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The Pipeliners Association of Houston met Oct. 5 at the Houston Engineering and Scientist Society Building. The main speaker was Grady Bell, vice president of business development for Laney Directional Drilling Co., Humble, TX. He discussed the current state of horizontal directional drilling and showed pictures of some noteworthy projects performed by several contracting firms in the HDD business. Bell said the technology for HDD has changed rapidly to meet the requirements of clients. He said the trend is toward longer HDD distances and larger pipe diameters.

Personnel Changes
Charles G. Lutz has joined Tulsa, OK-based Mathey Dearman Inc. as vice president – Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin America, Middle East, and New Zealand.  Lutz will support the company’s global expansion strategy.

Dave Latto has joined ROSEN USA as Area Manager. Latto has in excess of 18 years of pipeline experience including pre-commissioning, commissioning and inline inspection. His experience has been gained throughout various global locations, with the last 10 years in North America, primarily related to ILI services.

TDW Offshore Services AS announces the appointment of Helene Torjusen to marketing manager. In her new role, Torjusen contributes to the TDW Offshore Services web site, and supports all marketing communications activities, including advertising, events, media relations, and production of sales literature.

PipeSak® USA Inc.
recently named Robin (Rocky) Seils as director of sales. Seils will be responsible for co‐ordinating PipeSak’s sales and marketing efforts worldwide – with a focus on the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Houston-based McJunkin Red Man Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire Transmark Fcx Group B.V., an international distributor of specialty valves and flow control equipment.  The acquisition, which is expected to close within 30-45 days, is subject to European Commission approval and other customary closing conditions. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Geospatial Holdings Inc. has entered into a strategic alliance with Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc. The purpose of the alliance is to jointly market Geospatial’s Smart Probe™ Pipeline Mapping Technologies with Topcon’s IP-S2, 3D above ground Mobile Mapping System. With the combined technologies municipalities, engineers, pipeline operators and utilities are capable of gathering and managing 3D geo-referenced surface features along with 3D underground pipeline data.

Doosan Infracore America has added Stone Valley Equipment to its dealer network.  With locations in Corner Brook, Grand Falls and Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Stone Valley Equipment will offer the full-line of Doosan excavators and wheel loaders to Canadian customers.

OBITUARIES
Loy Sterling Clark, 92, passed away July 8, 2009 at his home in Beaverton, OR, with his son, Ron and daughter, Debra, by his side. A businessman who made his fortune without a college degree, Loy was a pioneer in the pipeline construction industry in Oregon.
  Loy’s first job was for Thatson Brothers Construction making thirty five cents an hour in Bakersfield, AR. Loy joined Local 3 Union when he was 17 and was a member for over 50 years. Loy was able to live out his dream career which involved creating a company from the ground up. In 1956 Loy Clark started the first pipeline construction company in Oregon, Loy Clark Pipeline, with just 12 employees. At Its peak over 350 employees worked at the company, including three generations of family members. In 1985, Loy’s son Ron took over the helm giving Loy a chance to spend more time with his wife and grandsons. In 1999 Loy Clark Pipeline was sold to MDU but Loy continued to go into the office every day. He officially retired in 2006. Up until recently he was believed to be the oldest working pipeliner in the U.S.
  Loy was preceded in death by his wife Marie. He is survived by his brother, Bob and his children Ronald Clark and wive Saran and Debra Purvis and husband John; grandsons; David, Todd, Troy, Chad, Curtis, Loy, Matt and Tim and nine great-grandchildren.

Morris E. Carr, 70, of Baxter, TN passed away June 12, 2009. His first pipeline job was with Houston Contracting in 1959. He also worked for H.C. Price, Reading and Bates, Associated Pipe Line Contractors,  Gregory & Cook, Williams Brothers and several others. The last 17 years of his pipeline career were spent with Willbros International working in various countries.
  Carr was a member of I.U.O.E. Local 917 in Chattanooga, TN for 41 years. Condolences may be sent to the family at 322 Dyer Ridge Road, Baxter, TN 38544.

Gary D. Smith, Co-chairman of the Board of Directors and Co-CEO of Dril-Quip, Inc., unexpected passed away on September 23, 2009.  Smith had the principal responsibility for sales, service, training and administration at the company.