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Gary M. Cerny, PE, has joined Michels Corporation as regional marketing director. Cerny is coming to Michels with over 28 years of experience in the energy business.  He is a degreed physicist as well as a licensed professional engineer receiving his master’s in engineering from Texas A & M University.  Over the last 10 years, Cerny held the position of president and COO of some of the largest natural gas distribution companies in the upper Midwest.
  Cerny started his new position in January 2009 and can be reached at gcerny@michels.us.

The National Center for Construction Education and Research now has an approved Crane Operator Certification Program: Industrial/All Purpose, Rough Terrain/All Terrain, and Rubber Tire Truck Mount. It has received accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The crane certification program is a collaboration of NCCER, North American Crane Bureau (NACB), and Prov™.
  The aim of the program is to identify individuals with the professional knowledge and skills worthy of being designated as certified crane operators. It includes both written assessments and practical examinations that meet or exceed current ASME B30.5 consensus safety standards, as well as OSHA 1910 standards, for mobile crane operators. Assessments are available in four categories: telescopic boom, lattice boom, boom truck, and industrial/all-purpose cranes. The program is structured so a crane operator can take the written assessment and practical examination and receive results back the same day. An operator’s certification is good for five years.
  Godwin Pumps has added several new employees at its locations throughout the U.S. William Gower has joined the company as a mechanic at the Chesapeake, VA branch, while Barbara Hochman is sales assistant. Michael Ivory joined the Pittsburgh, PA branch as outside sales engineer, along with Thomas Malone who is an inside sales engineering at the Norwich, CT location. Mark Michael is
the newest addition to the inside sales staff at the Bridgeport, NJ location. 

Rain for Rent was recently recognized by the Institute for Family Business (IFB), at the annual Family Business Award ceremony in Fresno, CA. IFB, a consortium of community members, the Craig School of Business, California State University Fresno, and the Chamber of Commerce, honored the Lake family and Rain for Rent with the California Family Business of the Year Award.
  The award coincided with Rain for Rent’s 75th anniversary. The company, a provider of liquid-handling solutions, was founded in 1934 by Charles P. Lake, Bakersfield, CA. Today, the second, third, and fourth generations actively manage the business. Rain for Rent is one of the 15 largest rental companies in the United States; over the past 75 years they have expanded to support over 50 successful locations nationwide. Cynthia Lake, vice president of Marketing, commented that “the receipt of this award would not have been possible without our customers, employees, and vendors. As a family we strive for excellence, to be a good employer, and to be active, supportive members of the communities in which we live and work.”

Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. has added personnel in several key positions.  Timothy Hyland has joined the sales team as district manger. Gerald “Jerry” Halsey, formerly large machine inspector with the Liebherr Mining Division, has joined Liebherr Construction Equipment in the role of factory service representative

Keystone Pipeline Vice President’s Awards presented to Pat Michels
When it comes to safety in the workplace, Michels Corporation has been committed to maintaining a high level of excellence for their people.  In December, that commitment was rewarded.
  One of the very first, “Keystone Pipeline Vice President’s Awards,” was presented to Pat Michels, President of Michels Corporation, for his company’s safety leadership and performance on the Keystone Pipeline Project.
  “This award reaffirms how serious Michels Corporation considers safety on the jobsite.  I am proud of the men and women in the field.  They have done a great job,” says President Pat Michels.
  In December, leaders from Michels’ Safety and Pipeline teams were honored guests at an awards dinner, hosted by TransCanada and ConocoPhillips (partners in the Keystone Pipeline) in Houston.
  The award was established as part of TransCanada’s corporate recognition program for contractor safety commitment and
performance.

In Memoriam
A celebration of life was held January 31, 2009 at the Second Baptist Church in Highlands, TX for Jack Wallace Gilbert.
 Gilbert’s early professional career began at Caterpillar Tractor Company, in Peoria, IL where he worked as an international sales representative for the engine division. Later, he joined Hoover equipment, Oklahoma City, OK, before becoming manager of the engine division for Fabick Caterpillar in St. Louis, MO.
 From here, he moved to the Houston area where he and Jim Hodde founded Power Associates International.  He then served as president of the company until ill health forced him to retire.
 Gilbert is survived by his wife, Julie; sons David Gilbert of San Antonio and the Reverend Robert (Chuck) Gilbert of Leedey, OK; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 
 He was preceded in death by a son, Terry R. Gilbert.