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PLCA Draws Record Crowd to 67th Annual Convention

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The PLCA board of directors. (Photo courtesy of Ben Arnold.)

The PLCA board of directors. (Photo courtesy of Ben Arnold.)

The Pipeline Contractors Association drew a record 700 attendees to its annual convention in Carlsbad, California, Feb. 24-28. Ronnie Wise, Price Gregory International, PLCA’s 2014 President chaired the overall convention.

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The PLCA kicked off the first night of the event with its biennial PLCA Scholarship Foundation auction, which raised more than $600,000. Ritchie Bros.’ Butch Graham conducted the fundraiser event with all of the conventioneers in attendance.

The business sessions included guest speaker Jim Kelly, Hall of Fame quarterback, who gave an inspirational presentation complete with the former Buffalo Bills signal caller completing passes to selected attendees.

As they do every year, Caterpillar and Pipeline Machinery International hosted a Gala event on Thursday night that included a reception, dinner and entertainment. At the dinner, Caterpillar presented Wise with a special award recognizing his presidency.

The convention was brought to a close Friday night with the annual banquet and floor show. At that time, Frank Welch, Rockford Corp., was elected PLCA’s 2015 president. Other officers for 2015 are first vice president Bernie Bermack, Pe Ben USA; Robert Riess Sr., Sheehan Pipe Line Construction, and Robert Osborn, Michels Corp.

The 68th annual convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale, Arizona, Feb. 23-27 2016.

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