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2014 NAPCA Summer Workshop

[ Register for 2014 NAPCA Summer Workshop ]

The 2014 NAPCA Summer Workshop will be held at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel, Houston, Texas, August 21, 2014.

Please [ click here ] to view and print the complete workshop packet, which includes the workshop newsletter, registration form, and program. We encourage all delegates to make their workshop registration on-line by clicking on the link set forth above. One or more delegates may register for the workshop at the same time and charge all registrations to the same credit card, thus avoiding the duplication of the same contact information for multiple delegates (if applicable). If you prefer not to register for the workshop on-line, please print the workshop registration form contained in the workshop packet, complete same and return it with appropriate fees to the NAPCA office NO LATER THAN AUGUST 19, 2014. However, if you decide you can attend at the last minute please do so and notify the NAPCA office at your earliest convenience so we can include you in the count.  You may fax the form first and then mail it with your check. Our facsimile number is (713) 655-0020.  Additionally, my direct office email address is merritt.chastain@odnss.com.  If you have any problems registering on-line for the workshop, please call the NAPCA office at (713) 655-5761.

If you desire to stay overnight at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel, YOU MUST MAKE YOUR ROOM RESERVATION WITH THE HOTEL NO LATER THAN AUGUST 10, 2013.  However, please make your reservation at your earliest opportunity to ensure the hotel is not full and you are not left without a room. You may make your hotel room reservation on-line by clicking the following link for the Hilton's website HILTON HOTEL RESERVATION.  If you choose not to make your hotel reservation on-line, you may do so by calling the hotel at (713) 961-9300 and asking for "In House Reservations". We have arranged a favorable guaranteed rate for single or double occupancy of $169.00 per night which is below the customary hotel rates at the Hilton.  Therefore, be sure to inform the Hilton that you are with NAPCA at the time you make your reservation.

We look forward to an outstanding turnout for the workshop and will see you there.

2014 NAPCA Convention Recap (50th Anniversary)

The 2014 NAPCA Convention was held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Bonita Springs, Florida, on April 23-26, 2014. This year marked NAPCA’s 50th anniversary and the first time we have been to this spectacular resort venue.  The attendance was the highest we have seen since 2008 and many unique activities, including backwater fishing, an Everglades airboat tour, golf, tennis, and gin rummy, promoted additional networking opportunities.  This year’s business program presented many timely issues critical to the plant pipe coating industry and those of its service and materials suppliers.  Our keynote speaker on Thursday, April 24 was Frank J. Ferazzi, Vice President & General Manager, Williams Gas Pipeline, Houston, Texas, who provided his insights into the Outlook for the Pipeline Industry and addressed a recent INGAA study on the potential for future infrastructure growth.  Marking a small departure from the customary issues covered in our business sessions, Richard Farrell, Chief Executive Officer, Tangent Knowledge Systems, Chicago, Illinois, addressed Repositioning Product Offerings in the Information Economy, which was a topic added by popular demand from our members. The second day of our business program provided an extended and insightful presentation by Charles Nevle, Manager of Energy Analysis, Bentek Energy, L.L.C., Houston, Texas.  His presentation addressed issues of supply and demand for oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids to provide a Ten Year Forecast of the Oil, Gas, and NGL Markets and Their Effect on Energy Infrastructure.  There also were several coating technology break-out sessions addressing coating-related issues, a presentation on the dearth of qualified labor in the workplace and solutions to such trend, and a closed meeting of the line pipe manufacturers to discuss current trends, regulatory developments, and non-commercial industry issues. To view the 2014 Convention Agenda, the Registration List, and the presentations of Frank J. Ferazzi and Charles Nevle, please click on the links below. [2014 Convention Program][2014 Convention Registration List][Frank J. Ferazzi Presentation][Charles Nevle Presentation] At their meeting on April 26, the NAPCA Regular Members elected Gary Foerster, Sales Manager for Coated Products for L.B. Foster Company, and Dave Kersting, the Executive Vice President of Sales and Operations for LaBarge Coating, to the NAPCA Board of Trustees for two-year terms.  Thomas Anderson, Executive Vice President of Bredero Shaw, also was appointed to complete the term recently vacated by Paul Branch (also formerly of Bredero Shaw).  The NAPCA Regular Members also re-elected Tom Ball to a second two-year term on the Board.  Departing Board Members were Paul Branch, Ronald E. Carlson, Jr., President of Commercial Resins Company, and Hank Reuser, Vice President of Perma-Pipe, Inc.  NAPCA thanks the outgoing trustees for their support and efforts during their respective terms.  At the following Board meeting, Tom Ball of L.B. Foster Ball Winch was elected to the post of President of NAPCA. Other officers elected include Richard Clement, Sales Manager of The Bayou Companies, who was elected to the position of Vice President, and Gary Foerster, who was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer.  Additionally, Jeff Fargerson of 3M Corrosion Protection Products continued to serve as the NAPCA Associate Member Chairman and Fernando Ulecia of Socotherm continued as the International Member Chairman. Pictures from the 2014 Convention will be available shortly and will be posted in the NAPCA Photo Gallery, which can be accessed on the home page in the bottom right-hand corner. 

