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Our History

The origins on the Distribution Contractors Association can be traced far beyond the association’s first annual convention February 5-7, 1962. Founders of the association had been getting together informally fin 1960, and the association was actually chartered in August 1961.
The issues that the association was formed to deal with were around long before 1961, as well. Natural gas distribution contractors had no voice with the gas industry. In addition, these contractors were not recognized by national labor unions and had to renegotiate contracts with locals every time crews entered a new jurisdictional area.

First Organizational Meeting
These issues are addressed in the two principal aims of the Distribution Contractors Association, adopted at the first organizational meeting on August 14, 1961, in Kansas City.

These aims are:

  • To improve working conditions for contractors specializing in distribution construction; and
  • To keep the gas utility companies better informed on capabilities of these contractors and how they may be better utilized.
Under the first point, the long-range plan of the association was to negotiate national agreements with the four crafts covering a uniform set of working conditions. Two union officials addressed the organization meeting, and charter members elected a labor committee to lay the groundwork for future meetings with union officials. The committee also initiated a survey of charter members to determine labor problems that needed to be addressed.

Contractors felt that, under the second aim, they should concentrate their efforts on convincing utilities that contracting out was more economical than company force work. This was especially true with the installation of house services, maintenance and routine main extensions. Consensus among charter members was that increased work in these areas would result in a more even work load through the year, resulting in more stable bid prices.

The first officers elected at that organizational meeting were Emerson Clark, Engineering Construction Co., Tulsa, president; W.C. Donaldson, Underground Constructors, Inc., Dodge Center, Minnesota, first vice president; A.K. Everham, Midwestern Contractors, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois, second vice president; and Don W. Miller, Don W. Miller, Inc., Green Springs, Ohio, treasurer.

Initial association directors included R.E. Reutzel, R.E. Reutzel Construction Co.; B.M. Laulhere, Hood Construction Co.; I.C. Russell, I.C. Russell Construction Co.; Robert Burkhardt, Burkhardt Pipe Line Constructors; Deane Baker, Somerville Construction Co.; F.C. Everett, Jr., Mid-Mountain Contractors, Inc.; and M.L. Hulcher Construction Co. Deane Baker was labor committee chairman.

Originally, 26 contractors joined the association as charter members. They were Beloit Pipe and Dredge Co., Burkhardt Pipeline Construction Co., Campion Pipe Line Construction Co., Engineering Construction Co., Gabe’s Construction Co., The Hallen Construction Co., Hood Corporation, M.L. Hulcher Co., Inc., Industrial Maintenance, Inc., L.G. Massart Plumbing & Heating Co., Midland Constructors, Inc., Midwestern Contractors, Inc., Don W. Miller, Inc., Murphy Construction Co., Ohio Pipe Line Construction Co., R.E. Reutzel Co., Inc., I.C. Russell Construction Co., Pipeline & Station Construction Co., Somerville Construction Co., Underground Constructors, Inc., Universal Pipeline Constructors, Inc., Utilities Service Co., Van Ess Co., C.E. Wilson Construction Co. and A.P. Young Contracting Co.

Annual Convention in Kansas City
Membership grew quickly, and by the time the association held its first annual convention in Kansas City the following February, it had 51 regular members. The Association also had a permanent office in Tulsa and an executive secretary, E.L. Hagar.

The first annual convention was held February 5-7, 1962, at the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City. An equipment exhibit featuring associate members was held adjacent to the hotel. The original slate of officers was re-elected for another year. Jack Bost, Midwestern Engine & Equipment Co., was elected associate member chairman, a post he was to hold for four years, until the 1966 convention.

Attendees at the first convention heard a number of interested speakers. Richard A. Gump, executive secretary of the Pipe Line Contractors Association, predicted development of the DCA similar to that of the PLCA. He indicated that the DCA’s biggest contribution would be in negotiating nationwide labor agreements for distribution contractors.

Fred Bunnell, Consumers Power Co., urged contractors to be safety conscious, and A.D. Schmidt, Northwestern Public Service Co., suggested that contractors and utilities work together to present a positive public image.

Second Annual Convention in St. Louis
At the second annual convention and equipment exhibition in St. Louis in January 1963, a major concern was recognition of the DCA as representing distribution contractors. According to Emerson Clark, outgoing president, building the concept of competency among association members to gas company customers was a single greatest problem facing association members.

The Labor Committee reported progress, and negotiations on a nationwide labor agreement continued into 1963. Convention attendees heard presentations on public relations, minimizing “extras” in contracts and hold harmless provisions in insurance.

New officers elected at the convention were W.C. Donaldson, Underground Constructors, Inc., president; John Sibole, Williams Brothers Co., first vice president; A.T. Everham, Midwestern Contractors, Inc., second vice president and Peter Flagg, C.N. Flagg & Son, Inc., treasurer.

Upton Appointed
Jim Upton joined the association during 1962 and was instrumental in guiding the DCA. Upton graduated from University of Oklahoma with a law degree and began his association work with the Western Petroleum Refiners Association in Tulsa. There he served as director of industrial relations under association executive John Day. Later, he was southern regional labor relations manager for American Airlines and industrial relations representative for Thiokol Chemical before joining DCA.

“How Distribution Contractors Can Sell Gas” was the theme of the third annual convention in Denver, February 1964. Attendees were told that increased gas use is in the best interests of the association, since increased consumption requires system expansion. Contractors were also urged to support privately owned utilities, since government ownership of gas systems was increasing.

Association members urged the new leadership to continue negotiations for a nationwide labor agreement. In keeping with the original aims of the association, members were also urged to increase contractor share of the distribution construction business.

New officers elected were A.T. Everham, president; F.E. Everett, Jr., Mid-Mountain Contractors, first vice president; Robert W. Burkhardt, Burkhardt Pipeline Construction Co., second vice president; and Deane Baker, Somerville Construction Co., treasurer.

An attendance record of 254 was set at the fourth annual convention in New Orleans, February 1965. This included 77 wives, far more than had attended any of the previous conventions.
During 1964, the DCA had joined the National Safety Council, which was tabulating a survey of DCA members. Attendees were told that approximately 44 percent of gas distribution construction was awarded to contractors in 1964.

New officers included F.E. Everett, president; Robert W. Burkhardt, first vice president; and Deane Baker, second vice president.

