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European golf legend Colin Montgomerie and PGA golfer Ian Poulter participated in Volvo’s first North American golf tournament recently at Sawgrass, FL. Several DCA contractors participated in the event.

Vacuworx Global recently demonstrated its new concrete road barrier lifter during the 2013 International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition in Louisville, KY.

Ben Montgomery, 95, passed away Nov. 3 in Mesa, AZ. Prior to his retirement as a vice president of CRC-Evans Pipeline International Inc., Montgomery was elected to honorary membership in the Pipe Line Contractors Association. He is survived by his wife Karen, two daughters, one son, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Donations may be made in Ben Montgomery’s name to the Arizona Humane Society, Phoenix, AZ, or the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, AZ.

The Pipeline and Energy Expo has unveiled a new logo with brand standards to reflect the annual event’s focus on Oklahoma’s leadership role in a forward-thinking energy industry.

The Ditch Witch organization announces the release of the SaverLok System, a patent-pending saver sub system that offers a quick and secure connection providing the best protection against wear and tear on the drill pipe. The primary benefit of the SaverLok System is increased directional drill uptime, as it is an incredibly durable system that is easy to install, and replacement can be performed in the field quickly.

Don Santa, president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, praised the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of Representative Mike Pompeo’s legislation to improve the natural gas transmission pipeline permitting process. The bill was approved 252 to 165:

“We applaud the House for approving this legislation, which will improve the permitting process for interstate natural gas pipelines. Pipelines are the key to America’s natural gas revolution because they are the indispensable link from the supply source to the ultimate gas consumer.

Advertisers from the print edition of Underground Construction, January 2014, Vol. 69 No. 1.

Grouting technology from Avanti International, CUES, Pipe Renewal Technologies, Logiball, Aries Industries and Prime Resins.

Developing and implementing an effective safety and damage prevention program for a construction company of any size is a critical and challenging task. However, the larger the organization, the more complex it is.

Kevin Miller, president of Miller Pipeline, stressed that “damage prevention and safety occupies a unique position in our company. The management of Miller Pipeline not only has identified employee safety as one of the company’s core values, but placed it at the top of the list. This has not just been done in writing, but more importantly it is clearly visible through the company’s actions.