2013 NAPCA Summer Workshop Recap

The 2013 NAPCA Summer Workshop was held at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel, Houston, Texas, August 15, 2013.  It featured many excellent speakers who delivered presentations on a variety of topics.  The business session began with a presentation by Erik Saenz, Director, United LNG, LP, Houston, Texas, who addressed “LNG Exports and Their Impact on the Domestic Natural Gas Market.”  Janice Tirpack, Corporate Safety Trainer, BASF, Wyandotte, Michigan, followed with a well-received segment on “Building Safety Cultures Through Effective Corporate Safety Programs”.  Back from last year by popular demand, Dolty Cheramie, President, Pipe Exchange, Inc., Houston, Texas, evaluated the oil, gas, steel and pipe industries and took “A Look at the Oil Patch - 2012-2013.”  Thereafter, Steve Nanney, PHMSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Houston, Texas, delivered a timely “PHMSA Update," focusing on "The Aging Infrastructure and Material Documentation.”  Last, Brent A. Lichty, Damage Prevention Engineer – Industrial Products and Open Top Loads, Union Pacific Railroad, Omaha, Nebraska, addressed issues and best practices for “Loading and Transporting Steel Pipe by Rail.”  In addition to the presenters, we welcomed several recipients of the NAPCA Corrosion Technology Scholarship from Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas, who informed the attendees of their appreciation for the scholarships and how they are putting the monies to good use.  The line pipe manufacturers ended the day with a separate closed meeting, during which they were, among other things, afforded additional opportunities to obtain more detailed information from general session speakers Brent Lichty and Steve Nanney. To view the program for the workshop and the registration list, click the links below.  Additionally, to view the presentations made by the various featured speakers click the appropriate links below. [Workshop Program][Registration List][Erik Saenz Presentation][Janice Tirpack Presentation][Dolty Cheramie Presentation][Steve Nanney Presentation][Brent Lichty Presentation]

2013 NAPCA Convention Recap

The 2013 NAPCA Convention was held at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, California, April 24-28, 2013. NAPCA was rewarded with its highest convention attendance since 2008 and the highest attendance at its business sessions in recent years.  This year’s business program presented many timely issues critical to the plant pipe coating industry and those of its service and materials suppliers.  The presentations were delivered by three of the most dynamic speakers that have ever presented at a NAPCA convention, each of which supplied much pertinent information.  The first speaker on Thursday, April 25 was Richard Hoffman, the Executive Director of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation in Washington, D.C., who provided critical information on the “Outlook for Pipeline Construction” and addressed the current state of the interstate natural gas pipeline industry, current and anticipated construction, and regulation and current or anticipated developments that will either aid or hinder future pipeline opportunities.  He was followed by Timothy Simon, who until January 1, 2013, was the Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco, California.  Mr. Simon addressed the “Opportunities and Challenges of Pipeline Infrastructure Enhancement in the Age of Shale Gas,” and touched upon several pipeline disasters that might lead to additional pipeline infrastructure enhancements in the near term.  On Friday, April 26, we concluded our General Session with an enlightening and entertaining presentation from Dr. Donald McNeeley, President and Chief Operating Officer of Chicago Tube & Iron in Romeoville, Illinois.  He provided an extended discussion of the United States economy and political landscape entitled “Manufacturing – We Who Hung The Moon,” which addressed, among other things, what it will take for America to regain the mantle of the manufacturer to the world.

