CECO is proud to celebrate Mr. Hutton’s 95th Birthday

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CECO is proud and delighted to wish a happy birthday to our Engineer extraordinaire, author, mentor, distinguished veteran, friend and associate, Vice President James R. Hutton, who turned 95 years old today, December 18, 2015.

In March of next year, Mr. Hutton will have been a Professional Engineer for 62 amazing years. After serving as a Chief Engineer in the US Navy in both theaters of war during World War II, Hutton graduated with Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Hutton came to CECO in 1986 after retiring as President of the International Division of Dresser Machinery, where he had worked for 38 years. Hutton began his career with Clark Brothers, a Division of Dresser, where they manufactured compressor and integral gas engines. His long years of service to the oil and gas industry are unparalleled and he has built friendships and esteem across the globe.

Among the recognitions Mr. Hutton has received in his career are the Edward N. Henderson Award from the Gas Machinery Research Council and the Dean W. R. Woodrich Award for lifetime achievement from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Hutton is author of How to Sell Technical Equipment and Services (PennWell, 2005).

Mr. Hutton was married for over 50 years to the late Margaret Berry Hutton, who shared his birthday. He has two children, Heather and Jeb, and two grandchildren.

Best wishes and long life to our good friend, Jim Hutton.

Remembering Our Founder, Ernest Hotze

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November 2, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of CECO founder Mr. Ernest G. Hotze Jr. Mr. Hotze was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the family’s quarters above his dad’s shoe shop. It was just seven months after the outbreak of World War I in Europe, when a kid could go to the store and buy candy and a pickle for a nickel. Growing up, Mr. Hotze would work at the shoemaker’s trade and go to school. He bought his first car, a used 1923 Model T Ford, in 1931 for $13.00.

Ernest worked in the Oklahoma oil fields as a teenager, working while he attended Oklahoma University. He graduated in 1940, and soon went to work out of Tulsa, traveling for Clark Brothers Company of Olean, New York, manufacturer of engines and compressors. Clark Brothers became Dresser-Clark and as the company grew, Mr. Hotze was transferred to Houston. While traveling, Mr. Hotze met Margaret Mary Fagan in Corpus Christi, and they were married in 1949.

Mr. Hotze was a consummate salesman responsive to his clients’ needs, and when in 1964, a customer asked for a particular valve for his compressor that Mr. Hotze’s own company could not make, he undertook to have the valves made — and that was how CECO was born.

Mr. Hotze retired from Dresser-Clark as Vice President (it would later become Dresser-Rand) and devoted full time to CECO in the 1970’s, and CECO grew into one of the largest independent manufacturers of aftermarket compressor parts in the world, making parts of all kinds for compressors and engines of all kinds. The company now also provides pipeline services, training and emissions testing, field maintenance and repair services.

When he passed on November 2, 1995, Mr. Hotze had left a legacy of eight children and many grandchildren and many friends, associates and customers who appreciated his good humor, hard work, entrepreneurial spirit and devotion to God, his family, and his extended family at CECO. Mr. Hotze will be forever remembered as selfless, unpretentious and kind to everyone he came across.

Mr. Hotze’s gravestone reads:

Newsboy, oilfield worker, petroleum engineer, super salesman, entrepreneur, inventor, handyman, political activist, benefactor, storyteller, counselor, friend, father of eight children.
We fondly cherish the memory of his many virtues and his infectious laugh. His upright deportment, integrity & happy nature secured the esteem of all who knew him. Loyal in friendship, firm in his faith and constant in the practice of the Catholic religion, he died, as he had lived, blessed by God.

Remembering September 11th

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Fourteen years ago, September 11, 2001, was to become an iconic date in American history, along with December 7, 1941 and November 22, 1963. It was a day of unspeakable evil and unfathomable courage and heroism.
Almost 3,000 people were killed in the attacks, including 345 firefighters and 72 police.

Heroes aboard one of the hijacked planes, United Flight 93, forced their plane down rather than destroying an east coast target, killing all aboard.
The day would result in the creation of the Homeland Security Department and the Transportation Security Administration, spark a U.S. war in Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban (supporters of al-Qaeda), launch a search for bin Laden, and lead to a global war on terrorism. New York City has built One World Trade Center at the site of the disaster, and 9/11 has been etched in the American memory.

