Business News

April 2017

PLCA draws 548 delegates to 69th Annual Convention

The Pipe Line Contractors Association’s (PLCA) 69th Annual Convention was held at the Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale, AR and had a total of 584 attendees.

Many past presidents and honorary members attended the convention and elected officers for 2017 were announced. Robert C. Osborn, senior vice president of the Pipe Line Division for Michels Corp. was elected the 2017 president of the PLCA. Osborn has served as director on the PLCA Board of Directors since 2011, appointed treasurer in 2015 and named 2nd vice president in 2016.

Other officers and directors for 2017 include Robert A. Reiss Sr. of Henkels & McCoy Inc. as 1st vice president; Jimmy L. Crotts of Appalchian Pipeline Contractors LLC as 2nd vice president; Kelly W. Osborn of U.S. Pipeline as treasurer; Ted Crowe of Minnesota Limited LLC as director; and David Williams of Latex Construction Co. as director.

The 2017 Nominating Committee includes Brian L. Ganske of Snelson Companies Inc.; Charles P. Joyce of Otis Eastern Service LLC; Robert H. Westphal of Michels Corp.; and Ronnie Wide of Price Gregory International Inc. The 2017 committee also consists of President Robert C. Osborn and Immediate Past President Bernie Bermack.

PLCA’s 70th annual convention will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai, HI from February 13-17, 2018.

Enbridge-Spectra merger gains all regulatory clearances

Enbridge and Spectra Energy said the announced merger of the two companies has received all required regulatory clearances under the merger agreement, including a go-ahead from the Canadian Competition Bureau.

The merger will make the combined company the largest energy infrastructure company in North America with an enterprise value of $126 billion.

“The combined company will be positioned to provide integrated services and first and last mile connectivity to virtually all key liquids and gas supply basins and demand markets in North America,” said Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge.

Spectra Energy CEO Greg Ebel will become chairman of Enbridge once the transaction closes.

Going forward, Enbridge will have a substantial capital project portfolio, including $21 billion of commercially secured growth projects coming into service between 2017 and 2019, the company said.

As previously announced, the headquarters of the combined company will be in Calgary, Alberta. Houston will be the combined company’s gas pipelines business unit center; Edmonton, Alberta, will remain the business unit center for liquids pipelines, with the business unit centers for gas distribution continuing to be based in Ontario. The combined company will have 17,000 employees.

The Board of Directors of Enbridge will consist of eight members designated by Enbridge, including Monaco, and five members designated by Spectra Energy, including Ebel. Other directors designated by Enbridge, all of whom currently serve as directors, are Marcel R. Coutu, J. Herb England, Charles W. Fischer, V. Maureen Kempston Darkes, Rebecca B. Roberts, Dan C. Tutcher and Catherine L. Williams.

Directors designated by Spectra Energy are Pamela L. Carter, Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., Michael McShane and Michael E.J. Phelps, all of whom currently serve as directors of Spectra Energy.

Sawyer Mfg. Co. recognized as a Patriotic Employer


Sawyer Mfg. Co., a manufacturer of pipeline and welding equipment based in Tulsa, OK, has been recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Patriotic Employer “for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.”

Awarded by Employer Support of the Reserve and Guard, which is a Department of Defense program, the Patriot Award is, according to the ESGR website, given to employers who have shown an effort “to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.”

Davie Neilson, an outside salesman with Sawyer, is a Chaplain Assistant (56M), E-4, with the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion (USACAPOC) in the Army National Guard and nominated Sawyer for the award.

“Since beginning my career at Sawyer, the company as a whole has afforded me the time to take care of all my military requirements. I have had to be gone for three-day drills, annual training, as well as a training mission to Canada for two weeks. Each time these needs have occurred, Sawyer has been extremely supportive and accommodating,” Neilson said.

Pettibone announces Raffaelli as VP and general manager


Scott Raffaelli has been named the new vice president and general manager of Pettibone/Traverse Lift LLC. In his new position, Raffaelli will oversee all company activities, including engineering, operations, sales and aftermarket.

Raffaelli has held previous roles over the past seven years – including vice president and director of manufacturing and continuous improvement – for the Pettibone Heavy Equipment Group, which includes Pettibone/Traverse Lift and two sister companies. Before that he spent six years in the aerial work platform division of Terex Corporation.

Raffaelli has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Burns & McDonnell brings Schmidt aboard as leader of Terminals and Pipelines

Randy Schmidt has been named Managing Director of the Burns & McDonnell Terminals and Pipelines group, replacing Ted Born, who is retiring. Schmidt’s promotion was effective Jan. 1, 2017. Under Born’s leadership, the Terminals and Pipelines group has contributed significantly to Burns & McDonnell growth in recent years by successfully executing a number of large projects for major oil and gas industry companies.

Schmidt will be based in Houston, where he will lead a nationwide group of 140 engineering, procurement, and construction professionals who are engaged on several large-volume storage and transportation projects for a range of petroleum-based products. In his 14 years with Burns & McDonnell, Schmidt has led teams on a wide range of projects, including several major oil and gas pipeline, storage and loading/unloading facilities for marine, rail and truck modes of transportation.

During his 24 years of professional experience, Schmidt has specialized in leading multi-discipline teams on all phases of large-scale facilities improvements. In addition to his oil and gas experience, he has overseen completion of a program of projects through EPC delivery for the district heating and cooling plant serving the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world.

Schmidt earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a registered professional engineer.

Boucher promoted to Clock Spring president and CEO


Clock Spring Co. LP announced that Matt Boucher has been promoted to president and chief executive officer. Boucher was recruited as executive vice president and chief operating officer in June 2016 and was elected as president and chief executive officer at the January 25, 2017 Clock Spring board of directors meeting.

Boucher’s career has focused on financial management and analysis, business strategy, and leading transformations. He joined Clock Spring from The Brock Group, a $1.5 billion specialty trade and maintenance services contractor to refining, petrochemical, power and industrial manufacturers. As Brock’s senior vice president, Operations and Transformation, he led transformation and service and profitability improvement initiatives for a 15,000-person field services organization and developed an understanding of the importance of asset integrity, maintenance and reliability.

Boucher holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

TransCanada appoints Crétier new independent director

TransCanada Corp. announced the appointment of a new independent director, Stéphan Crétier.

Since 1999, Crétier has been chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Garda World Security Corp. and its principal subsidiaries.

Crétier has previously served as a director of ORTHOsoft, Inc. from August 2004 to November 2004, a director of BioEnvelop Technologies Corp. from 2001 to 2003 and as director and president and chief executive officer of Rafale Capital Corp. from 1999 to 2001.

Crétier plays an active role as a board member of several organizations including the Montréal Economic Institute, a leading free market think-tank, and the Ligue Internationale des Sociétés de Surveillance. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hirshhorn Museum, a Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Crétier holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California (Pacific).