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Waschuk Pipe Line Construction was honored at the International Pipeline Exposition and Conference held in Calgary late last year. Energy-TV sponsored the 2008 Pipeline Awards during which Waschuk was presented the award for Excellence in Pipeline Construction and Design for its work on the Corridor Pipeline expansion project for Inter Pipeline Fund.
  While accepting the award, Wes Waschuk, president, thanked the 896 employees who lived in construction camps from October 2006 to April 2008 and for helping Waschuk Pipeline achieve this recognition.

Lincoln Electric has expanded the capabilities of its marketing function with the promotion of Lisa Byall and Bruce Chantry to the newly created positions of portfolio managers. Byall, responsible for overseeing the welding consumable portfolio and Chantry overseeing Lincoln Electric’s welding equipment portfolio, are responsible for leading the marketing product management teams. This includes strategic planning, market analysis, new product development and product promotion to meet the demands of the global welding marketplace. Both Byall and Chantry are based at Lincoln Electric’s corporate headquarters in Cleveland and report to the director of marketing.
  In other news, Lincoln Electric has increased its outreach to the offshore and power generation industries with the promotion of Dusty Hickman to the newly created position of industry segment manager, offshore, process and power generation. Hickman will be responsible for coordinating the company’s product offerings and welding solutions for these specific industries.

Tulsa-based T.D. Williamson Inc. announced the following as new Tulsa-based T.D.williamson Inc. announced the following as new board members to the company’s Board of Directors: Mark A. Kirk, partner and managing director of Cleveland-based private equity firm Linsalata Capital Partners, Kenneth M. Roberts, a partner and executive committee member with Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago and Robert G. Sachs, executive vice president of Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.,Tulsa.

Glenda Vander Wilt has been appointed director of marketing for the Vermeer corporate marketing efforts. In her new role, Vander Wilt will be responsible for both the market based strategy and corporate marketing groups. Strategically, this move allows Vermeer to better utilize the resources within both groups while allowing the company to better capture customer insight and integrate this information into product positioning and marketing activities.

Lifting Gear Hire has announced plans to expand further in the eastern U.S. to better serve its growing customer base. The company is adding additional sales representatives in Tampa, FL and will open its newest distribution center in Philadelphia later this year. The new facility will reduce delivery time and transportation costs for customers in Northeastern Pennsylvania, as well as New Jersey and New York and other surrounding states. The Philadelphia Warehouse will allow same-day or overnight delivery to locations in the new area.
  Later this year, the company will initiate plans to expand in Minneapolis and Atlanta as well. 

Miller Pipeline Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation, acquired Ohio-based Dover Contracting Inc. late last year. Miller Pipeline CEO Doug Banning said the acquisition would make it possible for Miller to expand the company’s service expertise and geographic market.

Volvo Construction Equipment-owned dealer, Mathews Machinery, Inc., Lakeside, CA, has merged its business operations with Volvo CE’s company-owned dealership Volvo Construction Equipment & Services (VCES) in California to increase the effectiveness of construction equipment sales and customer service in the state. 

Alliance Engineering, part of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC, has appointed Scott Leitko, P.E., vice president of Corporate Strategy.  Also, Ronald Bohannan, P.E. was promoted to vice president of Engineering. 
  In other news, Alliance is expanding its Denver office, located at 410 17th Street, Suite 1260.  The new expansion will provide the space necessary to continue the growth of Alliance’s Onshore Business Unit, which provides onshore pipeline and facilities engineering design, and procurement, project and construction management services. Move-in to the new facilities occurred in January 2009.

Securamax, a pipe connector and flow control products company, has re-launched itself as a global organization, SMX International, with a new corporate identity, new structure, and an expanding range of high performance pressure connection and flow control products to the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry worldwide.
  Under its new name and branding, SMX International has established a network of international centers and will be moving into new global markets with new product introductions.
  In particular, SMX International has appointed a number of experienced industry specialists in strategically located regional offices in Canada, the U.S., Middle East, and Europe, as part of its on-going expansion program, as well as specialists to head up its product development programs.

In Memoriam
Vance Arthur McNeil passed away January 5, 2009 after a brief but valiant battle with cancer.
  “We will not only miss his expertise, but also his humor, his loyalty and his friendship,” said Pipeline Machinery International (PLM) President Mel Ternan.
  After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1963, McNeil began his Caterpillar career in July 1964.  When Mustang and three other Cat dealers (Fabick, Finning and Ring Power) partnered to start a new, international industry-specific pipeline dealership in May 2005, McNeil was one of the early recruits to the PLM team. His expertise with equipment mobilization and operation was invaluable to a fast-growing dealership, in a fast-moving industry.
  McNeil is survived by his wife of 45 years, Georgana Faye Dettman (McNeil), his children Keith Dettman McNeil and wife Allison of Lantana, TX, Vanessa McNeil Rocchio and husband Michael of Birmingham, AL and grandchildren Julianna Marie McNeil, Matthew Thomas Rocchio and Emma Elizabeth McNeil. 
  A celebration of McNeil’s life was held Jan. 9, 2009 at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Houston.

Paul M. Henkels, chairman of Henkels & McCoy, Inc., an engineering and construction firm in Blue Bell, PA, died of a brain tumor at his home on Jan. 8. He was 84.
  While still a student, Henkels began working at the company his father, John, founded in 1923, trimming trees for the Philadelphia Electric Company. The firm is now a huge engineering,   project management company that provides infrastructure for the natural gas, electric power and communications industries.
  During World War II, Henkels served in the Army Signal Corps in France. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Haverford College before returning to Henkels & McCoy in 1947, working on a crew repairing gas leaks. He was promoted to supervisor in 1948 and eventually became an executive vice president. He was named president in 1972, two years before his father died. He had been chairman since 1992.
  Henkels was regarded as the driving force behind the enactment of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program several years ago.
  He leaves his wife of 51 years, Barbara (nee Brass); sons Paul, Christopher, Andrew, T. Roderick and Timothy; daughters Marin, Angela Dale, Amy Healey, Carol Lilley and Barbara Gorman; a brother and two sisters and 27 grandchildren.
  Memorial donations may be made to Ave Maria University, 5050 Maria Blvd., Sutie 356, Ave Maria, FL 34142, or the REACH Foundation, Box 1283, 20 N. Market Sq., Suite 800,  Harrisburg, PA 17101.