Business News

June 2016

McElroy fusion machine selected for desert water line project

McElroy’s MegaMc® 1600 fusion machine was selected to fuse pipe in support of drought mitigation activities being undertaken by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. As a part of an ongoing initiative to preserve water resources during the West’s ongoing and historic drought, Reclamation is updating aged infrastructure to be able to achieve greater efficiency out of its water delivery systems.

Materials for an effort to replace aged and leaking concrete water delivery structures were delivered in March near the Mexico border in San Luis, AZ. By fusing 48-inch high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe to replace a failing 42-inch concrete pipeline, the government will be able to make beneficial use of pumped drainage water which is otherwise harmful to the area’s agricultural economy.

R&B Company of San Jose, CA, a utility supply solutions company, supplied the machine that would best fit the application along with 40,000 feet of pipe. They also provided certified fusion operator training for the maintenance crew from the Reclamation’s Yuma Office.

The MegaMc 1600 wheeled fusion machines have been used on large-diameter pipe jobs in a variety of applications worldwide. They feature four-jaws with more than 80,000 lbs of fusion force allowing operators to overcome heavier drag forces and fuse thicker-wall pipes.

Standing 9-feet tall and stretching 15-feet in length, the 21,000-pound machine is imposing, but its components — including the jaws, pipe lifts, heater and facer — are hydraulically powered for smoothness and ease of use.

McElroy’s technical and engineering support team was onsite the first day of the job to re-instill best practices in the operation of the machine and to spend one-on-one time with each of the fusion operators to review each step of the fusion process. Safe operation of the facer and heater were stressed, and McElroy’s DataLogger® 5 was used to record the parameters of the fusion process to ensure and document that the operator produced a quality, leak-free joint.

McElroy also assisted with jobsite setup utilizing a series of Pipe Stands, strategically situated on either side of the machine for support, which prevents pipe damage, reduces drag for a quality fusion and boosts productivity.

The crew will eventually be performing a total of about 600 pipe fusions for the six-mile pipeline and are planning on being able to perform about 12 fusions a day in two, four-man shifts. The MegaMc 1600 is rugged and will get a good workout, but so will the crew this summer with temperatures in the Sonoran Desert — the hottest desert in North America — easily reaching 120 degrees.

The first phase of the project is expected to be complete this fall with two other larger phases to be completed by 2018. As the project moves forward, McElroy sees opportunities for more involvement on the project with more of its pipeline productivity equipment and fusion machines to help finish the job.

KS Energy places in top 10 businesses of 2016

The Waukesha County Business Alliance, in partnership with media sponsor BizTimes Media have announced the 2016 Top 10 Businesses of the Year. The annual awards program recognizes companies headquartered in southeastern Wisconsin that have shown consistent financial growth and demonstrate a commitment to good business practices through their employee relations, customer-focused commitment and community service involvement. The awards program will be held on June 23, 2016 at Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center.

In addition to choosing the Top 10 winners, the committee of independent judges selected Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County Inc. for recognition with a Community Distinction Award.

Top 10 Businesses of the Year: Best Version Media LLC; Bruno Independent Living Aids Inc.; Century Fence Co.; Felss Rotaform LLC; ITU AbsorbTech Inc.; KS Energy Services LLC; Lakeland Supply Inc.; Landmark Credit Union; Price Engineering; Wisconsin Oven Corp.; and Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County Inc.

Southwest Gas names Daily CEO of Centuri Construction Group 

Southwest Gas Corp. announced the appointment of Paul M. Daily as CEO of its Centuri Construction Group Inc., effective April 18, 2016.

As CEO, Daily will lead Centuri’s strategy in partnering with North American natural gas utilities as they increase investments in critical infrastructure upgrades. He brings more than 35 years of operational and financial experience in the construction industry, with a large portion of his career focused on natural gas distribution systems.

“Paul is an exceptional leader with the ideal skill set to take Centuri to the next level,” said John Hester, president and chief executive officer of Southwest Gas Corp. “He brings a deep understanding of the construction industry, long-standing relationships with gas distribution companies across North America and a collaborative management style.  Throughout his career, Paul has consistently built world-class teams, developed and executed winning strategies and grown profitable businesses. Centuri has significant momentum, and we are confident that Paul will build on that progress to deliver even greater value for our shareholders, customers and employees.”

Cianbro wins 2016 construction company of the year – Northeast Oil & Gas Awards

By Christopher Krueger

The Oil & Gas Awards is a relatively new addition to the industry that is supported by an ever increasing premiere group of owners, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers doing business in the Oil and Gas market. Their goal is to bring recognition to companies operating either directly or indirectly in the upstream and midstream sectors for their outstanding achievements that have positively impacted the industry.

On March 30th, the Oil & Gas Awards held their 4th Annual Northeast Awards Gala in Pittsburgh PA, where Cianbro received the Construction Company of the Year Award.  Cianbro’s submission highlighted what sets us apart from competitors, achievements in innovation, corporate social responsibility, the environment, and most importantly, the health and safety culture that permeates the entire organization. Cianbro’s Oil, Gas & Chemical team also highlighted their experience with constructing the White Compressor Station for valued client Williams Field Services LLC. By emphasizing the scope of work, aggressive schedule, unforeseen challenges, quality craftsmanship, and commitment to safety throughout the project, a panel of judges from within the industry, awarded this high honor to Cianbro. The judges commended the Cianbro Team on their ability to work in tough conditions and their attention to detail.

The awards ceremony also recognized companies for excellence in engineering, technology development, environmental stewardship, and several other categories.

Prior to the ceremony, the Oil & Gas Awards hosted an Industry Summit event with guest speakers from various areas of the Oil & Gas industry. The summit provided a valuable networking opportunity and insights on improving best practices, regulations, and community engagement throughout the industry.

Danis appointed president of American Piping Products

American Piping Products CEO Al Rheinnecker has appointed Matt Danis as the new President of American Piping Products. Rheinnecker will retain his role as CEO, while Danis will take on additional leadership responsibilities in his new role as president.

Danis has served American Piping Products as managing director and chief financial officer since May 2014. Previously, he served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the company from September 2009 – April 2014. Danis’ focus is on sales, business development, accounting and finance.