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Driver Pipeline, headquartered in Dallas, TX, announced the addition of marketing specialist Renee Ardoin to the company’s Gulf Coast Division located in Pearland, TX. In her new position, Ardoin will provide customer support primarily in the Gulf Coast region. In addition she will also be available for special marketing assignments at the Driver’s East Texas/ Haynesville Division when needed.

Paul Tyree has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Total Safety. In his new role, Tyree will be responsible for the global operations of the company. Consistent with the company’s strategy to reach new geographic markets, he will be leading the effort to expand Total Safety’s presence worldwide.
  Tyree joined Total Safety in 1996 and has served in various sales and operations roles. Most recently, he was responsible for the company’s North American business as senior vice president.

Colorado Machinery, which has been serving the construction industry in Colorado for over 40 years, has been appointed as a dealer for Leica Geosystems’ line of machine control products. Colorado Machinery will sell Leica Geosystems 2D and 3D machine control systems, construction positioning systems, digital levels, and rotating lasers. Leica products are designed to help contractors automate their grading and earthmoving projects.

Mears Group, Inc. recently welcomed Kurt Lawson to its staff as a senior director – Integrity Solutions. He will be working from the Plain City, OH office location.
  Lawson has more than 25 years of experience in the field of corrosion and materials engineering,
  In other news, Craig Chaney joined the Mears Group, Inc. as chief engineer – Integrity Solutions, supporting specialized assessment projects for the gas, oil, and nuclear industries.  He will be working from the San Ramon, CA office location.

Insituform Technologies, Inc. announced that David H. Kroon has been promoted to president, Corrpro Companies, a subsidiary of Insituform. In the new role, Kroon will have leadership responsibilities for the global operations of Corrpro and will direct Insituform’s strategic plan to grow Corrpro’s international businesses in the Middle East. He will also be charged with identifying opportunities to leverage the Company’s product and service offerings across its global footprint.
  In other news, Insituform Technologies, Inc. has created two joint ventures with Wasco Energy Ltd., a subsidiary of Wah Seong Corporation Berhad based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   The first joint venture, Bayou Wasco Insulation Technologies, LLC, will be based in New Iberia, LA. It was organized to provide offshore insulation services, primarily to customers in the United States, the Gulf of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The joint venture is owned 51% by Insituform and 49% by Wasco. Facilities are expected to be operational by the early 2012.
     The second, WCU Corrosion Technologies Pte. Ltd., will be based in Singapore and provide the product and service offerings of Corrpro Companies and United Pipeline Systems, each an Insituform subsidiary, throughout Asia.

NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage unit NiSource Midstream Services (NMS) announced that John Bonn and Brian Raber have joined the leadership team. Bonn was named president of NMS and Raber will take on the role of vice president operations and engineering.

Hydratight announced two senior management moves, effective immediately. Chris Mitchell takes over as western region business leader from Bob Boychuk, who becomes nuclear portfolio manager.

MEA’s National Gas Rodeo will be held Sept. 15-17, 2011 in Fairview Heights, IL. Natural gas teams from across the country are invited to showcase their skills, knowledge, and professionalism. The event is expected to draw teams from utilities across the nation. 
  For more information visit http://www.nationalgasrodeo.org or call Janelle Murphy at (651) 289-9600 x109.

Mears Group Inc. has gained the internationally recognized ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System certification. 
  “After a thorough assessment of our processes, and by engaging every employee in this special project, the ISO 9001:2008 certification challenge allowed our company to step up to a much higher standard of quality and excellence that permeates not only the mentality of our entire team, but mostly the way we do things at Mears,” commented Neil Smith, senior vice president of HDD at Mears Group.
  One of the key goals for Mears in attaining the ISO 9001:2008 quality certification is to exceed customer expectations by applying best practices in all aspects of its company – from business development to project management, from field operations to processing customer feedback data.
  Mears retained ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. as the accredited registrar to perform the external audits of the numerous processes performed at various locations of the company, that lead to the final award of certification in April 2011.
  Mears Group has accomplished the ISO 9001:2008 quality certification for its Horizontal Directional Drilling division (Certificate No. 45626) as well as its Integrity Solutions division (Certificate No. 45396).

Volvo Construction Equipment dealer Woodco Machinery, Inc. headquartered in Woburn, MA, has acquired certain assets from the Volvo Construction Equipment & Services’ Southborough, MA location. As a result of the transaction, Woodco has added Volvo compaction, paving 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.
  Volvo Construction Equipment & Services will remain the authorized dealer for:  Ingersoll Rand (Portable Hand Held Tools), Doosan Portable Power (Air Compressors, Generators and Light Towers), and Skyjack (Rough Terrain Telescopic Forklifts).

Obituary
Joseph A Cunningham, 91, passed away May 3, 2011. Cunningham was a 1937 graduate of Tulsa Central High School and a 1941 graduate from the College of Engineering at Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater, OK. After graduation, he worked for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships in Washington, DC before enlisting in the U.S. Army. After military service, Cunningham worked for the Lee C. Moore Company before joining Perrault Brothers Pipeline Equipment. Throughout numerous mergers and acquisitions he retired from CRC-Evans Pipeline Equipment at age 76, after more than 45 years in the pipeline construction equipment industry. He was noted in the industry for his innovation in engineering and loyalty to his fellow employees.
  Cunningham was preceded in death by his wife Nina Cunningham, sister, Louise Olsen and brother, Robert (Bob) Cunningham, and his parents Joseph A. and Margaret Cunningham. He is survived by sons Joseph Cunningham III and wife Brenda, and William Robert Cunningham. He also leaves a sister, Eileen Luke, along with numerous beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
  Services were held May 6, 2011 at the Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel in Tulsa, OK.