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Arthur H. (Art) Reine, President of Pipeline Consultants, Inc.–who has more than 50 years of experience in the pipeline industry–was named Pipeliner of the Year for 2008-2009 by the Pipeliners Association of Houston during the group’s dinner meeting on Monday, June 1, 2009, at the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society Building. He started in the industry in 1958 as assistant chief engineer with Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. He is shown in this picture receiving a plaque emblematic of the award from Mary Ann Vandermark, Awards Committee Chair and a past President of the Pipeliners Association.

Tom Lassu, president Ledcor Contractors Ltd., announce the appointment of Kevin Cater to president of Ledcor Pipeline Inc. Cater will be responsible for overseeing Ledcor’s pipeline operations in the U.S. and will be based out of the company’s Houston office.

According to Mark Gluskin, senior vice president for Mears’ Pipeline Integrity Group, several high-profile pipeline industry professionals have recently joined the Mears team to enhance the company’s pipeline integrity services. New additions to the Pipeline Integrity Group include Kevin C. Garrity, P.E, who accepted the position of vice president and will oversee special projects and developing new markets for Mears worldwide. Aida Lopez-Garrity, P.E.  Eng., has joined as director and will be responsible for client development. Nicholas Ashcraft, is the new manager of technical services responsible for managing the company’s training and R&D facility, OQ program and engineering development. Brad Leonard is the pipeline integrity specialist. He has experience in pipeline integrity and materials in both liquid and gas transmission industries – nationally and internationally.

IronPlanet®, an online auction company for used construction and agricultural equipment, recently appointed Chad Groves as managing director of IronPlanet Australia. He will be responsible for the continued growth of the company’s business in the Australian marketplace.

The first Cat® branded retail lifestyle store has opened in Dubai. The Caterpillar Inc. store represents the first of several Cat branded lifestyle stores planned in test markets around the world throughout the next two years.

Dresser-Rand Company, an affiliate of Dresser-Rand Group Inc., and Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd., an affiliate of Samsung Group in Korea, have agreed to cooperate in packaging and selling engineered centrifugal compressors and gas turbines. The agreement calls for exclusive packaging of Dresser-Rand DATUM centrifugal compressors and VECTRA power turbines for mechanical and generator-drive applications to supply Korean-based shipyards and engineering companies for oil and gas market applications, as well as to supply the local Korean market.

In this tough economic environment, Williams and its employees have stepped up by giving and volunteering more to improve lives and communities. To recognize those efforts, United Way recently presented Williams with a United Way Summit award for Community Investment.
  In 2008, Williams’ company-wide employee campaign contributions, along with the company’s match, totaled $5.13 million for United Way. In fact, Williams has given more than $1 million annually to the Tulsa Area United Way for the last 18 years. More than 4,000 employees and 437 retirees contributed,   plus more than 200 participated in campaign leadership roles. Williams’ board members also participated in the campaign, contributing more than $200,000.

The 12th Annual National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) Spotlight Awards, held at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, brought together more than 600 attendees. Cashman Equipment received two awards in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for its new   corporate headquarters building on St. Rose Parkway in Henderson, NV.
  Cashman Equipment, Nevada’s Caterpillar dealership, partnered with SH Architecture and Burke & Associates to construct the company’s headquarters, soon to be the state’s largest industrial LEED Gold designated building.  MaryKaye Cashman, chairman and CEO of Cashman Equipment, accompanied Curt Carlson, director of Design at SH Architecture, to the stage to receive the award for Special Purpose Industrial Building for EPG/Power Solutions. Kevin Burke, president and CEO of Burke & Associates, joined Carlson to accept the Honor Award for Office Interiors: Public Spaces.
  Cashman commented, “Accomplishments of this magnitude are only possible when dedicated companies like SH, Burke, and Cashman diligently work together to construct buildings that are beautiful, practical, and sustainable.”

Forty-five years ago, on June 5, 1964, from salesman Ernest Hotze’s desire to provide his customer with needed parts for a compressor on a gas pipeline, Compressor Engineering Corporation (CECO) was formed.  From its early days in Hotze’s garage, CECO has grown into a family of companies, with locations across Texas and the South, becoming a leader in providing products and services to gas pipelines, gathering and processing companies, petrochemical, industrial and refrigeration plants worldwide.
  CECO founder Ernest Hotze died in 1995, but four sons — Bruce, Mark, David and Richard — are involved in day-to-day operations, and Ernest’s widow Margaret and son Steven sit on the boards of the privately held companies.  Bruce Hotze, CEO, said that the key to CECO’s success is to follow his father’s entrepreneurial example and remember his slogan, “Find a need, and fill it.”

Obituary
Mike (Moeckel) Eugene Kress, Vice President, Business Development & Marketing with the Bayou Companies, a subsidiary of Insituform Technologies Inc., passed away May 27, 2009 in Houston. Mike was an active member of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation and the Southern Gas Association, where he served as Chairman of the Associate Members’ Managing Committee and on the SGA Board of Directors for three terms. Mike’s extensive knowledge of Bayou and the energy and mining industry were invaluable to Bayou during the integration following the acquisition of Bayou by Insituform. 
  Mike was predeceased by his son Kenneth Eugene Kress and is survived by his wife of 46 years, Judy Duncan Kress, and daughter Pamela Kay Kress. He attended Trinity Tabernacle Assembly of God and was a member of North Shore Lodge 1353 A.F. & A.M. of Texas.
  The family has requested that any
donations be made to the AIDS Foundation, Houston at 3202 Wesleyan, Houston,
TX 77027.