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Everyone who walks into our company understands the importance of global business. The ability to do international business is critical to us because 100% of the jobs at The Pipe Line Development Company depend on being able to export. With global trade comes new jobs and, ultimately, growth.

Here at The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO), we manufacture high pressure, high temperature pipeline repair fittings that are used all over the world. International trade is imperative to our business since we export to 70 countries, including Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, China, Japan, and the Middle East. We have approximately 100 employees here in Westlake, Ohio. The ability to do international business is critical to us because 100 percent of the jobs at PLIDCO depend on being able to export.

Everyone who walks into our company understands the importance of global business. Being that we export 70% of our product all over the world, it is important for us to keep in mind that PLIDCO isn't only a small company in Westlake, Ohio; people all over the world depend on our products to keep the environment safe and their lines running.

Exporting allowed our business to grow during a domestic economic down turn. It's critical for us to be able to export, and we have witnessed that trade is great for the rest of the world. In five years, our hope is to have five new products that will help our industry, and if Washington could ease on some regulations, we would be able to further grow our business. With global trade comes new jobs and, ultimately, growth.

Kim Smith-President; The Pipe Line Development Company


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PLIDCO Comes to You With Operator Qualification Training for Oil and Gas Pipeline Repairs That Promote Safety and Best Maintenance Practices

WESTLAKE, OH--(Marketwired - Sep 21, 2016) - Performing maintenance and repairs to live oil and gas pipelines requires painstaking installation and safety practices. To help pipeline repair personnel stay safe and improve their workmanship skills, The Pipeline Development Company (PLIDCO) of Westlake, Ohio offers Department of Transportation (DOT) certified, ASME B31Q-2006 operator qualification training for the installation of a variety of pipeline repair fittings including the Split+Sleeve, Weld+Ends, Smith+Clamp and the Flange+Repair Ring.

"PLIDCO is the industry's leading advocate for safety and improving best installation practices for pipeline repair workers," states Marketing Coordinator/Sales Operations Supervisor for PLIDCO Elaine Maruca. "It's our desire to share our expertise and equip maintenance personnel with an understanding of installation principles and safety practices when installing PLIDCO products. We also want the end user of our products to understand that PLIDCO fittings can be installed by their maintenance staff which saves time and money."

The course can be completed in approximately three hours and includes a demonstration of the installation of the fittings on a pressurized line, detailed step-by-step explanations, and a PowerPoint presentation that will help each participant learn the modules required to prepare for the exam. Each class is limited to 20 people and will include hands-on learning and interactive Q&A with the instructor. The course concludes with a written exam and a certificate which states the participant has attended the course and passed the exam will be issued.

"PLIDCO has been manufacturing pipeline repair products longer than anyone in the industry," continued PLIDCO's Elaine Maruca. "Our instructors have years of experience and have personally encountered numerous challenging installations. Participants who have taken our courses leave with practical tips and techniques to use in the field, but most importantly with the confidence to install PLIDCO products in a safe manner."

In conjunction with the OQ training, PLIDCO also offers training on re-packing their fittings. This is an important and time saving skill that will allow maintenance personnel to make the change at the shop or in the field saving the time and expense it would take to send the fitting back to PLIDCO to have it changed or have a PLIDCO service staff member change it at your site. This training can be an add-on to the OQ training or done as a stand-alone course.

For more information on these courses, to receive a quote, or to set up a class at your facility, please contact PLIDCO at pipeline@plidco.com. Those who mention seeing this news release will receive a 5% discount on the first scheduled course. PLIDCO is the world's leading designer and manufacturer of standard and custom engineered products for pipeline repair and maintenance. PLIDCO was founded in 1949 and holds the industry distinction of being the developers of the first high pressure pipeline repair fittings. Trust the Original. Trust PLIDCO®.  

PLIDCO Develops Tap Enclosures to Help Oil Companies in War on Illegal Pipeline Tapping

(WESTLAKE, OH--Aug 8, 2016) - Illegal tapping of oil pipelines is costing oil companies billions of dollars in lost product each year and the problem is growing around the globe. Furthermore, the process of locating the illegal taps, repairing the pipeline, and cleaning up the environmental damage is putting a significant strain on operational resources and manpower. To help combat this problem, PLIDCO, a world leader in the manufacturing of pipeline repair fittings, has developed the Tap+Enclosure, a line of innovative enclosures that can be installed quickly and easily that permanently encloses the illegal tap. "Our customers in South America, Africa, Europe and other places around the world have lamented to us about the logistical challenge of having to repair illegal taps. In response, we developed a solution that simplifies the process and encompasses them permanently," states Pete Haburt, General Sales Manager at PLIDCO.

In Mexico, it's estimated that over $1 billion dollars' worth of oil is stolen each year from over 4000 illegal taps -- and that number does not include the cost to locate and restore the lines. "When we designed the Tap+Enclosure, we designed it for safety and for speed of installation because we knew the repair teams needed to perform the repair as quickly as possible," continued Haburt. "Tap+Enclosures can be installed in about 2 hours -- sometimes less, which is quick for any kind of pipeline repair."

Nigeria is another country experiencing this problem. Estimates vary between 100,000-400,000 barrels of oil being stolen each day from illegal taps -- totaling over $18 billion dollars annually. In Nigeria and other countries around the world there have been multiple accidents, explosions, and oil spills that have cost lives and rendered water sources unusable for significant periods of time. "Tapping into a live oil pipeline with homemade devices is very dangerous," concluded Haburt. "But as long as the money is there, people will continue to take the risk to get it. Our desire for the new Tap+Enclosure is to make the repair process easier for the oil company repair."

