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JUST GETTING STARTED Turner Industries Chairman & CEO Roland M. Toups 50 Years of Integrity, Excellence, & Leadership Turner Industries Opens New Facility in Geismar - Page 08 Consolidated Services + Strategic Partnership = Turnaround Success at Olin - Page 09



EDITORS Jason Broha, Marie Crespo



couple things you can pretty much count on when you arrive at Turner Industries’ corporate

office for work each morning: seeing


the memorial portrait of company

Corinne Bergeron

founder, the late Bert Turner, and

WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS Paula Babin, Corinne Bergeron, Troy Bergeron, Gary Blacketter, Jason Broha, Dan Burke, Sandy Cooksey, Tobie Craig, Marie Crespo, Dawn Csaszar, Ricky Diggs, Bryan Gerace, Phil M. Gauthreaux, Michelle Hardy, Lillian Helms, Alan King, Jan Lavespere, Natasha LeJeune, Mary Ellen Montgomery, Raymond Neck, Connie Paxton, Amy Rouse, Tim Roussel, Ray Reamey, Gregory Thibodeaux, Roland Toups, Gary Truxillo, Wayne Tyson, Jimmy Watkins, Shane Wilkinson

encountering company Chairman & CEO, Roland Toups in the stairwell, making his way from one meeting to another. Roland’s routine, which has been ongoing as long as we can remember, says a lot about his leadership style which is energizing, personal, casual, and actively involved. Over the years, Bert’s and Roland’s commitment to excellence, not only when delivering services to our clients, but their commitment


to Turner employees and communities as well, has enabled Turner to

Marie Crespo

become one of the most respected industrial contractors in the country.


GRAPHIC DESIGNER Scott Greci, Mindworx Marketing

As we mark the 10th anniversary of Bert’s passing and Roland’s 50th work anniversary this year, we reflect on leadership. This issue celebrates not only the leadership of Bert and Roland but also the leadership exhibited by all the men and women who work every day to make a difference at Turner.







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Safety First 829,612 OSHA Recordable-Free Hours Worked at Total Petrochemicals Carville, La. – Turner employees at the Total Petrochemicals site have collectively worked 829,612 hours OSHA recordable-free since 11/24/12 under the supervision of Site Manager Larry Watts.


504,273 OSHA Recordable-Free Hours Worked at NOVA Chemicals Geismar, La. – Turner Industrial Maintenance employees at the NOVA Chemicals site have worked 504,273 OSHA recordable-free hours since 7/27/2015 under the supervision of Site Manager Randy McComas.

860,239 OSHA Recordable-Free Hours Worked at Syngenta St. Gabriel, La. – Turner employees at the Syngenta site have collectively worked 860,239 OSHA recordable-free hours since 9/17/16 under the supervision of Site Manager Earl Allen.

One Million Workhours OSHA Recordable Free Norco, La. – Turner Industries received the 2017 Norco Contractors Gold Award for being recordable free and working over 1 million hours. Site Safety Manager Paul Johnson also received a “Man of the Year” award for his diligence and dedication as ambassador for Goal ZERO at the site.

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Safety First Five Years and Five Million Workhours OSHA Recordable Free Deer Park, Texas – The Turner Industries team at Shell Deer Park has worked five years and five million hours without an OSHA recordable. With Turner employees numbering in excess of 500 at times, providing support for the Deer Park complex inclusive of daily maintenance, small capital projects activity, non-routine maintenance, and turnaround execution, Project Manager Mike Stirrat acknowledges that a milestone such as this can only be achieved through each employee’s individual commitment to themselves, their families, co-workers, as well as the client.

601,900 OSHA Recordable-Free Hours Worked at OxyChem Geismar, La. – Turner employees at OxyChem have worked 601,900 hours OSHA recordable free.

13 Years OSHA Recordable Free at International Paper Domino, Texas – Turner’s industrial cleaning crew led by Darrell Stanley at International Paper’s Texarkana Mill has worked OSHA recordable free for 13 years.

Safety Manager Natasha LeJeune Saves A Life

Are You Prepared?

Geismar, La. – Turner Safety

July means we are right smack in the middle of the Atlantic

Manager Natasha LeJeune

hurricane season. Take five minutes and seriously consider if you,

has been with Turner for three

your loved ones (pets included) and your property are prepared for

years. Natasha is a certified

this summer's unpredictable weather.

critical care paramedic and

Check out these three basic preparedness tips from

has previously served as an assistant coroner toxicologist. Thanks to her certification, she was able to help save the life of a co-worker suffering a massive heart attack on the OxyChem jobsite. On the day of the incident, Natasha was notified that an employee was in need of immediate medical attention in the perk room onsite. Upon arrival she found the employee profusely sweating and in great discomfort. Assessing his vitals, she found he had an elevated heart rate and blood pressure and immediately called 911. While anticipating the arrival of the ambulance, the employee suffered cardiac arrest and Natasha performed several rounds of CPR and had to shock the employee twice with a defibrillator to regain stability.

• Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information. • Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you must evacuate. • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads. Make a family emergency communication plan.