There also were several break-out sessions addressing Coal Tar Coating, Liquids Coating, Fusion Bonded Epoxy Coating, and the Coating of Water and Sewer Pipe.  In addition, the line pipe manufacturers met in a closed meeting to discuss current trends, regulatory developments, and how they may work more closely with pipe coaters and other NAPCA members to benefit the entire industry.

In addition to the customary convention activities, at the Final Banquet on Saturday, April 27, the NAPCA crowd was treated to the enshrinement of two very deserving individuals into the NAPCA Hall of Fame - George Stoddard, former owner and President of Mobile Pipe Wrappers and Coaters of Adelanto, California, and Rick Schok, current owner and former President of Flowline Alaska of Fairbanks, Alaska.  This is the first time in NAPCA's history that two individuals have been enshrined in the same year.  The NAPCA Hall of Fame award goes to individuals in the plant pipe coating industry who have contributed greatly over the course of their career and have demonstrated leadership in the industry and with NAPCA.  Individuals are nominated by NAPCA members, screened by the NAPCA Screening Committee, bike games Kids games and then voted on by the NAPCA Board of Trustees, the NAPCA Managing Director, and all past recipients of the award.  Jim Harvey of Mobile Pipe Lining and Coating introduced Mr. Stoddard, while Mr. Schok was introduced by Merritt B. Chastain, Jr., former Managing Director and General Counsel of NAPCA.

To view the 2013 Convention Agenda, the Registration List, and the presentations of Richard Hoffmann and Timothy Simon please click on the appropriate link below.

[2013 Convention Program]
[2013 Convention Registration List]
[Richard Hoffmann Presentation]
[Timothy Simon Presentation]

At their meeting on April 27, the NAPCA Regular Members re-elected Richard Schok, President of Flowline Alaska, to a second two-year term on the NAPCA Board of Trustees.  At the following Board meeting, Joel Chermak, General Manager of Midwest Pipe Coating, Inc., was re-elected to the post of President of NAPCA. Other officers re-elected include Ronald E. Carlson, Jr., President of Commercial Resins Company, who was re-elected to the position of Vice President, and Eldridge Indest, Vice President and General Manager of The Bayou Companies, who was re-elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer.  Additionally, Jeff Fargerson of 3M Corrosion Protection Products continued to responsibly serve as the NAPCA Associate Member Chairman and was unanimously re-elected by the associate members.  Additionally, Fernando Ulecia of Socotherm Americas was appointed by the Board to the post of International Member Chairman.

Pictures from the 2013 Convention will be available shortly and will be posted in the NAPCA Photo Gallery, which can be accessed on the home page in the bottom right-hand corner.

