PLM Opens New World Headquarters And Introduces Innovative Pipelayer

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PipeLine Machinery International (PLM-Cat) Executive Vice President and General Manager Tony Fernandez welcomed local pipeline industry representatives, media and community to the grand opening of the company’s new head office facility in Cypress, TX on Feb. 9, 2012.
  “We are all very proud of this new facility,” said Fernandez.  “Creating this efficient and comfortable base for our international operations was a long time coming and a welcome change for our team. We no longer need to rent local yard and service facility space and our head office operations are housed with our equipment which brings us all closer to our everyday business.”
  The PLM-Cat World Headquarters is centered on 18+ acres of land just off State Highway 290 in northwest Houston.  The 8800 ft², service facility includes a state-of-the-art equipment wash bay designed to conserve, clarify and reuse water.  Paved and gravelled storage areas can accommodate approximately 150 large units.
  PLM-Cat Chief Financial Officer Ted Hill worked closely with the designer and contractor on the office build. “It has been a very interesting project for me and certainly gratifying to see the final product,” said Hill.  “The designers – Powers Brown Architects and the contractor – Burton Construction have built us a unique and forward-looking space that we can enjoy for many years to come.”
  The 16,000 ft² office facility includes 4,000 ft² of open space for future development plus some room on the property for building expansion.  Office space is available for 50 with 30 people currently working out of this office.  Meeting and training facilities onsite will accommodate 50+ people.
  Also at the event, Fernandez presented the newest pipelayer offering from PLM-Cat – the 72H.
  “The 72H resulted from listening to the needs of our customers for a mid-range pipelayer and working with Caterpillar to find a solution,” said Fernandez. “What we came up with is a purpose-built pipelayer that combines the proven capabilities of the Cat D6T base tractor with the Vanguard engineering expertise in pipelayer design.”
  This 90,000 lb lift capacity machine bridges the gap between the lifting capacity of the PL61 (40,000 lb) and the heavy lifting PL83 (160,000 lb) and PL87 (214,000 lb). The 72H base tractor adaptations and pipelayer design once again utilizes the Vanguard Equipment engineering expertise (designers of the Cat 572R and 571M).
  “We are pleased to offer this Tier 4 Interim/EU Stage IIIB-class machine which meets the most exacting emissions requirements in the world,” said Fernandez. The 72H requires ultra low-sulphur diesel fuel readily available throughout North America and selected European countries. Future models in this weight class will also be available with earlier version engines for operation in countries without access to the required fuel grade.
  PLM-Cat was established in 2005 and is the first Caterpillar dealership to focus on a particular industry on a global basis. The company provides purpose-built and traditional construction equipment to the mainline pipeline construction industry on projects around the world. PLM-Cat works closely with pipeline owners, contractors and local Caterpillar dealers to provide solutions tailored to the unique product and service needs of this industry.
  PLM-Cat’s worldwide activities are currently supported through the corporate offices in: Cypress, TX; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; The Hague, Netherlands; Beijing, China; Melbourne, Australia; and Singapore.