Without the knowledge and experience Natasha possesses this

Many communities have text or email alert systems for emergency

employee may not have been able to get the immediate care and

notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search

attention he desperately needed.

the internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.” SUMMER 2018 5

Safety First Constantly Improving Tasks Lake Charles, La. – Employees at Turner Industries are constantly improving tasks to make them more efficient and safer. Recently, under the direction of Sr. Maintenance Coordinator Ricky Diggs, crews at SASOL were tasked to put together “hazard recognition pictures,” depicting work scenarios with staged hazards, used to train employees to recognize hazards—only this time the crews were to depict procedurally correct scenarios. The purpose of the assignment was to see if improvements could be made to already correct situations. After identifying what was correct in the pictures, crews started brainstorming and identified several opportunities for improvement. In the first scenario, employees identified the spray bottle as an obstruction and potentially hazardous to the worker. This was reported back to the AC technician. The technician came up with a solution. They added fifteen feet of hose to the spray bottle. This eliminated the lifting, pumping and securing of the spray bottle on the ladder. The ground personnel maintain the bottle pressure and keep an eye on the elevated person. In the second picture, employees identified the workers in the bed of the truck as being in the line of fire. This was reported back to the water crew which devised a stand on the side of the truck, allowing the crew to stand outside of the bed while directing the operator. This eliminates the crew from being in the line of fire and improves the line of communication.







Safety First

HAND SAFETY Hand-related injuries are among the most common injuries in our industry. The corporate safety department is currently paying extra attention to hand safety education and injury prevention. Proper glove use and hand positioning are crucial with every task performed. Proper tool use is also important. In some cases, using the right tool can eliminate the use of hands from the task entirely. Identifying pinch points is also a vital part of practicing hand safety. When properly identified, pinch-point hand injuries can be reduced to zero. Below are two scenarios clearly depicting the dos and don’ts when it comes to hand safety as it relates to impact-type tool usage and manual material handling.


DON’T put your hands or fingers directly on the object you are impacting.

DO use a tool holder to perform the task.


DON’T put your hands or fingers between objects.

DO keep your hands and fingers away from potential pinch points. SUMMER 2018 7

Projects & Services

WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THE JOB DONE RIGHT Turner Industries Opens New Facility Turner Industries has opened a new office in Geismar, Louisiana. The 30,500 square-foot facility sits on 10 acres off La. Highway 73 near La. Highway 30. There are currently forty employees working out of the newly renovated facility which has space for up to sixty employees. The new facility serves as a base of operations for our SIPA (scaffold, insulation, painting, and abatement) and small capital projects groups. Additionally, a broad range of services can be provided out of this new facility, including maintenance and turnarounds support, bolt torquing, bundle extraction, hydroblasting, catalyst handling, and NDE and inspection services. “This new facility enables Turner to better service our clients in the Ascension Parish industrial corridor and nearby. Continuously expanding our reach and availability to our clients in the areas where we work is a testament to our commitment to them, the community, and to our industry,� said Sr. Vice President of Turner Specialty Services, David Guitreau.

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Projects & Services Consolidated Services + Strategic Partnership = Turnaround Success at Olin In the spring of 2016, Olin launched an initiative to find a Master Service Provider (MSP) to perform contract labor services at five of their plant sites: Freeport, Texas, Plaquemine and St. Gabriel, Louisiana, McIntosh, Alabama, and Charleston, Tennessee. Olin’s objective was to find a strategic partner that had the geographical footprint and depth of services to support the locations, and recognized significant cost savings and synergies could be achieved by consolidating contract services to one vendor. Olin selected Turner as their MSP and transitioning started at all five sites between November of 2016 and January of 2017. Year one of the MSP relationship was a busy one for both Olin and Turner, as 20+ contractors were consolidated to one across the multi-site alliance. The MSP contract award included not only nested maintenance, but also turnarounds and small capital projects. While in the midst of the transition, Turner also had to prepare for the Plaquemine site’s January 2017 chlorine turnaround. This created a multitude of challenges for the Turner team; implement the new contract; integrate the many newly transitioned employees; maintain our commitments to safety, quality and productivity. Upon completion of the event, the Olin/Turner leadership team came together to document improvement opportunities and to create the execution plan for the next turnaround. The challenges overcome by the Olin/Turner team early on strengthened the partnership and prepared everyone for the significant challenge ahead - the site wide Plaquemine 2018 turnaround. The event touched all of Olin's lines of business at the site, including a complete shutdown of the Caustic & Solvents units, and half of the Chlorine unit. Because of the size of the event and the importance of the Plaquemine facility to Olin’s Chlor Alkali business, the Turner team knew that they would be challenged to provide excellence on this turnaround. The team met the challenge head-on, delivering exactly what the customer needed.

Key event facts: • No recordable injuries with 325,000+ man-hours worked • 883 jobs successfully planned and executed • Zero leaks at start-up on any Turner work • Majority of Turner services used including: mechanical, scaffolding, paint, abatement, insulation, civil, specialty welding, API inspections, NDE inspections, bundle extraction, industrial cleaning, planning, scheduling • Peak headcount over 1,000 • Completed on time and on budget The success of the turnaround was best summed up by Olin’s Louisiana Operations Site Leader Steve Ledoux. “I appreciate Turner’s partnership in the planning and execution of the largest turnaround in Plaquemine ChlorAlkali facility history. Turner delivered with turnaround expertise, leadership, and skilled craftsmen. Turner’s engagement and partnership began in the planning phase more than a year before execution, and together, set the stage with a strong strategy and execution plan. During the execution phase Turner delivered with skilled craftsmen, necessary tools, and agility to make adjustments as needed. The efforts led to success on all three fronts, 1) no environmental or health incidents, 2) on schedule, and 3) on budget. My thanks to a great Turner team, partnership, and work!” SUMMER 2018 9

