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Mike Nelson (left) presents Keith Vanderlee of Nicor with an award and plaque for attending the Gild of Ancient Supplers breakfast meeting at the Midwest Energy Association’s 90th Annual Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit.  This year’s meeting was held at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN, after a long history of taking place in Ames, IA. Vanderlee serves as the Gas Operations Steering Committee chair for MEA.
  The Gild, established in 1937, is a unique fraternity organization of suppliers to the gas industry throughout the U.S. and Canada. The select group’s primary objective is to encourage the use of gas and basically strive to promote good will and good fellowship among its members and to the great industry of natural gas. For information, visit

J-W Measurement Company and White Deer Energy L.P. II (and affiliates) announced the new name and logo of J-W Measurement Company, which was acquired in July 2013 from J-W Energy Company. In addition, J-W Measurement Company has named its senior operations and leadership team.
  The new name of J-W Measurement Company is Legacy Measurement Solutions. The senior operations and leadership team includes: Danny T. Hendrix, president and CEO; G. Gene Gradick Jr., COO; Mark B. Newman, CFO; Gary A. Crisp, vice president operations – North East Division; Troy H. Tuminello, vice preident operations – East Division; and Tony J. Chaput, vice president operations – West Division.

The renovation of the German Machine Tools of America facility in Ann Arbor, MI is now complete with plans in the works for future expansion of the campus.  Additional floorspace, showroom capacity and training facilities, plus more personnel, are planned, according to company.  In that regard, two personnel announcements were made: Doug VanDeven is GMTA’s parts manager and Shawn Wilkin is service manager. 

Miller Electric Mfg. Co.  has consolidated the Smith Equipment oxy-fuel cutting equipment product line under the Miller brand. The consolidation expands the current Miller metal cutting offering, which includes a variety of portable plasma cutting packages. The oxy-fuel product line will continue to be manufactured in Watertown, SD. The only difference is that the name on the product will change to Miller.   

N C Machinery has opened a new 55,000 sq-ft facility in Fairbanks, AK, at 801 Van Horn Road. The full-service facility features 15 service repair bays and a 16,500 sq-ft. parts warehouse.  Approximately 16,000 parts line items, dedicated welding and machining areas, on-highway truck service, cylinder repair/honing and hose building/rebuilding will be offered.

CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc. announced the following appointments to it new Offshore Channel Team: Adam Wynne Hughes, president; Scott Black, managing director; and John Watson, global operations director. Each is an industry expert and a CRC-Evans’ veteran, with a combined 80 years of technical and leadership experience in the offshore, welding, coating, inspection, and fabrication fields. 

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers sold more than US$53 million of heavy equipment, trucks and other industrial assets during a two-day unreserved public auction in Houston, Texas on August 28 & 29, 2013. The auction set new company records for the most items ever sold at a Texas auction (4,700+) as well as the largest online gross auction proceeds at a Houston auction (more than US$21 million). Equipment highlights in the auction included 160+ T/A truck tractors, 70+ agricultural tractors, 60+ rough terrain cranes, a large selection of construction equipment and much more. 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 at or by proxy.
  More than 3,700 people from 59 countries, including all 50 U.S. states, registered to bid in person or online in the auction. Equipment in the auction was sold on behalf of over 425 sellers.

BOND Construction recently made several key hires at its Connecticut and New Jersey offices as part of the company’s long-term expansion plans. They include : Richard Negrom, project manager; Jeremy Andruskiewicz, superintendent; and Matt Tremblay, assistant superintendent.  All three are working out of the company’s New Haven office. Also, Kyle Gillow joined the Newark office as assistant superintendent. 

Dan Sharpe has joined Sharewell HDD Services as vice president, and part owner and president of its new products subsidiary, Sharewell Drilling Products LLC. In his new role, Sharpe will lead the company’s sales, marketing, and product development efforts.

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT)
announced two new scholarships for students who attend the Hobart Institute. The scholarships, in honor of Hobart Institute President André A. Odermatt, are sponsored by HIWT in the amount of $5,000 each and will be awarded for the first time in May 2014.   
  These scholarships will be added to other HIWT sponsored awards issued each year in memory of Howard B. Cary, Raymond C. Dunlavy, and Robert Bercaw who all dedicated their careers to excellence in welding education. Additional scholarships available to HIWT students issued through The Troy Foundation include the Peter C. Hobart Scholarships, the William B. and Marcia H. Howell Scholarship, the David and Madonna Via Memorial Scholarship, the Hobart Brothers Company Scholarships, and the HIWT Alumni Scholarship. 
  Interested students are directed to apply through the Hobart Institute website at

Gregory Dee Hill Russell died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 at his home in Norman, OK.  Russell was born March 17, 1965, in Oklahoma City to Dee and Judy Hill.
  He earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma. At the time of his death he was executive vice president/COO of Georg Fischer Central Plastics in Shawnee, OK.
  Russell is survived by his mother, Judy Russell; sister, Lori Neher; brother-in-law, Derek Neher; three nephews, Caleb, Jonah, and Sam Neher;  grandmother, Madeline McGee; and grandfather, Loyd Russell.
  He was preceded in death by his father, Dee Hill; grandfathers, Blair McGee and Mitchell Taylor; grandmothers, Gracie Taylor and Louise Russell; and cousin, Kevin Short.

Ray Lynn Barnes passed away on Aug. 11, 2013 in Tahlequah, OK. A former pipeliner, Barnes was the son of Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Company’s long-time superintendent Thelbert Barnes and his wife Wanda.
  Barnes is preceded in death by his son, Derek; grandmother, Christine Barnes Conrad; uncle, Pete Barnes, and brother-in-law Timothy Chance.
  He is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughter, Tiffany McCarter (Blake); granddaughter Raylee McCarter; parents, Thelbert and Wanda Barnes; brothers,  Wayne (Jennifer) and James (Machele);  and sisters, Rhonda Teague (Rob) and Donna Pierce (Rob). 
  Online condolences may be left at

John S. Gabrielse
, 91, of Lynden, WA, passed away on September 6, 2013. Gabrielse is survived by his wife, Ella; daughters, Sharon (Ben) Snoeyink)and Phyllis (Jim) Kramer; sons, Tim (Kris);  Matthew  (Danielle); and Greg (Cheri); and 11 grandchildren 25 great grandchildren.
  Gabrielse founded Gabe’s Construction Company in 1942 with his father, Jacob and two brothers, George and Edwin. Today, Tim Gabrielse, from the third generation of the family, heads the company as president and CEO, while Matthew Gabrielse is vice president and CFO.
  Memorials may be sent to Sonlight Community Church Youth Ministry Program, 9400 Bender Road, Lynden, WA 98264, or Whatcom Hospice, 2806 Douglas Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225.