Brooks Scott named 2018 DCA Safety Person of the Year

Congratulations to Brooks Scott, Regional Safety, Quality, and Compliance Coordinator for Miller Pipeline’s South Region operations. On April 2, 2019, Brooks was honored with the DCA Safety Person of the Year award at the annual conference in Nashville, TN. The Safety Person of the Year award recognizes someone who has made a lasting impact on safety. The candidate may be someone in Safety, Operations, Equipment Management or any department of the company that deserves recognition.

Scott joined Miller Pipeline six years ago as an SQC and was initially based in the Birmingham, Alabama area. He started his career in the energy industry 15 years ago on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and realized his true calling was in the safety area of the work.

“Safety professionals tend to see the world a little differently, and my nature tends to be critical. I notice things, and the thought process behind why people do what they do has always interested me,” Scott said.

South Region Vice President Chad Davis agreed. “Brooks has a great rapport with his coworkers and is respected by his peers, something he’s worked hard for over his six years. His commitment to the team along with his creative thinking around safety makes him a great leader; we are proud of and thankful for his contributions in helping us in meeting our safety goals,” Davis said.

Scott understands sometimes getting buy-in for safe behaviors can be an uphill battle, but takes it in stride. “Rome wasn’t built in a day, and to influence people’s minds toward safety becoming part of a culture, you have to start somewhere,” Scott said. “Thankfully at Miller we have a great foundation already and a team where buy-in with safety is natural. Over time I hope to help advance the safety culture of Miller Pipeline.”

South Region Safety Manager, Austin O’Hara, said Scott has achieved that goal, and more. His guidance and passion are noticeable to those he works with. “Brooks’ abilities as a safety professional have positively influenced not only all of the crews and operations leadership in his area but also safety professionals across all of Miller Pipeline,” Austin said. “Brooks’ ingenuity in coming up with new ideas to help improve safety culture, coupled with his perseverance to see those initiatives succeed, are key aspects in his areas of operations going injury free in 2018.”

“I appreciate the freedom I have to create here and do what needs to be done to achieve positive safety results and get everyone home safe every day, which is the main goal. At the end of the day it’s how you influence people and not the accolades you receive,” Scott said.

Leading by example is a critical component of making safety personal and building a strong safety culture, especially at his own home. “I hope that by seeing certain situations, it helps keep my family safer at home. I’m finding the balance between preventing my kids from doing something stupid and sheltering them.”

Scott has been married to his wife, Joy, for 10 years. They have three children: Brady, 6; Grayson, 4; and Kimber, 22 months. The family resides near Meridian, Mississippi.

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Miller Pipeline to Acquire Ocala-Based Hamlet Construction

Hamlet acquisition affords Miller Pipeline expanded territory in central Florida

INDIANAPOLIS – Miller Pipeline is pleased to announce the acquisition of Hamlet Construction, based in Ocala, Florida. Founded in 1973, Hamlet has grown from a small family business to an organization known for its detail-oriented project planning and execution. Hamlet specializes in natural gas mains and services, water and sewer lines, fire hydrants, and reclaimed water lines. Miller is a leader in providing a comprehensive range of pipeline contracting and rehabilitation services for natural gas, liquids, water, and wastewater pipelines.

“For several years we have wanted to expand our natural gas operations in Florida, and the opportunity to join forces with Hamlet’s top-notch team is a huge step in that direction,” said Chad Davis, Vice President of South Region Construction for Miller Pipeline. “Their core values of honesty, hard work, doing a quality job and building long-term relationships align closely with Miller Pipeline’s four core values of safety, quality, commitment, and reputation. We feel our companies could not be a better match for one another.”

For Miller Pipeline, the acquisition adds 100 construction professionals to an existing roster of 3,300 employees across the country.

Day-to-day operations will continue to be coordinated by Harvey Vandeven, General Manager of Florida Operations, who will report to Davis.

