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PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 5 Officer Directors Official Publication of the American Pipeline Contractors Association Board of Directors Publication Staff PO Box 638 Churchton, MD 20733 (703) 212-7745 • www.americanpipeline.org ©2023 American Pipeline Contractors Association Nick Bertram Jomax Construction Co., Inc. Mike Castle, Jr. Castle Scott Coppersmith Mears Group, Inc. David Dacus (Advisory) Troy Construction, LLC Ricky Dyess M.G. Dyess, Inc. John Fluharty (Advisory) Mears Group, Inc. Chris Jones HardRock Directional Drilling, LLC Patrick McRae Primoris Pipeline Sean Renfro Sunland Construction, Inc. Aaron Simon (Advisory) Troy Construction, LLC Publisher Timothy Wagner Editor Michael Ancell Advertising Sales Stacy Bowdring Information Technology Greg Smela Accounting James Wagner Layout & Design Joseph Wagner Government Affairs Jaime Steve Government Affairs Zachary Perconti President Taylor Dacus Troy Construction, LLC 1st Vice President Roy Weaver Weaver, LLC 2nd Vice President Kevin LaBauve WHC Energy Services Treasurer Nick Bruno Bi-Con Services AMERICAN PIPELINE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION 2023-2026 Pipeline & Gas Distribution Market 29 By Mark Bridgers and Jay Rendos The COVID 19 pandemic and two years of the Biden administration strangling traditional energy infrastructure have ushered in a period of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA), yielding significant growth opportunity in the pipeline and gas distribution markets. Preconstruction: The Foundation in Operational Excellence 32 By Gregg Schoppman This article focuses on the development and implementation of preconstruction processes that will create a defined game plan before people show up to a jobsite. Ultimately, having a more prepared workforce prior to mobilization will lead to greater jobsite productivity and enhance the bottom line. Being organized can also help retain your talented managers since they have the tools, processes, and procedures to be successful, no matter the job. 2023 APCA Convention Schedule At-a-Glance 7 Auction Catalog 14 Inside Washington | By Jaime Steve & Zack Perconti 23 Human Resourses | By Greg Guidry 25 Contract Law | By John Grayson 27 News Briefs 35 Member News 43 Industry Calendar 46 New APCA Members 46 Advertiser Index 46 1st Quarter 2023
Registration, Ballroom, and Meeting Rooms BOD/Sponsors Reception Banyan Terrace 2nd Floor Above T2 Bar Official APCA Bar Monkey Bar Sunday Breakfast Baha Mar Terrace Official APCA Pool Fortune Pool Optional Tour Departures Lobby Baha Mar Map
PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 7 AMERICAN PIPELINE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION 2023 Annual Convention Schedule At-a-Glance Friday, March 31 6 - 730 pm BOD & Sponsors Reception (By Invitation) - Resort Evening Attire Banyan Terrace Various Dinner on Own Saturday, April 1 8 - 11:45 am Board of Directors Meeting - Resort Casual Attire Spanish Wells 12 - 5 pm * Rose Island Swimming Pigs Powerboat Tour - Casual Attire Departs from the lobby 6:30 - 7:30 pm APCA Welcome Reception - Resort Evening Attire Andros Ballroom Foyer 7:30 - 9:30 pm Dinner & Opening Session w/ Ross Bernstein - Resort Evening Attire Andros Ballroom Sunday, April 2 8 - 9 am Member & Spouse Breakfast - Resort Casual Attire Baha Mar Terrace 9 - 10:30 am Government & Industry Relations Panel - Resort Casual Attire Andros Ballroom 10:45 am - 12 pm Natural Allies Update with Susan Waller - Resort Casual Attire Andros Ballroom 12:30 - 4 pm* Swim-Up Bar & Pool Day - Bathing Attire Fortune Pool 6 - 7 pm NEW APCA Silent Auction Reception Andros Ballroom Foyer 7 - 10 pm NEW 1st Annual APCA Live Auction and Associate Member Sponsored Dinner - Resort Evening Attire Andros Ballroom Monday, April 3 8 - 10:30 am Annual Associates Exhibit & Breakfast - Resort Casual Attire Andros 1 - 3 10:30 am - 8 pm Exhibit Teardown Andros 1 - 3 10:45 am - 12 pm Energy Transition Opportunities: Carbon Capture Pipelines w/ Mark Bridgers - Moderator - Resort Casual Attire Andros Ballroom 12:30 - 6:30 pm* APCA Golf Tournament - Golf Attire Royal Blue Departs from Lobby Various Dinner on Own Tuesday, April 4 8 - 9 am Breakfast - Resort Casual Attire Andros Ballroom Foyer 8:45 - 9:15 am APCA Associate Member Meeting - Resort Casual Attire Andros 4 - 5 9 - 10:30 am Spouse Breakfast - Resort Casual Attire Andros Salon 6 9:30 - 11 am Recent Developments in Employment Law - Resort Casual Attire Andros Ballroom 11:15 - 11:45 am APCA Regular Member Meeting - Resort Casual Attire Andros Ballroom 12 - 5 pm* Catamaran Snorkel Sail - Bathing Attire Departs from the lobby 7 - 10:30 pm APCA Final Party and 1st Annual APCA Hall of Fame Awards - Resort Evening Attire Andros Ballroom Wednesday, April 5 Departures all day *Ending times for optional tours are estimates. Please consult the tour guide before departing if your return time is an issue.
PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 8 Friday, March 31 Registration Open 4 - 6 pm Andros Ballroom Foyer Board of Directors Sponsor Reception 6 - 7:30 pm Banyan Terrace Open to APCA Board members, 2023 Convention sponsors, and their spouse/guest by invitation. Dinner on your own Saturday, April 1 Board of Directors Meeting 8 - 11:45 am Spanish Wells Includes breakfast and refreshments. Open to APCA Board of Directors only. Rose Island Swimming Pigs Luxury Powerboat Tour 12 - 5 pm Departs from the lobby Hop aboard a luxury powerboat as we cruise to the cute and entertaining pigs of Rose Island! On your way down to the swimming pigs, enjoy a scenic but brief boat ride as you head to a colorful coral reef for snorkeling. Next you will view the wild sea turtles and stop to explore Sandy Cay, also known as Gilligan’s Island, which is one of the world’s most photographed islands. When you’re done exploring, hop back on the boat for a brief ride as we take you to the newest beach bar and grill on Rose Island. This quiet but beautiful spot is surrounded by a white sandy beach and turquoise waters where you will be welcomed with a local specialty drink as well as a hot lunch. After lunch it’s selfie time! Get your cameras out as the pigs start to get in the water. You can feed and swim with them in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After you’ve taken a lifetime’s supply of selfies, you can spend time relaxing on comfy lay off chairs on the beach or you can hop on one of their kayaks, paddle boards, or get a group together and play beach volleyball. $350 per person includes transportation, swimming pigs. snorkeling, lunch, on board beer, sodas, and water, welcome drink at restaurant, taxes and gratuities. APCA Welcome Reception 6:30 - 7:30 pm Andros Ballroom Foyer Come enjoy a cocktail with fellow APCA members. Dinner & Opening Session Ross Bernstein, The Champions Code 7:30 - 9:30 pm Andros Ballroom The best-selling author of nearly fifty sports books, Ross Bernstein is an awardwinning, peak-performance business speaker who has keynoted conferences for Fortune 500 companies on six continents and has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today. Ross’ program is all about the DNA of what makes champions in sports so unique and how that relates to business. It’s based on a series of books he wrote in which he interviewed more than 1,000 professional athletes and coaches that all had one thing in common: they were all members of championship teams. In his research, he concluded that the same metrics and characteristics that were common among champions in sports were also common among peak performers in business. There are reasons certain teams win consistently, whereas others don’t. Ross explains why. It’s based largely on the “Good to Great” concept of how the best companies are able to separate themselves from the rest of the pack through servant leadership and by creating a culture of excellence, developing deeper relationships, and giving extraordinary customer service. Ross weaves sports stories about the DNA Detailed Program
PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 9 of champions along with stories of companies he has worked with around the world, and he shares best-practice ideas on ways to overcome disruption while ultimately building stronger relationships. At the core of his message is the simple fact that we like to do business with people who we trust, who we like, and who just “get it” — CHAMPIONS. Sunday, April 2 Member & Spouse Breakfast 8 - 9 am Baha Mar Terrace Everyone is invited to this tasty breakfast buffet. Government & Industry Relations Panel 9 - 10:30 am Andros Ballroom Led by Jaime Steve, Zack Perconti, and the APCA Government & Industry Affairs Committee, this session details the committee’s recent initiatives, maps out its upcoming activities, and asks members about the issues that are affecting their businesses. Representatives from government and industry will provide brief reports on issues relevant to the pipeline construction industry. All APCA members are encouraged to attend and to participate in the discussion. We want to hear from you! Natural Allies for a Clean Energy Future Update with Susan Waller 10:45 - 11:45 am. Andros Ballroom Natural Allies is a coalition of interested stakeholders that recognize the vital role natural gas and its infrastructure must play in the energy mix. Natural gas partnered with renewable energy can accelerate our transition to a clean energy future while ensuring affordability and reliability and reducing carbon emissions domestically and internationally. Susan Waller is the Executive Director of Natural Alles for a Clean Energy Future. She served as vice president of stakeholder engagement and enterprise-wide public wareness program for Enbridge. In that role she directed public and community engagement related to the company’s U.S. energy projects and led Enbridge’s North American public awareness program initiative. Prior to joining Enbridge in 2008, Waller served as vice president for AMEC, Earth Environmental, managing the company’s oil and gas sector. Before that, she served as vice president for the Shaw Group, Inc., and for Regulatory Compliance Partners, Inc. She also served in numerous leadership positions at El Paso Corporation, including director for government and project affairs. Waller has provided counsel to a number of industry and regulatory groups around the issues of public involvement, safety and pipeline siting. She served on the American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice 1162, ‘Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators’ task force as a contributing author. She also played a key role in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) National Environmental Policy Act’s pre-filing process for the siting of new natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, and was recognized by FERC as a distinguished industry leader for integrating stakeholder outreach concepts into new interstate pipeline and LNG business plans. Waller earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston. She is a member of Women in Energy, the Society of Gas Lighters, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the Southern Gas Association, and the Northeast Gas Association. Swim-Up Bar & Pool Day 12:30 - 4 pm Fortune Pool Join fellow members at the H2O pool bar at the Fortune pool for this annual informal gathering of APCA members. Full beverage and food service will be available to purchase at the swim-up bar. NEW APCA Silent Auction Reception 6 - 7 pm Andros Ballroom Foyer The new APCA Silent Auction and Reception will be filled with cocktails, snacks, good times with friends, and some low-key bidding for about 50 minutes. Then, as the deadline nears, things will get a little crazy and it’s everyone for themselves! NEW 1st Annual APCA Live Auction and Associate Member Sponsored Dinner 7- 10 pm Andros Ballroom The new APCA Auction promises to be the liveliest night on the APCA calendar. APCA revelers bid on a variety of fabulous trips, ballgames, tools, equipment, jewelry, and much, much more. All proceeds go directly to supporting Natural Allies for a Clean Energy Future and to building programs and services for APCA members, so everyone is encouraged to bid early, bid often, and have a great time.
PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 10 Monday, April 3 Annual Associates Exhibit & Breakfast 8 - 10:30 am Andros 1 - 3 APCA’s manufacturer and supplier members host the 5th Annual Associates Exhibit & Breakfast. Contractor members will meet with vendors, discuss jobsite issues, and learn about the industry’s latest products and services in a very relaxed atmosphere while enjoying a delicious breakfast. Exhibit Teardown 10:30 am - 8 pm Andros 1 - 3 Energy Transition Opportunities: Carbon Capture Pipelines w/ Mark Bridgers - Moderator 10:45 am - 12 pm Andros Ballroom The path to a low carbon future requires the capture, transport, and store or use of CO2. Multiple interstate pipeline projects and many more intrastate projects are in the planning and permitting stage. The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Inflation Reduction Act position multiple opportunities for CO2 pipelines to make the hard target requirements possible. What will the North American CO2 pipeline market look and feel like over the next decade? Invited panelists include: • Nicolas Medina, Stakeholder Engagement, ExxonMobil • Steve Lee, Executive Vice President, Engineering and Construction, Navigator CO2 Ventures (Heartland Greenway) • James Powell, Chief Operating Officer, Summit Carbon Solutions APCA Golf Tournament 12:30 - 6:30 pm Royal Blue Departs from Lobby The Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar features an 18-hole, 72-par Jack Nicklaus designed Signature Golf Course suitable for recreational or championship play with a unique “two courses in one” design. The Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is one of 290 courses in the world hand-designed by Jack Nicklaus himself, and the only Jack Nicklaus course in the Bahamas. Royal Blue is uniquely designed as two courses in one. The front nine holes feature dramatic views of undulating fairways, rolling white sand dunes, brackish ponds, and glimpses of a turquoise Atlantic Ocean. The back nine showcases a very different look; players navigate stunning limestone “moonscapes” through dense jungle and steep downhill terrain to get to the island green on the 16th hole, which precariously borders Lake Cunningham, making for unique island golf. The course spans 7,189 yards, and the beauty, difficulty, and challenges make the course enjoyable for golfers of all levels. $400 includes cart, box lunch, fore caddy, and taxes. Rental clubs: $70 Any Day Activity: Straw Market Shopping Here is a recommendation for when you have free time from APCA events. Right in the middle of the high-end stores and boutique shops on Nassau’s Bay Street, you’ll find the world-famous Straw Market. It is home to handmade Bahamian crafts, gifts, souvenirs, and items such as hand-woven straw hats, bags, mats, dolls, conch shell jewelry, and woodcarvings — all available at very reasonable prices, especially if you’re good at negotiating! The Nassau Straw Market is an authentic representation of an industry that has been growing throughout the Bahamas and the Caribbean since the early 1940s. Originally, the craft and skills of plaiting, braiding, and weaving were useful when Bahamians led subsistence lifestyles, with baskets being used for carrying fruit and fishing traps. But following the end of World War II, many North Americans began visiting the Bahamas for their vacations, and straw craft souvenirs soon grew in popularity. Crafts and souvenirs can be purchased with either U.S. or Bahamian currency. Transportation Taxi service is available at the hotel lobby at fixed rates. You can ask one of the bellmen to assist. Detailed Program
PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 11 Free Night 6:30 pm Various Be sure to make reservations early at one of Baha Mar’s fabulous restaurants. Dining at Baha Mar presents the pleasant dilemma of choosing among 20 restaurants for dinner. There is something for everyone at Baha Mar. From dry aged steaks at Carna and seafood at 3 Tides to Mediterranean at Cleo Mediterraneo and authentic chinese at Shuang Ba. From the casual atmosphere at Umami Burger to the lively vibe at the Swimming Pig, dining is a highlight at Baha Mar. You’ll always find a spot to satisfy your appetite and match your mood, and when you prefer to dine in privacy, the Baha Mar catering team is eager to provide service to your room for an everyday meal or special occasion. Tuesday, April 4 8 - 9 am Breakfast Andros Ballroom Foyer Start your day with fellow Contractor and Associate members over a full breakfast and steaming cups of coffee. 8:45 - 9:15 am APCA Associate Member Meeting Andros 4 - 5 APCA’s Associate members hold a roundtable discussion on topics that affect manufacturers and suppliers in the pipeline construction industry. 9 - 10:30 am Spouse Breakfast Andros 6 Join fellow spouses on the Banyon Terrace located next to the ESPA and above T2 Cigar Bar overlooking the pools at the. The culinary team will prepare a beautiful breakfast buffet complete with bloody marys and mimosas for you to enjoy while you chat with friends and share some laughs. Each guest will receive a beautiful gift hand crafted in the Islands of the Bahamas.. 9:30 - 11 am Recent Developments in Employment Law Andros Ballroom Greg Guidry, a labor attorney with years of experience representing employers in the pipeline construction industry will update members on all of the significant labor and employment law developments of interest to employers that have occurred in recent months. Included will be federal legislation, federal regulatory and other federal labor agency actions, important court decisions, and other developments that impact the workplace. The discussion will also include practical tips for dealing with these developments, where appropriate. 11:15 - 11:45 am APCA Regular Member Meeting Andros Ballroom Open to APCA Regular (Contractor) members only. The meeting will be a fast-paced and frank discussion that touches on the various segments of the industry and promotes the sharing of insights and opinions from contractors working in different market sectors all over North America. Catamaran Snorkel & Sail 12 - 5 pm Departs from the lobby Experience sailing the beautiful waters of the Bahamas and snorkeling some of the most exciting and lush reefs in the world. Join fellow APCA members aboard Seahorse II on a leisurely cruise through Nassau Harbor. On the way to the reef, enjoy a tasty bag lunch. Then we’ll anchor on a reef just outside the harbor for snorkeling. After snorkeling, you sail back through clear aquamarine waters and enjoy rum and fruit punch while passing historic Nassau landmarks and the luxury homes of Paradise Island. Bring your camera, swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, hat, and a smile. $200 includes roundtrip transfers, bag lunch, rum punch, fruit punch and water, snorkel equipment and instruction, taxes, and gratuities. APCA Final Party and 1st Annual APCA Hall of Fame Awards 7:30 - 10 pm Andros Ballroom Join the group in the ballroom for cocktails and a sumptuous dinner. APCA President Taylor Dacus, Troy Construction, will deliver his state of the association/industry address. The evening will conclude the 1st annual APCA Hall Fame induction ceremony. Wednesday, April 5 Departures all day