2012 NAPCA Summer Workshop Recap

The Summer 2012 NAPCA Workshop was held at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel, Houston, Texas, August 16, 2012.  It featured many excellent speakers who delivered presentations on a variety of topics.  The business session began with a presentation by Cliff Johnson, President, Pipeline Research Council International, Falls Church, Virginia, who addressed “What's Next for the Pipeline Industry”.  Anthony Huey, President, Reputation Management Associates, Columbus, Ohio, followed with an entertaining and well-received segment on “Presentational Skills for New Business Pitches”.  Back from last year by popular demand, Dolty Cheramie, President, Pipe Exchange, Inc., Houston, Texas, evaluated the oil, gas, steel and pipe industries and took “A Look at the Oil Patch - 2011-2012.”  Thereafter, Michelle Mitchell, Health Environment and Safety Lead, Chevron, Houston, Texas, educated all attendees on “Site Safety Implementation” procedures and practices used by Chevron with its business partners and vendors.  To end the day, Steve Nanney, PHMSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Houston, Texas, addressed a topic that has dominated many of our recent breakout sessions and line pipe manufacturers meetings, which is “Pipe Traceability, Documentation, Continuity, and Best Practices” and also provided a “Pipeline Safety Update”.  Octavio Morales of T.G. Mercer Consulting Services then provided a brief presentation on their “Spread Boss” tracking system for pipe and explained the issues concerning traceability his company has seen in the field.

To view the program for the workshop and the registration list, click the links below.  Additionally, to view the presentations made by the various featured speakers click the appropriate links below.

[Workshop Program]
[Registration List]

[Cliff Johnson Presentation]
[Michelle Mitchell Presentation]
[Dolty Cheramie Presentation]
[Steve Nanney Presentation]

2012 NAPCA Convention Recap

The 2012 NAPCA Convention was held at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona on April 18-22, 2012. Fun was had by all and there was a marked spike in attendance for even more networking.  This year’s business program presented many timely issues critical to the plant pipe coating industry and those of its service and materials suppliers.  Our keynote speaker on Thursday, April 19 was Meera Kothari, Keystone Pipelines Engineering Manager, TransCanada Corporation, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who provided an “Update on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.”  Dr. Chris Alexander, Principal, Stress Engineering Services, Inc., Houston, Texas, addressed issues central to the business of our members, including “Stress Cracking of Coatings and Pipeline Integrity Issues.”  The second day of our business program provided an extended and insightful presentation by Cameron Gingrich, B.Sc., B.A., Senior Manager, Gas Services, Ziff Energy, Calgary Alberta, Canada, on the timely topic of the “Future Dynamics of the Oil and Gas Markets.”  There also were several break-out sessions addressing Coal Tar Coating, Liquids Coating, Fusion Bonded Epoxy Coating, and the Coating of Water and Sewer Pipe.  In addition, the line pipe manufacturers met in a closed meeting to discuss current trends, regulatory developments, and how they may work more closely with pipe coaters and other NAPCA members to benefit the entire industry.

To view the 2012 Convention Agenda and the Registration List please click on the links below.

[2012 Convention Program]
[2012 Convention Registration List]

At their meeting on April 21, the NAPCA Regular Members elected Thomas Ball, Partner in Ball Winch Pipeline Services, Paul Branch, V.P. of Business Development, U.S. for Bredero Shaw (a ShawCor Company), and Eldridge Indest, President of Bayou Perma-Pipe Canada, as new Board members for a two-year term.  Mr. Indest had previously served a year on the NAPCA Board as an appointed member to fill an open vacancy.  The NAPCA Regular Members also re-elected Ronald E. Carlson, Jr., President of Commercial Resins Company, Joel Chermak, General Manager of Midwest Pipe Coating, Inc., and Hank Reuser, Vice President of Perma-Pipe, Inc. to second two-year terms on the Board.  Departing Board Members were Merry L. Brumbaugh, VP of Tubular Products for L.B. Foster, and Brendan Ryan, formerly with ShawCor Pipe Protection, L.L.C.  NAPCA thanks the outgoing trustees for their support and efforts during their respective terms.  At the following Board meeting, Joel Chermak was elected to the post of President of NAPCA. Other officers elected include Ronald E. Carlson, Jr., who was elected to the position of Vice President, and Eldridge Indest, who was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer.  Additionally, Jeff Fargerson of 3M Corrosion Protection Products continued to responsibly serve as the NAPCA Associate Member Chairman.

