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Greg Gapinski has joined Snelson Companies, Inc. as president.  Gapinski has over 20 years experience in the pipeline and energy industry.  Most recently, he served as senior vice president of CH2MHILL Energy and Chemicals, Operations and Maintenance Services (OMS) Business Unit, International Operations.  Prior to that, he held several executive level positions with Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) in Anchorage, AK as well as spending 10 years working for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (APSC).  

  Gapinski holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Management and Finance and has completed numerous college level Engineering and Executive and Project Management programs. Gapinski and his wife, Debra, will be relocating from Anchorage to the Sedro-Woolley, WA area this fall. He will report directly to Mark Crowson, president and CEO of Power Line Holdings, Inc., parent company to Snelson Companies, Inc.  
CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc. has appointed Scott Funderburk to sales director – North and South America. Funderburk will be charged with leading all CRC-Evans sales operations and organizations in these regions.
L.W. Varner, Jr. has joined United Subcontractors Inc. as president and CEO.  Varner will also serve as a member of the company’s board of directors. 
Swagelok Company has acquired the assets of Innovative Pressure Technologies (IPT) as part of its strategy to broaden the company’s offering of products and services for fluid system technology customers around the world. Located in Erie, PA, IPT is a manufacturer of high and medium pressure and subsea valves, fittings and fluid control devices used mostly in oil and gas, chemical/petrochemical, waterjet cutting, automotive, water blasting, and other demanding applications. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
Each year, the Midwest ENERGY Association sponsors the Life Sustaining Awards program to recognize industry employees who have performed service “above and beyond” the call of duty by saving or attempting to save the life of another. Applicants for these awards are approved by the executive committee of MEA’s Board of Directors.
  The 2012 Life Sustaining Awards went to: Steve Anderson, caulker/tapper,  Superior Water Light & Power; Brad Buttweiler and Todd Smukowski, fitter, We Energies; Roger Canady, CDL driver/mechanic, John Baxley, foreman and Loran Swinton, CDL driver, Distribution Construction Co.; Bob Fonger, C&M sub-foreman, Gerry Olson, lead meter large power tech, and Tom Brown, meter reader,  Superior Water Light & Power; and Anne Warner, analyst business/configure,   NorthWestern Energy. 
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers sold more than CA$53 million (close to US$54 million) of heavy equipment items during a two-day unreserved public auction at the company’s site in Edmonton, Alberta on September 5 – 6, 2012. Almost 5,000 registered bidders competed for 4,600 heavy equipment items and trucks, including a selection of more than 120 T/A truck tractors, more than 75 hydraulic excavators, a selection of late model rough terrain cranes and more. Every item was sold to the highest bidder, regardless of price—without minimum bids or reserve prices. Bids were made in the auction on-site, online in real time at or by proxy. 
  Consignments for the next Edmonton auction (October 24 & 25, 2012) are now being accepted. Contact the Edmonton site at +1.780.955.2486. 
  The Ritchie Bros. auction calendar currently features 92 unreserved public auctions around the world. Visit for a complete list of upcoming auctions. 
David W. Sebree has been promoted to vice-president and general manager of CECO Pipeline Services, Inc. As CECO Pipeline’s general manager, Sebree worked to expand the company’s pipeline operations throughout the South and Southwest.
DCP Midstream LLC has appointed Wouter van Kempen president and COO. Van Kempen, president of DCP’s gathering and processing business unit, will now also lead the company’s marketing and logistics business unit, which includes NGL and gas marketing, and natural gas liquids, gas and crude oil logistics. He will also lead all corporate functions, including engineering, supply chain, human resources, legal, EH&S (environmental, health and safety), and finance.
NiSource has named Jim L. Stanley executive vice president and group CEO for Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO), a NiSource-owned utility serving more than 786,000 natural gas customers and 457,000 electric customers across the northern third of Indiana. 
  Stanley succeeds Jimmy D. Staton , who has led both NIPSCO and NiSource’s gas transmission and storage (NGT&S) operations.   With Stanley’s appointment, Staton will serve exclusively as executive vice president and group CEO for NGT&S, focusing on a broad array of customer service, growth and infrastructure initiatives at the company.
TMK IPSCO, the North American division of global pipe manufacturer TMK, will be moving its corporate headquarters from Downers Grove, IL to Houston, TX. 
  TMK IPSCO will begin the transition from Illinois to Texas over the next several months, with expected completion of the move by the summer of 2013, with most employees being housed at the company’s newly-built R&D center, located at 10120 Houston Oaks Drive in Houston. TMK IPSCO plans to build a new corporate headquarters facility in the next two years. Company officials said customers can expect uninterrupted service and delivery during the company transition. 
American Augers has promoted Rich Prosser to North American sales manager.  He will be responsible for supervising the North American sales team as well as the overall presence of American Augers throughout the region.
Michels Corporation announced that Herb Miller will manage its Supplier Diversity Program. Miller has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry, including seven years at Michels. He will lead the company’s efforts to maximize procurement opportunities with diverse businesses as suppliers, contractors and subcontractors, and will further develop the company’s Supplier Diversity Program. The program has three key areas of focus: business development, supplier development and strategic outreach. 
Bernie Thomas has joined Dallas-based TPF Gas Services, LLC as vice president of Business Development and Marketing, overseeing commercial management of the East Texas Gathering System and the development of new midstream opportunities.    
John Lawrence McDonald passed away September 8, 2012, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Newark, NJ on October 11, 1929. After high school, he joined the US Army, where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. 
  In 1966, he moved to Houston and worked in the oil and gas publishing industry and then later in the Houston real estate industry. In the 1970’s, McDonald entered the building construction business to sell residential housing units for sale in the Middle East.  
  He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann McDonald; children, Jerry McDonald and wife, Jane; Rosemarie Donnelly and husband, Tim Fusselman; Greg McDonald and wife, Linda; Marilyn Henry and husband, Mike; Scott McDonald; 5 grandchildren; brother, Gerald B. McDonald II; and sisters, Sally Ann Saharko and Sister Anne McDonald and their families. 
  Digital condolences may be left at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Houston SPCA.