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PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 14 APCA was founded in 1971 as a regional alliance to promote the mutual interests and address industry concerns of merit-shop pipeline and station contractors. Today, APCA continues its quest to support its members in their efforts to secure a fair operating environment in the pipeline industry throughout North America. APCA provides industry-specific education, advocacy on issues that impact members’ bottom lines, and unbeatable networking opportunities with people who can open doors in pipeline construction. The majority of this year’s auction proceeds will go support Natural Allies for a Clean Energy Future, a coalition of interested stakeholders, including APCA, that recognize the vital role natural gas and its infrastructure must play in the energy mix. Natural gas partnered with renewable energy can accelerate America’s path to a clean energy future, ensuring affordability and reliability while reducing carbon emissions domestically and internationally. Learn more at naturalalliesforcleanenergy.org. If we have an exceptionally profitable auction, proceeds will also go toward APCA programs, including advocacy, safety, education, and communications. Advocacy. APCA was founded to protect the interests of merit-shop pipeline construction businesses, and that important work continues today. APCA meets regularly and works closely with legislators, federal agencies, and merit-shop allies in Washington, DC, whose work impacts APCA members’ businesses. We also regularly issue comments, write letters, testify, and lobby on important issues. APCA is a founding member of the Infrastructure Protection Coalition, authors of the 811 Emergency study that is the catalyst for changing state dig laws and increasing excavator stakeholder participation in underground safety. Safety. Safety is a top priority for APCA and its members. APCA’s Safety Committee meets quarterly for member safety personnel to discuss jobsite issues with industry colleagues, receive updates from an OSHA compliance officer, and hear from experts on a variety of relevant topics. APCA is an OSHA Alliance Program Ambassador, engaging in regular communication, information sharing, and technical discussions with OSHA. Education. APCA’s Annual Convention and Mid-Year Meeting provide education specific to pipeline construction, including market updates from industry economists, HR and labor law updates from a nationally recognized labor law firm, government affairs panels discussing issues that impact member businesses, and more. APCA’s quarterly Pipeline Contractors Journal provides columns on labor law/HR, contract law, and government affairs, feature articles on industry issues and business strategy from recognized experts, current energy industry and pipeline construction news, and member news highlighting the accomplishments of APCA members. Current association, industry, and member information is on the APCA website, www. americanpipeline.org. And APCA also promotes information sharing and discussion on social media: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 7 APCA Auction Proceeds at Work APCA 2024 Annual Convention April 6 - 10, 2024 Naples Grande Beach Resort Naples, Florida
PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 15 Live Items 1. CRC-Evans Pipeline International - $10,000 Rental Credit Winning bidder will receive a $10,000 voucher for the rental of any size of the following CRC-Evans bending equipment: PB6-20”, PB16-30”, PB22-36” or PB32-42”. CRC Evans provides a unique combination of welding and coating services, equipment, technologies and integrated solutions, with an unparalleled reputation for excellence that has been gained over 90 years. With a long track record of successful project delivery means and an experienced global team, CRC Evans supports the safe, reliable, and efficient delivery of energy and wider infrastructure projects around the world. Customers can be confident in partnering with CRC-Evans. Roger Spee, (832) 249-3100, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $10,000 2. WHC Energy Services - Crawfish Boil WHC Energy Services is providing a fully catered, full-service crawfish boil for 500 people. This is a great opportunity for a family gathering, company event, or church function. The folks at WHC would love the opportunity to serve you delicious crawfish, boiled to perfection, straight from the farms of South Louisiana. Jared Manuel, (337) 837-8765, email@example.com Value: $8,500 3. Holloman Corporation - World Series Champion Houston Astros Game for 4 Make plans to see the best team in baseball with 4 tickets at the Holloman table to an Astros game at beautiful Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston on a mutually agreed upon date. Food & non- alcoholic drinks included. Contact Shannon Driver to coordinate: Shannon Driver, (210) 559-1381, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $1,800 4. Sunland Construction, Inc. - Spring Turkey Hunt The Capistrano Ranch is an exclusive 7,800 acre high-fence ranch with 1st class accommodations just outside Crystal City, Texas. The ranch has 35 hunting stands and a large water-shed lake. A general aviation airport (CZT) is 10 miles away and commercial flights into San Antonio. The Spring Turkey Hunt Package will be guided by Sunland Vice President Paul Cook and includes first-class