February 2010 Business: Miller Pipeline, Case, Volvo, Hobas and More

February 2010 Vol. 65 No. 2
Hobas Pipe USA gathered its regional and area managers from across the United States at its Houston, TX, manufacturing facility.

Miller Pipeline
Miller Pipeline Corp., one of the nation’s premier natural gas distribution, transmission pipeline and utility contractors and a wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corp., acquired Elcon Pipeline Inc. This transaction marks Miller Pipeline’s fifth acquisition within four years and expands the company’s geographic footprint to include 23 states and 19 facilities.

Miller Pipeline acquired Illinois-based Elcon Pipeline Inc. as part of the company’s strategy to grow into new markets and strengthen its position as a leader in the underground construction industry.

Elcon Pipeline Inc., founded in 1978, specializes in underground pipeline construction services and is the current blanket contractor for Ameren.

Case Construction Equipment has completed remanufacturing of its 500th MW24C wheel loader under contract with U.S. Army Tank, Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) and the Army National Guard.

During the past six years, Case has asked to remanufacture 250 wheel loaders for the National Guard and reset another 250 units for TACOM. Remanufacturing includes complete machine disassembly, inspection, refurbishment, reassembly and thorough testing. Reset units receive a full inspection and the repair or replacement of worn parts, resulting in full restoration to Army performance standards. These refurbishing processes can extend the machines’ life spans by as much as 15 years.

Volvo plans to close the manufacturing plant in Asheville, NC, after a decision by Volvo Construction Equipment, Stockholm, Sweden, to consolidate its North American industrial operations by removing excess industrial capacity in the Americas.

The company’s Asheville, NC, manufacturing facility will stop its activities March 31. The closing will affect 228 employees. Volvo CE will incur an estimated restructuring cost of $16 million.

The production from Asheville will be moved to other existing Volvo CE locations while at the same time ensuring uninterrupted supply to North American dealers and customers. The manufacturing of wheel loaders will move to Arvika, Sweden; excavators will be produced in Changwon, South Korea; and cabs for motor graders will be moved to Shippensburg, PA.

Hobas Pipe USA
Hobas Pipe USA gathered its regional and area managers from across the United States at its Houston, TX, manufacturing facility for a three-day sales training seminar and golf outing and to celebrate its 25-year anniversary in the United States.