Pictures from the 2012 Convention will be available shortly and will be posted in the NAPCA Photo Gallery, which can be accessed on the home page in the bottom right-hand corner.

2011 NAPCA Workshop Recap

The Summer 2011 NAPCA Workshop was held at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel, Houston, Texas, August 18, 2011.  It boasted a great program and featured many excellent speakers.  Rex Mars and Brett Voght of Project Consulting Services in Houston, Texas kicked off the Workshop by addressing “Traceability Management on the Denbury Green Pipeline.”  Thereafter, Joel N. Tietjens, a safety management consultant for T-JENS & T-JENS, Inc. in Spring, Texas illuminated the attendees on “Effectively Managing Your Health and Safety Processes,” with an eye toward improving safety as a means of increasing a company’s bottom line.  Dolty Cheramie of Pipe Exchange, Inc. in Houston, Texas engaged in a through, retrospective evaluation of the oil and gas industry when he presented “A Look at the Oil Patch - 2010-2011.”  Steve Nanney of PHMSA, U.S. Department of Transportation in Houston, Texas, also spoke on timely issues related to “The PHMSA Perspective: Current Issues, Problems, and Developments.”  Finally, H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., a Senior Fellow for the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas, Texas, provided an interesting and eagerly anticipated address concerning “The Future of Oil and Gas Exploration in the United States” and touched on global warming issues that could have a significant impact on business in the not-to-distant future.

To view the program for the workshop and the registration list, click the links below.  Additionally, to view the presentations made by the various featured speakers click the appropriate links below.

[Workshop Program]
[Registration List]

[Rex Mars and Brett Voght Presentation]
[Joel Tietjens Presentation]
[Dolty Cheramie Presentation]
[Steve Nanney Presentation]

2011 NAPCA Convention Recap

The 2011 NAPCA Convention was held at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 6-10, 2011. It was a tremendous success and was defined by the high caliber of the speakers at the business program, the wonderful location, and the networking that took place. The General Session presentations were made by (1) Dr. Donald McNeeley, President and Chief Operating Officer of Chicago Tube & Iron in Romeoville, Illinois; (2) Guy G. Buckley, Group Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development of Spectra Energy Corporation in Houston, Texas; (3) Paul Vivian and Rick Preckel, Co-Owners of Preston Publishing Co. in St. Louis, Missouri; and (4) Bradley A. Brewster, CPLP, a Senior Consultant for Moody International in Houston, Texas.  There also were several break-out sessions addressing Coal Tar Coating, Liquids Coating, Fusion Bonded Epoxy Coating, and the Coating of Water and Sewer Pipe.  In addition, the line pipe manufacturers met to discuss current trends, regulatory developments, and the future composition and structure of their meetings to better serve their needs.

To view the 2011 Convention Agenda, the Registration List, or one of the available speaker presentations please click on the links below.

[2011 Convention Program]
[2011 Convention Registration List]
[Dr. Donald McNeeley]
[Guy G. Buckley]
[Paul Vivian and Rick Preckel]
[Bradley A. Brewster, CPLP]

At the convention Eldridge Indest, President of Bayou Perma-Pipe Canada, Ltd., was appointed by the NAPCA President to the NAPCA Board to complete the term of Gary Brown who recently retired.  Moreover, at their meeting on April 9, the NAPCA Regular Members elected Richard Schok, President of Flowline Alaska, as a new Board member for a two-year term.  Mr. Schok replaces Don Barder, President and COO of The Liberty Group. NAPCA thanks the outgoing trustees for their support and efforts during their respective terms.  At the Board meeting that took place on April 9, Brendan Ryan, Vice President/General Manager – North America for ShawCor Pipe Protection, L.L.C., was elected to the post of President of NAPCA. Other officers elected include Joel Chermak of Midwest Pipe Coating, Inc., who was elected to the position of Vice President, and Hank Reuser of Perma-Pipe, Inc., who was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer.  Additionally, Jeff Fargerson of 3M Corrosion Protection Products completed his first term as the NAPCA Associate Member Chairman.

