Artera Debuts at #7 on the Annual Top 600 Specialty Contractor List

Engineering News Record (ENR) is regarded as one of the top publications for the construction industry, dating back more than 100 years. Each year, ENR publishes the Top 600 Specialty Contractor List and Artera has debuted on this year’s list at number seven!

“What an honor to be recognized amongst our peers within the industry,” said Brian Palmer, CEO of Artera. Artera also ranked number four in ENR’s Top 20 Firms in Utility.

While 2020 has been quite a year, we never lost sight of what matters – keeping safe and reliable energy flowing to homes and businesses – something our team members, customers and communities can all appreciate.

As part of the Top Ten in the market, we will continue our focus on growth, creating endless opportunities to make a lasting impact with our customers and the communities where we live and work.

“Our people are what makes Artera such a great place to work,” said Brian, “And our operating companies are the real heart of what we do and the face to our customers and the community.”

The Artera story is just beginning and ranking on this highly recognized list cements our achievements in 2020 and opens our eyes to where we are headed in the next decade.

Each year, ENR chooses the top specialty contractors across the United States based on annual results that are provided by each participating company and based on revenue generated during the preceding calendar year. For more information about ENR, visit www.enr.com.

Artera’s operating companies include KS Energy Services, Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Limited, Otis Eastern, Southeast Connections, Volt Power, Hydro-X and Hydro-X II. For more information about Artera, or our operating companies, visit www.artera.com.

To view the entire issue, please visit: http://bit.ly/ENR600

ARTERA COMPLETES PURCHASE OF OTIS EASTERN SERVICE

ATLANTA – October 1, 2020 – Artera Services, LLC (“Artera”), one of the nation’s industry-leading providers of integrated infrastructure services to the natural gas and electric industries, completed the previously announced acquisition of Otis Eastern Service, LLC (“Otis Eastern”) today.

“I am pleased to welcome Otis Eastern to the Artera family. Their rich history and foundation of the business fit perfectly with our culture and values at Artera,” stated Brian Palmer, CEO of Artera. “We are looking forward to this next step in the future of our companies.”

“The combination helps extend our path of success in this industry and will provide enhanced career opportunities for our employees while maintaining our loyalty to our business and customers,” said Casey Joyce, President, and CEO of Otis Eastern. “I am thrilled about our next chapter with Artera.”

Simmons Energy, a division of Piper Sandler, served as the exclusive financial advisor to Artera, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is serving as legal counsel to Artera.

About Otis Eastern Service, LLC
Otis Eastern Service, LLC, based in Wellsville, NY, is a superior contractor of pipelines for midstream and utility companies throughout the Northeast for more than 84 years. Established in 1936 with a background of three generations, Otis provides a reputation of expertise in complex and challenging pipeline projects across seven states and 600 employees. For more information, visit www.otiseastern.com.

About Artera
Artera, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a $2 billion in revenue industry-leading provider of integrated infrastructure services to the natural gas and electric industries across 34 states. Artera employs more than 9,000 people throughout the United States and focuses on maintenance, replacement, and upgrade (“MRU”) of existing infrastructure. Artera’s business units are recognized market leaders, have long-standing operating histories in the industry, and are well respected for shared common core values of Safety, Integrity, Quality, and Commitment. For more information, visit www.artera.com.

True Friends Community Outreach Project

Minnesota Limited is excited to share the results from our community outreach project with True Friends!

Employees at the Big Lake office had the opportunity to support this project through either an item collection or raffle. All together, we were able to donate more than $1,000 dollars in horse gear and donations to True Friends’ horse therapy program, True Strides. True Friends is a nonprofit organization providing life-changing experiences and adventures for children and adults with disabilities. True Friends’ programs include camp, respite, therapeutic horseback riding, conference and retreat, travel, and team building. 

Minnesota Limited is proud to support our neighboring areas and organizations that bring aid to those in need. By working together and supporting one another, we are stronger as a whole.

A big thank you to everyone who participated and donated!

Corporate Communications
corporate.communications@mnlimited.com
(763) 262-7049

Artera to Acquire Otis Eastern Service

ATLANTA, August 26, 2020 – Artera Services, LLC (“Artera”) one of the nation’s largest providers of integrated infrastructure services to natural gas and electric industries announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Otis Eastern Service, LLC (“Otis Eastern”) today. Otis Eastern is a highly strategic fit with Artera, expanding and strengthening its position as a leader in the infrastructure services industry. This transaction marks the second within six months, reinforcing Artera’s commitment to building its position as the industry-leading provider of safe and reliable services to the natural gas and electric industries.

Located in Wellsville, New York, Otis Eastern has been in operation since 1936 as a contractor of pipelines for midstream and utility companies throughout the Northeast and Appalachian regions. This company employs about 600 employees and serves its customers in seven states with a rich history of three generations leading the company.

“This combination with Otis Eastern provides Artera an opportunity to expand our geographic territory and sustain the existing long-term relationships with their customers,” said Brian Palmer, CEO of Artera Services. “Otis Eastern is a highly complementary fit with a shared commitment to safety and to high-quality, reliable services to its customer base, with a focus on recurring maintenance and repair work on existing infrastructure. We welcome Otis Eastern and are looking forward to the opportunities this brings for our people and our business as we continue to serve our customers, focusing on our shared values.”

