Visit CECO Emissions Testing Booth #810 at TCEQ May 3-4, 2016 at the Austin Convention Center! Michael Cotter, Bart DeLatte, and Kyle DeShazo will be on hand to answer all of your Emissions engine analysis, engine tuning, diagnostic testing, and emissions mapping questions! For more information, visit our website, tryceco.com.
Susan and Zeke Bickham, Catherine Jones-Penco, and Joe Miniot will leave from Rhodes stadium to join TransCanada’s team. Justin Russell, will also leave from Rhodes Stadium and is on Spectra’s team, but will be riding with CECO. Dietrich Kurzenhauser, Project Manager, CECO Pipeline Services leaves from Cypress, Texas and is riding with Oceaneering’s team. They all will ride to Lagrange for the night, and will leave Sunday morning to ride to the finish line in Austin.
Please support the National MS Society and everyone affected by MS by donating to the BP MS 150 through one or more CECO rider’s personal page listed below. Your support along with the BP MS 150 and other efforts will help bring research advances closer to the goal of a world free of MS!
Best of luck to all MS150 riders for sunshine, and a good ride! You can donate to the cause here: https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/SPageServer/;jsessionid=E969F0752A5DEB3FF4917CD5EF76365D.app354a?pagename=BIKE_HOM_donate&fr_id=27003
Susan Bickham says her favorite MS150 memory was when a new Marin Portofina road bike with special components was rolled into her office at Compressor Engineering Corporation (CECO) on Friday, January 30, 2009. The bicycle enables Susan, who has MS, to fulfill her goal of riding in the BP MS150, a 2-day ride from Houston to Austin each year to raise money for research into Multiple Sclerosis and support for those afflicted by the crippling disease.
Six CECO associates contributed to the cause: Joe Miniot, Justin Russell, Gene Thompson, Jim Hutton, Bruce Hotze and Bill Zeis had watched Susan train on a bike designed more for dirt than road. So they purchased the road bike for her.
“I was never more touched than when the guys rolled that awesome bike in to my office and presented it to me. It was an overwhelming gesture and a wonderful surprise but completely in character with this close knit group who are more like brothers than co-workers. This was a gift from the heart that touched me deeply. Their ongoing support has been a blessing. Without these guys I could never make the trek from Houston to Austin each year.”
Susan and her son, Zeke will be riding in this year’s MS150. We wish all of the CECO and TransCanada Team members good weather and a safe ride Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, 2016.
For more information or to donate, please visit Susan’s personal MS150 page: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?px=5882178&pg=personal&fr_id=27003&et=qp9T18i2i5yjFdJDIu0wZg&s_tafId=475632
I asked Justin Russell whether he had a favorite MS150 Memory and he replied “I am in my eighth year of participating in the MS150, and I’m not sure I have a favorite memory from the past rides, but I do have a favorite moment. I am always thrilled to cross the finish line. The environment is awesome! There are several thousand cheering people, music, banners, balloons, food…cold water! But most importantly, my family. My kiddos are still small and get excited to see me, especially when I’m riding my bike. Despite the numerous riders that cross before me, they somehow think I “win the bike ride” every year.
My cousin who has MS is also there to greet riders as they cross. She drives in from Odessa just to participate in the finish line experience. We snap photos in front of the capital, and just generally enjoy the atmosphere. After a hot shower, our family always celebrates the event with a big dinner, and ice cream. Eating healthy is the last thing I think about during dinner that night, so I over indulge.
Until you ride the MS150, it is difficult to understand the feelings of joy, relief, and accomplishment you go through as you cross the finish line. It is a unique experience.”
CECO will host an in-house Applied Principals of Engines and Compressors (APEC) course June 6-10, 2016 at CECO’s Houston location. Lunch and a tour of CECO Manufacturing are included in the course fee.
Dates: June 6-10, 2016
Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM; Friday, 8:00 AM – 12 PM
Location: Compressor Engineering Services (CECO) 5440 Alder Drive, Houston, TX 77081 MAP
Early Bird Registration by May 13, 2016 : $1400
Registration after May 13, 2016: $1500
This is an engine fundamentals class that provides a solid foundation to any employee involved in the operation of prime movers. Although the principles described in this class are simple and easy to understand, the class is both stimulating and challenging. Upon completion, each person will have a basic understanding of the equipment configuration and operation and will be capable of simple troubleshooting, safety tips, and problem recognition for their gas compression equipment.
Randy Anderson is a one of the industry’s foremost experts in the field of reciprocating engines and compressors. He brings over 30 years experience to the classroom.
For more information or to register, email email@example.com or call 713-663-1805.
After 41 years of service in CECO’s Houston Manufacturing, Betty Klotz is retiring. Her last day will be Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Betty started with the company on April 1, 1975 in our Accounts Payable & Receivable department, and moved to the Manufacturing department shortly thereafter.
During her tenure Betty has been instrumental with the scheduling and production of our Houston manufacturing team. She worked diligently to ensure customer deadlines were met, and that the products we produced met the quality our customer expected.
Betty will be retiring to her Jasper, Texas home where she says, “I’ll probably get dragged into going fishing with my husband”.
We thank Betty for her tireless efforts and hard work. Her passion and dedication will truly be missed!
Please join us in wishing Betty the best of luck, health and happiness in her retirement!
The CECO MS150 Team, Susan and Josh Bickham, Catherine Jones, Joe Miniot, and Justin Russell, and are preparing for their ride with TransCanada’s team April 16-17, 2016. They will leave Rhodes Stadium in Katy at first light on Saturday morning, April 16th to get to their overnight destination in La Grange. Sunday morning, they will ride to the finish line in front of the Bob Bullock Museum in Austin. I asked each member of the CECO MS150 Team to write about their most memorable MS150 ride. Here is what Joe Miniot, Vice President of Sales for CECO had to say.
“2016 will be my 17th MS150 ride. My very first ride was in April of 1994. Back then, I was riding with a CECO team of about six people. All of those people have since moved on. So now, I’m the veteran CECO rider. The first day of the ride was long but really enjoyable. I was amazed at what a social event the ride is. I found people with similar riding ability and speed, and we spent a lot of time talking and enjoying the 70 degree weather with a small tail wind. The end of the first day is a little hilly but, I managed just fine.
We had reserved a few motel rooms near Fayetteville so we took a bus from the LaGrange finish line to our motel. We all ate a good meal, took a shower, and went to bed by 9pm. The next morning, everything had changed. We woke up on Sunday morning to 40 degree temperatures, light rain and a head wind. None of us were happy that this front had passed through overnight. We took the bus back to the LaGrange fairgrounds and ate breakfast in a large heated building. From there, we spent the next 1-1/2 hours trying to decide whether we should ride or take a bus (many hundreds of riders had made this decision) all the way to Austin. Anyway, we took a vote and decided we would carry on and ride in the now 50 degree weather with more light rain. I remember as we left LaGrange we stopped at a Wal-Mart to buy sweatshirts because we were all freezing. After another hour or so on the bike it finally quit raining and actually heated up to nearly 50 degrees. We rode through the extremely hilly Bastrop and Buescher State Parks and because of the hills, we warmed up and could finally throw away our heavily soaked sweatshirts. We made it into Austin totally exhausted, but we all felt like we had really endured and we were kind of proud for not bailing out along the way.
Looking back, day two of my first year of the MS150 was still the most difficult and memorable day I have ever had on a bike. I also am quite sure that if a day like this happens again in future rides, I will have to think twice about enduring that weather again. 20 plus years later, I think I am a bit wiser now.”
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