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PipeLine Machinery International (PLM-Cat) President Tony Fernandez along with PLM employees celebrate the opening of the new parts facility located at PLM headquarters in Cypress, TX. The new building is just under 12,000 sq-ft. and is located in the open area between the service facility, which opened in 2011, and the main headquarters office building that opened in 2012. The site work began in September of 2012 and as of February 1, 2013 is fully operational. PLM now sells purpose-built parts to support the mainline pipeline construction industry. In addition, the parts department will carry components for the growing list of pipeline solutions found on the PLM website. You can expect parts to be available from PLM partners such as Vanguard, Cranesmart, and DECKHAND® Pipe Handling System.
  The company’s worldwide activities are currently supported through the corporate office in Cypress, TX, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; The Hague, Netherlands; and Beijing,China.

Tulsa, OK-based DMI International  LLC has opened has four new sales and manufacturing locations that are catering not only to customers in shale plays around the U.S., but older oil and gas fields like the Permian Basin in West Texas where the increased use of enhanced-recovery practices has produced a substantial impact on U.S. oil production.
  DMI’s three new facilities in Texas are located in Huntsville, Alice and Center.  The fourth, in Mill Hall, PA, will allow DMI to service customers in New York, Ohio, West Virginia and several other states from this location.
  All four locations are strategically located to accommodate customer’s needs. DMI Vice President of U.S. Sales and Services Jim Dixon said, “Although about 90% of our manufacturing is handled in our home office in Tulsa, the four new field locations will offer onsite manufacturing and an inventory of DMI products that can be delivered directly to the customer via DMI’s own trucks. I don’t think anyone else out there is able to provide this type of service.”  
  Turning his focus to customer service, Dixon noted that in response to requests from customers, DMI had developed a Standard 4 -20-inch and a Super 4 – 20-inch size machine. These machines not only handle smaller 4-inch pipe but will bend thicker pipe than standard 6 – 20-inch bending machines.  The company also builds variety of machines that will bend pipe from 4- to 60 inches in diameter.
  Dixon also pointed out that DMI’s manufacturers specially engineered products for both the on and offshore oil and gas industry that have been used in more than 70 countries to support construction projects both large and small. Included is an extensive line of pipe benders, pipe clamps and other products that can be found on the DMI website,
  DMI’s worldwide activities are supported through offices in Colombia and Kuwait.

Mike Norris has been promoted to director of Business Development for Driver Pipeline Company, Inc., Dallas, TX. Norris brings more than 20 years in sales and marketing to his new assignment along with a proven track record and a reputation for honesty and integrity. Norris joined Driver Pipeline in January 2012 in a business development support capacity.
  In making the announcement, Kevin Farley, Sr. Vice President of Operations, said, “Mike came here with a reputation for professionalism already intact. He has a lot of talent, but only one goal and that’s to make sure that our client’s needs are met. That’s been the focus of Driver Pipeline’s success in the past and we expect Mike to use all of his talents to build on that success in the future.”

Randy Lewis has joined Kiefer Manufacturing, LLC as general sales and marketing manager. In his new role, Lewis will be responsible for coordinating activities of the sales staff, developing short and long term sales and marketing plans, new product development and product enhancements.  

Rig Source Inc. has selected personnel for sales and service positions for its Terramac rubber track carrier line. Joey Giannetto has been appointed service manager, Bobby Dawson will serve as a sales representative for the Terramac RT9, and Becky Bludgen accepted an appointment as sales and marketing specialist. Giannetto will report directly to Mike Crimaldi, President of Rig Source. Dawson and Bludgen will report to Matt Slater, director of sales.
T.D. Williamson (TDW)  recently hosted a grand opening at its new Global Pipeline Integrity Center in Salt Lake City, UT. More than 90 attendees – including Bruce Binkley, TDW president and CEO, and Eric Rogers, vice president of global pipeline integrity for TDW – were on hand for the daylong event.
  “This world-class facility embodies the innovation that has become synonymous with TDW,” said Binkley. “By combining our inline inspection engineering, manufacturing, operations, service center and data analysis functions in one location, we are poised to harness the full potential of our personnel and technologies.”
  In addition to serving as a global hub for inline inspection, the center showcases TDW pigging products, including launchers and receivers, and pipeline services, such as cleaning and non-destructive evaluation. It also enables future growth, including the addition of a data center, customer and employee training facility, and pipeline test equipment for inline inspection tools.
Vermeer announced several promotions within its leadership team.  Jason Andringa has been named president, forage and environmental solutions, and Doug Hundt has been named president, underground and specialty excavation solutions. Both Andringa and Hundt will co-chair the Vermeer executive team, reporting to Mary Andringa in her continuing role as CEO of Vermeer.
  In addition, Tony Briggs has been named to his vice president role after joining Vermeer in 1998 and working in marketing, sales and various management positions around the company. Briggs was most recently director of underground solutions.

Michels Corporation announced a new leadership structure for its Pipe Services division. Pat Herzog has been appointed vice president of Michels Pipe Services. Kelly Odell has been named vice president of Advanced Pipeline Product Development. “This is the right leadership team to continue to advance our Pipe Services division,” said Pat Michels, president of Michels Corporation. “This new structure allows us to utilize the strengths of both of these skilled professionals to continue the development of new markets, techniques and services.”

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will hold its first unreserved public auction in China on April 18, 2013. Company officials say they are already receiving consignments, which include an unused 2010 Kato HD820V hydraulic excavator; a 2009 Caterpillar 320D-E hydraulic excavator; and a 2007 Caterpillar D7G Series II crawler tractor, to name a few.
  The auction will be held on land leased by Ritchie Bros. in the Tianzhu Free Trade Zone (Shunyi, Beijing) that is located within minutes of Beijing international airport and connected to one of China’s largest roll-on, roll-off ports in Tianjin. Equipment buyers and sellers can visit or contact the Beijing office at +86.400.810.2223.

Volvo CE has announced consolidation of its manufacturing capacity in the Americas by relocating backhoe loader manufacture from Tultitlán, Mexico, to the company’s production facility in Pederneiras, Brazil. In addition to local production for the Latin American market, backhoes produced in Pederneiras will be exported to North America and other markets. As part of a $10 million development, the Pederneiras facility will be extended to accommodate production of Volvo backhoe loaders. The move of production to Pederneiras will take place progressively throughout 2013.