Business News

August 2016

Michels Canada expands headquarters in Nisku, Alberta

Michels Canada recently doubled the size of its headquarters in Nisku, Alberta, to reflect its commitment to serving customers and continuing its growth in Canada. The expansion project transformed Michels’ 3,600-square-foot office building and 7,500-square-foot shop into a two-story structure with 6,900 square feet of office space and a 10,500-square-foot shop. The facility was strategically designed to be flexible, collaborative and environmentally efficient. Located near Edmonton, the expanded facility and yard is a convenient hub for Michels’ operations throughout Canada. Michels provides reliable, advanced construction services to a variety of markets, including oil and gas, communications, heavy civil, power delivery, and sewer and water. Most notably, Michels has successfully built mainline pipeline of all sizes and complexities throughout Canada’s remote wilderness, oil sand mines and urban areas. Additionally, Michels is a recognized leader in trenchless construction methodologies, including horizontal directional drilling, Direct Pipe and tunneling. The technologically advanced Nisku facility is decorated with Canadian Aboriginal art to reflect Michels Canada’s culture.  In deference to Michels Canada’s connection to Michels Corporation, the facade and accents throughout the building are made from 45,000 pounds of red granite imported from one of Michels Corporation’s quarries in its home state of Wisconsin. The same granite adorns Michels Corporation’s headquarters.

Mathey Dearman announces G.B.C. partnership

Mathey Dearman is excited to announce their new partnership to bring the professional Italian products from G.B.C. Group to the U.S. market. The G.B.C. cold cutting and beveling equipment is a natural complement to Mathey’s line of precision equipment. The G.B.C. Group has two main operational units: their facility in Torbiato di Adro, where the major business activities are carried out and their plant in Castegnato, where the main components of all their machines are manufactured. Since 1996 G.B.C. has adopted management procedures in accordance with the standards of the quality assurance system UNI EN ISO 9001 (SGS ITALIA S.R.L. N° IT 96.088 since 1996) certifying the manufacturing standards of their excellent equipment. Thanks to the partnership with Mathey Dearman this professional equipment will be readily available through Mathey Dearman distributors in the United States. A national Authorized Service Center will also be available for G.B.C. products in the U.S.

Super Products expands field support team with key additions

Super Products LLC has expanded its field support team with the additions of Jason Mears, Terry Galica and Russ Coaliron, each in the role of regional sales manager, as well as Mike Reis, who serves as the company’s strategic business develop manager. In their roles as regional sales manager, Mears, Galica and Coaliron will focus on supporting the company’s industrial products including its line of Supersucker® vacuum loaders, Durasucker® liquid vacuum trucks and Mud Dog® hydro excavators. Mears will cover industrial markets throughout the Northeast portion of the country; Galica will focus on the Southeast region; and Coaliron will be responsible for the Gulf Coast area. Representing the company’s entire product portfolio including its Camel sewer cleaners, Reis will focus his attention on serving Super Products’ existing national accounts and growing the company’s presence with larger companies and contractors throughout the country.

Texas Railroad Commissioner Sitton appoints McKee Director of Public Affairs

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton has named Katie McKee his new Director of Public Affairs where she will lead the development and implementation of a strategic outreach and public relations plan. In this role, McKee’s primary goal is communicating the work of the Railroad Commission to the people of Texas on behalf of Commissioner Sitton. Previously, McKee served as an account executive and account associate at Elizabeth Christian Public Relations. There she provided a wide range of public relations services for various clients, such as Texas Mutual Insurance Company, St. David’s HealthCare, Trinity University, Southwestern University, The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, and TIBH Industries, among others.

Laney names Snider president, COO

Alan Snider, a veteran of more than 26 years in designing and managing complex horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and Direct Pipe® (DP) projects for pipeline crossings, has been named President and Chief Operating Officer at Laney Directional Drilling. Laney is a global leader in integrated engineering, HDD and DP construction services. Founded in 1989, Laney has been a trenchless technology pioneer, as has Snider in his career. At Laney, Snider is responsible for the overall management of the company, including leadership of the HDD; DP; engineering; sales and marketing; and estimating teams. Since joining Laney in 2011, he had served as Vice President of Engineering and Project Management.

Snider came to Laney from GeoEngineers where he was south business unit leader, energy market director, a principal and served on the Board of Directors. Snider began his pipeline career with Willbros in 1990 and rose through the ranks to project manager before starting his own firm, Advantage Professional Services, which managed HDD engineering, design and construction projects for the oil and gas industry all over the world. He served as its President and senior HDD engineer until 2004 when GeoEngineers acquired the company.

Burns & McDonnell expands leadership team

Despite volatile energy prices, the need for increasingly robust oil and natural gas transmission and storage infrastructure continues to grow. In order to address this need for clients, Burns & McDonnell has added four senior project managers to its oil and gas design-build teams in Houston and Denver.

Steve Adcock and Jeremy Wilkerson have joined Burns & McDonnell as senior project managers in the Houston region, and Kirsten Glesne and Chris McFarland are senior project managers based in Denver. All will be responsible for leading a variety of terminal, pipeline and related facility projects in the U.S. and internationally. Adcock, Wilkerson, Glesne and McFarland are experienced with EPC project delivery capabilities. All have managed large-scale liquid and natural gas pipeline and storage projects in a variety of geographies. Burns & McDonnell is recognized as a leader in the EPC project delivery method, which clients increasingly look for because of EPC’s ability to deliver greater schedule and cost certainty.

Ritchie Bros. prepares for big summer auction in Toronto

Ritchie Bros.‘ fifth Ontario auction of the year looks to be a big one as more than 2,150 items will be sold at its Toronto (Bolton) site. All items in the auction will be sold unreserved—meaning no minimum bids and no reserve prices. Equipment highlights include 65+ compactors, 60+ excavators, 25+ wheel loaders, 20+ loader backhoes, 55+ aerial work platforms (boom & scissor lifts), and 120+ truck tractors, as well as cranes, snow plows, and more.

Specific equipment highlights include:

Four unused 2017 Western Star 4700SF T/A plow/sander trucks

Four Caterpillar D8T crawler tractors

Three Komatsu HM300-2 6×6 articulated dump trucks

Two 2012 John Deere 670G LC hydraulic excavators

Two John Deere 470G LC hydraulic excavators

Two 2015 Kenworth T880 heavy haul trucks

Two 2013 Grove RT770E 70-ton 4x4x4 rough terrain crane

A 2013 Sany SCC8068 75-ton crawler crane

A 2007 Link-Belt HTC8690 90-ton 8x4x4 hydraulic truck crane

A 2015 Caterpillar 450F 4×4 loader backhoe

A 2013 Caterpillar 950K wheel loader