accommodations & meals at the Lodge hosted by Sunland CEO Sean Renfro, 3 days, 4 nights for 1 hunter (shotgun or archery) in Spring 2023 (4/10-4/30) or Spring 2024 (Opening Weekend TBA). Unlimited hogs available for harvest during the the hunt. *Does not include transportation, state license, or taxidermy. Sean Renfro, (337) 546-0241, email@example.com Value: $5,000 5. Weaver, LLC - Weaver, LLC - Beretta A400 12GA 28” Barrel Shotgun The A400 Xtreme Plus Optifade Timber Semi-Auto Shotgun features Beretta’s exclusive Steelium Plus barrels for reduced felt recoil, as well as a step rib and enlarged controls for easier manipulation in all weather conditions. Shotgun will be shipped to the winning bidder. Roy Weaver, (205) 230-0080, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $2,100 6. Thomasson Company - 5-nights Beach Retreat East, Miramar Beach, Florida Come stay at a beautiful beachside oasis! This beautiful three-story property is located in Destin, Florida. The house has six large bedrooms, a heated pool, hot tub, and gated entrance to a private beach area. The house is Destin, which hosts great shop2023 Auction Catalog Continued on page 16
PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 16 ping, fine dining, and the most beautiful white sand beach and emerald blue waters. The 5 nights are August 25-30, but other dates are available. Craig Vowell, (601) 650-3956, email@example.com Value: $9,000 7. PipeLine Machinery Intl. - One-month Rental of a Next Gen Excavator The Cat 340 can use bigger tools to deliver the highest level of production in its size class, with 10 percent more engine power, a wider undercarriage, and heavy counterweight. Cat Grade and Payload enhance your speed, accuracy, and overall operating efficiency. With low owning and operating costs, Next Generation excavators offer you more value than ever. Tony Fernandez, (713) 939-0007, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $10,800 8. Holloman Corporation - Holloman Corporations - 3-Day Deer & Quail Hunt at Corrizo Springs Ranch You’ll want to bid early & often for this 3-day deer & quail hunt at Corrizo Springs Ranch. All meals & lodging included. Shannon Driver, (281) 878-2600, email@example.com Value: $7,000 9. Sunbelt Equipment Marketing - 4 Luxury Suite Tickets to a Texas A&M Home Game If you’re a football fan, going to a Texas A&M game at historic Kyle Field (the largest venue in the entire SEC!) is certainly on your bucket list. This incredible package includes 4 Luxury Suite tickets to an Aggie home game, and we’re not talking about just any game—these are SEC games, hands down the best college football in the country. Tickets are in a lower-level suite on the east side of the stadium, and food & beverages will be provided. Choose from one of these games: September 23 vs Auburn, October 7 vs Alabama, October 28 vs South Carolina, or November 11 vs Mississippi State. Tigers, Crimson Tide, Gamecocks, or Bulldogs—it’s gonna be a difficult decision! John Fry, III, (903) 534-7153, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $4,000 10. ZEVAC - Equipement Rental Credit for $10,000 The rental credit from ZEVAC can be used toward ZEVAC Methane Mitigation Equipment—to make pipeline maintenance and project work emissions-free and ZEVAC Whole Hog Pig Launchers & Receivers, Filters, and Separators for ILI work, cleaning, and/or pipeline remediation projects. ZEVAC is an industry pioneer in gas and liquid recovery technology and a recognized leader in methane mitigation applications. The reliability of its proven and patented equipment makes them a trusted product provider for the operators that fuel our world and the service contractors supporting them. Chad Murray, (918) 514-3166, email@example.com Value: $10,000 11. HardRock Infrastructure Services - Exotic Hunt for 2 at Greenwood Valley Ranch Exotic hunt for 2 hunters 4 days/3 nights at the exclusively private Greenwood Valley Ranch in Rocksprings, Texas. Dates are June 8-11. Greenwood Valley Ranch is a private family-owned ranch, spanning over 16,000 acres, with over 30 different species of animals. It is set in the rolling rocky hills of aptly named Rocksprings. Besides the amazing views atop rock bluffs and unparalleled hunting, it also sits on the head springs of the pristine Nueces River and produces excellent fishing. The family has owned Greenwood since 1952, and rarely allows any non-family hunts. The lodge is equipped with rustic accommodations, a private chef, and all the amenities you will need. It is located approximately an hour and a half northwest of San Antonio (nearest private airfield is in Kerrville, 30 minutes away). This hunt package is for 2 hunters with all lodging, meals, beverages, and 2 trophy Axis Bucks (or any other exotic of equal or lesser value). Come relax, experience one of the Auction Items - Live Continued from page 15
PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 17 most beautiful ranches in Texas, and make memories that will last forever. Donated by Robert Myers and HardRock Infrastructure Services. Chris Jones, (210) 705-4510, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $14,000 12. Equix Energy Inc. - TAG Heuer FORMULA 1 Chronograph Watch This stylish FORMULA 1 men’s chronograph watch from TAG Heuer features a quartz chronograph movement set in a 43mm stainless steel case. The black dial, surrounded by a black titanium carbide-coated stainless steel tachymeter scale fixed bezel, includes three chronograph subdials and hand-applied indexes with luminescent markers and hands. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal tops the case, while the black rubber strap is secured with a buckle. The men’s watch is water-resistant to 200 meters. Nicholas Atkin, (920) 924-3690, email@example.com Value: $1,800 13. American Augers - Ox Ranch Trophy Hunting Package Hosted by an American Augers rep, this hunting package for 2 includes 3 days / 2 nights of lodging and hunting, nightly hog hunt with infrared night vision (2 hr.), all-inclusive beverages & chef-prepared meals, and choice of 40 different exotics ($5,000 sponsored by American Augers for 1 animal/ per group). Kwynn Kirby, (405) 406-1722, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $10,000 14. Lyle Machinery - $7,500 Rental Credit Rental credit may be used for any standard fleet rental item in stock at time of use. Credit will be applied toward the usual monthly rental fee of your selected machine. Lyle Machinery is a leading full-service dealer in the construction, paving, energy, and material handling industries. As a leader in the South, their 10 locations cover Mississippi, Alabama, parts of Texas, and the Florida panhandle with headquarters near Jackson, Miss. Lyle Machinery’s commitment to their customers has no boundaries. Each of their locations has well-trained employees to help you with your needs: parts, service, rental, and sales. Marc Dowdell, (601) 939-4000, email@example.com Value: $7,500 15. Innovative Association Solutions - Ocean Reef Club Weekend Enjoy 3 nights in Ocean Reef Club’s Pumpkin Cay 36B, a premium 2-bedroom 2 1/2-bath, canal-front condo. This fully equipped condo includes a king master with ensuite bath, a guest bedroom with queen plus bunks with a trundle and ensuite bath. Enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, powder room, and laundry room. Ocean Reef Club is a private club community situated at the northernmost tip of Key Largo in the Florida Keys, surrounded by water on three sides just an hour south of Miami. The club comprises 2,500 pristine, tropical acres with three championship golf courses, a world-class 175-slip marina for boating, fishing, and diving, impressive tennis and lawn sports facilities, full-service fitness center, salon and spa, art league, oceanfront inn, gourmet grocery store, private airport, and an array of dining and shopping options. Trip includes use of a golf cart and a half-day back country fishing trip. Timothy Wagner, (703) 212-7736, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $4,000 16. Troy Construction, LLC - Deer and Quail Hunt Bid on this awesome 4-day deer and quail hunt with Taylor Dacus at a 11,000acre lease in Encinal, Texas. Up to 4 hunters, includes food and lodging on the Dacus family ranch.*Does not include transportation, state license, custom processing or taxidermy. Taylor Dacus, (281) 437-8214, email@example.com Value: $7,500 Continued on page 18
PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 18 17. Mears Group, Inc. - Onthego MM Tote Bag Louis Vuitton launches the Onthego MM tote bag in grained Monogram Empreinte, a soft leather that is embossed with a large and modern Monogram pattern. Thanks to the square shape, it boasts a generous capacity and can easily fit a laptop. Its articulated top handles and shoulder straps give carrying options. Greg Bosch, (832) 634-2900, greg. firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $3,400 18. Lincoln Electric - 2 Tickets to the Verizon 200 NASCAR Race at the Brickyard Ladies & gentlemen: Start. Your. Engines! The winning bidder will receive two passes to join other Lincoln guests at the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard on Sunday, August 13. A trip for two to the 2023 Brickyard includes roundtrip airfare (within continental U.S.), all ground transportation, all meals, hotel, race day police escort, guided pit and garage tours, VIP seats in Lincoln’s Gasoline Alley Luxury Suite that overlooks Pit Road, and driver “meet and greet” at the Lincoln Electric suite on race morning. Attendees should arrive in Indianapolis on Saturday, August 12 and depart Monday morning August 14. Held on the hallowed, brick-laden ground of Indianapolis Motor Speedway each August, the Brickyard has long been one of NASCAR’s most-watched races. It’s an event with cherished traditions, like the post-race kissing of the bricks, and a healthy dose of intrigue. Must be 18 years or older to participate due to NASCAR regulations. Theo Facaros, (216) 481-8100, email@example.com Value: $4,000 19. Digital Control, Inc. - DigiTrak Falcon F5+ iGPS ready, FT5P and DDM subscription Package includes DigiTrak Falcon F5+ iGPS compatible receiver, Lithium-Ion battery charger, 2 Lithium-Ion battery packs, LWD Kit, DCC carry case, FT5p Wideband Blue Tube Transmitter 15” 0.1% Pitch, Fluid Pressure, 24 Clock Positions, FTA (rechargeable battery adapter), and 1-year DDM (DigiTrak Data-Log Management) subscription. Rick Johnson, (425) 251-0701, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $21,245 20. Cross Country Infrastructure & Enviro Rental - Duck Hunt for 4 Cross Country Infrastructure & Enviro Rental are offering a two-day Waterfowl Hunt for four people at Dave’s Bayou Outfitters in Magham, Louisiana. Package includes 5-Star accommodations and meals and Great Waterfowl hunting. Hunt dates are still TBD but will be Opening Weekend for the Louisiana 2023 season. Keith Boyet, kboyet@crosscountryis. com, (318) 464-0206; Jered Ramsey, email@example.com Value: $10,000 21. Fabick CAT - Suite for St. Louis Cardnials Game for 14 Fabick Cat has graciously donated its suite at Busch Stadium with 14 tickets for a mutually agreed upon Cardinals game during the 2023 season. Food & beverages included. The Cardinals opened their new 46,000-seat retro-style ballpark in downtown St. Louis in 2006 and have since won seven NL Central Division crowns, including just last season. Ballpark Village, the dynamic area around the stadium, is home for all St. Louis sports teams and includes the Arch riverfront, museums, Cardinals Nation and Hall of Fame & Museum, DIGITAL CONTROL IS PLEASED TO PRESENT THE FOLLOWING: DIGITRAK FALCON F5+ LOCATOR SYSTEM WITH FT5P TRANSMITTER AND DDM Auction Items - Live Continued from page 17
PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 19 Budweiser Brew House and Beer Garden, amd more. It’s a party! Brent Grimm, (618) 975-5968, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $3,000 22. Ozzies, Inc. - $10,000 Rental/Purchase Credit for Any Ozzie’s Equipment High bidder will receive a $10,000 credit toward a rental or purchase of any Ozzie’s Equipment. Ozzies, Inc. invented pipeline padding and continues to be a global industry leader. They bring more than 25 years of experience in backfill separation (padding) to the pipeline industry. Ozzie’s offers a full range of versatile and durable padding solutions designed and engineered to meet almost any padding requirement. Their padding machines are backed up by a team of highly qualified pipeline equipment specialists who are committed to providing customers with the optimal and most cost-effective padding solutions. Travis Casper, (602) 460-4658, email@example.com Value: $10,000 