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.

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The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO), the world’s leading supplier of products for pipeline repair and maintenance, is celebrating its 60th year in business.

Founded in 1949 by Joseph and Berneice Smith, PLIDCO is a three-generation family owned business that has stayed true to its core values.

“PLIDCO is proud to be celebrating its 60th year in business with the community, our customers and loyal employees,” said Kim Smith, marketing manager, PLIDCO. “Many of our employees have been with us for over 30 years, which reflects our commitment to them. We even have had several scenarios where two generations of family members have been employed at PLIDCO during the same time.”

PLIDCO continues to expand its business in overseas markets and 60 to 70 percent of its business is exports. 800.848.3333, www.plidco.com

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

David Lykken is the new state director of pipeline safety, Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) for Olympia, WA.

Lykken has been with the UTC pipeline safety program for 10 years, most recently as chief engineer. He has been acting pipeline director since Nov. 1, 2009. Prior to joining the UTC, Lykken spent 20 years with Puget Sound Energy’s natural gas utility.

The UTC regulates the safety practices of 28 pipeline companies and more than 23,000 miles of underground petroleum and natural gas pipelines. Lykken will supervise safety inspectors, engineers and policy specialists. 360.664.1160

American Water Works Company
American Water Works Company Inc., the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company, has named Kellye L. Walker its senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Walker will be replacing George Patrick, who is retiring after serving the company for more than a decade. Patrick joined American Water in 1999 and led its law department since 2007.

Walker most recently served as senior vice president and general counsel at Diageo North America Inc. Her responsibilities included corporate and commercial legal matters such as mergers and acquisitions, human resources and labor relations, procurement and regulatory compliance.

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