Day-to-day operations will continue to be run by Casey Joyce, President, and CEO of Otis Eastern, who will work closely with Palmer. “This is a great opportunity to grow our business. Our company values align with Artera’s culture, and we are looking forward to what is next for our business,” stated Joyce. “Our employees and customers will receive the same high-quality service they have come to expect now, and after the integration process.”

Otis Eastern will maintain its headquarters in Wellsville, New York.

Simmons Energy, a division of Piper Sandler, served as the exclusive financial advisor to Artera, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is serving as legal counsel to Artera.

About Otis Eastern Service, LLC
Otis Eastern Service, LLC, based in Wellsville, NY, is a superior contractor of pipelines for midstream and utility companies throughout the Northeast for more than 84 years. Established in 1936 with a background of three generations, Otis provides a reputation of expertise in complex and challenging pipeline projects across 7 states and 600 employees. For more information, visit www.otiseastern.com

About Artera
Artera, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a $2 billion in revenue industry-leading provider of integrated infrastructure services to natural gas and electric industries across 34 states. Artera employs more than 8,500 people throughout the United States and has a focus on maintenance, replacement and upgrade (“MRU”) of existing infrastructure. Artera’s business units are recognized market leaders, have long-standing operating histories in the industry and are well respected for shared common core values of Safety, Quality, Commitment, and Reputation. For more information, visit www.artera.com.

Artera Services Announced as the New Name for PowerTeam Services

Artera Services (“Artera”) was announced today by PowerTeam Services LLC as the new company name. After the acquisition of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited (collectively “MVerge”) in April of this year, the company looked to establish a new name that better reflects the diversity of their offerings and provides a platform for future growth, both organically and through future acquisitions.

“Artera is not meant to be a literal representation of our company, but rather a strong name that we can continue to grow in the years to come,” stated Brian Palmer, chief executive officer of Artera. “Artera is built upon the collective strengths of our operating companies. They are the face to our customers and the communities we serve, but together we are Artera.”

Utility companies across America rely on Artera’s expertise in order to maintain, repair, and build infrastructure, which allows for the reliable distribution and transmission of natural gas and electric power to homes, businesses, and communities. This is complimented by a wide range of municipal and specialty services, which help complete the job.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Artera, and its operating companies (KS Energy Services, Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Limited, Southeast Connections, Volt Power, and Hydro-X) enable exceptional, mission-critical infrastructure in order to serve their customers and communities to build their tomorrow.

“We are excited to bring Artera to life and continue to demonstrate our core values of safety, quality, commitment, and reputation, in everything we do,” said Palmer. “While we may have a new name, we are still the same dedicated partner our customers have come to rely on, and we will continue to strive to be the best service provider in our industry.”

About Artera
Artera, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a $2 billion in revenue industry-leading provider of integrated infrastructure services to natural gas and electric industries across 34 states. Artera employs more than 8,500 people throughout the United States. Its operating companies include KS Energy Services, Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Limited, Southeast Connections, Volt Power, and Hydro-X. For more information, visit www.artera.com.

Reaming Head from First International Project on Display

Reaming head in front lobby

We are excited to show off a recent addition to the corporate office in Big Lake—a reaming head from our first international project!

On display in the front lobby, this reaming head was used on the horizontal directional drill of the Detroit River on the Utopia Pipeline for Kinder Morgan. The pipeline carries natural gas liquids from Cadiz and Scio, Ohio to Sarnia, Ontario. Minnesota Limited, along with subcontractors Southeast Directional Drilling and R.B. Somerville, constructed 145 miles of new pipeline in 2017 along with re-service of work of 75 miles of existing line. In the summer of 2019, the crossing of the Detroit River was completed as a portion of the re-service and integrity management as the pipeline enters Canada.

Personal Care Collection Community Outreach Project

Minnesota Limited is excited to share the results from our June community outreach project with the Big Lake Community Food Shelf. Employees at the Big Lake office collected personal care products such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, and more to help support those in need. With COVID-19, we recognize that these high demand items have become harder to find for community members. Minnesota Limited is proud to support our neighboring areas and the organizations that bring aid to those in need. By working together and supporting one another, we are stronger as a whole.

A big thank you to everyone who participated and donated!

Engaging in these community outreach projects allows Minnesota Limited to be an active contributor in the communities that we operate in. We are committed to giving back and providing support to these areas that will have a lasting and positive impact. Those interested in participating in outreach projects in your local communities, should contact the Communications department at the contact information below. All ideas and input are welcome!

Corporate Communications
corporate.communications@mnlimited.com
(763) 262-7049

Doug Banning to Retire from Miller Pipeline and MVerge, Kevin Miller to Senior Advisor, Dale Anderson to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer

INDIANAPOLIS – Miller Pipeline, LLC, one of the nation’s premier natural gas distribution and utility contractors, announced today that Doug Banning, Chief Executive Officer of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited (collectively MVerge), will retire on July 2, 2020 after 35 years of service. Additionally, current Miller Pipeline President Kevin Miller will transition to a new role as Senior Advisor, and Executive Vice President Dale Anderson will be appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Miller Pipeline.

