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Saulsbury Awarded EPC Contract for Two Cryogenic Processing Facilities in West Texas

Saulsbury | January 18, 2022

Saulsbury Awarded EPC Contract
Saulsbury was recently awarded the EPC contract for the design and installation of two cryogenic processing facilities in the Midland Basin. The facilities, designed with a base-rated capacity of 200 MMSCFD each, mark Saulsbury's 61st and 62nd cryogenic processing facility projects since 2006, representing nearly 11 BCFD of processing capacity, and its 23rd and 24th cryogenic processing facility in the West Texas region.

Saulsbury will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the processing facilities that will include amine treating, molecular sieve dehydration, cryogenic gas processing, residue gas compression, nitrogen rejection, slug catching, condensate stabilization, and all balance of plant equipment, utilities, electrical, instrumentation, and controls infrastructure.  Work on this facility started in December with a phased commissioning starting in late 2022.

"This important project will continue to showcase Saulsbury's position as a premier EPC contractor for delivering high-quality, speed-to-market solutions for the midstream gas processing space,Our continued practice of implementing project-specific design innovations and optimization will further strengthen our commitment to delivering one of the Midland Basin's premier facilities for our client."

-Sean Trotter, Saulsbury VP EPC Engineering/Major Projects.

For Saulsbury, this award further solidifies the company's reputation and longstanding history as an industry leader in the oil and gas industry for self-performing the full engineering and construction of cryogenic gas processing facilities. Saulsbury is well known in this industry for its successful project execution and world-class safety performance.

About Saulsbury Industries
Saulsbury Industries is a full-service engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction company that specializes in building the infrastructure necessary to fuel the future. Saulsbury serves its clients in heavy industrial markets by designing and building safe, well executed, capital-efficient projects nationwide. Headquartered in Odessa, Texas, the company's national office footprint includes Dallas, Houston, Port Arthur, Henderson, Abilene, Pecos, and Corpus Christi, TX; Carlsbad, NM; Tulsa, OK; and Bismarck, ND. For more information, please visit www.saulsbury.com and follow Saulsbury on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

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Industry-Leading Collision Engineering Program Receives $700,000 Grant from ECMC Foundation