First National Agreement Signed
Attendees at the fifth annual convention in Phoenix, 1966, had a lot to celebrate, as the first national labor agreement had been signed by the association in 1965. The DCA signed an agreement with the United Association of Welders and negotiated the first statewide agreement with the Operating Engineers. Negotiations with other crafts continued during 1966.

For the first time, round table and panel discussions were held as part of the convention program, and these proved very popular with members. Attendance hit record levels again in 1966.

Elected to office were Robert W. Burkhardt, president; Edwin Gabrielse, Gabe’s Construction Co., first vice president; Paul E. Thibodaux, O.R. Burden Construction Co., second vice president; and Sid R. Snider, The Hallen Construction Co., treasurer.

A shortage of skilled workers in virtually all crafts continued to be a problem in 1966, although positive negotiations with unions proceeded. These issues were addressed at the sixth annual convention in Coronado, California, in February 1967.

Organized discussions at the convention covered industry-related problems such as labor, company-contractor relations and ways to increase market share, as well as “bread and butter” issues-safety, cost control and insurance.

New officers were R.E. Reutzel, R.E. Reutzel Co., Inc., president; Paul E. Thibodaux, first vice president; S.R. Snider, second vice president; and Edwin Gabrielse, treasurer.

The 1968 convention was held in conjunction with the National Association of Pipe Coating Applicators convention in Las Vegas. Round table discussion focused on the increasing use of plastic pipe and pipe plowing instead of backfilling. The shortage of skilled labor eased somewhat during 1967.

Officers for 1968 were Sid Snider, president; Don W. Miller, first vice president; Edwin Gabrielse, second vice president; and L.R. Young, L.R. Young Construction Co., treasurer.

Plastic Pipe, State Associations
A number of formal and informal state associations of distribution contractors were formed during 1968. Another industry trend was the increasing use of plastic pipe.

Plastic pipe installation techniques were a major topic of discussion at the 1969 convention in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. This convention was held immediately following the PLCA convention in Florida and had a record attendance of 442 delegates.

A new and well-attended session of the convention was a labor panel discussion. Union leaders encouraged finalizing a national labor agreement, saying that this could reduce grievances significantly.

Don Miller was elected president of the association in 1969. Other officers were Edwin Gabrielse, first vice president; Paul Thibodaux, second vice president; and Murry Loftis, Gas Lines, Inc., treasurer.

In 1969 the DCA labor committee successfully concluded a national agreement with the Laborers’ International Union. In general, the volume of distribution work was down in 1969.

The 1970 convention was again held in Freeport following the PLCA convention. At this convention members formed the distribution pipeline committee to work as a liaison with the federal Office of Pipeline Safety.

New officers elected were Edwin Gabrielse, president; Warren Muncie, Universal Pipeline Constructors, first vice president; Bob Lyons, Michigan Trenching Service, Inc., second vice president; and Murry Loftis, treasurer.

With distribution construction generally down for the second year in a row, members began to look at related areas in which they could use their expertise. Presentations on installation of telephone and electrical lines were a key part of the tenth annual convention in Coronado, California.

Representatives of American Telephone and Telegraph Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. indicated that underground installation of these types of lines was increasing.

Officers elected at the 1971 convention included Murry Loftis, president; L.R. Young Construction Co., first vice president; Allan Coolsaet, R.L. Coolsaet Construction Co., second vice president; and Bob Brogan, GET Construction Co., treasurer.

Focus on Safety
Safety was the focus of the 1972 convention, held in Honolulu immediately following the PLCA convention in California. New federal safety and health regulations went into effect in 1971, and the convention was geared to deal with this important topic.

An employee safety manual was released by the DCA safety committee. The director of the Office of Pipeline Safety indicated that, in general, pipeline construction work was being performed safely. The area director of OSHA discussed the ramifications of the Occupational Safety Act.

New officers were Allan Coolsaet, president; M.H. Cook, M.H. Cook Pipeline Construction Co., first vice president; Stewart Kniff, Van Ess Company, second vice president; and Dick Comstock, Tarnow Pipeline Co., treasurer.

New labor agreements were announced at the 1973 convention in Las Vegas. An agreement between the DCA and the United Association contained a special provision for plastic pipe. The association also negotiated new wage rates with the Laborers International Union.

M.H. (Bill) Cook, M.H. Cook Construction Co. was elected president. Other officers for 1973 were Stewart Kniff, first vice president; Dick Comstock, second vice president; and Bob Bricker, Henkels & McCoy, Inc., treasurer.

Fuel availability was a major topic of discussion at the 1974 convention in Key Biscayne, Florida. Fuel supplies varied from area to area, but the situation was eased somewhat by state and federal allocations for energy-related construction activities.

Other concerns included a trend to include utility and pipeline firms in compensation suits for negligence damage claims and tightness in supply of new construction equipment.

New officers for 1974 included Stewart Kniff, president; Dick Comstock, first vice president; Bob Bricker, second vice president; and Gerald Snyder, Pace Pipe Line Co., treasurer.

The 1975 convention was also held in Key Biscayne, immediately before the PLCA convention. C.J. Gauthier, chairman of the American Gas Association, predicted continued growth of the nation’s distribution system and outlined prospects for new gas supplies. Pipeline Inspection Co. held its first annual gin rummy tournament.
Dick Comstock was elected DCA president in 1975. Other officers were Dale Michels, Michels Pipe Line Construction, Inc., first vice president; Bob Bricker, second vice president; William Snelson, Snelson, Inc., treasurer.

15th Annual Convention
The association’s 15th annual convention was held in Marco Island Hotel and Club, Marco Island, Florida, in January 1976. Delegates were told that upgrading of older distribution systems would be an increasing source of business for distribution contractors. Representatives of Caterpillar Tractor Co. gave practical suggestions for increasing productivity through equipment maintenance.

New officers elected at this convention included Dale Michels, president; Bob Bricker, first vice president; Rolland B. Lyons, Michigan Trenching Service, Inc., second vice president; and Noel Coon, Northern Pipeline Construction Co., treasurer.

The 1977 convention was again held in Key Biscayne. Officials of the American Gas Association and Midwest Gas Association presented optimistic outlooks for the nation’s gas industry, providing realistic incentives for increasing gas production could be maintained.