Pictures from the 2011 Convention will be available shortly and will be posted in the NAPCA Photo Gallery, which can be accessed on the home page in the bottom right-hand corner.

2010 NAPCA Workshop Recap

The Summer 2010 NAPCA Workshop was held at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel, Houston, Texas, August 19, 2010.  It had a great program and featured many excellent speakers.  The quality of the program also resulted in the second highest attendance for any NAPCA workshop.  To view the program for the workshop, click the link below.  Additionally, to view the presentations made by the various featured speakers and panel members click the appropriate links below.  Additional speaker presentations will be made available as they are received.

[2010 Workshop Program]

[Kenneth Lee Presentation]
[Perry Sheth Presentation]
[Richard LeDuke Presentation]

2010 NAPCA Convention Recap

The 2010 NAPCA Convention was held at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, California, April 7-11 of this year. It was a tremendous success and was defined by the high caliber of the speakers at the business program, the wonderful location, and the networking that took place. To view the convention agenda please [click here].  The General Session presentations were made by (1) Dr. Loren C. Scott of Loren C. Scott & Associates, Inc., (2) David Webster of WorleyParsons Canada, (3) Ed Kallio of Ziff Energy Group, and (4) Stephen Becker of TransCanada Corporation.  To view the presentations of these speakers please click on the links below.  Files for the links will be added as received to the extent they are not currently available.

Dr. Loren C. Scott
David Webster
Ed Kallio

At their meeting on April 10, the NAPCA Regular Members elected three new members to the Board of Trustees.  The new members are as follows: Hank Reuser of Perma-Pipe, Inc., Joel Chermack of Midwest Pipe Coating, Inc., and Ron Carlson, Jr. of Commercial Resins.  These three replaced the following outgoing Board members: Richard F. Brunst, Jr., President of Western Pipe Coaters and Engineers, Inc., George Stoddard, President of Mobile Pipe Wrappers & Coaters, Inc., and Ryan Norris, Inside Sales for Dura-Bond Coating, Inc.  NAPCA thanks the outgoing trustees for their support and efforts during their respective terms.  At the Board meeting that took place on April 10, Merry Brumbaugh, Vice President of Tubular Products for L.B. Foster Company, was re-elected to the post of President of NAPCA. Other officers elected include Brendan Ryan, Vice President and General Manager, North America for Bredero Shaw, who was re-elected to the position of Vice President, and Gary Brown, President of Commerical Coating Services International, Ltd., who was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer.  Additionally, Jeff Fargerson of 3M Corrosion Protection Products commenced his term as the NAPCA Associate Member Chairman.

2009 NAPCA Workshop Recap

The Summer 2009 NAPCA Workshop was held at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel, Houston, Texas, August 20, 2009.  It had a great program and featured many excellent speakers.  The quality of the program also resulted in the highest attendance for any NAPCA workshop.  To view the program for the workshop, click the link below.  Additionally, to view the presentations made by the various featured speakers and panel members click the appropriate links below.

[2009 Workshop Program]

[John Anton Presentation]
[Robert Wise Presentation]
[Steve Nanney Presentation]
[Jennifer Pratt Presentation]
[Robert Buchanan Presentation]
[Wenjing Zhou Presentation]

2009 NAPCA Convention Recap

The 2009 NAPCA Convention was held at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, April 15-19 of this year. It was a tremendous success and was defined by the high caliber of the speakers at the business program, the wonderful location, and the networking that took place. At the Board meeting that took place on April 18, Merry Brumbaugh, Vice President of Tubular Products for L.B. Foster Company, was elected to the post of President of NAPCA. Significantly, Ms. Brumbaugh is the first woman to be elected to this post. Additionally, Brendan Ryan, Vice President and General Manager, USA for Bredero Shaw, was elected to the position of Vice President and Ryan Norris, Inside Sales for Dura-Bond Coating, Inc., was elected to the positon of Secretary/Treasurer.