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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its alliance with the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) to continue working together to protect workers from serious job hazards during equipment operation, trenching and excavation, and hydrostatic testing.
  During the two-year agreement, the Alliance will share information on occupational safety and health standards, and worker rights and employer responsibilities through forums, exhibits and stakeholder meetings. The Alliance will also focus on issues related to small businesses, distracted driving, and non-English and limited-English-speaking workers.
  APCA addresses safety, environmental and security issues within the pipeline industry among pipeline contractors, manufacturers and suppliers of pipeline-related products and services. The association represents approximately 14,000 workers and more than 40 member companies, and offers training on industry changes and the best ways to cope with these changes.  For information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

Hydratight has formed a strategic partnership with the UK-based Professional Diving Academy to offer a course on the subsea use of bolting tools with extensive underwater practical tuition. Courses are expected to be available in early 2012 at the academy’s facilities in Dunoon, Scotland, and through a strategic network of training facilities worldwide.

Accommodation specialist, HB Rentals, a Superior Energy Services company, has named Colin Johnston southeast regional sales manager, announced Vice President of U.S. Land, Troy Roussel. Johnson will lead the sales teams in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Decatur, TX.

CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc. has finalized a distributor agreement with Laurini Officine Meccaniche of Busseto, Italy. Under the terms of the agreement, CRC-Evans will have rights to exclusively distribute Laurini screening padding machines in North and South America, as well as exclusive distribution rights for all Laurini products in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
  The company says the inclusion of Laurini screening and crusher padding machines significantly reinforces CRC-Evans’ extensive portfolio with products that match CRC-Evans’ reputation for high-quality, respected and reliable designs. Furthermore, Laurini’s products are compatible with the equipment CRC- Evans currently sells and rents.
  “Our relationship with Laurini now provides us with a wider scope of equipment to rent or sell, so that we can meet the needs of our customer base as comprehensively and readily as possible,” said Joost Van Heuveln President of CRC-Evans Americas.

The Kürvers Group has opened an office in Johannesburg, South Africa to service the Sub-Saharan market. Headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, Kürvers sources and supplies steel piping, and associated products from specialized mills in its global portfolio via its 16 offices worldwide. Tim Booth is the regional director leading the company’s new South African office.

Charter International plc, owner of ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, has been acquired by Colfax Corporation, based in Fulton, MD.
  “This acquisition will not impact our customers or distributors,” said Mark Elender, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for ESAB North America.  “We will continue to provide our customers and distributors with the best products and support services, and we are confident that this transition will be seamless and beneficial to all.”

J-W Energy Company has formed the J-W Midstream Company. This new entity will consolidate J-W Energy Company’s midstream activities currently conducted by J-W Gathering Company, J-W Pipeline Company and Q-West Energy Company.  The new company will have the goal of expanding J-W Energy Company’s presence as a full-service provider of midstream services to the upstream natural gas sector.

TAM International Inc. is planning to build a new manufacturing facility in the Houston area. The expansion will allow TAM to support growth in the production of the company’s existing products and improve capacity for manufacturing large offshore products for oil and gas production. The 26-acre site is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 290 and Pinemont in Northwest Houston. The facility will house up to 300 employees directly involved in the manufacturing process.

Caterpillar recently executed an alliance agreement with Exodus Machines Incorporated for the design and supply of material handlers to be sold and supported exclusively by Cat® dealers. These Exodus machines will be available immediately in North America and will complement Caterpillar’s current line of wheel and track material handlers greater than 25 metric tons. These products will initially continue to carry the Exodus brand name but will transition to the Cat brand in 2013.
  The alliance agreement follows Caterpillar’s recent formation of a new strategic business unit, the Caterpillar Industrial & Waste Group, which has global responsibility for serving customers in these markets. The new group is part of the Diversified Products Division, led by Bill Springer, vice president of Caterpillar.

Obituary
Jim Kirchdorfer, Sr., founder and chairman of ISCO Industries, a Louisville, KY-based pipe supplier and custom manufacturer of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping products, died on February 3, 2012.
  Fifty years ago, Kirchdorfer, Sr. founded what today is ISCO Industries. He started the company in the same location as his father’s hardware store in Louisville. The company has grown over the years to include more than 25 locations with more than 300 employees worldwide.
  Over the years Kirchdorfer received numerous industry awards, including the Don A. Rossi Award from the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), which is presented to “an individual who has made a significant contribution to the game of golf and its growth.” 
  Kirchdorfer is survived by his wife Carolyn, daughter Teresa, sons James Jr. and Mark, and seven grandchildren.
 
James Thomas White, born February 7, 1938 in Huntsville, MS to the late James Dibrell White and Mildred Dowd White, passed away January 22, 2012 in Plano, TX. After graduating from Mississippi State University in Civil Engineering in 1961, he went to work for Texas Eastern Transmission Company, as a pipeline design engineer, in Shreveport, LA. He later worked for Williams Pressure Service and  Cap-Con International, Inc. White traveled internationally throughout his life overseeing construction projects throughout the world. In 2009, H.C. Price Construction Co. and Gregory-Cook Construction Co. merged to form Price-Gregory International, Inc., where he served as president until his death.
  White is survived by his wife, Barbara Oliver White; sister, Joy Love of Madison, MS; children, Jim White (Laura) of Madison, MS, Pat White (Jill) of Kilmichael, MS, Holly White of Dallas, TX; and six grandchildren.
  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to French Camp Academy in French Camp, MS or Moore Memorial United Methodist Church in Winona, MS.

Dorothy Ann (Katte) Gabrielse, age 82, of Fitchburg, MA  passed away Jan. 21, 2012, at Agrace HospiceCare. She was born on Aug. 25, 1929, daughter of the late Harry and Alice (Eggebeen) Katte. Dorothy married George Gabrielse in 1949.
  She is survived by her children, Tom (Diane) Gabrielse, Kaye (Mark) Oostdyk, Jack (Denise) Gabrielse, Bruce (Barbara) Gabrielse and Brian (Jennifer) Gabrielse; 16 grandchildren; 12 additional grandchildren by marriage; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Opgenorth; brothers-in-law, John (Ella) Gabrielse, Kenneth Lubbers and LeRoy Ten Haken; and sisters-in-law, Evangeline Fikkert, Patricia Gabrielse and Edith (Preston) De Hamer.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, George on Sept. 26, 2011.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions would be appreciated for Rawhide Boys Ranch (Gabrielse Wood Shop Endowment), Abundant Life Christian School (Gabrielse Scholarship Fund) or Agrace HospiceCare Inc. in Fitchburg, MA.