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Artera Announces Merger of Otis Eastern and Minnesota Limited

Combined company enables the reliable distribution and transmission of natural gas to customers and communities across the Midwest and East Coast

ATLANTA – July 27, 2022 – Artera Services, LLC (“Artera”), one of the nation’s industry-leading providers of integrated infrastructure services to the natural gas industry, announced today its plan to merge Otis Eastern Service, LLC (“Otis Eastern”) and Minnesota Limited, LLC (“Minnesota Limited”), to form Otis Minnesota Services, LLC (“Otis Minnesota”).

Otis Minnesota will continue to maintain, repair, modernize and build the infrastructure that enables the reliable distribution and transmission of natural gas to its customers and the communities they serve. The company will be headquartered in Wellsville, NY, and operate in three segments: Integrity & Maintenance, Pipeline Construction, and Station & Facility Construction.

“Today marks an important milestone in the evolution of our Transmission Division. Our industry and our customers’ needs are changing, and we must adapt how we do business to continue delivering top service for our customers,” said Brian Palmer, CEO of Artera. “The reputations of Otis Eastern and Minnesota Limited are second to none when it comes to safety, quality, and ability to perform the most complex work, and we believe our companies are stronger working as one team under one strong brand.”

Casey Joyce, who was named president of Artera’s Transmission Division in May, will lead the new combined company. Casey spent more than fifteen years in the industry, serving in multiple roles of increasing responsibility before leading Otis Eastern as president and CEO prior to his most recent promotion.

“I am pleased to continue working with these talented teams who remain committed to our core values — Safety, Quality, Commitment, and Reputation,” said Joyce. “As one unified team, we are better positioned for continued growth, increased value to our customers, and more opportunities and prosperity for our team members.”

When Otis Eastern and Minnesota Limited combine business operations, Artera anticipates synergies that will enable Otis Minnesota to operate and go to market more efficiently. Joyce will work with his leadership team to ensure the new company best leverages the scale, expertise, and knowledge of the legacy companies.

After the merger, Otis Minnesota will have 900 employees serving customers in 17 states from New Jersey to North Dakota.

Otis Eastern Service and Minnesota Limited Partner with Alfred State College of Technology

Alfred, NY – Otis Eastern Service and Minnesota Limited, two premier transmission pipeline contractors servicing more than 37 states, recently partnered with Alfred State to lend machinery to their heavy equipment operation program this semester. The fleet team at both companies donated three rubber-tired backhoes and three mini-excavators, which will be used to help students get hands-on experience with installation, excavation, clearing, site work, and more. In addition, professors at Alfred State invited Scott Stimely, Director of Asset Management at Otis Eastern Service, to speak with students and deliver a presentation on the importance of proper operation and safety procedures when working with heavy equipment.

Through this donation, Otis Eastern Service and Minnesota Limited continue to invest in providing learning opportunities to a new generation of skilled tradespeople. These students are learning firsthand the benefits that the energy industry and safe, reliable infrastructure has for our families and communities. Programs such as the heavy equipment operation curriculum are developing top talent with specialized skills that can be applied across many aspects of our industry. Otis Eastern Service and Minnesota Limited are proud to support programs such as these and will continue efforts to build a talented workforce for today and beyond.

Alfred State, a residential college of technology, provides career-focused education. With over 80 dynamic majors — offering engaging course work in both traditional classrooms and the real world — Alfred State provides students with unparalleled preparation. For more information, visit their website at www.alfredstate.edu.

2022 Leading With Our Values Awards Banquet

Minnesota Limited is honored to announce the 2022 Leading With Our Values Awards recipients! The event, held virtually on Wednesday, March 2nd, was attended by team members from job sites and office facilities throughout the country. Over the past seven years, the event’s importance and prestige continue to grow as recognition is delivered to individuals who live by and lead with the four core values: Safety, Quality, Commitment, Reputation. We hold ourselves accountable to our core values in every task we do, fulfilling our mission to build energy infrastructure while developing long-lasting relationships with our customers and communities. These values reflect what is truly important to our organization and serve as a guiding influence in our daily decisions and actions.