DCA officers for 1977 were Bob Bricker, president; Rolland B. Lyons, first vice president; Gene R. Spencer, G.R. Spencer Construction Co., second vice president; and Thomas B. Poole, The Hallen Construction Co., treasurer.

Attendees at the 1978 convention in Las Vegas were urged to political action by Fred Culpepper of Ford, Bacon & Davis Inc., who was convinced that businessmen can have a great influence on legislation. He suggested that contractors get involved with political action committees to make their voices heard. A panel discussion by insurance agents was also part of the convention program.

Officers elected at the convention were Rolland B. Lyons, president; Gene Spencer, first vice president; Thomas B. Poole, second vice president; and Robert Cooley, Distribution Construction Co., treasurer.

1978 was a year of vitality for DCA, with the addition of seven new regular and seven new associate members.

Safety was a key topic of the 1979 convention in Newport Beach, California. A representative of the Office of Pipeline Safety Regulation reviewed the Department of Transportation’s new regulatory procedures, including frequent and easily understandable publication of new regulations.

Gene Spencer was elected new president of the association. Other officers were Tom Poole, first vice president; Bob Cooley, second vice president; and Dale Miller, Miller Pipeline co., treasurer.

Work for DCA members increased during 1979, but operating costs increased as well. The gas industry enjoyed increasing demand in residential, commercial and industrial markets, including a large number of oil-to-gas conversions.

Major topics of discussion at the 1980 convention in Miami Beach included controlling fuel costs, obtaining new supervisory personnel and stopping equipment theft.

Members elected Tom Poole, president; Dale Miller, first vice president; William Snelson, second vice president; and James Miller, Mueller Pipeliners, Inc., treasurer.

20th Anniversary
The association’s 20th anniversary convention was held at Mountain Shadows Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona, in February 1981. In attendance were 17 of 19 past presidents of the association. Four new regular members were welcomed into the association at the convention. During 1980, DCA had been invited to join the World Confederation of Pipe Line Contractors Associations.

New officers elected a the convention included Dale Miller, president; William Snelson, first vice president; James Miller, second vice president; and James Donaldson, Donaldson Construction Co., treasurer.

The 1982 convention was held in Miami Beach immediately following the PLCA convention. Outgoing president Dale Miller praised the association for its successful negotiation of labor agreements but said that there was room for improvement, especially wage rates tied to other agreements that have nothing to do with distribution construction. Miller pointed out that DCA was most effective as a forum for communication between contractors, supplies, unions and utility representatives.

Bill Snelson was elected president; Jim Miller, first vice president; James Donaldson, second vice president; and George Franz, Midwestern Contractors, Inc., treasurer.

Economic conditions were generally depressed in 1982, but this varied from area to area. The association added five regular members during the year, a sign that it had weathered the recession.

The 1983 convention was held in Coronado, California. Officers elected at this convention were Jim Miller, president; Jim Donaldson, first vice president; and Ray Worthy, Worthy Bros. Pipeline Corp., treasurer.

The Association renegotiated its agreements with all three crafts in 1983, which resulted in a general lowering of wage rates. This helped protect certain members from non-union competition.

Attendees at the 23rd annual convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, were classified as “survivors”, since 1983 had been a dismal year for distribution construction. The first annual Arthur T. Everham Safety award was awarded to the Snelson Companies.

New association officers for 1984 were Jim Donaldson, president; Jerry Stubbs, first vice president; Ray Worthy, second vice president; and Charles H. Joyce, Otis Eastern Service, Inc.

Contractors reported having a mixed year at the 1985 convention in San Antonio. Factors influencing this included geographic location, local economic conditions and the number of crews used by gas utility companies. Contractors who had expanded their market area to get additional work sometimes found themselves in competition with other contractors that had done the same, leading to depressed prices.

The 1985 slate of officers included Jerry Stubbs, president; Larry Smith, Carl E. Smith, Inc., first vice president; Darold Falldorf, Aconite Corp., second vice president; Reuben T. Leines, Minnesota Limited, Inc., treasurer.

1987
Over 300 delegates attended the 1987 convention in Palm Springs, where Bob Cooley of Distribution Construction Co., was elected president. Other officers were Larry D. Smith, Carl E. Smith, Inc.; J.F. ‘Joe’ VanGundy, Jr., Waterman Construction Co., and J.H. ‘Scotty’ McGlothin, Distribution Pipeline Maintenance, Inc. Most contractors had a good year in 1986. A problem on the horizon were jurisdictional disputes among unions over the laying of plastic pipe.

Executive Director Jim Upton mused on the factors for success in the distribution business. He listed luck, energy, raw intelligence, honesty and integrity and a gambling spirit.

1988
James Dolan, AGA chairman and CEO of New Jersey Resources Corporation, was the keynote speaker at the meeting and told delegates the gas bubble was gone and the price of natural gas would start tracking inflation. His company added 16,000 customers in the past year and expected to add another 80,000 over the next five years. NJR used contractors for all its construction and maintenance work.

Larry Smith of Carl E. Smith, Inc. was elected president and the meeting was again held in Palm Springs. J.F. VanGundy, Jr., J. H. McGlothin and Charles H. Joyce were also elected officers.

1989
“Natural Gas is rapidly becoming the energy medium to solve the problems of air pollution, acid rain, the greenhouse effect, security risks, nuclear power and the need to a rapid increase in electrical generation.” With these words current president Larry Smith, expressed his hope that the current demand for natural gas would continue well into the future. He said gas is the fuel of choice and that future legislation might limit the use of competing fuels. Prices were still low and Smith felt they would have to rise to encourage more drilling.

There were 390 attendees at the meeting in Orlando, making it the second largest convention in DCA history. Joe VanGundy, Jr. of Waterman Construction Co., Inc. was elected 27th president. Other officers elected to serve were J.S. “Scotty” McGlothin, Jack Gabrielse and John F. ‘Jack’ Hayes.

1990 - 2010 - The Kennedy Era
The Maui convention set a new attendance record with 400 delegates. The meeting marked the changing of the guard with the retirement of Jim Upton and the hiring of the new executive vice president, Dennis Kennedy. This was Dennis’s first convention and he gave a tribute to Jim Upton as Upton was inducted as an honorary member. J.R. “Scotty” McGlothin, of Distribution Pipeline Maintenance, Inc., was elected president and Jack Gabrielse, Robert Meschi and Royce Heebner were elected to serve with him. Equipment innovation sessions were introduced at this meeting. Waterman Construction and Intercon Construction received the safety awards.