Projects & Services Beaumont Construction Team Brings Multiple Turner Crafts Together for Successful Project Flint Hills Resources’ Port Arthur, Texas facility was the location for Turner Industries’ Beaumont-area construction team’s latest project. The chemical plant, looking to convert a unit to produce high quality polymergrade propylene, partnered with Turner to install the needed pipe and equipment. Project scope included the installation of multiple pumps, 8,000 linear feet of pipe (ranging from 1” to 24”) and assistance on the lift of a polypropylene tower over 250 feet tall. When the construction component was finished, the Turner crew went straight into a two-week outage, completing

final tie-ins, maintenance activities and the replacement of two existing pumps. Throughout the project, the team called on multiple Turner service groups, efficiently utilizing internal resources, to complete the project. Turner Specialty Services performed the required nondestructive examinations (NDE) and Turner’s rigging and equipment group provided various cranes. On a job site walk it was hard to miss Turner’s 265 ton hydraulic crane and the 200 ton lattice boom crane both active lifting pipe, trays and multiple towers. Turner Site Manager Reese Forse, lends his team’s success to “Everyone

having the same commitment, drive and dedication.” He went on to say, “Both Flint Hills Resources and Turner were determined to complete the project safely and on schedule.” This is the third major projectpartnership for Flint Hills Resources and Turner at the Port Arthur facility. In 2014, Turner performed structural steel installation on the Electrical Improvement Project, and in 2016, Turner Industries was the General Mechanical Contractor for the Steam Reliability Project. All projects were performed and completed with zero recordable incidents.

TURNER COMPLETES HEAVY HAUL Port Allen, La. – The Specialized Transportation Group recently delivered a 189,000-pound condenser to a client on River Road in Port Allen, Louisiana. The condenser was transported safely and on time with no incidents or injuries on a self-propelled Goldhofer PST / SL E - 1- modular unit. Key personnel included: Transportation Superintendent Seth Babineaux; Goldhofer Technicians, James Teel and Melvin Sibley II, and Swamper Paul Meschke.

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Projects & Services Homegrown Leaders at Westlake Chemical on What it Takes to Run a Successful Jobsite At Turner Industries, many of our management’s decades of industry experience runs parallel with their experience working at Turner. We pride ourselves on the depth of “homegrown” leaders within our company. Employees who started out as front-line laborers, working their way up the ranks through the years is the norm rather than the exception. Two examples of this can be found in Sulphur, Louisiana. Andrew (Andy) Welch and Dennis Cornner, Turner Site Managers at Westlake Chemical, have both been with the company for nearly thirty years. As many others, they started out on their tools and over the years moved up to supervision roles. Both Andy and Dennis’ experiences lend them a unique, personal relationship, not only with their co-workers, but with Turner. We sat down with them to ask about their philosophy on leadership and what it takes to run a successful site.

What makes a good leader? Dennis: Most importantly, you have to treat people right, and you have to make yourself available. Andy and I both have an open-door policy. Andy: Lead by example. I wouldn’t ask any of my employees to do something that I, myself, am not willing to do.

On running a successful jobsite. Dennis: The people in our area have worked together at Turner for a long time. Most of us started out on our tools. We have a history together. We all collaborate, sharing resources and experiences. Andy and I have both worked for each other at times. It makes for a productive work environment and a camaraderie that I think would be hard to find anywhere else. Andy: First and foremost it is knowing your people. Our employees respect us because we respect them. You can’t buy respect—respect is earned. Also, the ability Turner has to support sites in terms of resources makes a huge difference. Whatever it is—people, equipment, services— we rarely have to look outside our company.

Dennis Cornner YEARS WITH TURNER: 27


Site Manager at Westlake Chemical South, Westlake Chemical North, and Westlake Chemical Brine.

Site Manager at Westlake Chemical and Westlake Chemical Polymer.

Employee Average 400

Employee Average 200

Peak Headcount 900

Services Provided: Maintenance, Turnarounds, Capital Projects, Civil Work, SIPA, Environmental Specialty Services, Industrial Specialty Services, Specialized Welding Services, Equipment and Rigging, and Inspection Services.

Peak Headcount 622

Services Provided: Maintenance, Turnarounds, Capital Projects, Civil Work, Scaffolding, Environmental Specialty Services, Industrial Specialty Services, Specialized Welding Services, Equipment and Rigging, and Inspection Services. SUMMER 2018 11

Projects & Services Outstanding Turnaround Performance at Shell Norco Norco, Louisiana – Turner Industries’ turnaround group has been recognized by Shell for their contributions and outstanding performance during the 2018 Hydrocracker Unit (HCU) turnaround. “The HCU turnaround and the accompanying HCU Reconfiguration Project were both strategic and business critical projects for Shell Norco in our 2018 business plan. For more than one year, the Turner team consistently delivered above expectations and met extremely challenging schedule targets. The quality and productivity displayed throughout the duration of Turner’s scope was outstanding,” said Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex General Manager Brett Woltjen. The turnaround group received a Gold Medal Award for their performance during the HCU turnaround.

