Steve Rooney, Precision Pipeline

PLCA Meets in Hawaii for 2023 Convention

The Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) met in February at the Grand Hyatt Resort on Kauai, Hawaii for its 75th Annual Convention.

It’s been a challenging year for PLCA members considering market conditions. Despite that, the turnout was 377 attendees. Steve Rooney, Precision Pipeline, outgoing PLCA president discussed how the membership is changing its approach to be more competitive vs. non-PLCA contractors.

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PLCA 2023 Buster Gray

Numerous business sessions were held, as well as networking events. PLCA annually names an Honorary Member. This year this special award went to Buster Gray a long time PLCA member and oil and gas pipeline consultant in recent years.

PLCA’s Paul Evans Scholarship Program was highlighted during the convention. In 2023, PLCA will award 20 scholarships to college or university students who are children/grandchildren of PLCA members.

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Students are eligible to receive a scholarship if they are a child, stepchild, or grandchild of a full-time employee currently employed by a PLCA Regular or Associate Member. A third party handles the program. To date, $7 million in scholarships have been awarded.

Jim Summers, Snelson Companies, was elected as the 2023 PLCA president. Unfortunately, soon after the convention, Summers passed away due to an illness.

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In 2024, the 76th Annual Convention will be held Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas. For more information or to get involved with PLCA, visit

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