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U.S. Pipeline, Inc. President and CEO Greg Curran is stepping down as president of the company, but will remain CEO.  In making the announcement, Curran also announced the promotion of Kelly Osborn as the new President of USPL.  “Kelly has over 30 years of experience in the pipeline business and is a proven leader within our industry,” Curran said.  “He has been a loyal employee of U.S. Pipeline since 2001 and has been a very important part of the success of the company.  I will remain as Chief Executive Officer of the company with Kelly reporting to me.”
  Kelly has played an integral part in many major energy infrastructure projects over the last 10 years, including projects such as: The Ruby Pipeline, FGT Phase 8 Expansion, Alberta Clipper, The Green Pipeline, Millennium Pipeline, and Enbridge’s Southern Access & Southern Lights.  With this promotion, Kelly will help ensure U.S. Pipeline remains a leader in pipeline and station construction and remains dedicated to the safety of its employees, customers, and all third parties.
  Kelly is married to Lisa Osborn and has three children, Kristopher (24), Josey (10), and Sophie (7).

Power Line Services, a portfolio company of the private equity firm Energy Capital Partners, has acquired Snelson Companies Inc., from the GFI Energy Group and other shareholders. The purchase extends Power Line Services’ operating footprint west of the Rockies and adds pipeline construction to its suite of businesses. The senior management team at Power Line Services will manage the overall group of pipeline and electric transmission and energy services companies. The existing management team at Snelson will continue to run their respective division, while the existing management team at Power Line Services will continue to run the electric transmission and energy divisions.
The Charles Machine Works (CMW®) Inc., manufacturer of Ditch Witch® underground construction equipment, announced the winner of two of the company’s highest personal honors. Mark Jones of Ditch Witch Sales, Inc., Sullivan, MO is the recipient of the 2011 Lowell Highfill Award and 2011 #1 Gold Ace Award. The prestigious Lowell Highfill Award signifies the most outstanding performance by a Ditch Witch salesperson in promoting and marketing Ditch Witch products. The #1 Gold Ace Award is given annually to the top Ditch Witch salesperson worldwide.
  In other news, Jimmy Creecy, long-time parts manager of Witch Equipment Company, Inc. Fort Worth, TX, was the recipient of the Ditch Witch Harold Chestnut Award for 2011. The award is presented annually to the parts marketing manager within the worldwide Ditch Witch organization who best exemplifies the enthusiasm, dedication, and creativity that Harold Chestnut brought to his profession for over 30 years.
Enduro Pipeline Services, Inc. announced Matthew Peterson as their Business Development / Project Sales with focus on the Texas/Louisiana pipeline marketplace. 
Alliance Pipeline Ltd. announced that Murray Birch, president and CEO, will be retiring on July 31, 2012. 
  “Through Murray’s strong leadership, Alliance has added new pipeline services, lowered pipeline costs and leveraged the existing operations to include green power generation while ensuring the safe operations of the system,” said Alliance Pipeline Chairman Stephen White. 
  According to the company, Birch’s successor will be announced in the near future. 
The CE Sector Board of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has elected two new directors: Tim Ford of Terex Corporation and Dave Foster of Volvo Construction Equipment NA Inc. Ford is president, Terex Aerial Work Platforms for Terex Corporation and fills an open position. Foster is vice president Marketing & Communications for Volvo Construction Equipment NA Inc. and fills an unexpired term.
  The CE Sector Board is AEM’s Board-level group focused on the construction sector: it determines/recommends strategic direction and develops/directs programs, services and activities.
Global pipe producer TMK IPSCO and members of the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1870 at the company’s Wilder, KY plant have reached agreement on a new five-year labor contract. The new contract replaces one that expired in April and will remain in effect through April 15, 2017. The contract covers approximately 300 production and maintenance employees. 
  The terms of the new agreement include increases in base wages each year of the contract, a higher company 401(k) match, and improvements to healthcare benefits and costs. 
Valle Silencioso SA, a company managed by Sophia Capital, has acquired 50% of the outstanding shares of SO-4 Ltd. from 4D Global Energy Investments Plc. With this transaction, Valle Silencioso S.A. will now own 60% of the outstanding capital stock of Fineglade Ltd., that owns approximately 95.8% Socotherm S.p.A.’s capital stock. 
  Socotherm S.p.A., a company incorporated in the Italian Republic, is the parent company of Socotherm Americas S.A., based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Both companies share the Socotherm trademark.
The Halifax Group has sold PolyPipe Holdings, Inc. to Dura-Line Holdings, Inc.  Terms of the sale were not disclosed.  Headquartered in Gainesville, TX, PolyPipe is a manufacturer of pressure-rated polyethylene pipe (PE pressure pipe), used in a diverse range of infrastructure applications, including energy, natural gas distribution, potable water/sewer, nuclear power, mining and industrial.  
Hydratight has named Vincent Parmentier to take direct responsibility for all three global regions. His role will be to oversee and create global standards, key performance indicators, and evaluate system to deliver one global standard.
  Also Chad Brooks was named global product manager for the company’s bolting products and Alain Bittinger joined the company as the Qatar area manager. 
Farwest Corrosion Control Co. has promoted Nikkole Norberg to Northern California regional manager. His responsibilities include management and operation of the facility located in Hayward, CA. 
Midwest Mole, Inc. has moved into a new facility at 6814 West 350 N, Greenfield, IN 46140. The telephone number will remain the same: (317) 545-1335.
HammerHead Trenchless Equipment has promoted Jason Klaus to international sales manager position. Klaus will continue his management of customer support and inside sales while also managing the international sales team.
Voith Turbo has promoted Jim Kosalek to the new position of director of Turbo Machinery.  The Turbo Machinery group, which is a part of the Industry Division, primarily operates within the oil and gas production and transmission, petrochemical, and power generation fields.  
Volvo Construction Equipment broke ground on the first phase of the US$100 million expansion of its site in Shippensburg, PA. When complete the development will include not only a new office building and customer demonstration center but will also localize production of some of the company’s larger construction machines. The factory could eventually produce 70% of the Volvo Construction Equipment machines sold in North American. 
  The new headquarters office is expected to be ready for occupation by the beginning of 2013.
Vacuworx has created a partnership with Titan Machinery of Fargo, ND, that will allow Titan to carry  Vacuworx’s line of vacuum lifting machines in three North Dakota locations; Bismarck, Williston, and Dickinson. At these locations, Vacuworx equipment is offered to customers, providing a cost-effective solution to general, pipeline, and utility contractors. Vacuworx lifters are unique in that they can lift and transport all diameters of coated and non-coated pipe in a safely and efficiently. Extremely versatile, Vacuworx equipment is used in pipeline, water, and sewage industries, as well as additional construction and material handling applications.
The Pipeliners Association of Houston held its monthly dinner meeting May 7 at the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society. More than 160 were in attendance to hear a presentation on HDD by Danny Crumpton of Inrock, Houston. 
Ritchie Bros. conducted a record-breaking Canadian auction in Edmonton, AB on April 24-26, selling more than US$110 million of equipment. In total, more than 5,600 equipment items and trucks were sold in the three-day event – another  Canadian record for the company. More than 6,900 people from 37 countries, including all 10 Canadian provinces and two territories, registered to bid in person or online in the auction. 
Donald E. Beams, former safety coordinator for Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Company, died in Owasso, OK on May 3, 2012. Services were held May 8, 2012 in Tulsa, OK.