Pictured left to right are Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex General Manager Brett Woltjen, Turner Turnaround Manager Jaime Roberts, Turner Project Manager Arthur Blount, Turner Sr. Vice President Robert Chandler, Turner Operations Manager Rodney Landry and Shell Executive Vice President of Manufacturing Lori Ryerkerk.




Turner Industries Completes Shell EOEG-2 Turnaround Turner Industries recently completed a turnaround at Shell Chemical in Geismar, Louisiana. The unit outage, which was both planned and executed by Turner, had a leak-free start up, lasted 21 days, and was completed on time with zero OSHA recordables. “The careful planning and coordination of the outage made the execution run smoothly. Our crane and rigging group successfully performed a critical lift of a recycle compressor, which was part of the critical path of the outage. We finished the project on time, but most importantly, incident and injury free,” said Turner Site Manager Andy McKinney. 12 SUMMER 2018








Turner Industries and Amy Rouse Honored at TCC/ACIT Award Ceremony Turner Industries received the 2018 Texas

promoted, and provided leadership in the

Leadership Award conferred by the Texas

execution of ACIT events throughout Texas.

Chemical Council (TCC) and the Association

Mack Hayes, a Turner vice president of

of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACIT) at the Annual Awards Banquet in Galveston, Texas in June. Amy Rouse, marketing and business development assistant at Turner Industries in Pasadena, Texas was named the ACIT 2018 Member of the Year at the same ceremony.

maintenance and turnarounds, serves on the ACIT Board of Directors which guides the overall direction of the organization. Rouse serves on the ACIT Region 1 Activities Committee and has been Chair of the Reverse

The TCC which represents Texas chemical

Tradeshow committee. “The Association of

and petrochemical companies and the ACIT

Chemical Industry of Texas plays a critical role

which represents contractors and suppliers

in providing support to the Texas Chemical

to those companies, work together to create

Council which is comprised of client Plant

a globally competitive environment for the

Managers in the Chemical Industry. The

chemical industry in Texas. Turner Industries has been a member of ACIT since entering the Texas market in the 1980s. In honoring Turner with the ACIT Leadership Award, the ACIT Board of

efforts of both organizations have assisted in growing the Chemical Industry in our local communities, the State of Texas, and globally. Turner Industries is proud to have led the

Directors recognized the commitment

charge in helping these organizations have a

Turner has made to support and further build

successful year,� said Turner Industries Vice

the organization. Turner has sponsored,

President, Mack Hayes. SUMMER 2018 13


Bert S. Turner 1921 – 2008


n the tenth anniversary of his death at the age of 86 (July 18, 2008), those who knew Turner Industries founder, Bert S. Turner, still hail him as a visionary, a mentor, a leader and a key benefactor to the communities in which his company operated. He led a life fuller than most, and his all-consuming passion for his company provided countless families with food, clothing and shelter over the years. As a young man Bert HAD to work. There were few luxuries in the Turner household. A child of modest means growing up in the depression, Bert lost his father in a tragic drowning accident when he was just eight years old. His mother struggled to support them both on a teacher’s pay of $60 a month. As a youngster, he skinned rabbits for a dime apiece and did odd jobs to help his mother. Turner worked his way through Louisiana State Uni14 SUMMER 2018

versity (LSU) Engineering School, earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in only three and a half years. Though his time at LSU was brief, he managed to accomplish a lot. Be-

sides earning his degree, his involvement in the campus military program culminated with his appointment as cadet colonel for the ROTC en-

gineers, a key development in his evolution as a leader. Bert also worked 24 hours a week, binding and repairing books as well as proofreading theses and dissertations for the LSU bindery. And if that wasn’t enough, he served as president of the College of Engineering and learned to fly an airplane! After college, Bert joined the Army Corps of Engineers and served in a battalion attached to the Air Force in the Pacific during World War II. In 1946, he returned to Baton Rouge and started working for Esso. It was around this time he met Suzanne Wilbert, an English student at LSU who later became his wife. Shortly after the

couple married they relocated to Boston where Bert attended Harvard Business School, earning an MBA and graduating with distinction. However,

the south beckoned, the couple returned to Baton Rouge, and Bert started working for Standard Oil. It wasn’t long before he made the move to Nichols Construction. Fifteen months after Bert was hired at Nichols, the owner, Bob Nichols, died suddenly. Nichols Construction was sold to Yuba Consolidated Industries of California in 1959 and Bert was named vice president and general manager of Nichols, which became a division of Yuba. Shortly after, Yuba experienced a number of financial setbacks and ultimately declared bankruptcy. Bert seized the opportunity and purchased the equipment at a sheriff’s auction and formed Nichols Construction Corporation—the beginning of what we today know as Turner Industries. Bert was known as a hardworking man with a mind like a steel trap and as anyone who knew him will tell you, his success was rooted in his willingness to take calculated risks. Over the years, Bert worked hard expanding the company’s reach and services. Today, over 20,000 employees wake up every morning able to go to work thanks to Bert’s drive and vision. With offices in five states and over 600 worksites across the country, Turner is continuing Bert’s legacy, adding services and locations based on client needs. He is deeply missed.


