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, MVerge 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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MVerge Included in Top Specialty Contractors List

ENR Releases their Top 600 Specialty Contractors

ENR LogoMVerge was named one of the top specialty contractors by Engineering News Record (ENR). MVerge debuted at 15th 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.

“A benefit of (Miller Pipeline and MVerge) coming together is our ability to go to market with turnkey solutions for our customer. There’s a lot of pressures and changes in the market, and we’ve got to start leveraging the expertise we have and grow better together. Both companies continue to grow tremendously.”

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

MVerge is one of the nation’s premier natural gas distribution, transmission pipeline, and utility contractors, providing a range of pipeline contracting and rehabilitation services. Our commitment to quality and to service means that we make sure it’s done the right way, the first time. And the right way isn’t just how we’ve always done it – it’s the best way, whether using a technique we’ve used for decades, or leveraging the latest technology to do something ground-breaking. MVerge is an infrastructure services division servicing the transmission pipeline, distribution pipeline, and wastewater rehabilitation markets. We work with natural gas, petroleum, and water/wastewater. Within these markets, we have the ability to lay and service new pipelines and improve the integrity and rehabilitation of pre-existing pipelines. We also service pump stations and complete terminal construction.

In 2011, Miller Pipeline and MVerge joined together to create MVerge, an infrastructure services division. As two successful companies, we have established ourselves as powerhouses within the oil and gas industries. By collaborating with one another, we bring our individual strengths together as one company that strives to provide more comprehensive solutions to the market.

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