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Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. has named Michael S. Mintun vice president, Sales and Marketing – North America. In addition, Phil Bouchard has been named of U.S. sales manager.

KS Energy Services’ a PowerTeam Services company announced their current private equity partner, CIVC, has sold its share in PowerTeam Services  to Kelso & Company. Kelso & Company is a larger private equity firm able to provide more capital and will merge PowerTeam Services with Power Holdings, an existing Kelso portfolio company. Power Holdings performs overhead electric distribution, transmission and substation maintenance work and employs over 1,592 employees.
  The combined company which includes KS Energy Services, Diversified Services, Distribution Construction, Southeast Connections and T&D Solutions will operate under the PowerTeam Services name with each operating company continuing to maintain its own name and operating autonomy. The combined company will service a contiguous 25-state region. Combined the companies will employ close to 3,000 people with revenue in excess of $500mm.
  Dennis Klumb Jr., president and CEO of KS Energy Services, said, “All of the executive leadership team at all of the operating companies are remaining and will continue to have a significant investment and roll in PowerTeam Services.”

William (Bill) Christensen has been appointed Alliance Pipeline’s new vice president, law, general counsel and corporate secretary. The Alliance Pipeline system consists of a 2,311-mile integrated Canadian and U.S. high-pressure natural gas transmission pipeline system that has been in commercial service since December 2000 and delivers, on average, about 1.6 Bcf/d.

CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc.
recently held a grand opening of its new comprehensive pipeline supply store and warehouse in Tulsa, OK, located at 1134 N. Garnett Rd.  The 9,000 sq-ft storefront is a one-stop shop for pipe contractors — housing a large inventory — with over 3,000 SKUs that includes a broad selection of standard pipeline construction items. The facility offers pipe handling, beveling, line-up clamps, and CRC-Evans’ full range of testing equipment for purchase. The warehouse also carries necessary accessories, ranging from support equipment tools to welding supplies and protective clothing. Order can be shipped on the day of order.

Chet Morrison Contractors has hired  Metin Gezer as vice president of Land Construction Services. Joining Gezer’s management team will be Darrell Ketchum, as manager of Planning and Scheduling . Derick Bourg, now vice president of the Fabrication and Offshore Construction department, has added offshore construction to his responsibilities.  Bourg’s team will include new hire Eric Verzwyvelt , offshore construction manager.

Obituary
John H. Williams died at his home in Linville, NC on May 1, 2013. He was 94.
  Williams worked for the original Williams Brothers as early as 1938. Along with his brother Charlie and cousin David, he was part of the “second generation” of Williams family members who bought the company from founders Dave and Miller Williams in 1949.
  He served as president and CEO from 1949 to 1971; chairman and CEO from 1971 to 1979; board member from 1949 to 1993; and honorary board member from 1994 until his death.
  During his 29-year tenure as CEO, the company’s market value increased from $25,000 in 1949 to $406.5 million in 1978.
He is survived by his spouse, Joanne S. Williams, and three sons: John H. Williams, Jr., (Caroll); Burch I. Williams (Gay);  and S. Miller Williams (Constance).

Donald Dean “Dandy Don” French, 85, passed away April 6, 2013. He was born on February 3, 1928 to Cecil and Jeanette French in Drumright, OK. He married his high school sweetheart, Celestine “Tot” Goodman. He joined his brother-in-law, Earl Reynolds to form Reynolds-French & Co. in 1947 and retired as president in 1994. His son-in-law, Kirk Chalmers purchased the company and his grandson Sandy Chalmers are now continuing ownership of the company.
  With his work he traveled all over the world. His vocational obsession was golf.
  French served 5 years on the executive board for the Southern Gas Association, and was chairman of the Associate Members in 1985.
  He is survived by: his wife, Celestine “Tot” French; daughter, LaDon Chalmers and her husband, Kirk; a son, Dr. Ron French and his wife, Lucinda; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to World Won for Christ Outreach Ministries, 1125 East 36th Street North, Tulsa, OK 74106, 918-425-5030, worldwon.org.

Kay Lorraine Harter
, 71, died April 23, 2013 in Belleville, IL. Harter is the sister of Rebecca Riess, wife of PLCA Director and Treasurer Robert A. Riess, Sr. She is survived by her husband James H. Harter of St. Louis, MO, daughter Jennifer K (Dr. Alex;) and six grandchildren.
  Memorials may be made to the St. John the Baptist Catholic School, 10 So.Lincoln, Smithton, IL 62285. 

William Leslie “Bill” Unsworth passed away on May 3, 2013 at his residence in Ontario, Canada at the age of 56.
  Unsworth was an employee of PipeLine Machinery International (PLM), where he served as product support manager until his death.
  Son of the late Orr and Eva Unsworth, he is survived by his wife Nancy (neé Pallister); children Erin Jean (Poulter), Colin Orr and Abbey Lee. He was a brother to Joan Mott (Bob), Linda Sheahan (Jim), Georgia Crawford (Lawrence), Ora Cook (Allan) and Jill Tully (Bill).
  Interment will be held at a later date. In remembrance contributions the family requests a contribution to a charity of your choice.