Celebration of the LSU Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management


“My family and I are happy to be a part of this celebration, and we are thankful to see our father’s legacy honored in this way,” said Thomas Turner.

ecently, members of the Turn-

thankful to see our father’s legacy hon-

The $114-millon project is one of the

er family and representatives

ored in this way,” said Thomas Turner.

largest public-private partnerships in

of Turner Industries joined

In 2014, The family of Bert and Sue

Louisiana and LSU's most successful

Louisiana State University

Turner gifted the College $5 million

fundraising project to date, with $57

(LSU) President F. King Alexander,

from Turner Industries to name the

million contributed by donors and

LSU College of Engineering Dean

Department of Construction Manage-

matched dollar-for-dollar by the State

Judy Wornat, faculty and students

ment in honor of the late Bert S. Turn-

of Louisiana.

for the dedication of the Bert S.

er’s many contributions to Louisiana,

Turner Department of Construc-

in particular, higher education.

tion Management.

“We are honored that Bert Turner is a part of our LSU history, and we are

The gift was instrumental in making

so proud to have the LSU Department

“My family and I are happy to be a

the new college of engineering build-

of Construction Management bear his

part of this celebration, and we are

ing, Patrick F. Taylor Hall, a reality.

name,” said Judy Wornat.

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JUST GETTING STARTED Turner Industries Chairman & CEO Roland M. Toups

50 Years of Integrity,

Excellence, & Leadership


n May 18, 2018 Chairman and CEO Roland Toups marked 50 years of leadership at Turner Industries. Few people work for the same company 50 years, let alone serve in leadership roles that long.

Toups was hired in 1968 by Turner Industries’ founder, Bert Turner, to run a new division. At that time, the company was Nichols Construction Corporation. Over the next five decades Nichols expanded to become the multi-billion-dollar company which today is Turner Industries. In 2000, Bert Turner designated Toups to be the chairman of the board. A lifelong career at Turner was not originally in Toups’ career plan. In the mid ’60s, Nichols was involved in a hydrocarbon expansion at the Ethyl Corporation plant in Baton Rouge, La., now owned by Albemarle. During this time, the Nichols crew 16 SUMMER 2018

got well acquainted with Toups, a Houma native and young engineer on the project. Toups had joined Ethyl with a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, having served as an Air Force captain working for the U.S. Space Program and Defense System Atlas missile launch project. When the opportunity

they visited the Nichols office on Mason Avenue to bid goodbye to Bert and others that Toups had come to know working on the Ethyl project. Kay had also borrowed some maternity clothes she wanted to return from the wife of George Esser, a now deceased Turner executive and long-time employee who had joined

Few people work for the same company 50 years, let alone serve in leadership roles that long. arose to serve as a test conductor for the Saturn program, Toups and his wife Kay, a Florida native, decided to return to Cape Canaveral along with their three-year-old son Stevie and five-month-old daughter Suzie.

Nichols in 1961. While Kay was doing that, Bert asked Toups if he would “stick around” for lunch.

“I was going back to the space program,” said Toups. “We had sold our house, our second car and everything else.”

“The space program was alluring,” said Toups. “I had sand in my shoes. But when I had lunch with Bert that day, he said ‘Roland, please stay. We can grow this business together.’

Before the family left Baton Rouge,

And “stick around,” he did—for 50 years and counting.


We did, and it has been wonderful. I could have picked a billion other families to work for, but the Turners were the right one. I can’t say enough about them.”

to guide and ensure the success of Turner Industries and its ability to serve hundreds of clients nationwide and provide thousands of employees with meaningful careers.

Looking back over the past 50 years, many people are happy that Roland Toups had lunch with Bert that day. His steadfast leadership has helped

Turner Industries and its employees held a celebration and commemorated the occasion by having a pediatric on-call room at the new Our Lady of

the Lake Children’s Hospital named in honor of Roland Toups.

Roland – all of us at Turner Industries thank you for your fifty years of dedication and inspiring leadership. We look forward to many more.

What is your leadership philosophy? Insist and encourage ‘hands-on’ management by everyone, emphasizing integrity and safety above all. Together, we’ve all built a great company by practicing excellent teamwork, solid communications, and consensus decision-making. It is important that all Turner employees are aware of our key priorities – God, Family, and Turner – in that order.

What has been your biggest challenge over the years and how did you overcome it? During the industrial boom in the Gulf Coast during the late 1960’s, the State’s entire economic development was threatened by violent Labor-Management strife. Criminal activity ran rampant, including multiple bombings, beatings and murder. All construction work was abruptly stopped by the Governor and Plant Owners. Our company’s existence was definitely threatened, and Louisiana’s reputation was deservedly damaged for years. I firmly believe that the Right -to-Work Bill passed in the mid-70’s put us back on a slow road to recovery. It was not our State and Industry’s finest moment – and we were all fortunate to survive.

What does the future look like for Turner Industries? I’m very optimistic that the well-earned Turner legacy will be passed on for years to come. Business conditions will always be somewhat volatile in this industry, but the stable business model created by our founder and visionary, Bert Turner, will allow us to take advantage of the evolving marketplace. The Turner family has been the best owner we could ever hope for and they all want to see the company grow and prosper. We’ve just got to keep ‘hustling’ and make it happen!