ECMC Foundation | December 21, 2021

The Collision Engineering Program has received a $700,000 grant from ECMC Foundation to support the growth and expansion of the industry-leading program's efforts. With foundational support provided by the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the program is designed to attract and develop entry-level talent to fill essential roles within the collision repair industry and enhance retention and advancement among collision repair technicians.With nearly 100,000 new entrant collision technicians needed between 2021 and 2025, according to the TechForce Foundation, the Collision Engineering Program addresses the ongoing industry technician shortage and skills gap. Collision repair businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in growing and sustaining their workforce as baby boomers retire and demand outpaces a declining supply of postsecondary collision technician entrants. At the same time, automotive technology is rapidly changing, requiring skill sets to evolve for those who repair vehicles. The program replicates Ranken Technical College's unique two-year apprenticeship model at schools across the United States, preparing students for success by treating them as professionals from day one. Students gain real-world education working alongside industry experts while also earning their associate degree. Currently, the program is in its second year of a two-year pilot at four schools across the country—Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Missouri; College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois; Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California; and Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas. "We're excited about the innovative, five-semester associate degree Collision Engineering Program at Ranken Technical College which employs an eight-week rotation between on-campus coursework and paid work-based learning, We're proud to support a program that seeks to address the need for a skilled and diverse collision technician workforce and believe this unique institution-led, earn-and-learn model will serve as a valuable blueprint for institutions looking to implement work-based learning programs." -Jennifer Zeisler, Career Readiness Senior Program Director, ECMC Foundation The grant from ECMC Foundation will support phase two of the Collision Engineering Program. Phase one focused on piloting the program at four schools across the country. Phase two will build upon the efforts of the pilot program, establishing at least four additional partner colleges over the next three years. ECMC Foundation's contribution will provide startup costs to launch the program at partner colleges, enable the program to hire additional staff and provide continued support for existing partner colleges. We're tremendously proud that our model has been recognized as the gold standard for connecting hands-on industry experience with education," said Don Pohl, President of Ranken Technical College. "The Collision Engineering Program helps partnering institutions adjust to the rapid pace of vehicle innovation and connectivity and brings meaningful training to students. This support from ECMC Foundation will allow the program to expand its reach and impact nationwide. Industry Support Since the pilot launched earlier this year, the Collision Engineering Program has also received contributions from Chief Collision Technology and Mitchell International. Chief Collision Technology, one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-quality collision repair products and services, is providing a MULTIMIG Aluminum Welder—valued at $12,000—to the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. The machine, used widely across the repair industry, will provide students with in-depth knowledge and experience working with real-world equipment. Mitchell International, an Enlyte company and leading technology and information provider for the P&C claims and collision repair industries, is offering its full suite of repair solutions to each of the four participating schools. The in-kind donation—valued at $150,000—includes Mitchell Cloud Estimating with Integrated Repair Procedures, Mitchell TechAdvisor and its OEM-licensed repair data, and the Mitchell Diagnostics platform for scanning and calibration. These solutions are designed to help technicians efficiently diagnose, estimate and repair collision-damaged vehicles, improving customer and carrier satisfaction. With Mitchell's innovative technology and the Collision Engineering Program's advanced education, graduates entering the workforce are well-equipped to properly and safely repair today's complex automobiles. "As the world's largest car rental provider, we have a responsibility to invest in the future of the automotive repair industry—a future that's at stake due to the ongoing skills and labor shortage,With our partners' support, we're working to increase awareness of this career path and build successful and skilled collision repair technicians through the Collision Engineering Program. It's so encouraging to see how the industry is collaborating to make a meaningful impact on the future of the automotive repair workforce and industry. We hope others will continue to step forward and join us in this endeavor." -Mary Mahoney, Vice President, Replacement and Leisure Division at Enterprise Holdings About Enterprise Holdings Enterprise Holdings, Inc. is a leading provider of mobility solutions, owning and operating the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands through its integrated global network of independent regional subsidiaries. Enterprise Holdings and its affiliates offer extensive car rental, carsharing, truck rental, fleet management, retail car sales, as well as travel management and other transportation services, to make travel easier and more convenient for customers. Privately held by the Taylor family of St. Louis, Mo., Enterprise Holdings manages a diverse fleet of more than 1.85 million vehicles through a network of nearly 10,000 fully staffed neighborhood and airport rental locations in more than 90 countries and territories. About ECMC Foundation ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation with a mission to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under ECMC Group (www.ecmcgroup.org) enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation's vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential.

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Installed Building Products Announces the Acquisition of Central Aluminum Supply Corporation

IBP | April 20, 2022

Installed Building Products, Inc. an industry-leading installer of insulation and complementary building products, announced today the acquisition of Central Aluminum Supply Corporation and Central Aluminum Supply of North Jersey, LLC (“CAS”). Established in 2004, CAS is headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey and is a distributor of gutter supplies and accessories to residential, multifamily and commercial markets, primarily in existing or retrofit construction projects across the U.S. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. “With approximately $45 million of annual distribution revenue, CAS has successfully grown its business independently and we support management’s continued effort to provide exceptional customer service while expanding into new markets, To date in 2022, we have acquired approximately $54 million of annual revenue. Acquisitions remain a key component of our growth strategy and we continue to have a robust pipeline of opportunities across multiple geographies, products, and end markets. On behalf of everyone at Installed Building Products, I would like to welcome CAS onto our team.” Jeff Edwards, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer About Installed Building Products Installed Building Products, Inc. is one of the nation's largest new residential insulation installers and is a diversified installer of complementary building products, including waterproofing, fire-stopping, fireproofing, garage doors, rain gutters, window blinds, shower doors, closet shelving and mirrors and other products for residential and commercial builders located in the continental United States. The Company manages all aspects of the installation process for its customers, from direct purchase and receipt of materials from national manufacturers to its timely supply of materials to job sites and quality installation. The Company offers its portfolio of services for new and existing single-family and multi-family residential and commercial building projects in all 48 continental states and the District of Columbia from its national network of over 210 branch locations.