The Tap+Enclosure is a dome-like fitting that totally and permanently encapsulates the tap. It comes in three variations: a Weld-On version, a Split Bolt-On version, and a Split Weld-On Version. All versions meet ASME Section VIII standards. The Split Bolt-On version also meets API 6H/6X. PLIDCO designs each Tap+Enclosure to meet specific temperature, pressure, and size needs for customers.

PLIDCO is the world's leading designer and manufacturer of standard and custom engineered products for pipeline repair and maintenance. PLIDCO was founded in 1949 and holds the industry distinction of being the developers of the first high pressure pipeline repair fittings.


Third Generation Company Finds the Perfect Fit with Ascension of Vice President/General Manager.

Westlake, OH, October 23, 2014 - PLIDCO, The Pipeline Development Company, a manufacturer of pipeline repair and maintenance fittings based in Westlake, Ohio announced today that Kimberly Smith has been promotied to President and will continue to serve as general manager.

Mrs. Smith has been employed with PLIDCO for more than 10 years. She has served in various roles, working her way up the ladder, including marketing manager, vice president and general manager of the company. She attended Cuyahoga Community College and Kent State University and is a member of The Northern Ohio District Export Council. “I am thrilled to continue to impact the growth at PLIDCO and look forward to leading our team successfully for years to come,” says Mrs. Smith.

PLIDCO is a U.S. based, family-owned company that was founded in 1949. The company’s former president, Ed Smith, who recently took on the role of chairman, commented about Mrs. Smith’s promotion, “I was happy that I was able to promote from within our organization and I’m sure that Kim will be the most successful president yet. Go Kim, Go!”


PLIDCO-The Pipe Line Development Co. Receives 2013 Best of Cleveland Award

U.S. Commerce Association's Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, September 10, 2013 -- For the third consecutive year, PLIDCO-The Pipe Line Development Co. has been selected for the 2013 Best of Cleveland Award in the Valves & Pipe Fittings category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Nationwide, only 1 in 120 (less than 1%) 2013 Award recipients qualified as Three-Time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

PLIDCO Announces Pete Haburt as New General Sales Manager
(WESTLAKE, OHIO - August 2010) The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO), the world's leading designer and builder of standard and custom engineered products for pipeline repair and maintenance, recently promoted Pete Haburt to general sales manager.

In his role, Haburt will oversee all export and domestic sales staff. Haburt has 35 years of experience with PLIDCO, where he started as a welder and later was promoted to a night plant supervisor. In 1983, Haburt moved to the PLIDCO sales department and since 2006 has held the position of assistant sales manager until his recent promotion.

"As the new general sales manager, I plan to stay focused on PLIDCO's core business and work to develop closer relationships with our customers," said Haburt. "I also will work to continue increasing PLIDCO?s global presence." 

Haburt is an associate trainer for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and an associate member of Midwest Energy Association (MEA). He has also participated in presentations around the globe including Best Practices in Alaska and in service pipeline repairs in Australia and China.

Haburt resides in Vermilion, Ohio.

Haburt's predecessor, Frank Castro, is retiring after 44 years with PLIDCO. Castro held the position of general sales manager for the last 15 years. Ben Sweeney, general manager at PLIDCO, also retired this year.

The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO) has been helping companies avoid costly shutdowns with pipeline repairs for more than 60 years. Today, the company is the world?s leading designer and builder of standard and custom engineered products for pipeline repair and maintenance.

For more information, contact The Pipe Line Development Company at 870 Canterbury Road, Cleveland, OH 44145 U.S.A. Phone: 440-871-5700. Fax: 440-871-9577. Web: www.plidco.com E-Mail: pipeline@plidco.com

Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO®) Announces Engineering Projects, LLC and Luse Thermal Technologies, LLC as New Representatives
CLEVELAND - March 2010 - The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO®), the world's leading supplier of products for pipeline repair and maintenance, announced the appointment of Engineering Projects, LLC as the new representative for Iraq and Luse Thermal Technologies, LLC as the new representative for Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota.

The California based company, Engineering Projects, has accumulated an international clientele, successfully working in the Mesopotamia area of Iraq. The main customers are Iraqi industrial sectors such as fertilizer plants and phosphate plants, oil sectors such as refineries and pipe lines, and electrical post plants.

Luse Thermal Technologies emerged from the Chicago based Luse family, who own and operate various distribution and construction companies under Luse Holdings since 1923. Under the Luse Holdings umbrella, the family of companies provides various products and services to the industrial and commercial construction industry including nuclear and fossil power, oil refineries, chemical and the food and beverage industries.

"PLIDCO looks forward to further serving our customers and community with Engineering Projects and Luse Thermal Technologies as new representatives," said Kim Smith, marketing manager, PLIDCO. "Together we can provide quality engineered products and superior service throughout the world."

The company's principal product categories are leak-enclosure fittings, connector fittings, hot-tapping/line-plugging products, and custom-designed fittings. The products have been designed for pressures up to 10,000 psi and temperatures from -250 degrees Fahrenheit to +900 degrees Fahrenheit. The company maintains an inventory of standard products in API pipe sizes, 1-1/2 inches through 48 inches, for pressures up to 2000 psi.

For additional information on Engineering Projects, visit www.engineeringprojectsllc.com or call 949.861.2025. For more information on Luse Thermal Technologies, visit www.luse.com or call 630.862.2600.

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