Clockwise from left 1. Roland, early in his career, at Turner’s office on Mason Avenue. 2. Roland, Lt. Ken Sierra of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Department, Carlos Montaggioni and Kent Broha of Turner Industries at Murphy Oil’s post-Katrina rebuild. 3. Roland photographed with Turner equipment being interviewed for local business publication. 4. Turner Industries Late Founder, Bert Turner, and wife Sue Turner with Roland. SUMMER 2018 17



o kick off summer, Turner Industries held an open house for clients and community partners at our Corpus Christi, Texas facility. Visitors enjoyed food, live music and got a chance to see our complete line of service offerings and latest capabilities, like unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspection services and MobilOpsŽ, Turner’s technology-driven solution, designed to achieve reliability excellence.

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Jared Benoit Under 40 in Construction Equipment Award Recipient


urner Industries’ Rigging Engineer, Christopher “Jared” Benoit was a recipient of the 2018

Construction Equipment Magazine’s Under 40 in Construction Equipment Awards. Throughout his tenure at Turner Industries, Jared has become

an indispensable part of the crane and rigging

group. As one of two engineers on his team, Jared is responsible for overseeing rigging project scopes, crane spec calculations and lift plan creations. Taking cues from Turner’s “One Solution for Your Success” motto, Jared has implemented and continuously improves a rigging package for clients undergoing a site turnaround. With time being of the essence in a planned site work event, the package includes all appropriate plans and permits for the turnaround project. This

allows for quick retrieval of the necessary documents, meaning the work can be completed on schedule. Jared’s above-mentioned professional duties and initiatives are a testament to his work ethic and personal integrity. Coworkers and supervisors alike know Jared as “the go-to guy” and “the guy you know you can depend on.” Besides his front-line operational duties, Jared has also taken a strategic seat in the Equipment, Rigging and Specialized Transportation division’s future. An example of this is his role in helping develop and manage the construction of the division’s new stateof-the-art equipment maintenance and repair facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and soon to break ground New Orleans location. During his journey to graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in engineering, Jared worked as an intern at Turner. Outside of work, Jared is a proud husband and father of two young children and an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Jared also enjoys cooking at various civic and non-profit fundraising events with the organization. SUMMER 2018 19

EMPLOYEE PROFILE Turner Supervisor Charles Gueary and his Crew Recognized by Client for Great Work


harles Gueary has been with Turner Industries for 23 years, and for the past nine years he’s been working at Syngenta’s St. Gabriel, Louisiana site as a supervisor for Turner Specialty Services’ environmental group. Charles is known for running a tight ship and having high expectations of his crew. “I hold my crew to a very high standard,” Charles says, “but I hold myself to an even higher standard.” Charles and his crew arrive for work each day at 3:45 a.m. and start their shift at 4 a.m., even though the contractor shift officially

starts at 6 a.m. The reason for this, Charles says, is simple, “Our client gets here at 4 a.m., so me and my crew are going to be here at 4 a.m. They treat us like family and I want them to know that they can count on us to be here when they’re here. We come to work and get to work.” Recently, Syngenta’s St. Gabriel site Day Supervisor, Donna Dennis, recognized Charles and his crew for “going above and beyond every day in the way they work and their ‘can-do’ attitude.” Explaining further Donna said, “Aside from the team’s ‘cando’ approach, Charles works each day with an altruistic attitude, in ways that benefit

Syngenta.” Examples include: improving plant processes to maximize efficiency; rebuilding pumps rather than buying new ones; cleaning trailers and other vessels on site rather than having them sent off site for costly cleaning; and, working to ensure that certain process by-products meet beneficial-use specifications rather than having to send the material for disposal. When not at work, Charles spends time with LaTonya, his wife of 28 years, and their two grown children. He also runs a catering business and spends whatever free time he has fixing up cars and showing them at car shows across the south.

Q &A

What would be the title of your autobiography? Never Judge a Book by its Cover.

Who do you look up to? My Father. He is my one and only idol, as a man amongst men.

What is your personal motto? You are only as strong as your crew.

Favorite restored car? 2011 drop-top Camaro.

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Bits & Bytes


Mission Completed


n 2016, Turner Industries embarked on the largest IT project in the history of the company—transitioning the current business system software, JD Edwards World to EnterpriseOne (E1), the newest generation of Oracle business tools.

The project, “Mission to Transition,” was a huge undertaking preceded by months of

painstakingly precise planning and testing to ensure a smooth “go-live” event, which took place in December 2017. E1, with its more robust security features, ensures company and client data is protected and thanks to its task automation features, has eliminated much of the need for manual data entries—thus reducing the need for paper forms. The web-based system allows for easier navigation and the ability for users to personalize screens in order to streamline daily tasks. Enhanced accessibility to import and export data, improved reporting capabilities along with new features such as inventory tracking, are just a few added benefits. E1 has allowed Turner to take a giant leap forward in the world of business software, securing our capabilities to provide first-class services to our clients.

OUT OF THIS WORLD RESULTS: “As Turner moves its work processes to a more paperless environment, E1 is able to provide the foundational programming necessary for such change. Additionally, consolidating our data sources into one ERP will bring synergy to our reporting capabilities that was not previously possible. Full utilization of the E1 applications will provide Turner with the most cost-effective solution to our software needs.” - Turner Continuous Improvement Manager, Jonathan Guidry. “The main thing I like about E1 is the how quickly it processes reports. What used to take a report 10-15 minutes to run in JD Edwards World, now only takes about 1 – 2 minutes. I also like that I can easily customize almost every screen needed to perform my daily tasks.” - Staff Accountant Aubrey Davis “What a journey! It was twenty months of planning, designing, developing and testing, but we managed to take our Oracle JD Edwards core business system software to the latest web-based version called EnterpriseOne. This monumental project could not have been successful without the support of management. Working closely with the incredibly knowledgeable user base, our IT team has delivered an enterprise system that will assist both our internal and external clients in achieving their business goals for many years to come.” – Turner CIO Durel Braud.

