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Gary Montgomery, chairman of the board of Montgomery & Barnes Inc., a Houston-based civil engineering and consulting services firm, announce that President Wendell (Buddy) Barnes is now majority owner. This has enabled the firm to qualify as a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Montgomery will remain as chairman of the board.

Advertisers from the print edition of Underground Construction, October 2010, Vol. 65, No. 10.

Laney Directional Drilling Co. announced Oct. 12 the appointment of Kevin R. Fox as CEO. Fox joins Laney after a 19-year career with Willbros Group, Inc. where most recently he was president of the Willbros Construction division of Willbros Group, Inc. and had previously served as president of Willbros Engineering.

A $7 billion project labor agreement (PLA) was signed September 14 between the United Association and TransCanada Corporation to begin construction on the Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Pipeline (Keystone XL). In a time when the contruction industry is facing record unemployment, this project is expected to create thousands of jobs for the members of labor organizations.

Recent business news from Driver Pipeline, Super Products, ISCO Industries, Thompson Pump & Mfg., Inspar Robotic Technologies, Akkerman, Caterpillar, Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Co., ITT, Canberra Pumps, Geospatial Holdings, Interplastic, iRENTequip, Reed Manufacturing and JCB.

Advertisers from the print edition of Underground Construction, September 2010, Volume 65 No. 9.

Staking University announces the release of its utility locator training video Locating Unlimited. This 113-minute video focuses on two concepts: how locating instruments work and how to operate locating instruments. By covering those two concepts, without dependence on a particular brand of equipment, the video is a timeless resource of information about locating pipes and cables.

The Big Texas Road Show, a seven-stop tour of Ditch Witch® dealerships in Texas, wrapped up in June after having showcased a wide range of Ditch Witch equipment to approximately 800 customers and potential customers.

News from Ritchie Bros., Wacker Neuson, Caterpillar, Komatsu, Utilicor Technologies, Ditch Witch Midwest, Driver Pipeline, LAN, ISCO Industries, Ernst & Young, Volvo and Takeuchi-US.

Sumitomo Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (SCM), a leading manufacturer of hydraulic crawler excavators headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has acquired full ownership of LBX Company (LBX) headquartered in Lexington, KY, from Case Construction Equipment.

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