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The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) held its 1st Annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) November 2-4, 2011 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX. The PDC focused on senior and middle-management within DCA member organizations with the objective of enhancing their business skills and helping them see the bigger picture.
  The event kicked off with a Networking Reception where owners, managers, and other attendees could socialize and meet other members from DCA regular and associate member companies.
  The next day’s agenda offered several informative sessions.
  During an interactive session on Effective Communication attendees learned their own behavioral style and how to interpret that of co-workers. Attendees had completed the DiSC® profile prior to the conference and several attendees mentioned what an eye-opening experience it was. They learned how to understand the value, pros and cons of each behavioral style and how to interact with each.
  The Principles of High Production was an exciting hands-on session and attendees were put in teams and were told to figure a time and money estimate for building a project. The winning team built a house out of pipe while racing the clock and received the money bid for the job.
  Other sessions included Leadership vs. Management, Business Development and Essentials of Motivation.   
On the final day, small groups were formed where attendees exchanged best practices and learned from each other on issues relevant to their own companies.
  Facilitators of the session were Wally Adamchik, President of FireStarter Speaking and Consulting; Ullie Munroe, a Corporate Trainer and Employee Development Professional; David Stone, Founder and President of Stone and Company; and George Berg, a certified Project Management Professional.
  To view photos and video of the PDC, visit

Tulsa,OK-based MESA recently promoted Patrick Hobbs to the position of controller. He has been with the company for 5 years, most recently as senior accountant. In his new position, Hobbs will oversee daily operations of the finance department, and be responsible for monitoring and analyzing monthly operating results.
  The move coincides with MESA’s growth in the cathodic protection business as a turnkey provider of materials and services.

Turner Construction Company
has hired Joe Price as business development manager to lead business development efforts in Houston and throughout southeastern Texas. 

Brian Reese has joined Boardwalk Pipeline Partners as vice president of Operations and Project Services for Its Field Services Subsidiary. He will be responsible for the construction, operations and maintenance of Boardwalk Field Services assets

The Lincoln Electric Company has partnered with the American Welding Society (AWS) to provide a hands-on welding experience to attract new people to the profession. As part of this partnership, Lincoln Electric recently provided VRTEX® 360 Virtual Reality Arc Welders for AWS’s new Careers in Welding Trailer that debuted at FABTECH 2011, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, finishing and welding event.
  The virtual reality weld training simulators allow users to get first-hand experience of the following: SMAW (stick), GMAW (MIG) and FCAW (flux-cored) welding processes; Multiple weld joint configurations and welding positions; and A variety of real world welding environments, including a welding school booth, construction site and process piping location, among others.
  For more information or to request a demonstration, call (216) 383-2667 or visit

Detcon has moved its corporate headquarters to: 4055 Technology Forest Drive, Suite 100, The Woodlands, TX. 77381. Email, phone and fax numbers are unchanged.
Tyco Valves & Controls, a unit of Tyco Flow Control, has opened a new service facility in Port Arthur, TX, to maintain and repair customers’ valves, actuation and controls so that they can continue safe, efficient operations with minimal downtime.

Trendon Bit Service Ltd. has acquired the assets of X-Treme Bits & Downhole Tooling Ltd., a subsidiary of X-Treme Energy Group Inc. Upon closing of the acquisition, the acquired business will operate under the name of Trendon Bit Service Ltd. and its headquarters will be at Trendon’s head office in Calgary, Alberta.

Caterpillar Inc.
announced that it will be featured in SKYFALL, the latest James bond film.  SKYFALL is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his third film as James Bond. Details of the Cat equipment being used in the movie will be revealed at a date closer to the film’s release.
  Lookout for Caterpillar when the film begins its worldwide rollout in the UK and Ireland on October 26, 2012 and in North America on November 9, 2012.

The Socotherm Group has named Paul DeWeese as its new CEO. DeWeese has worked extensively in the area of oilfield services and supplies.

Deepwater Corrosion Services
has appointed ERIKS bv as the exclusive distributor for its I-Rod brand pipe-support products in the Benelux Region, which encompasses Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. ERIKS bv is a major supplier of valves, hoses, seals, plastic piping, instrumentation and a wide range of other products for industrial use. It’s part of the ERIKS group of 60 companies offering mechanical engineering components, technology and logistics services in 25 countries.
  Worldwide demand continues to build for Deepwater’s unique I-Rod products, that the company says virtually eliminates corrosion problems where pipes are attach to their supports.

Case Construction Equipment recently donated a cutaway training model of a Case skid steer loader to the Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance program at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.
  Roger Solberg, heavy equipment operations and maintenance instructor at NWICC, said the program’s 25 students will begin using the machine during the upcoming semester’s studies, including breaking down, re-assembling and re-installing the engine.
  “We’ll have a new shop next year, and we’re setting up a special area just for the Case machine,” Solberg said.
  Case had been using the machine for training at its Tomahawk Customer Center in Tomahawk, WI. Solberg arranged the donation during a three-day visit earlier this year with his students to the Tomahawk facility.