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Wallace Equipment Ltd., exclusive dealer for John Deere construction and forestry equipment in the Canadian Maritimes, announced that they will sell, install, and service Leica Geosystems’ machine control solutions for automatic guidance of heavy equipment; this is the first such agreement reached in the Maritimes between any dealer and machine control vendor. Gérard Lamarre is the Leica Geosystems Machine Control Product Manager for the region, and was instrumental in bringing Wallace and Leica together; “Wallace Equipment is clearly one of Canada’s top heavy equipment dealers, with unrivaled customer loyalty based on excellent support,” Lamarre said, “We are extremely pleased that this excellent dealership is now representing and installing our automatic guidance systems, which we believe are the best in the world. This is the kind of strategic alliance that makes life better for customers.”

Robroy Industries Conduit Division has appointed Ken Plasterer to plant manager. He has extensive manufacturing experience, and has led diverse teams focused on safety, production requirements, cost savings, maintenance, and human relations. Plasterer earned his Business Management degree from Chesterfield College Cheraw, SC.

Following a combined 65 years of service and contributions to the company, Caterpillar Inc. announced that Group Presidents Rich Lavin and Gerard Vittecoq have elected to retire. Lavin is a Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Construction Industries & Growth Markets. Vittecoq is a group president with responsibility for Energy & Power Systems. The company also announced that Caterpillar’s Board of Directors has appointed current Group President and CFO Ed Rapp as Lavin’s replacement. Brad Halverson will replace Rapp as a group president and CFO and Jim Umpleby has been appointed to replace Vittecoq as group president for Energy & Power Systems.

It had been more than 35 years since the Junior Kool family opened the first Vermeer Midwest location in Eureka, IL, so expanding the dealership’s original facility — built in 1976 — was imminent. “
  “The simple fact is that we had outgrown our Eureka facility,” says Steve Kool.”The move from Eureka to Goodfield, IL offers easy customer access as the facility is located right off of Interstate 74. We also increased our shop size considerably, along with the parts storage area and office space. With more than 29,000 sq-ft, our new location is almost double the size of the original facility.” For more information visit www.vermeer.com or email:  salesinfo@vermeer.com.

NRI has received official Type Approval from the American Bureau of Shipping, for its  Syntho-Glass XT, Viper-Skin, and Thermo-Wrap composite systems. Over the past year, NRI completed the ABS procedure process which included the application, evaluation and assessment, to the final Type Approval certification. With over 30 years of composite manufacturing and pipe repair experience, NRI is an ISO 9001 registered company.

ShawCor Ltd. has acquired the remaining 60% of Fineglade Limited.  Fineglade Limited, which currently holds approximately 96% of the outstanding shares of Socotherm S.p.A, was previously owned 40% by ShawCor Ltd. and 60% by an entity controlled by Sophia Capital. The purchase price to acquire Sophia Capital’s interest in Fineglade was approximately C$135 million and was satisfied by a cash payment of approximately C$77 million and the set-off of a pre-existing loan from ShawCor to Sophia Capital in the amount of approximately C$58 million.
  Socotherm S.p.A., headquartered in Italy, is an international pipe coating contractor primarily serving the oil and gas industry from active operations in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, the Gulf of Mexico and Italy. ShawCor Ltd. is an energy services company specializing in products and services for the pipeline and pipe services and the petrochemical and industrial segments of the oil and gas industry. The company operates through seven divisions with over seventy manufacturing and service facilities located around the world.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers sold more than US$61+ million of heavy equipment and trucks during an unreserved public auction in Edmonton, Alberta on October 24 – 25, 2012. More than 5,400 registered bidders competed for more than 4,900 equipment items and trucks sold in the auction. 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 or by proxy.
  “Our latest Edmonton auction featured equipment from a record number of sellers across Alberta and the world,” said Jim Rotlisberger, regional sales manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.

EVRAZ North America plans to restart its Portland, OR spiral mill that was idled in July 2009. Once the installation of new equipment is complete in the first half of 2013, the company will hire up to 200 new employees.  Currently, EVRAZ Portland employs 500. Because of its proximity of the mill to the fast-growing Bakken and Western Canada oil and natural gas regions, as well as oil fields in the U.S. Rockies, company officials say it is ideally positioned to supply pipe for exploration and transmission. 

Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. (IMT), an Oshkosh Corporation company, has promoted Tim Worman to business development manager and Terry Cook to product manager of commercial products.
Also, Glen Ashdown has been hired as the company’s senior chief engineer.

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc.’s
Smithton, PA manufacturing location received authorization to use the official American Petroleum Institute’s  monogram on the company’s steel storage tanks. Forum’s proprietary welding system, its designs, and the painting and coating applications, have been approved and recognized by the API.

Oil States International, Inc.’s subsidiary, PTI Group USA, recently opened  its Three Rivers Lodge in Three Rivers TX. This new facility will serve employees working in the Eagle Ford oil and gas fields. Features include 276 rooms, including 22 private VIP suites, catered dining, onsite laundry, fitness and recreation facilities, wireless internet and satellite TV in each room. Company officials say they have plans for additional lodge locations in the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin regions.

Obituary
George O. Vernon, founder of Northern Clearing Inc. passed away Nov 2, 2012. Vernon founded Northern Clearing in 1966 and passed on the ownership to his sons, Richard, Todd, Craig and daughter Kristine in 1997.
He is survived by his wife Louise; three sons, Richard (Angi), Todd and Craig (Patti); daughter, Kristine (Vernon) Lulich; nine grandchildren; one brother and sister; a foster daughter, Ngoc Phan; and three foster grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bay Area Youth Network (Baynet), P.O. Box 326, Washburn, WI 54891; Salvation Army, C/O Carl Smith, 107 17th Ave. West, Ashland, WI 54806; or the Gideons, P.O. Box 104, Mason, WI 54856. 

David A. Craddock, age 54, of Crockett, TX passed away Oct. 17, 2012. He was the son of the late Gloria and John Craddock.
Craddock graduated from Trinity University and received an MBA from Texas A&M. He spent his career working as an auditor and comptroller for various companies in Houston. Craddock is survived by his wife, Jamie D. Craddock; son, William S. Craddock; daughter, Bailey Anne Craddock; and brother, John Craddock.

Jerry Greenberg, Jerold “Jerry” Greenberg passed away unexpectedly at his home in Katy, TX on November 5, 2012. For more than 30 year, Greenberg worked as a journalist, marketing  and public relations manager and most recently as a freelance writer and consultant. 
He is survived by his wife Marlene; mother, Marcella, brother, Shane; and daughters Dr. Laurie Evans (Bill) and Kelly Greenberg.