1991
Held in Tucson, a highlight of this meeting was the installation of honorary members Emerson H. Clark, Engineering Construction Co., Tulsa, OK and Armon H. Bost, Midwestern Equipment Co., Tulsa, OK. Both were instrumental in the founding of DCA. The annual auction was also introduced at this meeting and Butch Graham raised $33,000.

Keynote speakers were Mike Plank of Speed Shore who addressed OSHA regulations and the need for a “competent person” on the jobsite, and Stephen Ewing, president and CEO of MichCon and MCN Corporation. Ewing noted that the Clean Air Act and the Energy Security Act gave natural gas a bright future.

Jack Gabrielse, Intercon Construction Inc, was elected president with Thomas Allen, Robert Meschi and Royce Heebner serving with him. Attendance dropped to 250 in Tucson.

1992
The 31st annual meeting was held at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Attendance jumped 20%. The general business meeting featured a panel on industry regulations, safety and substance abuse. Speakers representing the Motor Carriers in the Federal Highway Administration and the Office of Pipeline Safety addressed the meeting.

Robert L. Meschi, of The Hallen Construction Company, was elected president. Royce Heebner, Thomas Allen and Dennis Klumb were also elected as officers.

1993
The 32nd annual convention was marked by stormy weather in Carlsbad, CA but was a huge success. President Robert Meschi remarked “Our industry is changing almost daily and it is up to us individually and collectively to see that our business operations operate in a safe and economical manner.” Trenchless construction and rehabilitation methods were starting to become widely accepted in the industry.

Speakers included Robert Nyman of Brooklyn Union Gas who talked about the potential impact NGV’s could have on this industry. Michael Baly III, president of AGA talked about NTSB’s concern over the safety of customer owned lines and its push to make utilities responsible for them.

Arthur T. Everham Safety Award winners were Poling & Bacon Construction and Mueller Pipeliners. The newly elected president was Royce R. Heebner, Henkels & McCoy, Inc. and other officers were Tom Allen, Dennis Klumb and Peter O’Brien.

1994
There were 320 attendees at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort in Hawaii for the 33rd annual meeting. Speakers included NFL Referee, William Abberger and Robert Ridgley, CEO of Northwest Natural Gas Company in Portland, OR and chairman of AGA. Ridgley said AGA and DCA have many of the same concerns in Washington, including drug and alcohol testing issues. He also felt all utilities should be forced to participate in One-Call systems.

Safety awards went to Snelson Companies and ARB. The new president elect was Tom Allen, Tom Allen Construction, Co. Dennis Klumb, Pete O’Brien and Joseph Purpura were also elected officers.

1995
With a tropical rain forest, mountains and the Caribbean and Atlantic oceans as a background, DCA held its 34th annual meeting in Puerto Rico at the El Conquistador Resort. Speakers included Marlon McClinton from the Gas Research Institute, Robert Catell, AGA chairman and president and CEO of Brooklyn Union Gas Co., and Arthur Coia, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of NA.

Safety awards went to Snelson Companies and ARB again this year. The newly elected president was Dennis Klumb, Arby Construction, and elected to serve with him were Joseph Purpura, Dan Watters and Terrence Smith.

1996
There were 475 attendees at the Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando for the 35th annual meeting. Speaker Frank Hanley, general president of the International Union of Operating Engineers, proposed a joint training venture with DCA as a “wise investment for the future.” Roger Cooper, group vice president of government relations and policy analysis for AGA pointed out that the natural gas industry had grown 30% over the last eight years while employing 15% less people.

Snelson and ARB again won the Arthur T. Everham Safety Award in their respective categories. Another highlight included the induction as honorary members of Dale Michels, Michels Pipeline Construction; Bob Lyons, Michigan Trenching Service and Dale Miller, Miller Pipeline Corporation.

President elect was Joseph Purpura, Midwestern Contractors, and other officers elected were David “Dan” Watters, Terry Smith and Patrick Michels.

1997
Indian Wells, CA attracted 375 attendees to the 36th annual convention. Held at the Esmeralda Resort the theme was “Rendezvous at the Oasis.” Speakers included Martin Maddaloni, general president of the United Association and astronaut Col. Terence Hendricks. The auction raised $125,000, which was up $9,000 over the previous year and set a new record. T.D. Williamson won the “90 Seconds in the Spotlight” award with their video on butt fusion, and Marilyn Monroe was the master of ceremonies.

The new president elect was David “Dan” Watters, Miller Pipeline Corp., and James Bender, Patrick Michels and David Nelson were elected with him.

1998
DCA returned to the Hilton Waikoloa in Hawaii for the 37th annual convention with 365 attendees. Renny Norman of the Gas Research Institute was the keynote speaker. The auction set another record raising $164,700. Snelson Companies and Minnesota Limited won the Arthur T. Everham Safety Awards, and this marked an unprecedented 5th straight award for Snelson Companies.

James R. Bender, Mueller Pipeliners, Inc./MRM, was elected president, but due to a change in membership status he resigned. The board appointed Dan Watters to serve a second term as president. Other officers elected were Pat Michels, Dave Nelson and Linda Loftis-Vrooman.

1999
The 38th annual convention was held at the Loew’s Coronado Resort near San Diego. Attendance was near 400 and the auction set another record raising $190,000. The “Bob Lyons” sport coat helped and a silent auction was added this year. A costume party and a hole-in-one by Don Owings, Distribution Construction Company, during the golf tournament were convention highlights. The first scholarships from the Dale R. Michels Endowed Scholarship Fund were awarded to three students. Snelson again won a safety award, along with Mid-Mountain Contractors, Inc.

Pat Michels, Michels Corporation, was elected president along with other officers David Nelson, Linda Loftis-Vrooman and James R. Bender.

2000
DCA ventured to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for the 39th annual meeting and attracted 400 delegates. President Pat Michels remarked, “DCA membership and influence continues to grow. The association is positioned to become more involved in member-driven programs. For all of us, our involvement in the association provides us with the opportunity to meet, discuss, listen and learn from our peers.”

