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Paul Schofield has joined the Farwest Corrosion Control Company (Gardena, CA) and is working in the company’s new office in Humble, TX. Schofield is responsible for the development and oversight of Farwest’s cathodic protection installation and technical services efforts in the Gulf Coast Region of the U.S. Adding these services will allow Farwest to serve new and existing clients in the Gulf Coast region.

Caterpillar Inc. plans to significantly increase its manufacturing capabilities and capacity for hydraulic excavators that will be produced at a facility now under construction in Victoria, TX. In August 2010, Caterpillar announced that it would invest about $130 million to open the state-of-the-art, 850,000 sq-ft operation in Victoria. Work is under way at the site and plans now call for an additional $70 million investment that will include another 200,000 sq-ft under roof. The added investment in Victoria will increase excavator capacity beyond the original plans and will include the addition of selected fabrication manufacturing for excavator production.
  Excavator production in Victoria is expected to begin in mid-2012. Once fully operational, the facility would produce a total of seven excavator models.

Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. (BLP) was the recipient of the Crane & Rigging Support – Silver award in Houston Business Roundtable’s Safety Excellence competition.  Since 1988, the Houston Business Roundtable has been recognizing greater Houston area Industrial Contractors for outstanding safety performance.   
  Matthew Wilson, QHSE Manager at Bishop Lifting Products, said “it was an extreme honor to be nominated by BP and to receive the silver safety award for Crane & Rigging Support. Recognition should be given to every individual employee at Bishop; starting with the executive management who places such a great emphasis on safety, to all employees who follow the safe practices on a daily basis.”
  In other news, Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. finalized the acquisition of West Florida Wire Rope, a wire rope and rigging shop in Panama City, FL on June 30, 2011.
  Specializing in wire rope, cordage, marine rigging hardware, and slings, WFWR will now be able to provide their customers Bishop Lifting Products’ extensive line of products, services and solutions.
  This marks BLP’s first expansion into Florida and the eastern end of the Gulf of Mexico.  This becomes BLP’s seventh national location.

Dallas, TX-based Driver Pipeline recently opened its fifth regional office in Hattiesburg, MS. The new facility is strategically located near the major southeast and northeast liquids and gas petroleum transmission pipelines. It is also close to a high number of salt dome storage facilities, as well as most of the major drilling and production companies servicing the region. 

Willbros Group, Inc.
announced that it had reached full and final agreement with TransCanada PipeLines Limited on the amount due to its U.S. construction subsidiary under a cost reimbursable target price construction contract for seven pump stations in Nebraska and Kansas. Willbros will receive $61 million in cash as payment for its outstanding receivables of $71.2 million that were disputed by TransCanada and agreed to waive all claims for additional fees and change orders. TransCanada agreed to relieve Willbros of any further liability with respect to the contract and to restore Willbros to its bid list for future work.
  Randy Harl, president and CEO, remarked, “We are pleased to have reached agreement with TransCanada on this significant contractual issue and we look forward to restoring our relationship with an important customer. ”

ShawCor Ltd.’s pipecoating division, Bredero Shaw, received a contract in excess of US$60 million from Welspun Corp Limited for pipeline coatings and related products and services for the Zawtika Development Project operated by PTTEP International Limited.
  The contract will be executed at Bredero Shaw’s facility in Kabil, Indonesia and involves coating 335 km of 10- 28-inch pipe that will be protected with three-layer anticorrosion coating and concrete weight coating.

Real Letourneau, 80, of Taunton, MA passed away on June 10, 2011.
  He is survived by his wife Jeannine, son Gary (Jolene), daughter Marlene (James), daughter Marcelle (Nancy), son David, and son Mark (Rachel) .
  In 1959, Letourneau, along with his brother and cousin, formed the Letourneau and Methe Land Clearing Company. Today, as Letourneau Corporation, the company is run by his sons Mark and Gary, and nephew Robert Letourneau.
  Donation may be made in his memory to Old Colony Hospice, One Credit Union Way, Randolph, MA 02368.