Business News

Posted on

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.
  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.

A merger of Pipeline Supply & Service with Wasatch Supply has led to the formation of PSS Companies that now have five distribution points across the U.S. PSS Companies will serve as the parent holding company to Wasatch Supply, and Pipeline Supply & Service, as well as Porta Lathe, which provides pipeline cold cutting services throughout North America.

Martin Craighead has assumed the role of Baker Hughes’ president and CEO.  Craighead will build upon the successful seven-year tenure of Chad Deaton, who will remain chairman of the Board of Directors.
  Craighead, whose tenure with the company dates back to 1986, most recently served as Baker Hughes’ president and COO.

The boards of directors of ONEOK, Inc. and ONEOK Partners recently announced three executive appointments. Terry K. Spencer, COO of ONEOK Partners, was promoted to president of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners. Pierce H. Norton II, currently COO of ONEOK, was promoted to executive vice president and COO of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners and Robert F. Martinovich was promoted to executive vice president, CFO and treasurer.
  In other news, the boards of ONEOK, Inc. and ONEOK Partners elected Steven J. Malcolm to their respective boards. Malcolm retired as chairman, president and CEO of Tulsa-based Williams in 2011. During his 26-year career with Williams, Malcolm held numerous leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including president and CEO of Williams Energy Services.

URS Corporation has established a new office at 715 Washington Boulevard in Williamsport, PA 17701. The office provides the company’s oil and gas and pipeline clients with full project life-cycle services, including integrated environmental, engineering, procurement, construction management, and operations and maintenance support. 

J-W Energy Company has opened its second office in the Northeast to serve the up-and-coming Marcellus Shale play.  The new facility is located at 160 Logan Drive, Suite A and B, Muncy, PA 17756. 

Mustang, a Wood Group company, has acquired a majority stake in ISI Solutions for an initial consideration of US$5.2 million. ISI Solutions is a Latin American provider of automation and control engineering and consulting services to the oil and gas, power and pipeline industries in Latin America.
  ISI, will be rebranded ISI Mustang, and will continue to be led by Pedro Santamaria and its existing management team.

Kevin T. Cripps has been named as COO for the Distribution Construction Co. He will be responsible for overseeing the construction operations of the company’s diverse disciplines relating to natural gas pipeline distribution systems installation, maintenance, and rehabilitation.   Since 1995, he has held a number of key positions within the company including vice president for Safety Administration and is currently a member of the Board of Directors.

Eagleton Engineering, L.L.C.
, (formerly Babcock Eagleton, Inc.), has transitioned its company to a new ownership group, Keystone Capital, Inc., a private holding/investment firm.  Eagleton will remain “business as usual,” with the same people continuing in their current roles and leading the firm. 

In early January, Rigzone reported that more than 700 Teamster pipeline construction workers were walking off their jobs after negotiations broke down with the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) over proposals to change their retirement programs.
  That total will reportedly include about 200 workers in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Their contract expired on Dec. 31.
  According to the article, most of the West Virginia and Pennsylvania workers have jobs related to work in the Marcellus and Utica Shale sites.
  The PLCA, based in Dallas, TX, includes more than 70 construction companies that build and maintain pipeline infrastructures for the oil and natural gas industry.

Funeral services were held Dec. 4, 2011 in Fisk, MO, for PCCA President Larry Libla, who died Nov. 20 in St. Louis, MO.
  Libla began his career in construction with ElectriCom in Paoli, IN, and in 1972 he and his wife, Pam, established L&P Contractors. In 1977, the Liblas formed Libla Communications in Poplar Bluff, MO. Libla joined PCCA in 1990, was elected to the board of directors in 1998, and served the last six years as an officer of the association. He became president in March 2011.
  In addition to his wife of 39 years, Libla is survived by daughters Anna Whitlow, Christina Miller, and Alicia Libla; sons-in-law Jerry Whitlow and Kurt Miller; four grandchildren, and his mother, Marglie.
  Memorials can be made to the Larry W. Libla Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of First Missouri State Bank, 1902 Sunset Drive, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901.