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

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

Kelly is based at the Calgary pipeline engineering solutions and services center, one of several GE service facilities in Canada that can quickly respond to the unique service needs of local oil and gas companies by leveraging GE’s global energy technology expertise.

Kelly previously served as product line manager for PII Pipeline Solutions’ geometry, mapping and magnetic inspection team.

Kelly joined GE’s PII Pipeline Solutions in January 2005 as an analysis manager for the Calgary facility. In 2006, he was promoted to Global Analysis Manager of Ultrasonics, leading an 80-member team of analysts to produce high quality, in-line inspection reports on schedule for pipeline operators around the world. Prior to joining GE, Kelly held a number of leadership positions in the technology, field services, quality assurance and customer service organizations of GE Energy’s electrical transmission and distribution division.

Kelly received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary and also holds a professional engineering designation in Alberta. www.ge.com/oilandgas

Garney Construction

Garney Construction announced that five employee owners have been promoted to the position of vice president -- Matt Foster, Tony Kempf, Scott Parrish, Steve Ford and Jeff Lacy. Foster, Kempf and Parrish, all located in the company’s headquarters in Kansas City, oversee Garney’s operations in Colorado, the Midwest and Texas, respectively. Ford oversees Garney’s operations in Nashville, TN. Lacy serves as vice president-Finance in the Kansas City headquarters. These advancements will fill the roles of several senior officers planning to retire over the next few years.

Krylon Products Group

Krylon Products Group is partnering with the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) to help protect underground utility lines.

Krylon and CGA are working together to inform the public about 811, the national number for homeowners and professional excavators to call before digging. The depth of utility lines varies, and multiple utility lines are often located in a common area. Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially result in fines and repair costs.

“Krylon is the first and only coatings company to add the national 811 number to its marking paint labels,” said Bill Deckard, account manager-locators, Krylon Industrial. “We hope to help spread the word about the 811 number and the importance of safe digging.”