Business News

June 2017

Gulf Publishing acquires 109-year-old Oildom Publishing

Gulf Publishing Co. announced the acquisition of Oildom Publishing Co. of Texas Inc. to create the world’s largest independent media company devoted exclusively to the international energy industry.

Through the acquisition, Gulf Publishing Co. enhances its presence in the midstream and utility sectors with three well-known industry trade journals and two major industry conferences.

“The addition of Oildom is part of our strategic plan to expand as the leading provider of business and technical knowledge in the global oil and gas industry,” said John Royall, president and CEO of Gulf Publishing Co. “We are the go-to resource for our clients and Oildom’s people, products and services are an excellent complement to our organization as they extend our global leadership to the midstream and utility sectors.”

Last year, Gulf Publishing Co.’s management team completed a buyout of its energy information business from its former London-based parent to create an independent Houston-based company. The company continues to publish its three energy magazines including World Oil, Hydrocarbon Processing and Gas Processing, and through its management buyout added the London-based oil and gas business and strategy journal Petroleum Economist. The acquisition of Oildom adds Pipeline & Gas Journal, Pipeline News and Underground Construction to Gulf Publishing Co.’s portfolio.

Gulf Publishing Co. also produces events and data intelligence for the energy industry. The acquisition of Oildom includes the Underground Construction Technology International Conference for those involved in building and maintaining underground infrastructure, and the Pipeline Opportunities Conference, the only event dedicated solely to the pipeline industry.

Family-owned Oildom Publishing was founded by the grandfather of Oliver Klinger III who retired as owner and president through the acquisition. He will remain involved in a consulting and advisory capacity.

“My main objective in transitioning ownership of Oildom is to ensure the continuation of the legacy started by my grandfather 109 years ago,” said Klinger. “With Gulf Publishing Co., we have found a capable and knowledgeable home for our employees, readers and advertisers.”

Oildom’s Publisher Cleve Hogarth will continue in his role and is confident in the continued growth of the combined organization.

“The acquisition by Gulf Publishing Co. is the right thing for Oildom and it comes at the right time in our rich history,” said Hogarth. “Combining with Gulf Publishing’s strong capabilities in digital, data management and global reach allows us to take the Oildom media brands to the next level.”

The acquisition was led by Royall and Houston investor Russell Denson, with financing from Main Street Capital Corp. Denson is a veteran of the publishing industry and serves as chairman of Gulf Publishing Holdings, the parent company of Gulf Publishing Co.

“Oildom is an excellent publisher and has been the leader in its field under the ownership of Ollie Klinger and the direction of Cleve Hogarth,” said Royall. “The expanded resources of our organization will help grow existing products and launch new products.  We are very excited about this acquisition and what it means for the future of Gulf Publishing Company.”

Pettibone adds ARDCO Equipment as Louisiana dealer


Pettibone/Traverse Lift LLC announces the addition of ARDCO Equipment to its dealer network for material handling equipment. Located in New Iberia, LA, ARDCO Equipment will represent Pettibone in Louisiana.

ARDCO Equipment will carry all Pettibone product lines – Cary Lift pipe handlers, Extendo telehandlers, Speed Swing rail cranes – to serve various customers in oil and gas, construction and railroad maintenance.

Willbros appoints Kinch president of Canada segment


Willbros Group Inc. announced that it is consolidating the roles of president and chief operating officer (COO) of its Canadian operations. Effective April 7, 2017, current COO Jeremy Kinch will also assume the role of President of the Canada segment. Kinch joined Willbros Canada in 2008 and previously has held positions as vice president, general manager of Pipelines and general manager of Field Services. Kinch holds a B.S. in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University and is a licensed professional engineer in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

New Jersey Natural Gas names Kahrer VP of Regulatory Affairs


New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) announced the appointment of Mark G. Kahrer as vice president of regulatory affairs. In this role, Kahrer will oversee the company’s regulatory strategy. Before joining NJNG, Kahrer spent 34 years with Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G), most recently serving as senior director – business performance and improvement. In this role, he led the areas of performance management, lean sigma six, operations assurance and compliance and quantitative analytics for PSE&G and PSE&G Long Island. He also served as a member of PSE&G’s rate case team. Prior to that, he held the positions of vice president of finance for PSE&G and PSE&G Power, assistant treasurer, director of corporate accounting, director of financial risk management, manager of corporate strategic planning and manager of federal affairs. Kahrer received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Saint Peter’s College and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Seton Hall University. He is a member of the New Jersey Utilities Association and a member of the executive committee of the Board of Trustees of Saint Peter’s University.

NiSource elects Kempic as chief transformation officer

NiSource Inc. announced that Mark Kempic, president of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Columbia Gas of Maryland, will become chief transformation officer. In this role, Kempic will continue building on and enhancing NiSource’s efforts to integrate processes and technology across the company’s seven-state footprint. He will report to NiSource President and CEO Joseph Hamrock and join the company’s executive council. Kempic has more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry and has served in a broad range of functions, including engineering, gas supply, corporate planning and regulatory policy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer and information science from the University of Pittsburgh, an associate’s degree in solar heating and cooling engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a law degree from Capital University School of Law.



Lew C. Bullion passed away on May 4, 2017. Lew worked as a senior editor at Gulf Publishing Co. for eight years from 1992 to 2000 and at Oildom Publishing Co. of Texas for twelve years from 2000 to his retirement in 2012. Lew graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Tech University.

Friend and former colleague from Oildom Publishing, Jeff Share, said “Lew was a valued, trusted and loyal employee for 12 years with our company. He was a wonderful listener, extremely knowledgeable in his field, and a friend.”

Lew is survived by his wife, Gail Bullion; daughter, Julie Hart; and grandson, Cameron Hart.


Norris Anders, 86, died April 9, 2017, in Naples, FL. Norris was president of the PLCA in 1994 and elected an Honorary Member in 2005. Norris spent his career of 43 years with Henkels & McCoy, started in 1957 and retiring in 2000 as senior vice president of Gas. Norris was the father of Dale Anders who passed away in 2015 after 44 years of service with Henkels & McCoy. Norris is survived by his wife, Arlene Anders. Norris was the epitome of the word gentleman and was well respected in the pipeline industry. Condolences can be sent to Mrs. Arlene Anders, 3213 Hailey Drive, Marlton, NJ 08053.


Robert L. Sluder, 67, died April 20, 2017, in Salt Lake City, UT. Sluder worked for H.C. Price in the 1970 ‘s in Alaska. He then served as a general manager and senior vice president of Northwest Pipeline GP and as the president of Kern River Gas Transmission Co. until January 1, 2006. He also served as senior vice president and general manager of Williams Companies as well as a board member of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation and the Northwest Gas Association. He is survived by his wife Barbara; and three sons Jess (Sarah) Sluder, Riley Sluder, and Daniel (Jessica) Sluder. Donations may be made in honor of Robert to the charity of your choice.