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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.

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.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

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.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

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.

A trenching project for a new, combined sewer overflow (CSO) separation pipeline in Lewiston, ME, led to an unexpected, emergency sliplining of a sanitary sewer line. The job also had other challenges which included a massive rock ledge, old buildings virtually on the edge of the trench along with the existing sewer that was found to be leaking effluent.

At this time of the year, inevitably most conversations turn to market outlooks for the coming year. People want to hear the best scenario, but most are willing to hear the truth. Prognosticating market truths is an educated guess as best. But I’ll give it a try with my usual disclaimer that I’m not responsible for the accuracy of any statements.

Sunland Construction President and CEO Craig Meier was elected chairman of The INGAA Foundation, Inc. at the Foundation’s annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, on November 9.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

“Nobody Gets Hurt” succinctly defines the safety vision of utility contractor Henkels & McCoy and the ultimate goal of the company’s safety initiative programs.

When everything is tallied – record attendance at the 2013 annual meeting, a record amount pledged at the meeting’s fund-raiser auction, continued growth in association membership, most contractor members busy and an active association presence in Washington, DC – the year 2013 was another good 12 months for the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA).

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