Snelson again was a winner of the safety award, along with Mid-Mountain Contractors. The auction reached another milestone, raising $207,525. President elect was David A. Nelson, Pilchuck Contractors, Inc. along with officers Linda Loftis-Vrooman, James Bender and Michael Murphy.

2001
The convention moved back to the West Coast in 2001 to the Westin in Palm Springs, where the weather turned cold and rainy. Many teams abandoned the golf tournament because of the cold, windy and wet conditions. President Dave Nelson highlighted DCA’s involvement with a consortium involving an HDD Good Practices manual and training curriculum; training programs with the IUOE, UA and Laborers; the DCA Safety Congress and ongoing safety efforts; the boom in telecommunications and gas construction; and the changing face of the industry as contractors are consolidated into mega-firms offering a variety of turn-key services.

DCA elected its first female president – Linda Loftis-Vrooman, of Loftis Construction Corp. Other officers elected were James Bender, Michael Murphy and Keith Swerdfeger.

2002
Attendance dropped to 250 at the 41st annual convention at the Hyatt Regency Kauai and the auction raised $175,000. President Linda Loftis-Vrooman highlighted accomplishment with the DCA Safety Congress and ongoing safety efforts and the five year strategic plan that had been recently completed.

Distribution Construction won the over 200,000 man-hours safety award, and Snelson won in the under 200,000 man-hours category.

President elect was Jim Bender, Sub-Surface Construction Company and other officers elected were Michael Murphy, Keith Swerdfeger and David Falldorf.

2003
There were 270 delegates at the 42nd annual convention held at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, FL. In addition to the auction there was a car raffle (a new Thunderbird) and both raised $168,000. During the previous year, president Jim Bender resigned and Mike Murphy, Murphy Bros., Inc., assumed his position. Mike was elected again to serve as the 2003 president. Other elected officers were Keith Swerdfeger and Kenneth Gabrielse.

Safety awards were presented to Minnesota Limited in the over 200,000 man-hours category and Snelson Companies in the fewer than 200,000 man-hours category.

Two new members were inducted as honorary members – Oliver Klinger, president of Oildom Publishing Company, which publishes “Pipeline & Gas Journal,” “Underground Construction,” and “Pipeline News” magazines. Also inducted was Tom Poole of The Hallen Construction Company, Inc. Tom served as DCA president in 1980.

2004
DCA traveled to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale for the 43rd annual meeting with 280 attendees. Maintenance Unlimited and Snelson Companies won the Authur T. Everham Safety Awards. The auction raised $140,000.

Keith Swerdfeger was elected president along with other officers Ken Gabrielse and Ed Shannon.

2005
The Grand Floridian in Orlando was the site of the 44th convention and attracted 366 attendees. Speakers included DeWitt Burdeaux of the Transportation Safety Institute in Oklahoma City and Dennis Jarnecke with GTI. The auction raised $153,000 and the safety awards went to Minnesota Limited, Inc. and Mears/HDD LLC. Ken Gabrielse, Gabe’s Construction Co., Inc., was elected president and Ed Shannon and Chris Leines were also elected as officers.

2006
DCA returned to Hawaii for the 45th annual meeting, as 300 delegates moved into the Sheraton Maui. During the past year, DCA absorbed the assets of the Directional Crossing Contractors Association. At the convention the HDD committee was formed which included past members from DCCA and interested parties from DCA’s membership. A one day session was held at the beginning of the meeting on HDD topics.

Speakers included Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union of N.A., Gerry Shaheen, group president of Caterpillar and chairman of AEM.

President Ken Gabrielse, Gabe’s Construction, remarked in his address “…our association has changed over the last 45 years. We have evolved from an early group of contractors who installed gas mains and services for utilities to a group of contractors and associate members both large and small that have become major suppliers of all utility services for utility companies, both gas and electric, municipal infrastructure and the underground transportation of communication and vital resources that continue to make America prosper.”

The auction set a record raising $217,000. Safety awards were given in three categories: under 250,000 man hours; 251,000 to 599,000 and over 600,000 man hours. Winners were Quality Restoration Services, Inc., Snelson Companies, Inc., and Patterson & Wilder Construction Co., Inc. Ed Shannon, Snelson Companies, Inc. was elected president along with officers Chris Leines and Tony Deusenbery.

2007
Almost 300 attendees showed up for the 46th annual convention at the Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas. Safety awards went to Patterson & Wilder Construction and Midwestern Contractors. Christopher Leines, Minnesota Limited, was elected to serve as president, and Anthony Deusenbery and Shepard Poole were also elected to serve as officers. Dan Waters, formerly of Miller Pipeline, and Butch Graham of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers were inducted as honorary members.

2008
Returning to frosty Palm Springs were 300 attendees at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort. Temperatures were just above freezing the morning of the golf tournament. President elect was Tony Deusenbery of Otis Eastern Service, Inc. Shepard Poole and Kevin Miller were also elected as officers. Safety awards went to Brotherton Pipeline, KS Energy Services and K.R. Swerdfeger Construction.

2009
The Sheraton Maui served as a repeat site for the 48th annual meeting, during a year of a severe economic slowdown. President Tony Deusenbery remarked that “Much of the success of the DCA is due to the support and involvement of its members. This year was no exception.” The auction raised $268,000 and safety awards went to Mid-America Underground, KS Energy Service and Snelson Companies, Inc.

Speakers included Pat Tielborg, managing director and general counselor of the PLCA, Dr. Sam Ariaratnam, professor at Arizona State University and Terence O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union N.A. Harold Mueller, former owner of MRM and Ed Malzahn, founder of Ditch Witch, and Ruth Michels, Michels Corporation were all inducted as honorary members.

The new president was Shepard Poole, The Hallen Construction Co., Inc., and other officers elected to serve were Kevin Miller and Greg Dahl.

2010 - Darden Hired
Venturing to Mexico for the first time, DCA held its 49th annual meeting at the Fiesta Americana Grand resort in Los Cabos. Some 300 attendees moved to high ground and watched for the never to materialize tsunami from the Chilean earthquake. President Shepard Poole guided the association through a major transition during his tenure as long time executive vice president Dennis Kennedy retired and his replacement, Rob Darden, was hired. Poole commented in his address that “the economy and how it affects utility markets will be a primary concern of DCA and its members.” Work on a new strategic plan was begun during his term.

