The Pipeline Contractors Association (PLCA) held its 61st annual convention Feb. 11-15 at the Four Seasons Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. This hotel is a favorite of PLCA and this year’s event attracted 565 attendees.

The meeting was chaired by 2008 PLCA president Bob Johnston, Henkels & McCoy., who reported that 2008 was a banner year for PCLA members. He noted that there were a total of 11, 930,000 man hours worked, which was the second best year ever. The best year was 1968 when 12,049,657 man hours were logged. Total miles of pipeline laid in 2008 were 6,704, with another 1,689 of testing and rehabilitation work for a total of 8,393 miles. This was up from 2007 when there were 6,200 of pipe laid and rehabbed.

The convention had the usual business sessions and social programs. A highlight of the Saturday morning session was a tremendous presentation by Peter Lemon, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Johnston himself was a U.S. Navy Seabee in the Vietnam War and he told a few gripping stories of his 20 months serving in Vietnam.

Social activities included the annual golf tournament and a wine tasting tour. The final evening of the convention was the annual banquet and floor show. At the banquet, Johnston turned over the reins for the 2009 presidency to Don Thorn, Welded Construction. Additional officers for 2009 are first vice president, Brian Ganske, Snelson Companies; second vice president, Chris Leines, Minnesota Ltd.; and treasurer Daniel Murphy, Precision Pipeline.

The 62nd annual convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Resort at Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz., Feb. 17-21, 2010.

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