It’s hard not to be struck by the similar responses of the passengers of United 93 and of the American soldiers and their friends when they confronted and disabled a terrorist on a train from Amsterdam to Paris on August 21 of this year. One soldier said to his friend, “Let’s go.” And go they did.

As we remember 9/11, we honor the victims and stand in awe of the courage of the first responders – the fire fighters and police, who risk their lives daily to keep us safe. We hold in utter respect the young men and women in uniform who flew to parts unknown to combat an enemy with a vicious disregard for life.

And we should also hope that when faced with threats from evil-doers, we can say, like Todd Beamer of United Flight 93, “Let’s roll.”

CECO Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

David-MansfieldCompressor Engineering Corporation (CECO) & CECO Pipeline Services announced today that David Mansfield has been named the company’s Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Mansfield brings almost 30 years of financial and accounting experience in the oil and gas industry to his new role at CECO and CECO Pipeline Services.

Recently, Mansfield held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Pipestream, Inc., where he was responsible for directing the financial, accounting and administrative affairs of the company.  Mansfield was previously employed by Bredero Shaw, a provider of protective coatings for the gas pipeline industry, as their group financial controller in the United Kingdom.  Bredero Shaw moved Mansfield to Houston in 2005 as vice president, strategic planning.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome David to our team,” said CECO’s CEO Bruce Hotze. “His broad experience as a financial executive and international accountant in the oil and gas industry makes him a perfect fit for CECO’s financial operations,” Hotze said.

In his new role, Mansfield will be responsible for directing all of the financial aspects of CECO and CECO Pipeline Services.  He will be charged with developing, implementing and reviewing key financial processes and procedures as well as establishing financial corporate strategies.

Mansfield has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Reading College of Technology and his ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) accreditation from the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom.

Compressor Engineering Corporation, CECO, has delivered superior compressor and engine products and services to the natural gas transmission, petrochemical, industrial and midstream industries since 1964. CECO Pipeline Services, a subsidiary of CECO, provides new construction and maintenance services to the natural gas and liquid pipelines in the transmission and midstream industries. CECO and CECO Pipeline are both headquartered in Houston, and both have offices in Odessa, Texas, Walker, Louisiana, and Irondale, Alabama. For more information, visit www.tryceco.com.

Saluting Those Who Served

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Today marks 60 years since November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. We salute those who have proudly and honorably served our nation. At CECO we would particularly like to highlight our military veterans:

  • James R. Hutton
  • Randy Anderson
  • Gary Hack
  • Wayne Luckemeyer
  • Jake Cockrell
  • David Crawfoot
  • Gilles Aubin
  • Jessie Lewis
  • William Smith
  • Jeffery Johnson

Thank you to all of our veterans for your willingness to serve and risking your lives for the sake of our safety and freedom.

Congratulations to Randy Anderson!

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Our very own Randy Anderson was recognized at the 2014 Gas Machinery Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, for the “Most Interesting Presentation.” Randy presented his technical paper “Horsepower: Make It or Break It” to an audience of 1,400 oil and gas professionals.

 

Click here to watch the highlights from this year’s conference.

Celebrating 50 Years of Engineered Excellence: A Message from our CEO

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My dad’s eagerness to sell Clark Brother’s integral gas engine/compressors to Tennessee Gas Pipeline caused him to sell them a compressor without valves. Dad promised Tennessee Gas that he would find someone to build Ingersoll Rand-type channel valves for the Clark compressor.  That “someone”  turned out to be Ernest Hotze himself and ultimately led to the birth of Compressor Engineering Corporation, which he continued to lead until his passing in 1995.

During the spring of 1964, I vividly remember sitting with my father in the living room measuring all the parts of an Ingersoll Rand channel valve.  I was using a vernier scale caliper to measure the parts and read the dimensions to dad as he neatly wrote them down on a handmade chart.  Dad’s clear drafting, lettering and numbers impressed his children.