Banning joined Miller Pipeline in 1985 as a cost accountant and has served as CEO since 1998. Over the course of his 35-year tenure, Banning helped propel Miller Pipeline from a company of 350 employees with revenues of $40 million to over 5,000 employees with revenues exceeding $1.3 billion. Doug’s strong background in accounting and finance helped him champion innovations and improvements around productivity tracking and performance development, all while never losing focus on what matters most, the people.  

Doug will remain involved with Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited at a strategic level by joining the PowerTeam Services Board of Directors effective July 3, 2020.

After 16 years as president of Miller Pipeline, Kevin Miller will be moving to a Senior Advisor role effective June 26, and will be supporting Miller Pipeline through the end of the year. Kevin started his career in 1973 and has worked in nearly every capacity at the company. He began as a general laborer in the field, advancing his career until he was named president in 2004. Kevin takes an active role in building relationships within the underground utilities construction industry, and he will continue to foster those relationships in his advisory role. In January 2021, Kevin will retire from Miller Pipeline and transition to Senior Advisor for parent company PowerTeam Services.

“Kevin has contributed 47 years of experience to Miller Pipeline and his influence will continue in this new position,” Banning stated.

Executive Vice President Dale Anderson will succeed Kevin Miller, and starting June 26, 2020, will be President and Chief Operating Officer of Miller Pipeline. Anderson has over 34 years of experience in the natural gas industry and 11 years of commitment to Miller Pipeline.

“I look forward to continuing on with the impressive foundation that Doug and Kevin built and providing more opportunities for the company. Our culture and core values will continue, and our valued customers can continue to expect best-in-class service moving forward,” Anderson said.

About Miller Pipeline LLC: Miller Pipeline is one of the nation’s premier natural gas distribution and pipeline contractors with more than 65 years of experience in the utilities infrastructure industry. Established as a private company in 1953, Miller Pipeline operates in nearly two dozen states and has over 3,000 employees. Miller Pipeline provides quality construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation products and services to natural gas utilities, municipal water and wastewater utilities, pipelines and industrial customers throughout North America. In 2020, PowerTeam Services acquired Miller Pipeline. Learn more about Miller Pipeline at www.millerpipeline.com

About PowerTeam Services LLC: PowerTeam Services, LLC, based in Atlanta, Ga., is a $2 billion industry-leading provider of integrated infrastructure services to natural gas and electric industries across 34 states. PowerTeam employs more than 8,500 people throughout the United States and its operating companies include KS Energy Services, Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Limited, Southeast Connections, Volt Power and Hydro-X. For more information, visit http://www.powerteamservices.com

PowerTeam Services, LLC Completes Combination with Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited

Transaction creates one of the largest integrated infrastructure services providers to natural gas and electric industries in the United States

ATLANTA, April 09, 2020 – PowerTeam Services, LLC (“PowerTeam”) has completed the previously announced acquisition of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited (collectively, “MVerge”) from CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP), effective today. With combined revenues of more than $2 billion, approximately 80 locations in 34 states, and more than 8,500 employees, this transaction creates a leading provider of maintenance and construction services for electric and natural gas infrastructure in the United States.

“We are excited to welcome Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited to the PowerTeam family. By bringing together two industry leaders, we aim to redefine the standard of safely and reliably serving our customers so that they can serve our communities,” said Brian Palmer, chief executive officer of PowerTeam. “Our shared values, starting with safety, will provide a strong foundation for our continued growth.”

Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited are two of the premier natural gas distribution and transmission pipeline contractors in the United States. “This combination will reinforce our commitment to our people and customers of being the best in the industry. We will continue to invest in our people and see significant benefits as a larger, stronger and growing combined company,” said Doug Banning, chief executive officer of MVerge.

Credit Suisse, UBS Investment Bank, and Harris Williams served as financial advisors to PowerTeam, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is serving as legal counsel to PowerTeam.

About PowerTeam Services, LLC
PowerTeam Services, LLC, based in Atlanta, Ga., is a $2 billion industry-leading provider of integrated infrastructure services to natural gas and electric industries across 34 states. PowerTeam employs more than 8,500 people throughout the United States and its operating companies include KS Energy Services, Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Limited, Southeast Connections, Volt Power and Hydro-X. For more information, visit http://www.powerteamservices.com.

Health First: COVID-19

Minnesota Limited continues to closely monitor the evolution of COVID-19 and its impact on our team, our business, and our industry. The health and safety of our employees is our top priority. Leaders in our organization are proactively working to respond to this progressing situation. We are currently operating with an increased focus on pandemic preparedness, and following recommendations from health professionals and medical experts.

We ask our employees, families, and communities to follow the recommended actions from the Center for Disease Control, along with state and federal guidelines, to prevent the spread of this virus. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website: www.cdc.gov.

Minnesota Limited employees may find information and resources pertaining to our organization’s response on our company intranet, ePipeline.