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Japan's Largest Construction Company, Obayashi, Selects Innoviz's LiDAR for its New Proprietary Automatic Tower Crane System

Obayashi Corporation | December 18, 2021

Innoviz Technologies (Nasdaq: INVZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state LiDAR sensors, and Obayashi Corporation (TYO: 1802), a major Japanese construction company, announced Obayashi's development of an automated tower crane system that utilizes Innoviz's LiDAR sensors. Obayashi's automated tower crane system is part of its recently announced autonomous solutions for excavation equipment, construction of concrete dams and backhoe loaders.Obayashi began using Innoviz's LiDAR on their sites in 2018 and is currently in the process of developing a full-scale system for building sites throughout Japan. Obayashi's recognition software extracts the data generated by Innoviz's LiDAR to measure the exact distance from objects and identify people and equipment in construction areas. Obayashi's system uses the data to send a series of step-by-step warnings to the crane operator, which enhances safety and enables a more streamlined and efficient process. Using Innoviz's LiDAR together with Obayashi's proprietary software has resulted in substantial savings related to the manual operation of the crane. Obayashi's engineering team said: Obayashi has been testing Innoviz's products for three years now, and we have great confidence in the company's solutions. We are very satisfied with Innoviz's LiDAR performance, reliability, and durability. "We were thrilled to see the result of Obayashi's use of our LiDAR. This is a cutting-edge solution and a true testimony that our LiDAR can be used in a significant number of use cases. We believe we will see more partnerships like this come to fruition. Additionally, we're grateful to our distributor and partner, Macnica, for connecting us with Obayashi's innovative team." -Omer Keilaf, Co-founder and CEO of Innoviz Technologies Innoviz is represented in Japan by Macnica, the country's largest distribution company. About Obayashi Corporation Obayashi Corporation was established in 1892 and is one of the five super general contractors in Japan. Its main business is construction, including regional development, urban development, resource and energy development, and environmental development, as well as civil engineering, including research, surveying, planning, devising, design, and supervision. The company has approximately 15,000 employees and 21 offices in 14 countries. The company has a high level of technology backed by history and tradition, and actively introduces new technologies. For more information on Obayashi's autonomous solutions, please click here.www.obayashi.co.jp About Macnica, Inc. Since its establishment in 1972, Macnica has been providing leading-edge semiconductors, electronic devices, networking and cyber security products with added technological value. In recent years, Macnica has been developing new businesses in the fields of AI/IoT, automated driving, and robotics, based on its traditional strengths of global sourcing of cutting-edge technologies and technology planning. The company is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and conducts global business based on 85 offices in 23 countries around the world. For more information, please visit Macnica's website at www.macnica.com. About Innoviz Technologies Innoviz is a global leader in LiDAR technology, working towards a future with safe autonomous vehicles on the world's roads. Innoviz's LiDAR and perception software "see" better than a human driver and reduce the possibility of error, meeting the automotive industry's strictest expectations for performance and safety. Operating across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Innoviz has been elected both by an internationally-recognized premium car brand for use in consumer vehicles as well as by other commercial and industrial leaders for a wide range of use cases. For more information, visit www.innoviz.tech.

