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Kate Permenter has joined Pipeline News as Pipeline Editor. Kate was born and raised in Houston and holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She has had prior experience in the oil and gas publishing sector, as well as writing for the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp. Kate has been published several times in Oil and Gas Investor magazine and E&P magazine. She also manages news content for and runs the site’s social media relations.

Pipeline Machinery International (PLM) has approved the appointment of Tony Fernandez as the president. Brad Tucker will remain chairman of the board for PLM.
  In other news, John Fabick IV retired from his position as vice president, International on Jan. 1, 2013.  Going forward, he will serve as a board advisor to PLM.  John IV was instrumental in the initial discussions of creating a Cat dealer solely dedicated to thae mainline pipeline construction industry. Prior to PLM, he was a 4th generation Fabick to work at Fabick Cat with his grandfather, John Fabick, being the founder of Fabick Tractor and one of the original founders of the International Pipe Line & Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA).  In his career, John IV was also a board member of IPLOCA.
  PLM provides purpose-built and traditional construction equipment to the mainline pipeline construction industry on projects around the world. PLM works closely with pipeline owners, contractors and local Cat dealers to provide solutions tailored to the unique product and service needs of the industry. The company’s worldwide activities are currently supported through the corporate office in Cypress, TX; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; The Hague, Netherlands; Beijing, China; Melbourne, Australia; and Singapore.

Henkels & McCoy, Inc. has named John D. Harrower as vice president and division manager of Henkels & McCoy’s Pipeline construction division. Harrower has spent the last 24-years years in the engineering and construction sector of the energy industry. His expertise includes construction, project, commercial, and executive management.

The ROSEN Group announced the appointment of Friedrich Hecker as CEO. Working together with founder and President, Hermann Rosen, Hecker will be responsible for leading the implementation of new ROSEN Group strategies while maintaining the Group’s culture, core principles of customer focused innovation, organic growth and operational excellence.

Willbros Group, Inc.’s subsidiary, Willbros International Finance & Equipment Limited, has signed a definitive Share Purchase Agreement and completed the sale of all of the company’s interests in Oman to Interserve Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Interserve Plc, a U.K. company traded on the London Stock Exchange. The Buyer purchased Willbros Middle East Limited, a subsidiary of Willbros that owns its interest in The Oman Construction Company. The all-cash transaction generated net proceeds to Willbros of over $36 million after transaction-related costs. The transaction was approved by the boards of both Willbros Group and Interserve.
  Randy Harl, president and CEO of Willbros, said, “This sale of our Oman operations supports our strategic plan to increase our focus on the robust North American markets for energy infrastructure and enables us to further reduce our debt obligations. We are continuing to examine other non-strategic asset sales and are making progress on the disposition of certain underperforming units.”

After supplying the U.S. market with pipes used in the energy sector for several years, Istanbul-based Borusan Mannesmann now aims to become a local manufacturer in order to be closer to the market and its customer base.
  To this end, a pipe manufacturing plant with an annual production capacity of 300,000 tons will be established in the United States. With an investment of US$150 million, the plant will focus its output on OCTG and ERW line pipes. The target revenue for the U.S.-based company is estimated at US$ 500 million. Scheduled to start production by mid-2014, the plant is designed to produce the thick-walled and high-strength pipes suitable for state-of-the-art, advanced OCTG technology used in ‘shale gas’ production. Final decision on the location of investment is not finalized yet but Texas and Oklahoma are the leading states to attract the investment through their incentive programs. The facility will be built on nearly 125 acres of land and provide 350 people with employment when it becomes operational.

CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc. was recently awarded an International Safety Award by the British Safety Council for 2012. The award recognizes organizations that are committed to the health, safety and well-being of their employees.
  “What the winners have demonstrated is that well-managed health and safety ensures the safety and well-being of their employees and contributes to business effectiveness and success,” said Alex Botha, chief executive of the British Safety Council and announcer of the 2012 results.

Ariel Corporation, formed in 1966 by Jim Buchwald and his partners, Jim Doane and George Woodman, recently manufactured the company’s 40,000th compressor. Karen Buchwald Wright, president and CEO of Ariel, announced that the company’s Serial Number 40,000 compressor would be packaged by Dearing Compression of Youngstown, OH, and paired with a 5,000 horsepower variable frequency drive electric motor. The compressor will be used in a mid-stream gathering application in MarkWest’s Majorsville processing facility in Dallas, WV. This facility is located within MarkWest’s Liberty Segment, which provides fully integrated natural gas midstream services in the liquids-rich areas of the Marcellus Shale. 

J. Porter Crotts passed away at his residence in Savannah, TN on December 11, 2012. Crotts is the father of PLCA Board of Director Member Jimmy L. Crotts and his brother, Bobby A Crotts, president of Appalachian Pipeline Contractors LLP.
  He is survived by his wife, Mavis Lee Stanfill Crotts; sons Jimmy, Bobby and Kenneth Crotts (Donna); Daughter Marilyn Crotts Thomasson; nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
  Donations may be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children, Office of Donor Development, 2900  Rocky Point Rd., Tampa, FL 33607; The Darryl Worley Cancer Center, 325 Main St., Savannah, TN 38372; or a charity of choice.

Jack Shuttleworth passed away on December 22, 2012. Shuttleworth was the father of Debra Bell, wife of Robert Bell, executive vice president of Price Gregory International. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Babbette, and his children.
  During his career, he served as Alaska manager of Sealand Freight Service that provided transported supplies to construct the TransAlaska Pipeline project.

Michael Lee ‘Mike’ Neuway, 48, died Dec. 18, 2012, at his home in Hutchinson, KS. He  was a business executive and owner of Pipeline Testing Consortium, National Compliance Management Service, American Medical Review Officers, Neuway Investments and Bluing Products, Inc. Neuway was a 1983 graduate of Burrton High School, an avid cyclist, a member of CKCA Corvette Club and Emanuel Lutheran Church. He was a Navy veteran, serving from 1988 to 1996, including a tour in Desert Storm.
  Neuway was preceded in death by his father, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Heather Dawn; sons, Nicholas Lee and James Lee; mother, Earlene; and sister,Vergie (Lonnie) Guerian.