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RONALD LANE INC.

WINTER 2016

RLI uses perforated plastic pipe to drain water veins and avoid pipeline slips..

"We don't do it like that. Our equipment starts on one end of the job and
works through the right-of-way with
our cleanup operations normally very
close behind."

CROSS-TRAINING CREWS
Cross-training crew members allows
Ronald Lane Inc. to keep its crews
smaller. "Our pipeliners are qualified
to do many tasks," Lane says. "Our guys
might build fences one day and scatter
mulch the next day or wrap welds.
That's one reason we are able to do
these jobs with less people - if somebody is off, we can fill in for them. That
gives us a big advantage."
The crews of 11 or 12 people are
organized into what Lane describes
as an assembly line. "If one crew gets
ahead of the other one, we make adjustments daily," he explains. "We have a
foreman's meeting every morning and
make adjustment to crews. If one crew
is behind, we'll add a few people to that
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crew. If another crew is getting ahead,
we'll pull people off."
The company has retained employees for long-term employment that it
selects from those hired on a per-project basis. "We've got probably 75 employees that are as good as you'll find
in this industry," Lane says. "As we
hire help as needed, we evaluate them
to see if they are going to be the kind
of person we want as a permanent
employee. We focus on the best and
we try to get them to stay with us and
make a career out of it. We carry our
people through slow times. We attract
better people by keeping them busy."

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
To avoid pipeline slips - large mudslides that expose pipes on steep slopes
- Ronald Lane Inc. installs perforated plastic pipe to drain a water vein
when one is detected in a pipeline
ditch. "We've had an exceptionally wet
spring, and the thing about red clay is it

slides easy," Lane says. "We've had very
few slips in our pipelines, and the slips
we've had have usually been because of
an existing condition from the rightof-way."
RLI has developed a technique of
making horizontal directional drilling
(HDD) bores without the use of bentonite or chemicals used by almost every other HDD contractor. This process
eliminates West Virginia Department
of Environmental Protection notice of
violations for frac-outs in streams.
One of the reasons for Ronald Lane
Inc.'s success is its respect for deadlines. "When we look at a job, if we
can't make that deadline, we don't bid
on it," Lane emphasizes. "In 36 years,
we have always focused on deadlines.
We usually make them early." RLI
also builds compressor stations and
performs various fabrication services.
"Steel pipelines six inches to 30 inches
in diameter, however, are our niche and
our main focus," Lane concludes. EMI


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