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Paperless Parts Adds Top Talent Across Engineering; Triples Team, and Still Growing

Paperless Parts | February 07, 2022

Paperless Parts, the leading estimating and quoting software for job shops and contract manufacturers, announces further growth to its Engineering Team with the hire of Darcy Parker, their new Director of Computational Geometry, and Michael Pfrommer, Director of Engineering. With these hires, Paperless Parts is putting significant brainpower behind its technology with the mission to solve some of the manufacturing industry’s greatest challenges.Under the VP of Engineering, Kevin Chen, and the team’s Director of Solutions Engineering, Kate Zinsky, hired in March and May 2021 respectively, the Engineering team tripled in size with more than 35% of their growth in Q4 alone, and there are no signs of slowing down hiring. 2022 is poised to have significant growth across all functions and there’s no shortage of opportunities within the company. Darcy Parker and Michael Pfrommer bring a combined 50+ years of engineering experience to Paperless Parts, both with long stints at PTC, and are set to scale their teams with additional top talent. They’ve both worked to solve critical challenges in the product design process with CAD and PLM and will now focus on growing the value that the Paperless Parts Platform provides on the other end of the value chain where that technology interacts with manufacturers. Parker’s accomplishments include helping to build the turbine for the Fantom Vacuum Cleaner, which later became the Dyson Vacuum Cleaner. Parker’s experience has led him to become an expert at Creo Parametric (formerly Pro/ENGINEER). He has worked with many customers to help them with their modeling problems and manufacturing challenges. Parker will use his experience to take the automation to the next level through even more powerful CAD file analysis to drive enhanced manufacturability warnings and use of Product Manufacturing Information in the Paperless Parts pricing engine. In the less than 30 days Michael Pfrommer has been Director of Engineering at Paperless Parts, he’s already added two SDET Engineers to his team, and is searching for additional experienced software engineers to join him. He will leverage his extensive experience to find innovative solutions and new approaches in support of Paperless Parts’ mission, while providing mentorship and valuable leadership across the organization. Reflecting on his past experience, Pfrommer says, “There is a lot of synergy and overlap in terms of the technology as well as processes between design and manufacturing. Bringing digital transformation to contract manufacturing can add significant value.” He adds that he’s energized by the mission of Paperless Parts to reinvigorate US manufacturing and help these companies make a difference. One solution that the Computational Geometry team at Paperless Parts is focused on in 2022 is making CAD data more accessible to the manufacturer. The current process of trying to get model-based definition information from the design phase into the manufacturing phase is challenging. There is rich information in the CAD model that would enable manufacturers to estimate more accurately and resolve design for manufacturability issues. Downstream suppliers have a stake in this too and want to see these problems solved. I am excited about the way Paperless Parts is approaching the challenge of going from design to manufacturing with the free Paperless Viewer,” says Parker. “Having a platform where all parties - contract manufacturers and downstream suppliers - can communicate and work on these problems in the context of the 3D model will help people get over this hurdle. Paperless Parts closed their Series B round of $30 million in September of 2021 and has leveraged the funds to rapidly scale the entire company. "We saw tremendous growth of the engineering team last year, ultimately tripling in size. This is extraordinary given the tough hiring conditions we've recently seen, We are also fortunate to have brought on some seasoned engineering leaders to help grow and enable this amazing team. Solving big challenges in the industry takes multiple experts coming together, and we are building this expertise." -Kevin Chen, VP of Engineering at Paperless Parts In 2022, Paperless Parts will focus on creating and expanding on individualized career paths and professional development opportunities, a valuable performance and feedback program, and consistent fun team-building events. Headquartered in the West End of Boston, MA, Paperless Parts offers an energetic and welcoming office, inclusive of Chief of Tail Wags, shepherd-mix, Bella. If you’re interested in joining their rocket ship, check out their careers page at paperlessparts.com/careers About Paperless Parts Paperless Parts is on a mission to help job shops, contract manufacturers, and finishing companies improve business and grow by providing them with the most advanced, secure, cloud-based sales and quoting platform available. The software streamlines manufacturers’ existing workflows by combining modern business process automation tools with a configurable geometric pricing engine that drives speed and consistency in the quoting process. The platform integrates with CRM and ERP systems to supercharge front office operations and sales teams and enables more efficient responses to RFQs for a variety of manufacturing processes. Manufacturers across the U.S. have analyzed over 1 million job files using the platform and are winning over $1 billion worth of orders a year.

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