Business Updates for May 2009: Akkerman; Caterpillar; Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam; McElroy

May 2009 Vol. 64 No. 5
Robert Card of LAN.

Akkerman
Caterpillar
Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam
McElroy Mfg.
Dow Chemical

Envista Corp.
GE Oil & Gas
Garney Construction
Krylon Products Group
CertainTeed
Liebherr Construction Equipment
GE Oil & Gas awarded PetroChina bid
Akkerman

Paul Nicholas has joined the sales and marketing team at Akkerman. Nicholas will hold the position of international marketing manager, increasing Akkerman sales overseas for all lines of equipment with a focus on microtunneling systems.

Nicholas brings 22-years of trenchless technology and international sales and marketing experience to the position. Prior to joining Akkerman, he was the president of Soltau Microtunneling Inc. and made Soltau the market leader in U.S. in the 90s. Nicholas also held the position of general manager of The Robbins Company SBU division and he spent 11 years in international sales in the oil services industry. He holds a bachelor of science degree in geology. Paul currently resides in New Delhi, India. 800.533.0386, www.akkerman.com

Caterpillar

Bill Pierce, owner of Pierce & Associates Builders, based in Helena, MT, received the first Caterpillar Safety Award at a recent industry event in Las Vegas, NV. Caterpillar’s Customer Safety Services Manager Tara Cox, said that Pierce & Associates exemplifies the four key measurements of an effective safety program—accountability, engagement, support and reinforcement.

“Building homes in the steep, mountainous terrain around Helena taught this contractor early on the benefits of safe jobsites,” said Cox.

Pierce & Associates had no reportable injuries in 2008 and had a 20 percent better-than-average Experience Modification Rate, which compares a firm’s workers’ compensation claims with those of similar employers. In addition, the company was instrumental in passage of the Montana Safety Culture Act and worked to establish the Group Rewards Insurance Program, which reduces workers’ compensation costs for the state’s safety-conscious contractors.