PLCA Well-Positioned For Great Year

PLCA 65th Annual Convention
By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | January 2013, Vol. 68, No. 1

Labor shortages
Looking ahead, Murphy said that with the new labor agreements in place, PLCA must now focus on the impending skilled labor shortage the industry likely will face in the upcoming year.

“We are coming into a year in which there appears to be another uptick in terms of demands for skilled labor,” he explained. “While the past several years have been robust, and we have already trained many people new to the pipeline industry, this next year will again challenge us in this area. It will be imperative that the PLCA contractors and signatory crafts work together to ensure that we are able to train skilled workers so that they can work safely for the benefit of themselves and those around them while also being able to maintain the level of efficiency that our clients have come to expect from our members.”

The PLCA was formed in 1948 to assist its members with safety programs and labor relations related to the pipeline construction industry. The association began negotiating its first labor agreements in 1949.

Murphy is president of Precision Pipeline LLC, Eau Claire, WI. His term of president will end in February at the association’s 65th annual meeting when new president John Allen takes over the position. Allen is president of Pipe Line Constructors LLC, West Monroe, LA.

PLCA offices are in Dallas, TX. J. Patrick Tielborg is managing director and general counsel. For more information access the association web site,, or call (214) 969-2700.

PLCA 65th Annual Convention
Feb. 12 - 16
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch
Scottsdale, AZ