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Dallas-TX based Driver Pipeline has established a new West Texas Division office in Abilene. The new division, the seventh in Driver Pipeline’s expanding business model, will support business opportunities being created by new and existing oil and gas clients throughout the Permian Basin. 
  In making the announcement, Kevin Farley, senior vice president of Driver Pipeline, said, “The Permian Basin is one of the great oil and gas fields in the world. Many of our great customers have called it home for many years. Frankly, it’s time we put down some permanent roots in West Texas. The opportunities from both new and existing clients are already there, and it’s time we turn those opportunities into business.”
  Managing the new Division is pipeline veteran Ronny Melton who joined Driver in 2011.
  With the addition of the new West Texas, Abilene Division, Driver Pipeline now has seven major facilities including their 30-acre corporate headquarters located in Irving, TX, as well as several equipment support sites throughout the Southwest.  Divisional locations in Texas are in Abilene, Fort Worth, Pearland, Freeport and San Antonio. The eastern division office is in Hattiesburg, MS.

Willbros Group, Inc. has named Earl Collins as president of its Oil and Gas segment. As president, Collins will be responsible for the development and implementation of Willbros strategy for the oil and gas markets as well as day-to-day operations of the company’s oil and gas product and service lines which include : construction, maintenance, turnaround and fabrication for projects from the wellhead to small capital projects inside refinery limits.

G2 Partners announces the addition of Jeffrey M. Tuttle as principal and vice president of the newly formed Gas Utilities Services business unit.  The business unit is responsible for G2’s services to natural gas utilities throughout the United States and globally.  G2 Partners provides risk management solutions for the energy industry.  The primary areas of practice include pipeline data and records, pipeline systems integrity, environmental and water resources, transactions and project development, and strategic consulting.

Don Lindley has been named president of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P.’s Natural Gas Liquids Business Development. Lindley joined Kinder Morgan in 1999 and was most recently vice president of Business Development for Kinder Morgan’s Products Pipelines business. In his new role, Lindley will continue to manage business development activities involving the Cochin pipeline system and the company’s crude and condensate business and will now also direct expansion strategies across KMP’s business segments into new markets with natural gas liquids and crude opportunities.

Strategy Engineering & Consulting, LLC has promoted Craig Matus to manager of Mechanical Engineering and Cameron Tempest to manager of Pipeline Engineering. Also, James Burke was named director of projects

MasTec, Inc. has acquired Calgary, Canada-based Big Country Energy Services Inc., and its affiliated operating companies. The company also has construction offices in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, as well as in Wyoming and North Dakota. Big Country’s services include : oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids gathering systems and pipeline construction; pipeline modification and replacement services; compressor and pumping station construction; and other related services supporting the oil and gas production, processing and transportation industries.
  MasTec acquired all of the issued and outstanding equity interests of Big Country for approximately $103 million in cash, the assumption of approximately $24 million in debt, plus a 5-year contingent earn-out.

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.

Midwest Mole, Inc.
was honored by the Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety (MICCS) with the Zero Injury Award for having no recordable injuries in 2012. This is the first time Midwest Mole received the MICCS Zero Injury Award. Out of 278 member companies, only 18 were recognized for zero injuries.
  Brent Grandidier, Midwest Mole’s corporate safety director, accepted the award at the recent 20th annual MICCS awards banquet in Indianapolis, IN.

DUECO, Inc. announced the retirement of Ron Koosman, vice president and long time leader of the company’s Western Region. Koosman served as Western Division sales manager at DUECO starting in 1993, when DUECO became the distributor for Terex Utilities in a five state area.
  With his departure, Jim Kraschinsky, vice president of Sales, will be responsible for sales management, supervising the Western territory managers. Rick Heathcote, vice president of Operations, will be responsible for overall branch management and Kenny Vlasman, service manager, will continue to be responsible for the overall regional service management for the Watertown & Shakopee branch service operations.

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) recent presented its Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award to Jim Craig in recognition of his 40 years of outstanding professional service and performance to the plastic pipe industry.  Craig, who retired from McElroy Manufacturing, Inc. (Tulsa, OK) earlier this year, was honored for his involvement with the sales, training and the design of fusion equipment and in the development of procedures and standards for polyethylene (PE) pipe and pipe systems. 
  Craig accepted the award at PPI’s annual membership meeting in St. Pete Beach, FL.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers recently broke ground on its new regional auction site in Manchester (Hooksett), NH. The new 54-acre property will serve as the company’s first regional auction site in the state of New Hampshire and as a replacement auction site for Ritchie Bros.’ 15-acre regional auction site near Hartford, CT. The company will continue to conduct unreserved public auctions at its Hartford (Stafford Springs), CT auction site until the new auction site is ready later this year.
  In other news, the company sold US$59.5+ million of heavy equipment, property and trucks during a two-day unreserved public auction at its permanent auction site in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 12 – 13, 2013. More than 4,850 bidders from 39 countries, including all Canadian provinces and two territories and 41 U.S. states, registered to bid in person or online for the auction.

Hobart Brothers Company has unveiled a new logo for its Hobart® brand of filler metals. The decision to redesign the logo coincides with the strategic consolidation of the company’s five brands of filler metals — Hobart, McKay®, Tri-Mark®, Corex® and MAXAL® — under the single Hobart brand.

Clyde Fowler, 62, passed away on June 5, 2013. Fowler worked as CFO and senior vice president at Associated Pipe Line Contractors where he served since 1986.
  He is survived by his mother, Ellouise Fowler of Houston;  wife, Bernie Fowler of Richmond; daughter, Jennifer (Patrick) Easter; son, Sam (Jeana) Fowler; grandchildren, David and Amanda Easter and Ryan and Lauren Fowler; and sisters, Margaret (Tom) Hamilton and  Cherí (Jeff) Crozier. 
  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the 100 Club ( in Clyde Fowler’s name.

Charles H. Joyce, 84, of Andover, NY passed away June 9, 2013 after an extended illness. He was born on Dec. 11, 1928 to Vincent and Alice (Graves) Joyce. On Nov. 26, 1949, he married Lorraine (Hyland) Joyce, who survives him.
   Joyce grew up on the family farm in Andover and began working in the oil and gas industry at the age of 14. In 1950, he and his brother James V. Joyce formed Joyce Pipeline Company. In 1981, with his son Charlie P. Joyce, he purchased Otis Eastern Service, Inc. located in Wellsville, NY. Otis Eastern is now one of the leading pipeline contractors in the U.S. Although he “officially” retired in 1994, he kept an office there and continued to work on a wide variety of projects. At the time of his death, he served as president of Andover Oil, a company he founded after his retirement.
  Joyce was honored for his distinguished service to the energy industry by being named as an Honorary Member of the Pipe Line Contractors Association where he and Lorraine attended the annual conventions for over 50 years.
  In addition to his wife Lorraine, he is survived by two sons, Charles P. Joyce (Sherry Walton) and Richard (Tina Iantorno) Joyce; two daughters, Cheryl (Michael) Jackson and Teresa Joyce; six grandchildren, Matthew Jackson, Molly (Burt) Turner, Melanie Jackson, Casey Joyce, Anna Joyce, and Cory Joyce; five great-grandchildren, Kylen Jackson, Maeve Turner, Josey Turner, Cal Turner, and Wes Urbano; sister, Mary Anne Davis; and brother, James V. Joyce.
  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant son John; a brother, W. Donald Joyce; two sisters, Sandra Howland and Joanne (Merle) Dibble.
  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Hart Comfort House, Wellsville, NY, the Andover New York Free Library, or a charity of the donor’s choice.