Workforce Development


Ninety-Nine Texas Students Earn Welding Certificates Lake Jackson, Texas – For the second consecutive year, Turner Industries was one of the sponsoring companies for the Brazosport College Welding Certification event. This yearly event brings Career and Technical Education high school students in the ABC Gulf Coast Chapter region together, along with industry representatives, to test welding skills. One hundred and seventy-five students from eleven high schools registered for the event. Ninety-nine of the participating students earned a welding certification.

Turner-Sponsored Students Take Home State Championship

Far right is Workforce Development Manager, Kent Dartez with Iota High School students.

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Iota, La. – Turner-sponsored students at Iota High School took home first place in a recent state welding competition. “I am so proud of these guys. We have watched them grow into outstanding competitors in the world of welding. Not only are these kids learning their craft, but thanks to their Teacher, Jude Sitting, they’re learning it safely,” said Turner Workforce Development Manager Kent Dartez.


Workforce Development 2018 Voice of Leadership Graduates The 2018 Voice of Leadership class (VOL) has been completed continuing Turner’s commitment to enhance leadership excellence and maintain a culture of leadership development. Participating in the eleven-week, in-house training are high potential employees representing all four divisions: maintenance, construction, equipment, and pipe fabrication. The objectives of the program are to improve leadership capabilities as well as enhance communication and problemsolving skills utilizing John C. Maxwell’s Leadership 101 – What Every Leader Needs to Know. Participants analyze workplace case study situations developed from actual Turner job experiences and through written reports and oral presentations they address the relevant issues pertaining to employees, company management and client management.

Baton Rouge Area Graduates

Houston Area Graduates

Students at Turner Industries Partner School Take Home First Place Baton Rouge, La. – At the recent High School Craft Competition taking place at ABC Pelican Chapter, Students from Turner partner school French Settlement High took first place in the carpentry competition.

Turner Industries Recognized for Support of High School Craft Program Gonzales, La. – Turner Industries was recognized at the East Ascension High School Future Farmers of America Banquet for support of their program. Accepting the award on behalf of Turner was Workforce Development Manager Wayne Tyson.

Pictured with the students is Shop Instructor and FFE Advisor Glenn Ellis.

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Workforce Development

From top: Students participating in competition; Workforce Development Coordinator, Bryan Gerace; Training Manager, Ray Neck; and Workforce Development Manager, Wayne Tyson.

ABC Bayou High School Craft Championship St. Rose, La. – As an All-American sponsor of the ABC Bayou Chapter, Turner Industries participates in ABC Bayou Chapter’s yearly high school craft championship, in which many of Turner’s partner schools participate. The competition is part of ABC's School-toCareer program and consists of both a written test as well as a performance test. The written portion of the competition is based on the Contren Learning Series curriculum. Safety, as well as the welding craft, are judged in both tests. This year, several students from Turner partner schools placed in the competition.

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Walker High School Students Learn UAV Tactics from Turner Industries Walker, La. – Turner Industries' licensed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) group visited with students enrolled in Walker High School's drone program. Under the direction of Steve Johnson, the students are learning UAS Certification and Best Practices and working towards AAE certification and FAA Part 107 accreditation. The group showed off Turner's UAV fleet, discussed how we effectively use them at client facilities and explained the benefits they offer for safe, remote inspections.


TEAM Turner



Zippity Zoo Fest

Dragon Boat Race

Baton Rouge, La. – TEAM

Lake Charles, La. – Turner Industries, for the sixth consecutive year,

Turner members volun-

supported Children’s Miracle Network and CHRISTUS St. Patrick

teered at BREC’s Zippity

Hospitals’ annual Dragon Boat Race fundraiser. Turner placed

Zoo Fest, celebrating the

3rd amongst the Children’s

Baton Rouge Zoo’s 48th

Miracle Network Challenge

birthday. In addition to

earners raising $1,495. The

seeing the animals, visitors enjoyed activities such as face painting and games.

Pictured left to right are Brandon Cornett, Kathleen Anzivino, Megan Guillot, Ranita Comeaux and Quinn Harris, a few of the Turner volunteers participating in the event.

event in total raised a record breaking $147,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network at CHRISTUS St. Patrick

Yoga on the Lawn Baton Rouge, La. – Turner Industries was a sponsor of Yogalates II South and Mockler Beverage Company’s ‘Yoga on the Lawn’ fundraising event. Participants gathered together for an exciting and relaxing yoga class, food, beverages and free skin cancer

Hospital and CHRISTUS Lake Charles.

Relay for Life Pensacola, Florida – Together

screenings. All proceeds collected help support cancer care

with Ascend Performance

by advancing prevention, research, survivorship, innovation,

Materials, TEAM Turner

teamwork, and patient assistance at the Mary Bird Perkins – Our

participated in the Pensacola,

Lady of The Lake Cancer Center.

Florida, Relay for Life event serving jambalaya.

Paris, Texas – Turner Industries participated in the Paris, Texas Relay for Life event at R.L Maddox Stadium. TEAM Turner members sold hamburgers and raffle tickets at the event. This year Turner Industries was granted Top Fundraising Team, raising




$4,379. All proceeds benefited the American Cancer Society.

