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Kurt Moeller and Jeff Wright have joined Astec Underground as territory managers. Moeller will handle sales of Trencor trenchers east of the Mississippi River and in Canada, while Wright will be responsible for the sales of the new Astec DP 2000 Double Pumper throughout the United States. The unit is one of the key pieces of equipment in the hydraulic fracturing process used in the recovery of petroleum and natural gas.

 
Vacuworx has added Houston-based Four Seasons Equipment to their network of equipment dealers. With branches in Dallas, TX, Lake Charles, LA, and Williston, ND, the Dallas branch of Four Seasons is the official Vacuworx dealer, offering the full product line. Rod Dundas, co-owner and vice president of Four Seasons, attributes their decision to carry the full line of Vacuworx equipment to outstanding craftsmanship. “Vacuworx has an excellent product, and we have been familiar with the brand for quite some time. It was simply a great opportunity for us to take on the line,” explains Dundas. “This is just another great tool for our customers, not just in pipelines, but in other markets as well.”
 
UniversalPegasus International has named Philip Luna as CEO. Interim CEO, Bob Deason, will remain as executive chairman of the Board. Universal Ensco, Inc., Pegasus International, Inc., UP International Inc. and Peak Power Engineering, Inc. are UniversalPegasus International companies. 
 
Jim McHugh has joined Skipping Stone as a principal in the company’s Atlanta, GA office.
 
Douglas J. Chidley has joined URS Corporation as a private-sector business leader in the company’s Infrastructure & Environment Division. He will focus on developing business in the oil and gas, pipeline and power markets in the central Midwest region. He is based in the Chicago office.
 
HammerHead Trenchless Equipment of Oconomowoc, WI announced the promotion of Paul Rogers to vice president of Sales and Marketing. Rogers replaces Jarrett Cowden, who retired at the end of July. Cowden has served HammerHead since January of 2007 as senior vice president, Sales and Marketing and will assist with the transition of sales responsibilities to Rogers and will focus on special projects.
 
Sandip Sharma, well known in the international oil, gas and pipeline industries, recently earned a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in the field of Energy Security at the University of Petroleum & Energy, Village Bidholi, Dehradun, India. 
  The subject of his thesis was “Energy Security: A Study on Contemporary Governance Policies of Oil and Gas Sector in India”. The aim of the study was to provide a new perspective for decision makers to chalk out a long-term, balanced and efficient energy development strategy for India.
 
DCP Midstream Partners has entered into an agreement with Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. to acquire the Crossroads processing plant and associated gathering system in East Texas for approximately $63 million. 
 
Delegates from 30 different nations attended the recent 7th Pipeline Technology Conference 2012 and exhibition held in Hannover, Germany. The event focused on recent developments and technologies from the perspective of safety in the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of pipeline systems.
 
The 35-year company anniversary and his own milestone birthday gave Herrenknecht AG Chairman of the Board of Management, Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht, a good reason to celebrate in style. More than 2,000 joined him to enjoy an evening gala in the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Germany. Guests and VIPs from a total of 38 countries offered their congratulations on both his personal jubilee and the business success story. 
  It was also important to Martin Herrenknecht that the anniversary should be used to help people in need. “At this time too we should also think of those who are not on the sunny side of life,” he said.  Instead of gifts, Herrenknecht asked for donations to be made to the Förderverein für krebskranke Kinder e.V. in Freiburg (Society for the Support of Children with Cancer). Including his own donation, he will shortly pay a sum of 60,000 euros into the Society’s account.
 
Penspen plans to open a new office in Mexico City to expand on its existing bases in Ciudad de Carmen and Comalcalco. The office will be Penspen’s third location in Mexico. The office will be headed up by Mauricio Moreno Ramirez.
 
Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. opened a new manufacturing facility in San Marcos, TX. The plant will enable Thermon to double production capacity for its low-temperature cables as well as increase its high temperature cable production capacity by 30%.
 
Mason Dixon Energy, OGM Land and Percheron have merged to form Percheron LLC, a fully-integrated land services provider capable of serving clients coast-to-coast.  The combined organization will be headquartered in Houston.  
 
ESAB Welding and Cutting Products opened a new manufacturing facility at 256 Midway Drive, Union, SC 29379. The plant is ESAB’s production site for the manufacture of welding wires. 
 
High Plains Gas, Inc.’s subsidiary, Miller Fabrication, has created a pipeline construction division to begin work on contracts in North Dakota, beginning with 3.5 miles of 10-inch poly pipe. 
 
Louisville, KY-based Isco Industries opened a new facility in Williston, ND to service the energy and oil patch market in the Bakken oil shell region. The new facility stocks HDPE pipe, fittings, fusion equipment and fusion equipment repair parts. In addition ISCO offers fusion services and fusion repair services. ISCO’s oil and gas North Dakota representative Ryan Corso can be reached at ryan.corso@isco-pipe.com.
 
Oil States International Inc.’s subsidiary, Oil States Industries, Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire Piper Valve Systems Ltd., Oklahoma City, OK.
 
Obituary
Charles John Groebner, Sr., the founder and chairman of Groebner & Associates, Inc., passed away June 26, 2012 due to complications related to a recent surgery.
  In 1976 Groebner started Groebner & Associates, Inc. Today, the company has three stocking locations and supplies materials to more than 100 gas utilities and gas distribution contractors in a 17 state area. 
  Groebner was active in many industry trade associations including the Distribution Contractors Association, American Gas Association, American Public Gas Association and Midwest Energy Association. He also became an inaugural member of MEA’s Hall of Fame.
  In 1993, Groebner and his wife, Betty, moved to Sedona, AZ, and opened up a Merle Norman cosmetic studio. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Dianne (Tony) Novak and Jane Covart; sons, Stephen (Kay), Timothy (Jody), Charles Jr. (Teri), and Joseph (Barb); and nine grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at www.alz.org.