Business News

September 2016

PLCAC Annual Convention held in Charlottetown

At the 2016 PLCAC Annual Convention in Charlottetown, PEI, PLCAC President Mark Scherer told members that the distribution sector saw an increase in 2015 and man-hours worked by PLCAC contractors was the 5th highest on record. He added that 2015 had the lowest accident frequency rate in PLCAC’s history.

Scherer stated that the PLCAC teamed up with the Canadian Pipeline Advisory Council to attend Community Town Hall meetings, trade shows, First Nation events and client meetings to foster support for upcoming major pipeline projects. He added that the PLCAC standing committees were focused on safety training, distribution negotiations and new pipeline standards.

Scherer wrapped up his speech by stressing the wrongful attack on Canada’s oil and gas industry and encouraging supporters to educate people to fight misinformation. He said that the industry is crucial for supplying jobs and tax revenue for the community.

Safety award winners

At the PLCAC Annual Convention, the association recognized member companies that had commendable safety records over the past year through the James L. Abraham Pipeline Construction Safety Awards Program. The 2015 winners are:

Mainline Pipeline Construction: Michels Canada Co.

Also with zero lost-time accidents in this category, but worked less hours are:

Robert B. Somerville Co. Ltd. and Waschuk Pipe Line Construction Ltd.

Distribution Pipeline Construction: Aecon Construction Group Inc.

Also with zero lost-time accidents in this category, but worked less hours are:

NPL Canada Ltd. and T.W. Johnstone Company Ltd.

Pipeline Maintenance and Service: Robert B. Somerville Co. Ltd.

Also with zero lost-time accidents in this category, but worked less hours are:

Aecon Construction Group Inc., NPL Canada Ltd., O.J. Pipelines Canada and Summit Pipeline Services.

Specialty Contractor Transportation Over 20,000 Man-Hours Worked: Premay Pipeline Hauling LP

Also with zero lost-time accidents in this category, but worked less hours is: MTS Canada.

Specialty Contractor Other Over 20,000 Man-Hours Worked: Michels Canada Co.

Also with zero lost-time accidents in this category, but worked less hours are:

McCaws Drilling and Blasting and Robert B. Somerville Co. Ltd.

Specialty Contractor Other Under 20,000 Man-Hours Worked: Allstream Waste Solutions Inc.

Also with zero lost-time accidents in this category, but worked less hours are:

Kamloops Augering, Summit Pipeline Services and Wolverine Pipeline Transport Ltd.

TorcSill acquires AnchorPipe International

TorcSill Foundations LLC has acquired AnchorPipe International Inc. Founded in 1978, AnchorPipe is the leading North American provider of onshore and offshore pipeline anchoring solutions to the Oil & Gas industry. AnchorPipe is based in Houston, TX, and operates across North America. TorcSill is focused on engineering, manufacturing and installing helical pier foundation systems. TorcSill was created in May 2014 through the combination of TorcSill Foundations Inc., a helical pier installation business with operations in South Texas and Oklahoma, and Foundation Specialist & Repair, a helical pier installation business with operations in North Dakota.

Centurion Midstream obtains Permian Crude Transport

Centurion Midstream Group LLC has acquired Permian Crude Transport LLC and its affiliates (PCT). PCT is a growing provider of integrated crude logistics services with operations throughout the Permian Basin.

“Permian Crude Transport has an impressive track record for growth that will fit with our significant investment in West Texas storage, pipeline and rail assets”, said Tom Ramsey, CEO of Centurion. “The platform that PCT provides for the mid and back office operations will allow us to grow in the most efficient manner”, followed John Calce, President of Centurion. Jarrett Vick, President of PCT, stated “Working with such a dynamic, growth-oriented company will allow us to best leverage our asset base and our customer relationships.” PCT will operate as a separate, wholly-owned subsidiary of Centurion and Vick will remain as President.

Ritchie Bros. pockets Petrowsky Auctioneers

Ritchie Bros. has acquired the business of Petrowsky Auctioneers, significantly enhancing its market presence in the New England region. Petrowsky was founded nearly 40 years ago by Sammy Piotrkowski, a driving force behind the business’ growth. Based in North Franklin, CT, Petrowsky Auctioneers sold nearly $50 million worth of equipment and other assets at auctions in 2015, mostly in the New England region. Catering largely to equipment sellers in the construction and transportation industries, Petrowsky’s auction sales are well aligned with Ritchie Bros.’ sector focus. In addition, Petrowsky also serves customers selling assets in the underground utility, waste recycling, marine, and commercial real estate industries. The business operates one permanent auction site, in North Franklin, which will continue to hold auctions, and also specializes in off-site auctions held on the land of the consignor.  All Petrowksy auctions are also simulcast live online, allowing online bidders to participate. The Petrowsky brand will be maintained as a brand extension within the Ritchie Bros. family of brands, given its strong and loyal customer base, and reputable brand within its established markets.

Mathey Dearman provides support to UA Local 798 scholarship fund

Mathey Dearman is proud to announce their recent contribution of $1,500 to the UA Local 798 Scholarship Fund. The Pipeliners Voluntary Fund Scholarship Program was developed 1969, in recognition that the continued progress of organized labor depends on educating youth so they may promote unionism in their professions. Over the years, the fund has helped hundreds of students enrolled in institutions of higher learning. Recipients of the scholarships are chosen according to factors such as grade point average, difficulty level of their academic program, strength of their recommendation letters, and an overall assessment of their essay.

Hyundai names Vicha District Sales Manager

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas announced the appointment of David Vicha as district sales manager, supporting the company’s authorized dealers throughout Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and parts of Louisiana and Missouri.

A graduate of North Dakota State University, with a degree in business administration, Vicha has 21 years of experience in retail management. He spent the past five years in the equipment industry.