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Willbros Group, Inc. has Named Brian Young as director of Integrity Construction. Based in Houston, Young will be responsible for working with Willbros Regional Construction and the Professional Services’ Integrity group to increase Willbros’ share of the U.S. Integrity construction market. He will focus on identifying opportunities where the Company can assist clients with full-service integrity management program offerings; these items include : program development, GIS/data services, risk analysis, corrosion evaluation, integrity engineering and integrity construction services.

Tom Noland has joined Mid-States Supply Company, a provider of pipe, valve and fittings to the oil and gas industry companies.  He will be handling a large territory, east of the Rockies. 

Midwestern recently held a grand opening to introduce its new pipe line products distribution center in Henderson, CO. The center will service the Colorado Front Range area. The new branch is the company’s seventh full-service distribution center that offers same day delivery to most locations and an extensive line of coatings, rock shields, anodes, insulators and other pipeline protection products.

Chad C. Fletcher has joined T.D. Williamson (TDW) as vice president of Western Hemisphere Operations. He is responsible for overseeing the fulfillment of strategic initiatives, as well as driving day-to-day execution of all business in the Western hemisphere.

Frank’s International N.V. held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new operations facility, located at 708 Beau Pre Road in Lafayette, LA. The 175,000-sq-foot facility will consist of a combination of shop, warehouse, and office space to house the company’s operational departments and approximately 200 employees. Construction is to be completed by October 2014.

STW Resources Holding Corp. has closed on expansion capital for its STW Oilfield Construction Division. STW Oilfield Construction provides pad/land clearing, excavating/grading, frac pond construction including liners and evaporation covers, along with lease roads and pad construction for exploration and production of oil and gas leases.

TMK IPSCO President and CEO Vicki Avril has decided to leave the company. Dave Mitch has been appointed president and CEO of TMK IPSCO. 

Tejas Tubular Products plans to construct a new facility in New Carlisle, IN. The facility will focus on the heat treatment and manufacturing of 4 1/2 through 9 5/8- in OD well casing for the oil and gas industry. The company has manufacturing facilities in both Houston and Stephenville, TX.

Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co., Inc.
has moved its Atlanta GA area branch in Conyers, GA to a larger facility at 2394 Sigman Industrial Court. The Conyers branch, one of 21 Thompson Pump branches nationwide, operates under the direction of South-Atlantic Regional Manager, Pat DeWitt.

H&E Equipment Services, Inc. has opened a new store at 10050 New Decade Drive, Pasadena, TX 77507.

Fine Tubes has appointed Graham Maxa as the company’s new finance director. Graham will have a key role to play in helping to drive the company forward following last year’s change of ownership. In particular, he will have specific responsibility for the financial direction of the company’s strategic plans in addition to maintaining day-to-day financial controls.

COOPER® Valves has added Chris Huntsman to its management team as operations manager.  Huntsman will guide COOPER through its growth path and develop cost effective manufacturing processes.

American Innovations has named Andy Florence as director of Integrity Management.   He will lead the integrity management team which provides pipeline safety support services including program development, implementation and documentation for compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements.

Climax Portable Machining & Welding Systems has completed its acquisition of privately held Calder Testers, increasing the company’s valve repair and testing market. Calder’s also moved its Houston facility to larger quarters to provide Gulf region customers with expanded technical support, training and machine rental capabilities.

CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc.
has formed an alliance with China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPP), one of the world’s largest pipeline contractors. This agreement marks a long-term partnership between CRC-Evans and CPP.  With over 30 years of cooperation, CRC-Evans has rented dozens of automatic welding machine spreads and sold ten full spreads of dual torch welding equipment to CPP. Using this equipment, CPP constructed over 50% of the pipeline contracted by CNPC, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, within the last year alone. This new strategic partnership between CPP and CRC-Evans positions CRC-Evans as a trustworthy supplier of pipeline construction equipment in China.
  “It is an honor for CRC-Evans to partner with CPP, one of the biggest and most capable contractors, in the global construction marketplace,” said Mikhail Blekherov, president of CRC-Evans Onshore East. “Many contractors in China follow CPP’s example regarding construction equipment management, strategically positioning CRC-Evans in equipment business in China and around the globe.”
  CRC-Evans is also the major automatic welding machine supplier for the world’s largest X80 pipelines, both stretching over 4,000-km, from central Asia to the eastern and southern coasts of China. Two more such size pipeline projects are being put into implementation in the following year or two.

American Electric Technologies, Inc. has been contracted by White Cliffs Pipeline to supply power distribution packages for three pumping stations for its 12-inch pipeline expansion from Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin to Cushing, OK.  AETI expects to ship the three systems in the first quarter of 2014.
The pipeline expansion is expected to be complete in the first half of 2014.

G2 Partners has named Greg McCool vice president and principal of G2 Partners.  McCool specializes in GIS data and records integration, engineering project execution, pipeline risk management, and corporate growth. 

Interpipe Company
has launched steel billet sales produced by the company’s electric steel-melting complex. The mill, commissioned in 2012, produces round continuously cast billets for pipe and wheel steel grades with 150 – 470mm diameter in range. The Interpipe steel production range includes major carbon and alloyed steel grades for pipe products, for example steel grades X42 – X80 and from H40 to Q125, as well as transport steel ER6, ER7, ER8, ER9 and analogues. The mill is also currently mastering steel grades A350 LF2 and 42CrMo4 for production of flanges and rings.

Obituary
Theresa Pavinato, 80, passed away September 1, 2013. Pavinato was the mother of Gene Pavinato, controller for the Pipe Line Contractors Association, Regular Member.
  She is survived by her daughter, Deena; two sons, Eugene (Stacie) and Authur (Diane); and two grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Family Church, 311 N. Woodland Ave. Oglesby, IL 61348, or the Oglesby Library, 111 S. Woodland Ave., Oglesby, IL 61348.