Mike Miazga 2013-01-09 12:06:39
PVF Roundtable moves to larger Houston facility. The PVF Roundtable Meeting will have a new location when it returns Tuesday, Feb. 19 for the first of four 2013 events. Due to its increased popularity and expanding attendance, the quarterly event will now be held at the J.W. Marriott in Houston (5150 Westheimer). The February roundtable features keynote speaker Dr. Don McNeeley (CEO of Chicago Tube and Iron). The final 2012 PVF Roundtable at the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society Club once again drew a capacity crowd for retired Shell Oil Co. President John Hofmeister's keynote address on leadership. To see Supply House Times Editor Mike Miazga's video interview with Hofmeister, visit www.supplyht.com. For more on PVF Roundtable, visit www.pvf.org. MRC Global to acquire Production Specialty Services MRC Global recently announced McJunkin Red Man Corp., the company's U.S. operating subsidiary, has signed an agreement to acquire the operating assets of Production Specialty Services. Established in 1990, Midland, Texas-based Production Specialty Services supplies pipe, valves and fittings as well as other MRO products to the oil and gas industry. It operates 17 services locations, including one distribution center, in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford shale regions of Texas and New Mexico. The Permian Basin is the most active oil drilling and production region in the U.S. with more than 425 rigs operating within the territory. With the acquisition of Production Specialty Services' 17 locations, MRC Global will have a service location network of 23 branches and one major distribution center supporting the Permian Basin energy infrastructure activity. Production Specialty Services has projected 2012 revenue of $127 million. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration or early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. Michigan Seamless Tube expands facilities Michigan Seamless Tube announced it is slated to complete construction on a new 9,600-sq.-ft. pickling house at the end of January. The new pickling house will be the fifth of its kind at the company's 320,000-sq.-ft. facility, enabling MST to produce an additional 450 tons of product on a monthly basis. The pickling process is a surface treatment that removes oxides and scale from steel tubes, and is an integral part of the cold-drawn process. "The addition of a fifth pickling house is part of our broad plan to invest capital and resources into our facility so we can materially improve production capacity to better serve our customers," MST Vice President of Operations Les Whitver said."In addition to increasing our production capacity roughly 13%, the new pickling house will allow us to reduce material and maintenance costs, helping us to achieve a quick return on our initial investment." PEOPLE ON THE MOVE American Pipe & Supply, a Birmingham, Ala.-based PVF supplier, recently promoted Chris Cochran to director of sales. Cochran joined American Pipe & Supply in 2006.
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