Also speaking at this meeting was Vincent Giblin, general president of the International Union of Operating Engineers. The new executive director, Rob Darden, offered a state of the industry address which noted that industry man hours worked were down 20 percent in the past year.

Safety awards went to H&H Enterprises, H.L Chapman Pipeline Construction, Inc. and Minnesota Limited, Inc.

Dennis Kennedy was inducted as an honorary member and a special ‘roast’ was held on his and Regan’s behalf at one of the functions.

Kevin Miller, Miller Pipeline Corporation, was elected president and other officers were Greg Dahl and Kevin Michels.

2011 - DCA 50th Anniversary
DCA held it's 50th Anniversary Convention at the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico.

Gregory S. Dahl, vice president of ARB, Inc. in Lake Forest, California was named the 2011 DCA president, succeeding Kevin G. Miller, president of Miller Pipeline Corporation, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kevin P. Michels, vice president - equipment division of Michels Corporation in Brownsville, Wisconsin was elected vice president, and Tim Bell of Midwestern Contractors in West Chicago, Illinois was elected treasurer.

Elected to two year terms on the Board of Directors are: Ben G. Nelson, vice president of operations for Pilchuck Contractors, Inc. in Kirkland, Washington; and Frank L. Patterson, president of Patterson & Wilder Construction Co., Inc., Pelham, Alabama.

H. Grady Bell, vice president - business development for Laney Directional Drilling Co. in Humble, Texas; Jim L. Brotherton, president and chief executive officer of Brotherton Pipeline, Inc. in Gold Hill, Oregon; Thomas R. Clapper, national division manager of H. L. Chapman Pipeline Construction, Co. in Leander, Texas; and Jay P. Osborn, president of Q3 Contracting, Inc. of Little Canada, Minnesota are currently finishing two year terms.

Kenneth M. Gabrielse, executive vice president of Gabe’s Construction Co., Inc. in Sheboygan, Wisconsin was named past president director; Larry W. Ernst president of Midwest Underground, Inc. in East Moline, Illinois was appointed as director at large for a one-year term; Gary W. Lawson, global accounts manager of Ditch Witch, the Charles Machine Works, Inc. in Perry, Oklahoma was named associate member director; John Weaver, corporate business manager of Deere & Co, Moline, Illinois was elected by the associates as alternate associate member director; both finishing two year terms.

Speakers were: Brian Bowen, Professor of Practice at the School of Construction, College of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology; Wally Adamchik, CSP, CMC, President of FireStarter Speaking and Consulting; Michael Rogers, “Futurist-in-Residence” for The New York Times.

Robert Darden, executive vice president of DCA. Rob gave a state of the association report and unveiled the new DCA logo and shared the plans for the new web site and newsletter.
Saturday’s Business Session was a GPS panel moderated by Dale Mykyte of Pe Ben USA, Inc., in Houston, Texas. The panel was from two different perspectives: from the supplier/provider and from the contractors. Panelists were: Kevin Michels, Michels Corporation; Karl Quackenbush, Mears Group, Inc.; Blake Culp, Pe Ben USA; John Janes, Caterpillar, Inc.; Mark Oliver, John Deere Construction & Forestry Division; and Bill Sauber, Volvo Construction North America, Inc.

2012
This year’s week long gathering, held February 3-8 at The Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii was a well-blended mix of business and pleasure – a mix that has served to highlight the unique nature of DCA since 1961.

Sunday night’s Volvo Auction Reception and Ritchie Bros./DCA Auction was a record-breaking event, with the auction raising over $415,000 to support the association’s scholarship program and general activities.

Safety awards went to:
In the category of less than 350,000 hours: Pilchuck Contractors, Inc., Kirkland, Washington, David A. Nelson, President.

In the category 351,000 to 699,000 hours: InterCon Construction Inc., Waunakee, Wisconsin, Jeff Hillebrandt, President.

In the category of over 700,000 hours: Michels Corporation, Brownsville, Wisconsin, Patrick Michels, President and Treasurer.

Kevin Michels, vice president - equipment division of Michels Corporation, Brownsville, Wisconsin was named the 2012 DCA president, succeeding Greg Dahl, vice president of ARB, Inc., Lake Forest, California. Tim Bell of Midwestern Contractors, West Chicago, Illinois was elected vice president, and Grady Bell of Laney Directional Drilling Co., Humble, Texas was elected treasurer.

Elected to two year terms on the Board of Directors are: Dale Anderson, executive vice president for Miller Pipeline, Indianapolis, Indiana; Tom Clapper, vice president business development for H.L. Chapman Pipeline Construction, Inc., Leader, Texas; Michael Hickey, executive vice president of operations for The Hallen Construction Company, Island Park, New York; and Jay Osborn, president and owner of Q3 Contracting, Inc., Little Canada, Minnesota.
Ben Nelson, vice president of operations for Pilchuck Contractors, Inc., Kirkland, Washington; and Frank Patterson, president of Patterson & Wilder Construction Co., Inc., Pelham, Alabama are currently finishing two year terms.

Tony Deusenbery, vice president of construction for Otis Eastern Service, Wellsville, New York was named past president director; Dale Mykyte, president and owner of Pe Ben USA, Inc., Houston, Texas was appointed as director at large for a one-year term; John Weaver, corporate business manager for John Deere Construction and Forestry Division, Moline, Illinois was named associate member director; and Bob Darby, president of Darby Equipment Co., Tulsa, Oklahoma was elected by the associates as alternate associate member director.

Speakers were Jason Dorsey, The Gen Y Guy®; Chris Daum, the senior managing director and officer with FMI Capital Advisors, Inc; comedian Frank King; and Wally Amos, the father of the gourmet chocolate chip cookie.


2013
Over 400 DCA members and guests gathered March 5-10 at the Loews Miami Beach in Florida for DCA’s 2013 Annual Convention making this the highest attended meeting to date.

Speakers included Two-time World Champion Eco-Challenge Adventure Racer and San Diego Firefighter Robyn Benincasa; Bill Sims on “The Remarkable Power of Positive Reinforcement”;
Certified Image Consultant, Stylist and Fashion Personality Laurie Brucker; Keni Thomas, country music recording artist and Army Ranger; and Charlie Morecraft.