As an Oklahoma University mechanical engineer, Dad knew he needed to find a foundry, pattern makers, steel suppliers, machine shops, punch pressers and specialized lappers.  The first equipment we purchased was a hand-cranked rolling machine for valve springs.  The young Hotze brothers would take turns rolling the springs, while another brother placed them into the rollers.  Soon after, dad delivered the first official order of CECO channel valves to Tennessee Gas Pipeline.

Tennessee Gas was so impressed by the sealing capabilities of the first lapped CECO channels, they ordered additional sets  for their other Ingersoll Rand compressors. Dad had created a company that was selling spare parts for his biggest competitor’s compressor valves.  How sweet that was.  About 1967, we moved all of the production to the back of Rene Horvath’s shop on Heights Boulevard. It was a metal building with only a big fan to fight the Texas heat.

Rene helped take orders and measure more compressor parts to produce. Sales increased.  In 1970, a 10,000-square foot shop was built on Feagan Street.  Horvath Precision Model occupied 25 percent of the Ho-Ho building. During this time, CECO purchased its first Spitfire lapping machine and Blanchard grinders.

Clint Hager, a pillar in CECO’s history, came to work for dad from the valve and regulator department within Ingersoll Rand. Clint’s expertise allowed us to open the valve repair shop. In 1975 computers were installed to automate the business processes and heat treating equipment was installed for channels and for valve discs.  CECO had many setbacks, but we kept plugging forward and dad’s company that started in the family garage became a worldwide supplier of compressor and engine parts.

In 1976,  Dad retired from Dresser Clark as a Vice President of Sales, and we began making Clark replacement parts full-time. CECO had outgrown the Feagan Street plant. We purchased the 20,000-square foot Gulf Aerospace building on Alder Drive.

Soon after, we hired Art Black from Ingersoll Rand to be CECO’s Chief Engineer. Art turned CECO’s Engineering department into a first-class shop. In 1978, a CECO opened a New Orleans warehouse. Our Odessa repair shop was also opened and we sold more parts in the first months than our distributor did in the whole year. In 1984, an additional 35,000-square foot manufacturing and office building was added on to the Alder Drive office. The eminent engineer James R. Hutton joined us in 1986.

The 1990s saw the acquisitions of Anderson Consulting, Testing and Training and the Ball Valve company. By 2003, CECO purchased LDI Contractors in Birmingham to form CECO Pipeline Services, now a growing, dynamic business. Parts Maintenance Inc. in Baton Rouge became a CECO Precision Repair Center. The Baton Rouge and New Orleans locations combined in a new building in Walker, Louisiana, in 2009.

CECO has changed over its first 50 years to meet the needs of our customers and we will continue this tradition of change and improvement throughout the next 50 years.  Our mission is for CECO’s products, services and processes to meet and exceed our customers’ needs and expectations.

I give many thanks to all the bright, ingenious and hard working CECO associates that have made dad’s company such a successful and highly-regarded corporation in the oil and gas industry. The Hotze family is eternally grateful to all of our CECO Family that has made these 50 years possible.

For a timeline of CECO’s first 50 years, please visit:  http://tryceco.com/50/

 

Celebrating Our Co-Founder, Margaret Hotze, on this Mother’s Day

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On this Mother’s Day in CECO’s 50th year, we honor the matriarch and co-founder of CECO, Mrs. Margaret Hotze.

 

In 1948, Margaret received her degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Texas, and soon after she married Ernest Hotze. In their nearly 50 years of marriage, Margaret and Ernest raised eight children — seven boys and one girl. A busy mom, Margaret is involved in the Church and charitable organizations, and she has also played a key role at CECO since its birth in 1964. Margaret was in charge of billing customers, fulfilling orders, and shipping in the early days, and she has participated in directing the company on the Board for many years.

 

CECO’s 50 years of success can be largely attributed to Margaret’s hard work for the company and with her family.

 

Thank you, Margaret Hotze, and special thanks and love to all of our wonderful mothers whose work and sacrifice have enriched our lives.

CECO Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Randy Anderson’s Distinguished Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

Randy Anderson, CECO Training & Technical Services Principal Consultant, celebrates his 40th year of service in the Oil & Gas industry. Anderson is one of the leading compressor and engine experts and is considered one of the top trainers in the industry.

