March 2021, Vol. 248, No. 3

Companies in the News

Companies in the News March 2021

The Collins Companies, one of the largest privately held industrial distributors of pipe, valves and fittings (PVF) and engineered specialties serving the Northeast, announced it has acquired the assets of Niagara Controls in Buffalo, N.Y. and consolidated its management with Collins’ Niagara Division in Syracuse, N.Y.  


Joe Clemente, who was managing partner of Niagra Controls, will serve as director of Operations in New York for Collins and manage both locations.  

“This consolidation of management and direction will allow us to maximize the utilization of both our resources and our talent throughout all of upstate New York,” said Brian Tuohey, owner and CEO of The Collins Companies.  

Based in East Windsor, Conn., The Collins Companies is comprised of Collins Pipe & Supply Co., Collins Controls, Niagara Controls, Collins Niagara, Power House Supply Co. and International Valve and Instrument, with nine locations throughout New England and upstate New York. 

NRG Energy Inc. was named the 2020-2021 Supplier of the Year by The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA), an organization comprised of independent energy aggregators, brokers and consultants, as well as energy suppliers, resellers and other energy-related entities seeking the advancement of fair deregulated energy markets. 

The award was based on overall satisfaction, ease of doing business, ethical business practices, customer service, price competitiveness and market knowledge among TEPA supplier members when casting their vote.  

“It is a testament to the customer-first model we have implemented at NRG,” said Robert Gaudette, senior vice president of NRG Energy. “The hard work and focus of our team members truly demonstrate why we are able to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.” 

Edge LNG, which converts stranded gas to liquefied natural gas (LNG) with Cryobox mobile liquefaction units from Galileo Global Technologies, has opened a new Permian Basin facility. The facility houses their first combined training center and equipment from both companies. Galileo is an investor in Edge LNG and its exclusive technology partner. 

The 10,000-square-foot facility in Midland, Texas, will serve as the center of Edge LNG’s Permian operations, allowing customers to see equipment firsthand and attend training sessions on the equipment’s uses, the company said. 

“Our investment here allows us to provide a cleaner diesel alternative for operators, replace the need for flaring or venting and unlock the potential of stranded wells, said Jonathan Brignac, vice president of Business Development at Edge LNG. 

Twin Brothers Marine, a heavy steel fabricator for the oil and gas, infrastructure and renewables industries, has received the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) conditional certification for its facility in Louisa, La.  

The AISC designation certifies Twin Brothers in AISC categories of bridge fabricator – intermediate (major), metal component manufacturer, fracture critical endorsement and sophisticated paint endorsement P3 – exposed. 

“It took nearly one year of intense effort by the Twin Brothers team during the difficult COVID-19 restrictions to get [certified], and I commend our employees for their dedication and high-level of performance,” General Manager Jason Webster said. 

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