing Tim Carey, a long-time friend and supporter of IPLOCA, who has stepped down.
  That is not the only change within CRC-Evans. The Past President of IPLOCA, Adam Wynne Hughes, has also joined CRC-Evans as managing director of the company’s Inspection Group.
  Hughes, well known to many following his 2009-2010 presidency of IPLOCA, joins CRC-Evans at a time when the PIH Field Joint Coating division and Inspection Group form one of the business units within CRC under the leadership of Phil Bond, the current IPLOCA director for northwest Europe.
  Hughes will work closely with Carl Vincent, the senior vice president at Pipeline Induction Heat Ltd., to develop the wider range of services offered to clients while maintaining the individual market area disciplines.
  After almost eight years at the helm, Alan Everett will retire from the post of managing director later on in the year, and will work closely with Hughes over the next few months to effect a smooth transition.
  Bond, managing director of PIH and president of the FJC and Inspection Group said he was delighted to be able to welcome someone of Adam’s calibre to the company. 
  “I am looking forward to the challenges of leading the Inspection group, particularly the existing business in South Africa and the Middle East and the development of UK-based UNISPEC which is supporting CRC-Evans Offshore in some very exciting projects,” said Hughes.

Obituary
Robert Edward Turner, senior vice president of Engineering and partner of Appalachian Pipeline Contractors, LLP, passed away February 8, 2011. A memorial service was held at Unity Chapel in Houston, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the PLCA Scholarship Foundation, 1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 4100, Dallas, TX, 75201.