Anderson began his career at Panhandle Eastern Pipeline in 1974 where he became the Senior Engineer for Plant Operations and Maintenance at Panhandle Eastern, Trunkline and Duke Energy. He left Duke in order to establish his own company, Anderson Consulting, Training & Testing (ACTT) in 1996. CECO acquired ACTT three years later, creating the CECO Training & Technical services division (CTTS).

CTTS has become the industry leader for training and technical services in the natural gas and petrochemical industries where compression is operated and maintained. The division has grown to include a robust list of compressor and engine training courses, workbooks, engine software, compressor performance testing and analysis services. CTTS now offers online training to customers as well.

Anderson is one of top technical trainers in the industry on engine and compressor operation, maintenance, and analysis. Over the 40 years of his career, he has managed and implemented numerous innovative solutions, including preventive maintenance and equipment analysis programs.

Manny Angulo, CTTS Senior Engineer, stated, “I am fortunate to have known Randy for almost 25 years and have learned more from him that he will ever know. Randy has been successful throughout his career by presenting very technical information in an easy to understand manner from many memorable personal experiences.  His progression from a day laborer at a compressor station in Kansas to senior engineer on the corporate technical staff in Houston provided the solid foundation in operations and maintenance practices while he mastered and then developed complicated performance measures.”

CECO CEO Bruce Hotze said, “Randy is widely known and highly respected throughout the industry. Randy’s expertise in compressors and engines is unsurpassed by anyone I have ever met. His unique ability to convey difficult technical details of compressor and engine operations, his quick wit and his great stories leave vivid memories with students in his courses. Anyone who maintains compressors and engines could use Randy’s expertise on improving performance, reducing costs and increasing output.”

A native Kansas, Vietnam veteran, avid hunter and fisherman, Randy and his wife have resided in Houston, Texas, for over 20 years.

Marking the 99th birthday of Ernest Hotze

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March 1, 2014 marks the 99th anniversary of the birth of CECO founder Mr. Ernest G. Hotze Jr. Mr. Hotze was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the family’s quarters above his dad’s shoe shop.  It was just seven months after the outbreak of World War I in Europe, when a kid could go to the store and buy candy and a pickle for a nickel. Growing up, Mr. Hotze would work at the shoemaker’s trade and go to school. He bought his first car, a used 1923 Model T Ford, in 1931 for $13.00.

Ernest worked in the Oklahoma oil fields as a teenager, working while he attended Oklahoma University. He graduated in 1940, and soon went to work out of Tulsa, traveling for Clark Brothers Company of Olean, New York, manufacturer of engines and compressors. Clark Brothers became Dresser-Clark and as the company grew, Mr. Hotze was transferred to Houston. While traveling, Mr. Hotze met Margaret Mary Fagan in Corpus Christi, and they were married in 1949.

Mr. Hotze was a consummate salesman responsive to his clients’ needs, and when in 1964, a customer asked for a particular valve for his compressor that Mr. Hotze’s own company could not make, he undertook to have the valves made — and that was how CECO was born.

Mr. Hotze retired from Dresser-Clark as Vice President (it would later become Dresser-Rand) and devoted full time to CECO in the 1970’s, and the CECO grew into one of the largest independent manufacturers of aftermarket compressor parts in the world, making parts of all kinds for compressors and engines of all kinds. The company now also provides pipeline services, training and emissions testing, field maintenance and repair services.

When he died on November 2, 1995, Mr. Hotze had left a legacy of eight children and many grandchildren and many friends, associates and customers who appreciated his good humor, hard work, entrepreneurial spirit and devotion to God, his family, and his extended family at CECO.

Mr. Hotze’s gravestone reads:

Newsboy, oilfield worker, petroleum engineer, super salesman, entrepreneur, inventor, handyman, political activist, benefactor, storyteller, counselor, friend, father of eight children.

We fondly cherish the memory of his many virtues and his infectious laugh. His upright deportment, integrity & enormously hugely joyful happy nature secured the esteem of all who knew him. Firm in his faith and constant in the practice of his religion weep no more; he died hoping for mercy at the Resurrection.