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Randy Hayes, North American dealer development manager for Vacuworx recently paid a visit to Leslie Equipment Company during their annual sales meeting to present them with the Vacuworx “Dealer of the Year” award. Given each year to an exceptional Vacuworx dealer, LEC has proudly carried Vacuworx equipment for the past five years.
  Company owner and president, John Leslie, attributes their success in carrying Vacuworx Equipment to sound business practices, and a focus on customer service. “People come to us because we have taken the initiative to build up our rental fleet, and we can easily service our customers’ needs,” he explains. 
  Leslie Equipment Company has been a family-owned equipment sales and rental business since the mid-sixties, and services West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. For more information on Leslie Equipment Company, visit the website: http://www.lec1.com
 
Millennium Pipeline Company, L.L.C. announced two leadership changes to further position the company’s focus on safety, operational excellence and customer service. Rocco D’Alessandro has been named president of the company and Stanley Brownell has been promoted to senior vice president of Commercial Operations.
 
NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage named Georgia Carter senior vice president of Rates and Regulatory Affairs for Columbia Gas Transmission, Columbia Gulf Transmission and Crossroads Pipeline.
 
U.S. Pipeline, Inc. President and CEO Greg Curran is stepping down as president but will remain CEO. Curran announced the promotion of Kelly Osborn as the new president of USPL. Osborn has more than 30 years of experience in the pipeline business and has been with U.S. Pipeline since 2001. 
  Osborn played an integral part in many major energy infrastructure projects in the last 10 years, including: Ruby Pipeline, FGT Phase 8 Expansion, Alberta Clipper, Green Pipeline, Millennium Pipeline, and Enbridge’s Southern Access & Southern Lights.
 
Explorer Pipeline named David Ysebaert as president and CEO. He succeeds Rod Sands who retired. Ysebaert joins Explorer after seven years in Russia with Lukoil and ConocoPhillips. 
 
Socotherm appointed Jonathan Gibson as its acting CEO, and its subsidiary, Socotherm Americas S.A., renewed the following to its board of directors: César Enrique Mainetti, chairman; Marcos Möckel, deputy chairman; Jorge Scarinci and Alejandro Demarie. Also, Juan Cruz Cabrera is an alternate director.
 
Vacuworx has created a partnership with Titan Machinery of Fargo, ND to enable Titan to carry Vacuworx’s line of vacuum lifting machines in three North Dakota locations: Bismarck, Williston, and Dickinson. 
 
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers completed the $64 million acquisition of AssetNation, an online marketplace and solutions provider for surplus and salvage assets. Ritchie Bros. intends to continue to grow AssetNation’s core business as well as to leverage their e-commerce expertise and technology platform to develop and launch new services for equipment owners whose buying and selling preferences may not be met by the company’s live unreserved auctions. 
 
RDO Vermeer has new expansions in Dickinson and Williston, ND. Both stores opened in 2011 to serve customers in the oil and gas projects in western North Dakota. The stores are located in the heart of the Bakken Shale formation. Both are new construction, with Dickinson at 6,800 square feet and Williston at 20,000 square feet. Due to the rapid growth in the Dickinson area, plans are already under way for a larger location on the north side of the city to be completed in 2013. The locations provide full-line sales and support of Vermeer underground, environmental and tree-care products.
  RDO Equipment is headquartered in Fargo, ND and has more than 60 locations in nine states. 
 
Dallas, TX-based Driver Pipeline has been named the 2012 Natural Gas Business Unit Contractor Safety Award Winner by Kinder Morgan, the largest midstream and the fourth largest energy company (based on combined enterprise value) in North America. The winner was selected from a pool of 630 contractors based on Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR), Review of Safety Programs (RAVS), Review of Training Documentation (T-RAVS), and Kinder Morgan specified performance.
  In making the award, Richard Slaugh, contractor safety manager for Kinder Morgan, congratulated the entire Driver Pipeline team of employees.  Jim Shaffer, president of Driver Pipeline, said, “It’s gratifying when an industry leader such as Kinder Morgan recognizes how Driver Pipeline’s core values drive our safety programs, and in turn create the best environment for quality and cost control. We believe that safety is simply good business, and to be recognized by a power house such as Kinder Morgan is conformation that we got it right.”  
 
National Equipment Register has announced a data sharing arrangement with Vermeer Corporation to help customers combat equipment theft. NER operates a national database of equipment theft and ownership reports to help law enforcement identify the owners of equipment suspected to be stolen. 
 
Obituary
Larry E. Randolph, vice president, chief marketing officer and an owner of Apex Pipeline Services Inc., passed away on May 23, 2012. 
  He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Randolph. 
  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Manna Meal, 1105 Quarrier St., Charleston, WV 25301.
 
James “Woody” Woodward, director of the Building Material & Construction Trade Division for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, died May 29, 2012. Contributions may be made to Capital Caring, 4715 15th St. North, Arlington, VA 22205, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
 
Henry A. Orga, died May 28, 2012 in Washington DC. Orga is the father of Ellen Broadman, United Association General Council, who has been involved with the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) for more than 25 years.  
  Contributions may be made to the Christ House, 1717 Wolumbi Rd. NW., Washington, DC 20009.