PLCA’s 65th Annual Convention Draws 628 Delegates

March 2013, Vol. 68 No. 3
Biking in the Scottsdale area during recent PLCA convention

Dan Murphy, outgoing president of the Pipe Line Contractors Association and president of Precision Pipeline LLC, welcomed 628 delegates to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. This represented a significant attendance increase over the 2012 convention.

Murphy remarked that he comes from a long line of pipeliners. As a child he remembered his parents and relatives talking about things like hot dope and joints -- he had to ask if the business they were in was legal. He worked on his first pipeline job at 16 and has remained in the business for 35 years.

“Throughout the years, I’ve seen many ups and downs and listened to many triumphs and problems. I’ve heard statements in anticipation of large amounts or work on the horizon like ‘there is more work out there than there are contractors and it will never get done.’ When there was low expectations, I heard ‘there’s not going to be enough work for the union contractor to survive.’ I’ve seen the high highs and the low lows and guess what – somehow all the work got completed and all the union contractors have survived.”

He attributes this to the fact that the PLCA and its members have always held strong and addressed the issues with foresight and unity. “I’ve learned that over the years about the time one problem is solved, it’s replaced by another. When the good times come you better start planning for the bad times, because they’re probably just around the corner. I can’t think of another time since I’ve been in this business that better illustrates this than the past few years. On top of the ever increasing scrutiny from the government on quality and scrutiny from our clients on safety, we have had and will continue to face a severe skilled labor shortage. Complicating the labor force issue is the fact that attitudes that have shifted away from the appreciation towards the employer for having a good job to an attitude that the employer owes them simply for showing up.”