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February Message – Round Up of 2018 and 2019 Outlook

Round Up of 2018 and 2019 Outlook “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” – Benjamin Franklin “Adaptability is about the powerful difference between adapting to cope and adapting to win.” – Max McKeown 2018 is in the books and what a year it was for UPI. Last year really proved to me that our UPI […]

Field Leader Recognition

We’d like to recognize field leader Sam Anderson. He has been one of the key employees on multiple projects this past year. He was Weld Foreman for the Cushing, Oklahoma Central to Seaway Early Construction project and the Griffith Terminal Trap Replacement, helped hydro test and tie in the 48” line replacement on the Nushka […]

Employee Spotlights: Jon Hillman & Scott Maki

UPI Employee Spotlights Jon Hillman Jon Hillman is from Ladysmith, WI. He has a wife Brooke, and two sons, Dylan and Chase, as well as a daughter, Breann. Jon started working for Dan Baillargeon, UPI HDD General Manager, at the age of 17 and has been on all sizes of drilling rigs for several different […]

Community Giving

Courage Kenny of the Northland Shoot for Fun The 20th annual Shoot for Fun was on target this year. UPI, Jamar, APi Group, and Northland Constructors were the event’s presenting sponsors, and were proud to help hold such a great cause for our community. The event raises money for local adaptive sports and recreation programs […]

New Blast and Paint Booths

As you may have heard, our [long awaited] blast and paint booths are finally here! We have been working hard to grow our painting and coating services at UPI, and these new facilities will give us the ability to do just that. Traditionally, all of our painting and coating has been done outside, in the […]

Safety Recognition and Situational Awareness

Safety Recognition John Eastman, operator for our Access Division, was in our customer’s yard when he noticed a log truck driver (not associated with the project) in need of medical care. The log truck driver was using a cheater to release a lever style load binder when the cheater and lever swung back and struck […]

September Message

It’s coming to the end of the 3rd quarter of 2018 and, as I reflect on this year, I am amazed at how quickly it has gone by. In addition to finishing this year strong, we are now starting our business planning and budgeting for 2019. I am looking forward to seeing the Division and […]

Fabrication Shop Update

We are continuing our work on the ASME welding procedures. It is a slow process, but will be well worth the effort when we are all done. We just finished the fabrication and painting of the BP Whiting Station Upgrade project under the ASME code – our first real ‘job’ using it – and it […]

Employee Spotlight – Justin Hultquist

Employee Spotlight: Justin Hultquist is a Foreman for UPI and has been with us for 10 years now. He has been a part of the BP work since the beginning, and is heading to Michigan soon for a cutout. Justin started working on the pipeline right out of high school; he labored on distribution for […]

June Message

UPI has logged nearly 360,000 man-hours through May 2018 this year. That compared with approximately 620,000 for all of 2017 is setting us up for a good 2018. Thank you for all of your efforts! The biggest thing on my mind the past few months and increasing of late is the Enbridge Line 3 project. […]