“Hamlet is consistently viewed as a top contractor around central Florida, and we are excited to have them join our team,” said MVerge CEO Doug Banning. “The Florida gas construction market is a relatively new market for us. The Hamlet team brings local expertise and resources to help us expand our customer base. We are committed to providing the same level of customer service, safety, and quality work to customers. We look forward to the new employees adopting our culture built around our core values, making safety personal, and our core purpose of ‘Building Infrastructure; Building Relationships.”

About Miller Pipeline: Miller Pipeline, an MVerge Company, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Miller Pipeline has been in business since 1953 and currently operates in 21 states. They have been a leader in building and maintaining America’s infrastructure for over 65 years. Their workforce is comprised of highly trained and skilled employees totaling more than 3,000, with office locations in over 20 states around the United States.

MVerge is an infrastructure services division offering turnkey solutions to customers in the pipeline construction market and is comprised of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited. By collaborating, they can bring individual strengths together as one company striving to provide comprehensive solutions to the pipeline construction market. For more information, visit www.millerpipeline.com

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, which include the ability of Miller Pipeline to access new markets and customer segments, their footprint and expanded capabilities and customer growth and the impact on future operations, are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Any statements in this news release regarding growth and performance and any other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release speaks only as of the date of this release. Factors that could affect actual results include (1) factors related to our business and the economy, (2) the performance of the companies, (3) competitive conditions in the industry, (4) state and federal legislative and regulatory actions or developments affecting various aspects of the businesses and (5) other factors discussed in reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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2019 Leading With Our Values Awards

At Minnesota Limited and Miller Pipeline, our most important asset is our people. The employees who work at Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited are a talented, dedicated group of individuals. Each year we recognize our team members who embody our four core values of Safety, Quality, Commitment, and Reputation. These values are the foundation of everything we do at MVerge, guiding our employees, customers, and communities.

The recipients were nominated by their peers, supervisors, or direct reports. We celebrated these individuals at our 2019 Leading With Our Values Awards banquet, held at our 2019 Joint Leadership Conference in Orlando on January 24th, 2019. This banquet was attended by 370 of our executive, office, and field leaders. Click each recipient’s name below to watch their video. The full ceremony can be found by visiting Miller Pipeline’s Facebook page. Click HERE to access.

 

Congratulations to all of our 2019 recipients!

Austin O’Hara, Safety Manager (South Region) – Miller Pipeline
Safety First and Foremost

Tyler Royse, Project Foreman – Minnesota Limited
Safety First and Foremost

Raben Laboy, Superintendent – Miller Pipeline
Quality In Everything We Do

Clint Johnson, Project Foreman – Minnesota Limited
Quality In Everything We Do

Justin Bray, General Foreman – Miller Pipeline
Commitment to the Team

LuAnn Brady, Office Manager – Minnesota Limited
Commitment to the Team

Mike Lang, Regional Technical Trainer Supervisor (South Region) – Miller Pipeline
Reputation Built on Integrity

Charlie Tobias, Project Foreman – Minnesota Limited
Reputation Built on Integrity

MVerge Included in Top Specialty Contractors List

MVerge was named one of the top specialty contractors by Engineering News Record (ENR). MVerge debuted at 18th place among the Top 600 Specialty Contractors. “We are honored to be recognized by ENR as a top specialty contractor,” said Doug Banning, CEO of MVerge. “Our ranking is indicative of our people and their commitment to our core values of safety, quality, commitment, and reputation.

ENR is considered one of the most recognized magazines of the construction industry, providing annual reports on the top construction companies around the world. Each year, ENR chooses the top specialty contractors across the United States based on annual results that are provided by each participating companies and based on revenue generated during the preceding calendar year. For more information about ENR, visit www.enr.com.

To view the entire issue, please visit: http://bit.ly/2018ENRTop600

Austin O’Hara named 2017 DCA Safety Person of the Year

Congratulations to Austin O’Hara for being chosen as the 2017 Safety Person of the Year by the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA). O’Hara, the Regional Safety, Quality, and Compliance Supervisor for the South Region, was recognized on March 27 at the 23rd annual DCA Safety Congress in New Orleans. This annual event is a venue for construction industry safety personnel to network, share creative training concepts, discuss trends and to hear from leading safety training consultants, other safety directors and risk management executives.