DCA staff were recognized for employment milestones in 2013, Teri Korson, 20 years; Melissa Leslie, 10 years; and Candace Green, 5 years.

The 23rd Annual Auction was the most successful auction ever raising a total of $538,440!!
Safety awards recipients are:

In the category of less than 350,000 hours:
Pilchuck Contractors, Inc.
In the category 351,000 to 699,000 hours:
Midwestern Contractors
In the category of over 700,000 hours:
Mears Group

Honorary Member
Past President Joe Purpura announced the induction of DCA’s newest Honorary Member, Dave Nelson of Pilchuck Contractors.
After a Video Tribute, Dave was awarded with the Honorary Member Plaque and Ring.
In lieu of an auction item this year, Kevin and Connie Michels of Michels Corporation donated a beautiful bracelet and earring set for a drawing. During the week ladies were given tickets for a chance at winning the exquisite jewelry. Ladies brought all of their collected tickets to Saturday’s breakfast. Connie Michels drew the winning ticket and the lucky winner of the beautiful jewelry was Kara Lappe of Snelson Companies.
Saturday night’s President’s Dinner was a fun look at the Roaring ‘20s. Members and guests were outfitted in costumes reminiscent of the ‘20s and the “Great Gatsby” complete with gangsters and flapper girls.
2012 DCA President Kevin Michels presented Tim Bell of Midwestern Contractors with the president’s gavel and Tim introduced the 2013 Board of Directors:

2013 Officers
• Vice President Grady Bell of Laney Directional Drilling
• Treasurer Frank Patterson of Patterson & Wilder Construction
• Immediate Past President Kevin Michels of Michels Corporation
• Executive Vice President Rob Darden of Distribution Contractors Association

2013 Directors
• Dale Anderson of Miller Pipeline
• Larry Ernst of Midwest Underground
• Mike Hickey of The Hallen Construction Company
• Dale Mykyte of Pe Ben USA
• Ben Nelson of Pilchuck Contractors
• Jay Osborn of Q3 Contracting
• Past President Director Keith Swerdfeger of K.R. Swerdfeger Construction
• Director at Large Dale Lappe of Snelson Companies
• Associate Member Director John Weaver of John Deere Construction & Forestry Division
• Associate Member Director – Bob Darby of Darby Equipment


2014
Over 400 DCA members and guests gathered February 4-9 at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun, Mexico for DCA’s 2014 Annual Convention making this the highest attended meeting to date.

Speakers included Richard Picciotto, FDNY Chief and highest ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse, Mark Bridgers, Principal, Continuum Advisory Group who gave a presentation on “What Pipeline Contractors & Engineers Need to Know”.

Mac King, comedy magician, entertained attendees at Friday’s Ditch Witch Members’ Breakfast and
Clayton Anderson, Former NASA astronaut spoke at the closing breakfast.

The 24th Annual Auction was the most successful auction ever raising over $730,000!!

Safety awards recipients are:

In the category of less than 350,000 hours:
H & H Enterprises, Andover, Ohio.
In the category 351,000 to 699,000 hours:
Underground Construction Company Inc., Benicia, California.
In the category of over 700,000 hours:
Q3 Contracting Inc., Little Canada, Minnesota


Saturday night’s President’s Dinner was a fun was a Jimmy Buffett themed beach party with margaritas, parrots and buckets of beer. A Jimmy Buffett tribute band, A1, provided the entertainment and members and guests were outfitted in grass skirts and parrottheads.

2013 DCA President Tim Bell of Midwestern Contractors presented Grady Bell of Laney Directional Drilling with the president’s gavel and Grady introduced the 2014 Board of Directors:

2014 Officers
• Vice President Frank Patterson of Patterson & Wilder Construction
• Treasurer Dale Anderson of Miller Pipeline
• Immediate Past President Tim Bell of Midwestern Contractors
• Executive Vice President Rob Darden of Distribution Contractors Association

2014 Directors
• Larry Ernst of Midwest Underground
• Mike Hickey of The Hallen Construction Company
• Jim Lagios of Oz Directional Drilling
• Dale Mykyte of Pe Ben USA
• Ben Nelson of Pilchuck Contractors
• Jay Osborn of Q3 Contracting
• Past President Director Shepard Poole, The Hallen Construction Co., Inc.
• Director at Large Tom Clapper, TekRock Trenching LLC
• Associate Member Director (Junior) Pat Hunt, Case Construction Equipment
• Associate Member Director (Senior) – Bob Darby of Darby Equipment

2015
Over 400 DCA members and guests gathered February 7-12 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana for DCA’s 2015 Annual Convention.

Honorary Member
Jack Gabrielse and Ken Gabrielse were inducted as DCA’s newest Honorary Members, and
after video tributes, they were awarded Honorary Member Plaques and Rings.
Speakers were Rob O’Neill, a highly-trained Navy SEAL, who led the military’s most elite and was involved in our nation’s most important campaigns; Lt. General Russel L. Honoré, retired from the US Army and Joby Ogwyn, world renowned for his prowess as an alpinist, wing-suit pilot and BASE jumper.

The 25th Annual Auction was the most successful auction ever raising over $900,000!!

Safety awards recipients are:

In the category of less than 300,000 hours there was a tie: Alvah Contractors, South San Francisco, California and Mid America Underground, Aurora, Illinois.
In the category 301,000 to 899,000 hours: H.L. Chapman Pipeline Construction, Leander, Texas.
In the category of over 900,000 hours:
Q3 Contracting Inc., Little Canada, Minnesota.

Saturday night’s President’s Dinner was a Mardi Gras Masked Ball

2014 DCA President Grady Bell of Laney Directional Drilling presented Frank Patterson of Primoris Pipeline Services with the president’s gavel and Frank introduced the 2015 Board of Directors:

2015 Officers
• Vice President Dale Anderson of Miller Pipeline
• Treasurer Dale Mykyte of Pe Ben USA
• Immediate Past President Grady Bell of Laney Directional Drilling
• Executive Vice President Rob Darden of Distribution Contractors Association

2015 Directors
• Larry Ernst of Midwest Underground
• Mike Hickey of The Hallen Construction Company
• Jim Lagios of Oz Directional Drilling
• Ben Nelson of Pilchuck Contractors
• Jay Osborn of Q3 Contracting
• Tom Clapper of TekRock Trenching
• Past President Director Kevin Miller of Miller Pipeline
• Director at Large Ray Swerdfeger of K.R. Swerdfeger Construction
• Associate Member Director (Junior) Pat Hunt, Case Construction Equipment
• Associate Member Director (Senior) – Bob Darby of Darby Equipment

2016
Over 450 DCA members and guests gathered February 15-20 at Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida for DCA’s 2016 Annual Convention.

