Business News

May 2016

Kirby-Smith Machinery appoints Trapani as Director of Pipeline Services Division 

Kirby-Smith Machinery Inc. announced the appointment of Joe Trapani as Director of the Pipeline Services Division. Joe will head the development of Kirby-Smith’s newly dedicated pipeline division, which will focus on the equipment needs of pipeline contractors around the nation. This new division will provide equipment and support nationwide to customers in the mainline, regional and local pipeline construction industry. Kirby-Smith’s goal is to provide a full service solution to customers offering a variety of equipment options such as dozers, excavators, pipelayers, wheel loaders, cranes, telehandlers, trailers and pipeline attachments such as hammers, pipe vacuum lifts, buckets, forks, quick couplers, and much more.

Joe has over 20 years’ experience in the construction equipment industry, bringing a wealth of sales and marketing expertise to his new position at Kirby-Smith. He recently retired from Caterpillar Inc., where he spent the last 10 years developing their Global Pipeline Division. During his time at CAT, including roles as both Sr. Product/Marketing Manager and Sr. Corporate Account Manager, Trapani displayed a remarkable penchant for understanding customer needs in the market, and then creating effective solutions for them. Prior to this role, Trapani worked for Mustang CAT, Waukesha Pearce, Summit Equipment, and Ingersoll-Rand, serving in various roles.

Minnesota Ltd. announces Crowe as president

Minnesota Ltd. President, Christopher Leines, has announced his plan to retire, effective March 31, 2016. April marked the beginning of a new era for Minnesota Ltd., as Ted Crowe accepted the position as President of the company. Ted began his career at Leonard Pipeline Contractors in 1977 where he spent 17 years as project manager, project administrator, chief accountant, and vice president. Ted then spent the next four years at Northern Pipeline Construction in the U.S. Pipeline Division as vice president of pipeline construction. With over 38 years of experience managing small and multimillion dollar pipeline construction and maintenance projects across the country, Ted started his tenure in 1999 with Minnesota Ltd. Ted has worked as project manager, director of operations, and vice president of operations before assuming his new role as President.

Hasler retires, Harris named new CASE North American VP

CASE Construction Equipment has announced that Jim Hasler is retiring as Vice President – North America after 34 years of service with the company. Scott Harris, the current vice president of Parts and Service for CNH Industrial, will take over the role and oversee the North American construction equipment operations for CASE. Harris first joined CNH Industrial’s Capital group in 2006 as U.S. sales manager for construction equipment, and later served as northeast region sales manager for both agricultural and construction equipment. In 2007, he became senior director of sales and marketing for that division. His last role with CNH Capital was as vice president of U.S. financial services and operations, where he was responsible for the overall sales growth and profitability of CNH Capital’s financial products and services. Harris joined the CNH Industrial Parts and Service group in 2011 as vice president of sales and marketing for North America, and became vice president of the entire division in 2013.


Dennis Bingham passed away Friday, March 18, 2016. Dennis was born July 25, 1931, in Spur, TX, to the late A.N. Abb Bingham and Evelyn (Bennett) Bingham. He graduated from Spur High School in 1948. He married Ramonda McMillan Feb. 20, 1952, in Lubbock. Dennis graduated from Texas Tech in 1956 following 45 months in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict, serving in a psychological warfare wing. He was a member of College Club and later Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After graduation, he worked at Texas Tech Ex-Student Association for a year. He then entered into sales in 1957 and spent the next 50 plus years working for Dyno Nobel Inc. – one of the largest industrial explosive manufacturers and service companies in the world. Dennis retired and continued as an Industry Sales Manager, Pipeline Construction Sales and Technical Advisor covering both Canada and all of the U.S. until retiring in 2009. He was given an Honorary Canadian Citizenship award in 1996 by the Pipeline Contractors Association of Canada. In 2008, he was given an Honorary Lifetime membership by the Pipeline Contractors Association of America. Survivors include his wife, Ramonda; one daughter, Glenda Vargas of Lubbock; and a son, Dean, of Monroe, Wash.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by a host of cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Lubbock Buckner Children and Family Services, 129 Brentwood Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79416-1601 or Spur Senior Citizens, 304 Burlington, Spur, TX 79370.

Carl “Chuck” Lee Dalio III, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away on March 27, 2016 at the age of 66 at his home in Houston, TX surrounded by his devoted family. Born the 7th of July 1949 in Houston to Bettye Louise Dalio and Carl Lee Dalio, Jr., Chuck attended Lee High School and graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in accounting. After college he forged a long and distinguished career in the oil and gas pipeline industry, where he was known as a pioneer and a man of true character. His crowning professional achievement was the founding and building of Pipeline Supply and Service Co., which through Chuck’s hard work and ingenuity became the industry standard for quality and integrity. Chuck cared for the employees of his company like they were family and cherished deep personal relationships with many of them. He was an active member of the pipeline community, holding memberships with the Pipeliners Association of Houston, American Pipeline Contractors Association, and Pipe Line Contractors Association. Chuck was a passionate outdoorsman with a deep love for hunting and fishing. His passion for hunting and fishing was born early through trips around the Texas countryside with his loving grandfather. Chuck enjoyed a variety of outdoor pursuits equally, but there is no more quintessential image of Chuck in the outdoors than his chasing quail through the South Texas brush with Bea, his favorite bird dog. Chuck took great pleasure in sharing the outdoors with friends and family, treasuring the opportunity to share a fishing boat or hunting blind with an old friend, daughter, son-in-law or grandson. Always a leader and creator, he was a founding member of several memorable hunting and fishing camps, including Tilden, Kennedy Ranch, and Menefee. Chuck treasured the game of golf. He loved its traditions of strong principles and camaraderie. Chuck and his wife, Shawn, shared the game together with a group of dear friends. They played all over the world together but were equally happy on their home course, Lakeside Country Club, where Chuck was a member for 30 years. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Carl Lee Dalio III may be directed to Memorial Assistance Ministries, 1625 Blalock Road, Houston, TX 77080; or Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.