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

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

Card has more than 30 years of experience in a wide variety of civil engineering fields. He has worked for several high-profile firms such as Victaulic, Thompson Pipe & Steel Co. and Northwest Pipe Co. in a number of senior leadership roles, including general manager, vice president of engineering and chief engineer. Prior to joining LAN, he served as the general manager of Victaulic Depend-O-Lok Facility.

Card also is involved in a number of distinguished professional and technical societies and has played an active role in promoting national pipe standards. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from University of Connecticut. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of California. 713.266.6900, www.lan-inc.com

McElroy Mfg.

A crate of 40 McElroy’s Low Profile Rollers were won with a bid by Brotherton Pipeline Inc. at the 19th Annual DCA/RB Auction. The auction was part of the 48th Annual Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) Convention at the Sheraton Maui Resort in Lahaina, Hawaii.

McElroy donated the Low Profile Rollers as part of the DCA/RB Auction, which raises funds to develop DCA educational programs and scholarships. The DCA consists of general contractors specializing in utility construction of natural gas distribution systems, directional drilling, cable, air duct and fiber optic installation.

Brotherton Pipeline, based in Gold Hill, OR, realized that the Low Profile Rollers could be of great value when installing pipe for gas distribution in the western United States.

“I saw an immediate benefit for these rollers,” said Jim Brotherton, CEO and president of Brotherton Pipeline. “We have been using heavy steel rollers that do not pack well. The gas company will not allow the pipe we install to touch the ground, regardless of the ground conditions.”

McElroy’s Low Profile Rollers were designed for pipe sized 4 to 20 inches in diameter. The modular units are strong and sturdy, with a sealed ball-bearing design. Shipped in a “nested” crate of 40 roller assemblies, the Low Profile Rollers allow lengths of pipe to be pulled over considerable distance and will even accommodate curved pulls. When set up at proper distances, the Low Profile Rollers keep pipe clean and off the ground, which is perfect for the specifications of some jobsites.

Brotherton plans on using the Low Profile Rollers in the future for 4- and 6-inch plastic pipe installations. 918.836.8611, www.mcelroy.com