The 26th Annual Auction was very successful raising almost $900,000!!

Safety awards recipients are:

In the category of less than 300,000 man hours: First Place was H & H Enterprises, Andover, Ohio. For Second Place there was a tie: Mid America Underground, Aurora, Illinois and Pe Ben USA, Houston, Texas.

In the category 301K to 899K man hours: First Place was Midwestern Contractors, Elburn, Ilinois and Second Place was H.L. Chapman Pipeline Construction, Leander, Texas.

In the category of over 900,000 hours: First Place was ARB, Inc., Lake Forest, California and Second Place was Mears Group, Houston, Texas.

Saturday night’s President’s Dinner was an evening of ocean enchantment including a large sand castle built during the week and showcased during the dinner. The dinner was followed by hours of
dancing at the After-Hours Reception.

2015 DCA President Frank Patterson of Primoris Pipeline Services presented Dale Anderson of Miller Pipeline with the president’s gavel and Dale introduced the 2016 Board of Directors:

2016 Officers
• Vice President Dale Mykyte of Pe Ben USA
• Treasurer Jay Osborn of Primoris Services
• Immediate Past President Frank Patterson of Patterson Wilder Construction Co., Inc.
• Executive Vice President Rob Darden of Distribution Contractors Association

2016 Directors
• Tom Clapper of TekRock Trenching
• Larry Ernst of Midwest Underground
• Mike Hickey of The Hallen Construction Company
• Greg Gapinski of Snelson Companies
• Ben Nelson of Pilchuck Contractors
• Ray Swerdfeger of K.R. Swerdfeger Construction
• Director at Large Rob DeRue of D.R.S. Enterprises Inc
• Past President Director Greg Dahl of ARB Inc.
• Associate Member Director Jon Heinen of Vermeer
• Associate Member Director Dave Holcomb of TT Technologies

Past Presidents

2015 - Frank Patterson
Patterson & Wilder Construction Co., Inc.


2014 - Grady Bell
Laney Directional Drilling Co.


2013 - Tim Belll
Midwestern Contractors


2012 - Kevin Michels
Michels Corporation


2011 - Greg Dahl
ARB Inc.


2010 - Kevin G. Miller
Miller Pipeline Corp.

2009 - Shepard T. Poole
The Hallen Construction Co., Inc.

2008 - Anthony R. Deusenbery
Otis Eastern Services, Inc.

2007 - Christopher T. Leines
Minnesota Limited, Inc.

2006 - Edwin J. Shannon
Snelson Companies, Inc.

2005 - Kenneth M. Gabrielse
Gabe’s Construction Co., Inc.

2004 - Keith R. Swerdfeger
K.R. Swerdfeger Construction Inc.

2002-3 - Michael D. Murphy
Murphy Bros., Inc.

2002 - James R. Bender (R)
Sub-Surface Construction Co.

2001 - Linda K. Loftis-Vrooman
Loftis Construction Corp.

2000 - David A. Nelson
Pilchuck Contractors, Inc.

1999 - Patrick D. Michels
Michels Corp.

1997-8 - David “Dan” Watters (H)
Miller Pipeline Corp.

1996 - Joseph R. Purpura
Midwestern Contractors

1995 - Dennis G. Klumb
Arby Construction Co., Inc.

1994 - Thomas M. Allen
Tom Allen Construction Co., Inc.

1993 - Royce R. Heebner
Mid-Atlantic Pipeliners, Inc.

1992 - Robert L. Meschi
The Hallen Construction Co., Inc.

1991 - Jack L. Gabrielse
InterCon Construction, Inc.

1990 - J.H. (Scotty) McGlothin (D)
Distribution Pipeline Maintenance, Inc.

1989 - Joe F. Van Gundy, Jr.
Waterman Construction Co., Inc.

1988 - Larry D. Smith
Carl E. Smith, Inc.

1987 - Robert C. Cooley
Distribution Construction Co.

1986 - Darold W. Falldorf
Aconite Corporation

1985 - Jerry H. Stubbs (D)
Mid-Mountain Contractors, Inc.

1984 - James A. Donaldson (D)
Donaldson Construction Co., Inc.

1983 - James H. Miller
Mueller Pipeliners, Inc.

1982 - William M. Snelson (D)
Snelson Companies, Inc.

1981 - Dale R. Miller (H)
Miller Pipeline Corporation

1980 - Thomas B. Poole (H)
The Hallen Construction Co., Inc.

1979 - Gene R. Spencer
G.R. Spencer Construction Co., Inc.

1978 - Rolland B. Lyons (D, H)
Michigan Trenching Service, Inc.

1977 - Robert E. Bricker (D)
Henkels & McCoy, Inc.

1976 - Dale R. Michels (D, H)
Michels Pipeline Construction Co., Inc.

1975 - Richard L. Comstock
Tarnow Pipeline Construction Co., Inc.

1974 - Stewart J. Kniff
Sub-Surface Construction Co.

1973 - M.H. Cook (D)
M.H. Cook Pipeline Construction Co.

1972 - Allan H. Coolsaet
R.L. Coolsaet Construction Co.

1971 - Murry L. Loftis (D)
Gas Lines, Inc. (Loftis Construction Co.)

1970 - Edwin Gabrielse (D)
Gabe’s Construction Co., Inc.

1969 - Don W. Miller
Miller Pipeline Corporation

1968 - S.R. Snider (D)
The Hallen Construction Co., Inc.

1967 - R.E. Reutzel
R.E. Reutzel Co.

1966 - R.W. Burkhardt (D)
Burkhardt Pipeline Construction Co.

1965 - Frank E. Everett, Jr. (D)
Mid-Mountain Contractors, Inc.

1964 - A.T. Everham (D)
Midwestern Contractors, Inc.

1963 - W.C. Donaldson (D)
Donaldson Construction Co.

1961-2 - Emerson H. Clark (D, H)
Engineering Construction Co