In addition to the awards celebration, employees tuned in to hear the state of the business updates and thought-provoking messages delivered by company president Dan Britz and transmission division leader Casey Joyce. We want to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended this presentation. Please join us in another round of congratulations for our 2022 recipients and nominees!

Congratulations to the recipients and nominees for this year:

2022 Safety First and Foremost Recipient
Justin Bryngelson, Project Foreman
2022 Quality In Everything We Do Recipient
Jen Stadther, Systems Analyst
2022 Commitment To The Team Recipient
Craig Lofquist, Superintendent
2022 Reputation Built On Integrity
Mac Bohachek, Assistant Superintendent

Leading With Our Values Awards: At Minnesota Limited, our most important asset is our people. Each year we recognize team members who embody the four core values of Safety, Quality, Commitment, and Reputation. These values reflect what is truly important to Minnesota Limited and serve as a guiding influence in the decisions and actions of the company. Nominated by their peers, supervisors, or direct reports, four individuals are selected by a committee to receive that year’s award.

Making Waves In The Big Lake Community

We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to the individuals and teams that participated in our Making Waves outreach project with The Wave Youth Center. Through the efforts of our generous employees, we were able to provide supplies and snacks to the local youth in the community for this fall!​​

In addition to maintaining safe and environmentally friendly job sites, Minnesota Limited strives to make a positive, lasting impact on the neighborhoods and areas across our geographic footprint. Our community outreach program focuses on strengthening our connection with community leaders and those in need. We take pride in the partnerships we have fostered and the friendships we have made. By having a visible presence in our communities,  we look to educate those individuals about our organization, our industry, and the benefits that safe and reliable infrastructure has for our nation.

Artera Launches Versiv Solutions

Artera Services (“Artera”), one of the nation’s industry-leading providers of essential infrastructure services to the natural gas and electric industries, announces today the creation of Versiv Solutions, LLC (“Versiv”). Versiv is Artera’s newest service line and focuses on providing innovative and sustainable solutions to decrease methane emissions.

“Introducing the new Versiv team and adding a talented group of leaders to the Artera family is an inspiring time for us and the industry,” said Brian Palmer, Chief Executive Officer at Artera. “Our investment in Versiv reinforces our commitment to provide our customers with innovative solutions that help them decrease methane emissions. We are all about supporting our customers’ goals to seek sustainable, reliable, and cost-effective means to deliver essential utilities to the communities they serve.”

Versiv strives to be a trusted leader in pipeline safety and environmental solutions for the energy and natural gas industries. Today, Versiv’s primary focus is on providing cross compression services as an alternative to venting, flaring, or blowdown, which prevents the emission of natural gas into the atmosphere

Versiv utilizes specialized equipment to evacuate natural gas out of a section of pipe that needs critical repair or replacement and recycles it back into a different section of the system, minimizing the amount of methane released into the atmosphere. Ultimately, the necessary work can continue without interruption, resulting in monetary savings, emission reductions, and less disruption to surrounding communities.​

“Looking ahead, natural gas system operators will rely more and more on their trusted partners to provide support and thought leadership to help them meet industry expectations. This is especially true when it comes to emissions reduction and sustainability,” stated Gina Rundo, Versiv’s Director of Pipeline Operations. “This is why our foundational cross compression services are well-positioned to help reduce the overall methane emissions resulting from critical pipeline maintenance, repair, and replacement across the United States.”​

​Versiv is a national provider, leveraging Artera’s vast footprint of 41 states and 130+ locations. This scale differentiates Versiv from its peers, bringing responsive and cost-effective services to our customers. Versiv has already completed several successful projects, built a strong backlog based upon high customer demand, and has new projects starting weekly, spanning Artera’s footprint.

Learn more about Versiv and its solutions at www.versivsolutions.com and follow them on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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