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The Tennessee Gas Association announced the following as its 2012/13 officers:  President, Timothy Greenhouse, Managing Director, Safety and Community Relations, Piedmont Natural Gas; First Vice President, Brent Haywood, P. E., Manager, Gas Engineering & Operations, Memphis Light, Gas & Water; Second Vice President, Jerry Snodgrass, Manager, City of Lebanon Gas Department; and Treasurer, Daniel C. Hicks, Director of Administration, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District.

  Delores Dockum, administrative assistant for Piedmont Natural Gas was named Secretary of the Association. 
  Award presentations at the event included the prestigious TGA Silver Flame Award for exemplary support and dedication to the Association and the natural gas industry.  Established in 1990, this year’s Silver Flame Award honored James E. Hodges CEO of Middle TN Natural Gas Utility District of Smithville, TN. Hodges was the 2000-2001 TGA president and currently serves on the TGA Board of Directors.  
  Also presented was the TGA Thomas R. Bell Pioneer Award, named in honor of TGA founding father Thomas R. Bell, to honor those in the natural gas industry who were instrumental in the vision and early development of the Tennessee Gas Association. Bell was TGA President in 1971-72 and president of East Tennessee Natural Gas from 1973 – 1991.    
  The recipients of the Pioneer Awards are John Sharpe and posthumously, Charles W. May. 
Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. announced that John M. Stropki, Jr., 61, who has been chairman, president and CEO since 2004, will become executive chairman of the Board, and Christopher L. Mapes, 50, will be named president and CEO of the company, both effective December 31, 2012.  As executive chairman,  Stropki will work closely with Mapes to ensure a seamless transition.  Mapes has been serving as COO of the company since September 1, 2011, and has been a member of the Board of Directors since February 2010.
Kleinfelder has hired Robert (Bob) Fassett as a vice president and senior program manager for the firm’s gas pipeline engineering and integrity management practice. In his new position, Fassett will be responsible for overseeing business development efforts for oil and gas clients seeking  pipeline support services, including pipeline engineering, geotechnical engineering, threat assessment, integrity management program peer review/training, trenchless technology, environmental planning and permitting, biological monitoring, project controls, project management, and more.
The Shaw Group Inc. has signed a definitive merger agreement with CB&I under which CB&I will acquire Shaw in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $3 billion. The combination of CB&I and Shaw will create one of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies focused on the global energy industry. Both companies believe this agreement will create value through a combined company with broader participation in a robust energy market. 
  CB&I plans to operate Shaw as a business sector under the brand name CB&I Shaw to enable the company to retain Shaw’s brand equity and to allow the combined organization to capitalize on the resources, capacity and best practices from each group for the benefit of all stakeholders. 
  “This is a highly compelling transaction that will create significant value for our shareholders,” said Philip K. Asherman, president and CEO of  CB&I. 
Steven Haskins has joined Paragon Environmental Construction of Brewerton, NY as vice president of construction.  
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced that Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has joined the elite ranks of the I Make America campaign’s Gold-level company supporters. I Make America is a grassroots campaign that was launched in September 2010 to dramatically improve American manufacturing policies to create more jobs in the U.S. and keep our economy competitive with other countries. 
  According to AEM, I Make America Gold-Level supporters are an important group of companies that have achieved participation benchmarks marking them as industry leaders, including significant employee involvement; outreach to their state, local and federal legislators; promoting campaign sign-ups at trade shows and with allied trade associations; and production of a video telling the story of how their companies, employees and communities “make America.”
  Volvo is reportedly in the process of making a $100 million investment in its facilities in Shippensburg, PA bringing local production of some core products to North America and creating a world class customer and demonstration center as well as creating an Americas Headquarters facility on the current campus. 
  In other news, AEM elected two new directors: Tiago Bonomo, president and CEO of McCormick USA, joins the AEM AG Sector Board, and Daniel Miller, president and CEO of Manitou Americas Inc., joins the AEM CE Sector Board. Both fill unexpired terms. 
H&E Equipment Services, Inc. (H&E) is the authorized BOMAG dealer in Mississippi and North Carolina and in the named counties in the following:  Arkansas (Clay, Greene, Craighead, Mississippi, Boinsett, Cross, Crittenden, St. Francis, Lee and Phillips); South Carolina (Barnwell, Aiken, Lexington, Calhoun, Sumter, Florence, Marion and Horry); and Tennessee (Henry, Benton, Decatur and Hardin, west of the Tennessee River).
  H&E will carry the full line of BOMAG compactors, including single-drum rollers, static steel wheel, rubber tire pneumatics, light tandems, medium tandems, heavy tandems and landfill equipment.
Greg Gapinski has joined Snelson Companies as president. Gapinski joins Snelson with over 20 years of experience in the pipeline and energy industry following time spent in the U.S. Army and working for the U.S. government in Washington. 
  Gapinski and his wife Debra look forward to their move to the Sedro-Woolley, WA  area. 
Alliance Pipeline Ltd. announced that Terrance Kutryk joined the company as its new president and CEO on October 1, 2012, succeeding Murray Birch, who retired in July.
Energy Capital Partners (ECP) formed Power Line in 2009 to focus on acquiring and integrating a select group of electrical and pipeline infrastructure construction, maintenance and inspection service providers to the electric infrastructure industry. Having integrated five acquisitions, the company now has a fleet of over 1,700 pieces of specialized utility construction equipment and 1,200 full-time employees. 
Carl Vander Turnage, 68, died July 31, 2012, at his residence in Aberdeen, MS. Services were held at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with Truman Thompson officiating. Burial followed in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Turnage was born March 23, 1944 to Jesse Vander “Jake” Turnage and Mary Winifred McRae Turnage. He attended Aberdeen Schools, Columbia Military Academy and the University of Mississippi. He worked as a pipeline engineer for Enterprise Pipeline and was a member of Aberdeen First United Methodist Church. Survivors include his daughters, Tessa Ashe Turnage Nelson and Caroline Virginia Turnage; brothers, Smith Turnage, John Turnage and Lee Gray Turnage; and special friend, Jane Owen Cunningham. Pallbearers were Gray Turnage, McRae Turnage, John Finn, Kenny Tisdale, Foster Kennedy and Lee Cooper.
P.E. “Duck” Brantley, 71, of Monroe, LA passed away on July 14, 2012. Brantley was a superintendent for Price Gregory International Inc. He is survived by his wife Linda Hawthorne Brantley, daughter Kristy Steward (Rufus); Betty Sue Rhodes (Houston); brother Tom Brantley (Rita). Services were held July 17 in Marion, LA. 
Marilyn Frances Thomasson, died at her home in Savannah, TN Aug. 6, 2012. Thomasson was an office manager and purchasing agent for Appalachian Pipeline Contractors. She was sister to the current PLCA Board of Directors’ member Jimmy L. Crotts and Bobby A. Crotts, president of Appalachian Pipeline Contractors. 
  A memorial service was held Aug. 22 in Savannah, TN. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Darryl Worley Foundation Inc., 325 Main St., Savannah, TN 39372.