23. Sunland Construction, Inc. - Trophy White Tail Deer Hunt The Capistrano Ranch is an exclusive 7,800 acre high-fence ranch with 1st class accommodations just outside Crystal City, Texas. The ranch has 35 hunting stands and a large water-shed lake. A general aviation airport (CZT) is 10 miles away and commercial flights into San Antonio. The Trophy White Tail Deer Hunt is for two hunters plus your choice of a Sunland employee for 3 days, 4 nights between November 2023 and Mid-January 2024 (book early to secure dates). Package includes accommodations & meals at the lodge hosted by Sunland CEO Sean Renfro and another Sunland Executive/Manager/PM/Superintendent of your choice. Reports are that 125”-200” deer are common. One trophy cuck (per hunter) and possible doe/cull (depending on harvest surveys/needs at the time of the hunt). Unlimited hogs available for harvest during the hunt. *Does not include transportation, state license, custom processing or taxidermy. Sean Renfro, (337) 546-0241, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $15,000 24. RMS Welding Systems - Louis Vuitton Coussin PM NV Noir The Coussin PM handbag is made from puffy lambskin with the Monogram motif embossed into the leather. Inside the bag, there are two compartments separated by a zipped pocket. Its chunky gold-color chain and wide textile strap—both detachable— enable multiple carry options. Kevin Allen, email@example.com Value: $5,088 25. Benchmark Industrial Services - Sandhill Ranch 2-day Dove Hunt for 4 People Bid on this 2-day dove hunt for 4 people at the beautiful Sandhill Ranch in Estelline, Texas, north of Childress. It is a 10,000-acre ranch in the Texas panhandle. Package includes food and lodging. This is for the opening weekend of dove season, September 1-3, 2023, but can be scheduled for different dates if that doesn’t work for the winning bidder. Not included are shotgun, shells, and transportation to and from ranch. Must have valid Texas hunting license. Michael Wilcox, (903) 983-2951, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $2,500 26. American Pipeline Contractors Association - Signature Gulf View Suite at 2024 APCA Convention Enjoy the ultimate in luxury at the 2024 APCA Convention, April 5-10 at the fabulous Naples Grande and Naples, Fla. Signature Gulf Suites offer spectacular sights, a secluded setting, and a large layout that lends itself to hosting guests and gatherings on the highest floors of the Tower. Suite includes 1,155+ square feet of indoor and outdoor living space, spacious master bedroom with one King bed, and a private full bath with dual vanities and whirlpool bath. Timothy Wagner, (703) 212-7736, email@example.com Value: $6,000 Continued on page 20
PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 20 Silent Items 1. EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants - EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants - Browning Defender Ridgeline Trail Cam #1 The Defender Wireless Cellular Trail Camera has been updated for 2021 to be the ultimate remote game scouting tool, featuring industry-leading Invisible Infrared Night Illumination technology. This technology is great for game that is easily spooked, or a security application. The Defender Ridgeline Wireless camera is the perfect camera to operate on remote hunting properties with limited access, as well as sensitive areas where game do not need to be disturbed such as rublines, scrapes and other key hunting areas. Transmit HD images and Video clips over a nationwide 4G LTE network from your favorite hunting spot right to your laptop or mobile device using the Strike Force Wireless Management System. The dual carrier technology has both ATT and Verizon pre-installed. Simply pick the cellular carrier that offers the best coverage on your property. Brian Tanner, (205) 581-3334, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $300 2. EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants - EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants - Browning Defender Ridgeline Trail Cam #2 See description above. Brian Tanner, (205) 581-3334, email@example.com Value: $300 3. EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants - EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants - Browning Defender Ridgeline Trail Cam #3 See description above. Brian Tanner, (205) 581-3334, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $300 4. EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants - EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants - Browning Defender Ridgeline Trail Cam #4 See description above. Brian Tanner, (205) 581-3334, email@example.com Value: $300 5. EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants - EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants - Browning Defender Ridgeline Trail Cam #5 See description above. Brian Tanner, (205) 581-3334, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $300 6. EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants - EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants - Browning Defender Ridgeline Trail Cam #6 See description on page XX. Brian Tanner, (205) 581-3334, email@example.com Value: $300 7. Viking Mat Company - Rip Van Winkle & Blanton’s Bourbon Rip Van Winkle & Blanton Bourbons to be shipped to the winning bidder. Old Rip Van Winkle is bottled as close to barrel proof as possible. They add just a splash of their Kentucky limestone well-water when they empty the barrels for bottling. Thus, this whiskey is as smooth as any you will find. Blanton’s Bourbon is taken from the center-cut of the famous Warehouse H, Blanton’s Original Single Barrel. The taste profile is sweet, with notes of citrus and oak. The creamy vanilla nose is teased with caramel and butterscotch, all underscored by familiar baking spices such as clove, nutmeg, or cinnamon. Blanton’s Original set the standard for single barrel bourbons in 1984. Best served neat or on the rocks. Bryant Harvey, (952) 941-6512, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $900 8. Beard Oil - Reuben Sandwich Kit Club from the Famous Zingerman’s Deli In this club you’ll experience three months of Zingerman’s Reubens, each month featuring a different meat. In addition to all the fixings to build your sandwich bliss and instructions for serial sandwich success, each shipment includes a few brownie bites for a sweet treat for dessert. Enjoy! Auction Items - Silent Continued from page 19
PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 21 Month 1: #2 Corned Beef Reuben Zingerman’s First Cut Lean Corned Beef, Jewish Rye Bread, Emmental Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut, Russian Dressing, plus four Brownie Bites Month 2: #18 Georgia Turkey Reuben Oven Roasted Turkey, Jewish Rye Bread, Emmental Swiss Cheese, Cole Slaw, Russian Dressing, plus four Brownie Bites Month 3: #48 Binny’s Pastrami Reuben Zingerman’s Lean Pastrami, Pumpernickel Bread, Emmental Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut, Russian Dressing, plus four Brownie Bites *Editor’s note: If you know any Michigan fans, ask them about Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, and they’ll go on & on & on & on.....it’s the real deal! Amie Beard, (800) 232-1860, email@example.com Value: $400 9. Beard Oil - GOTRAX Flex Electric Scooter Kick back and enjoy a smooth, stable ride on a GoTrax electric scooter. The built-in cushioned seat and rear storage basket are perfect for longer rides. The scooter comes with a bright LED headlight and rear reactive taillight for max visibility. it comes equipped with 14” air-filled tires that help keep your ride comfortable, plus safe and secure dual braking with rear wheel suspension system. Max speed is 15.5MPH, 350W Avg motor, 4-5 hour charge, 16 miles per charge. Amie Beard, (800) 232-1860, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $500 10.LBX Company- Apple Watch Ultra GPS + Cellular, 49mm Titanium Case with Midnight Ocean Band Meet the most rugged and capable Apple Watch ever. With a robust titanium case, precision dual-frequency GPS, up to 36 hours of battery life, the freedom of cellular, made for athletes and adventurers of all kinds. Kevin Roberts, (859) 245-3891, email@example.com Value: $800 11.Rain for Rent - YETI Tundra 35 The YETI Tundra 35 holds enough for a small crew for the day and fits in nicely on a 4-wheeler and inner tube. It is portable enough for one person to haul while still having an impressive carrying capacity of up to 20 cans with a recommended 2:1 ice-to-contents ratio. Ice stays ice thanks to up to 3 inches of PermaFrost Insulation, and an extra thick FatWall design is certified Bear-Resistant. Levi Hancock, (661) 399-9128, firstname.lastname@example.org Value: $275 12.Rain for Rent - YETI Tundra 45 The YETI Tundra 45 is a solid all-purpose size, holding overnight camp provisions for four people or drinks for a day on the water. It combines versatility with durability with a capacity of up to 26 cans with a recommended 2:1 ice-to-contents ratio. Ice stays ice thanks to up to 3 inches of PermaFrost Insulation, and an extra thick FatWall design is certified Bear-Resistant. Levi Hancock, (661) 399-9128, email@example.com Value: $325 13.Sterling Site Access Solutions, LLC - $1,500 PGA TOUR Superstore Gift Card At PGA TOUR Superstore you can find everything you need for your golf equipment and gear needs. Use your $1,500 gift card to shop on line or at 62 stores in 23 states across the country. https://www.pgatoursuperstore.com Brandilyn Barkley, (708) 297-0906, brandilyn.barkley@sterlingsolutions. com Value: $1,500
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PIPELINE CONTRACTORS JOURNAL | 1st Quarter 2023 23 While disappointed with last fall’s midterm election results, APCA actually sees some potential in the ensuing “divided government,” that is a newly installed Republican-run House of Representatives and the continuing Democratic-run U.S. Senate. Why? Because it puts the brakes on overbearing, overreaching labor union legislation while also creating the chance of a breakthrough on Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) pipeline and energy permitting reform bill. Some say that divided government—or shared power— creates legislative gridlock. However, it can also lead to real compromise as the framers of the Constitution intended. This is especially true when both parties hold very slim majorities. Of the 100 members of the U.S. Senate, Democrats hold a voting majority of only 52 (three of whom are Independents who generally vote with the Democrats) to 49 Republicans. Meanwhile, of the 435 members of the House, numbers are equally tight, with 222 Republicans, 212 Democrats, and one vacancy to be filled by a special election on February 21. Labor Unions’ PRO Act Off the Table A Republican-run House of Representatives means the death of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act for at least the next two years. The PRO Act, passed by the previous Democratic House, would be the most radical change to existing labor law in decades by overturning all right-to-work laws. Right now in 27 states, unions cannot force employees to join a union and pay dues. Under the PRO Act, employees could be required to join their workplace’s union, even if they personally do not support it. The act would also classify many freelancers and gig-workers as employees rather than independent contractors. While the law’s authors claim this reclassification applies only if a freelancer chooses to join a union, under the repeal of rightto-work laws, many of them would be forced to join unions. This makes them more expensive to hire and forces them to pay union dues they may not want to pay. The PRO Act also calls for allowing unions to bypass secret-ballot elections in favor of a “card-check” system in many situations. Under card-check, workers are “asked” to sign a card authorizing the union to represent them. However, this system often allows for unions to coerce and intimidate workers into signing their cards. Finally and most disturbing, the PRO Act would require employers to share workers’ contact information with union organizers without the approval of the employees themselves. This includes information such as their phone numbers and even addresses. Union members would be able to contact these employees at any time, opening doors to harassment and intimidation. While the PRO Act would undoubtedly bolster union memINSIDE WASHINGTON Zack Perconti APCA Government Affairs Representative firstname.lastname@example.org (703) 677-6049 Jaime Steve APCA Government Affairs Representative email@example.com (202) 841-5493 Continued on page 24 The New Congress: Could Divided Government Be Good for APCA?