“This award is awesome and very humbling,” O’Hara said. “It’s an honor to receive this recognition and I want to thank everyone who put together my nomination.”

Vice President of South Region Operations, Chad Davis, said “Austin has been a leader and key contributor in integrating employees into our culture of safety and sustaining the safety initiatives of the South Region.”

O’Hara joined Miller Pipeline in 2013 after graduating from Indiana University in Indianapolis with a degree in public safety management. He was hired on as the safety program administrator and was quickly promoted to safety specialist. He has been in his current role in the South Region for three years.

“When I was hired as the safety admin, I did not imagine I would be the head of safety for the South Region, but I’m looking forward to the next steps of my career with Miller and I’m focused on making the South Region the safest at Miller Pipeline.”

This is a huge accomplishment for O’Hara and testament to his hard work. Congratulations!

Jay Osborn from Primoris Services Corporation (left) was on hand to present O’Hara with his award at the DCA event held at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. Photo courtesy of DCA.

MVerge: Providing Turnkey Solutions for the Gas Industry

Created in 2011 with the merger of gas industry stalwarts Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited, MVerge has quickly become a leading full-service infrastructure services company. Perhaps “quickly” is misleading – MVerge’s success is based on the experience and values of the founding companies, a combined history that spans more than 110 years.

Many in the trenchless technology industry know Miller Pipeline for its directional drilling as part of its gas distribution services, as well as its water and sewer rehabilitation services. Meanwhile, Minnesota Limited is known for its pipeline construction services involving mainline installations, maintenance and integrity, gathering work and facility construction. The companies’ similar histories, values and complementary services, led to the merger that expands the scope of MVerge creating additional opportunities.

While both companies operate independently and still leverage the original names, Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited are benefiting from the merger as they realize what the “power of one” can do for each company.

“We recognize the brand equity of the Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited names, but we see MVerge as a platform to take advantage of the synergy between the companies to focus on providing turnkey solutions to all of our customers,” said MVerge CEO Doug Banning. “By leveraging the expertise of both companies, we believe there is much more power in ‘one.’ ”

 

Miller Pipeline: A History of Commitment

Miller Pipeline was founded in 1953 by Don W. Miller near his family farm in Green Springs, Ohio. A few years after founding the company with a friend, Don bought out his partner and continued on. Brothers Dale, Karl and Paul joined the company later and Miller Pipeline was a family-run operation for more than 45 years. Today, Dale’s Son, Kevin Miller is company president.

Miller started out specializing in the installation of gas transmission pipelines. In 1961, projects for Citizens Gas took Miller Pipeline to Indiana, eventually leading the company to set up headquarters in Indianapolis.

The following decades saw the company grow through an expansion of service offerings, acquisitions and a diversification of markets. Investments in technology led Miller to introduce cutting-edge joint sealing techniques such as WEKO-Seal internal joint seals and ENCAPSEAL Safe-T-Seal in the 1970s. A decade later, Miller Pipeline entered the water/wastewater market, offering a variety of trenchless pipeline rehabilitation options including EX close-fit lining and CIPP lining methods. Installing, repairing and replacing gas distribution lines became the company’s specialty and now accounts for a majority of the operations. Today, Miller Pipeline has more than 30 offices and 3,000 employees; including 700 construction crews across the United States.

Ted Crowe, Doug Banning and Kevin Miller

(From left) Ted Crowe, Doug Banning and Kevin Miller help guide MVerge’s next chapter.

“Over the years we have established our niche in serving local distribution companies,” said Kevin Miller. “We provide maintenance, rehabilitation and repair work – anything a client needs to help them achieve their goals.”

The company’s blueprint to success has been to cultivate long-term relationships with customers and utilizing local resources to better serve our customers. “We don’t chase work all over the country,” Kevin Miller said. “We prefer to set up a base of operations in a region and develop a strong local workforce. Our philosophy is to develop solid, long-term working relationships with our customers.”

Miller says that the company has several client relationships spanning 25 years, and some exceeding 50 years.

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