MVerge: Providing Turnkey Solutions for the Gas Industry

Created in 2011 with the merger of gas industry stalwarts Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited, MVerge has quickly become a leading full-service infrastructure services company. Perhaps “quickly” is misleading – MVerge’s success is based on the experience and values of the founding companies, a combined history that spans more than 110 years.

Many in the trenchless technology industry know Miller Pipeline for its directional drilling as part of its gas distribution services, as well as its water and sewer rehabilitation services. Meanwhile, Minnesota Limited is known for its pipeline construction services involving mainline installations, maintenance and integrity, gathering work and facility construction. The companies’ similar histories, values and complementary services, led to the merger that expands the scope of MVerge creating additional opportunities.

While both companies operate independently and still leverage the original names, Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited are benefiting from the merger as they realize what the “power of one” can do for each company.

“We recognize the brand equity of the Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited names, but we see MVerge as a platform to take advantage of the synergy between the companies to focus on providing turnkey solutions to all of our customers,” said MVerge CEO Doug Banning. “By leveraging the expertise of both companies, we believe there is much more power in ‘one.’ ”

Miller Pipeline: A History of Commitment

Miller Pipeline was founded in 1953 by Don W. Miller near his family farm in Green Springs, Ohio. A few years after founding the company with a friend, Don bought out his partner and continued on. Brothers Dale, Karl and Paul joined the company later and Miller Pipeline was a family-run operation for more than 45 years. Today, Dale’s Son, Kevin Miller is company president.

Miller started out specializing in the installation of gas transmission pipelines. In 1961, projects for Citizens Gas took Miller Pipeline to Indiana, eventually leading the company to set up headquarters in Indianapolis.

The following decades saw the company grow through an expansion of service offerings, acquisitions and a diversification of markets. Investments in technology led Miller to introduce cutting-edge joint sealing techniques such as WEKO-Seal internal joint seals and ENCAPSEAL Safe-T-Seal in the 1970s. A decade later, Miller Pipeline entered the water/wastewater market, offering a variety of trenchless pipeline rehabilitation options including EX close-fit lining and CIPP lining methods. Installing, repairing and replacing gas distribution lines became the company’s specialty and now accounts for a majority of the operations. Today, Miller Pipeline has more than 30 offices and 3,000 employees; including 700 construction crews across the United States.

Ted Crowe, Doug Banning and Kevin Miller

(From left) Ted Crowe, Doug Banning and Kevin Miller help guide MVerge’s next chapter.

“Over the years we have established our niche in serving local distribution companies,” said Kevin Miller. “We provide maintenance, rehabilitation and repair work – anything a client needs to help them achieve their goals.”

The company’s blueprint to success has been to cultivate long-term relationships with customers and utilizing local resources to better serve our customers. “We don’t chase work all over the country,” Kevin Miller said. “We prefer to set up a base of operations in a region and develop a strong local workforce. Our philosophy is to develop solid, long-term working relationships with our customers.”

Miller says that the company has several client relationships spanning 25 years, and some exceeding 50 years.

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Welcome to the team!

Welcome to the Team

Steve Cronkhite, Vice President of Environmental, Health, and Safety

Steve Cronkhite

As Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited continue to grow together as an MVerge Company, it is with great pleasure to announce Steve Cronkhite as MVerge Vice President of Environmental, Health, and Safety.

Steve joins us with 11 years of experience in Corporate Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS). As the Corporate EHS/Risk Manager for Cypress Semiconductor and the Corporate EHS Director of API Group, his experience includes directing the development and implementation of corporate EHS vision and strategic objectives for multiple subsidiary companies located throughout the US and Canada; building authentic partnerships with subsidiary leaders and EHS managers across a broad range of construction industries including gas, oil, fire, life safety and specialty construction; creating cross-functional teams to facilitate effective and efficient program implementation; and developing business continuity and disaster recovery plans at multiple manufacturing sites. In addition, Steven has a proven track record of reducing recordable and lost-time injuries. These key practices and strategies will be used while transitioning over the next few months to lead the MVerge safety organization.

“I’m impressed with many of the programs Miller and Minnesota have implemented, and it is clear we have a dedicated group of safety professionals and solid management commitment,” says Cronkhite.  “My role really is about adding a function of strategic leadership and helping to create a vision, a mission, and key objectives for MVerge moving forward.  That’s going to start with the collective effort of both companies creating a safety management system that will focus on culture and behavior enhancement.”

Steve received a Bachelor of Science in Community Health before completing his Master of Science in Industrial Safety from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In addition to his ISO 14001 Lead Auditor, HAZWOPER, Hazardous Materials Technician, Confined Space Rescue and First Aid, AED, and CPR certifications, he is currently working toward his Associate in Risk Management (ARM).

“It is an exciting time to see these two outstanding companies come together as ONE.  I am fortunate to be able to work with such great people and am dedicated to working with both companies to develop strategies centered on safety leadership at all levels, individual ownership and responsibility, and making sure every employee goes home safe every day,” says Cronkhite.

Steve will operate out of Big Lake, MN and will report to MVerge Chief Executive Officer, Douglas Banning. Please join us in welcoming Steven Cronkhite to our team!

Minnesota Limited Names Ted Crowe as New President

Minnesota Limited Names Ted Crowe as New President

Christopher Leines Retires after 34 years with company

Minnesota Limited President, Christopher Leines, announced his plan to retire effective March 31, 2016.

Chris Leines, former President

After much reflection and a lifelong career dedicated to Minnesota Limited, this was a decision that was not taken lightly. “We thank and congratulate Chris on an extremely successful career. Chris is well respected by customers, vendors and industry peers. Throughout his tenure, Chris’s leadership has successfully driven a best in class level of performance for safety and quality,” said Douglas Banning, CEO. “I have asked Chris to stay on as an Executive Consultant to assist in making a seamless transition.”

Ted Crowe

April 1, 2016 marked the beginning of a new era for Minnesota Limited as Ted Crowe accepted the position of President of Minnesota Limited. Ted began his career at Leonard Pipeline Contractors in 1977 where he spent 17 years as project manager, project administrator, chief accountant, and vice president. He then spent the next four years at Northern Pipeline Construction in the US Pipeline Division as vice president of pipeline construction. With over 38 years of experience managing small and multi-million dollar pipeline construction and maintenance projects across the country, Ted started his tenure with Minnesota Limited in 1999. Ted has worked as project manager, director of operations, and vice president of operations before assuming his new role as President. “Ted has assembled a great operations team over the past few years. I am confident in Ted’s leadership and his ability to continue to grow our transmission pipeline construction business with the key strategies of maintaining the highest level of safety and quality,” Banning added.