Turner Participates in ‘Crawfish Bash’ La Marque, Texas – Turner Industries participated in judging the Big Ass Crawfish Bash Foundation’s (BCBF Inc.) 4th annual Crawfish Bash this year, held at the Gulf Greyhound Park. BCBF, Inc. is a Texas non-profit corporation that works in partnership with local charities that benefit the lives of veterans, children, and the disabled. A total of 80 teams competed in the charitable competition and 70,000 pounds of crawfish were boiled. Turner employees, clients and their families came out to enjoy and volunteer for the event. The bash raised nearly $100,000 for several local charities and schools including; Camp Hope, Texas Special Olympics and several local education foundations. Nearly 15,000 people attended the event.

Turner attendees included: Site Manager at Shell Deer Park, Mike Stirrat; Business Development, Amy Rouse; Project Manager, Gary Truxillo.

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Turner Industries Makes Largest Donation to Date to the Baton Rouge Food Bank


urner Industries’ 2018 Race to Restock the Food Bank was a resounding success, surpassing last year's total by 10,587 pounds of food. Early one morning, TEAM Turner™ members delivered and unloaded two tractor-trailers of food at the Baton Rouge Food bank—the company’s largest donation to date. This year’s donation contained over 71,000 pounds of food and marked the 6th annual food drive for Turner. Turner also delivered almost 4,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest in New Orleans. The food drive—which is set up as a competition between job sites and offices—took place over the course of one month, involved 2 sea-cans, the help of 45 volunteers and the generous donations by employees from 18 of Turner’s jobsites and offices.

The food drive is a testament to how hardworking, committed, and passionate Turner employees are in helping those less fortunate in our communities and we thank you. Further appreciation goes to those who assisted in the coordination of the project. Turner’s safety department works diligently each year to ensure that our volunteers stay safe at all times. The crane and rigging group continuously go above and beyond supplying the sea-cans, as well as securing, transporting and storing them safely until they can be delivered. Turner’s New Orleans equipment yard takes on the responsibility of collecting and delivering donations received in their area to Second Harvest each year.





62,328 MEALS

74,793 POUNDS!



1st Place: Oxy Convent

1st Place: 4th Floor

2nd Place: Dow Louisiana Operations

2nd Place: 5th Floor

3rd Place: Shell Chemical Geismar

3rd Place: 3rd Floor



1st Place: Turner’s Crane and Rigging, Mason Yard

2013: 16,596 lbs.

2nd Place: Westlake Plaquemine

2014: 13,601 lbs.

3rd Place: ExxonMobil Plastics and Finishing Plant

2015: 10,588 lbs. 2016: 33,064 lbs.


2017: 64,206 lbs. 2018: 74,793 lbs.

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News & Notes Turner Industries Donates Playground Equipment Paris, Texas – Earlier this spring, Turner employees Trey Glascock and Dawn Csaszar attended the grand opening of Wade Park. The park, also known as “Rocket Park” is a recreational park with a children's playground. It is the second park in Paris to receive needed renovations and upgrades. Turner Industries

Project Zero Kick Off At the 2018 AFPM Reliability & Maintenance Conference, Turner Industries kicked off the PROJECT ZERO challenge, our industry commitment to help our clients achieve zero incidents, zero downtime and zero releases using our proprietary MobilOps® technology, part of Turner’s DECIDE WITH DATA® technology suite. Turner’s acquisition of Industrial Mobility (now MobilOps®) in 2011 brought with it an amazing team and technology-driven solutions to use in-house and at client sites. MobilOps technology makes reliability excellence obtainable. The MobilOps software solution is made up of a dozen modules designed to manage things like Standard Operating (and other) Procedures, Safe Operating Conditions, Rounds and Readings and other checklists for industrial facilities. It is robust, easy to use, and generates the information needed to make datadriven decisions to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. The PROJECT ZERO challenge is the culmination of Turner’s efforts using technology-driven solutions to achieve reliability excellence, affirming Turner’s confidence that zero incidents, zero downtime and zero releases are achievable. For more information, email

has donated specific pieces to each park renovation. For many years to come, the Comet II (a playground climbing structure) donated by Turner, will be enjoyed by children visiting the park. Since the re-opening of Wade Park, there has been an influx of children and families enjoying the park once again.

Stephen Toups Joins ‘CEOs Against Cancer’ Gulf Coast Chapter Turner Industries Executive Vice President, Stephen Toups, has joined the ‘CEOs Against Cancer’ Gulf Coast Chapter board of directors. With more than 500 members nationwide, the organization “is a powerful group of executives committed to saving lives and improving their company's bottom line. CEOs from the world’s top companies are uniting to change the course of cancer to leverage the collective knowledge, power, and resources of the American Cancer Society.”

Turner Plant Engineer, Trey Glascock and Administrative Assistant, Dawn Csaszar celebrated the reopening of Wade Park.

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News & Notes

Turner Industries Celebrates Nurse Navigator Successes Paris, Texas – In 2010, Turner Industries implemented a “Nurse Navigator” workplace wellness program to help employees lead a healthier lifestyle. The focus of the program is to educate participants on health topics including; management of chronic diseases, appropriate utilization of preventive care benefits, medication compliance and how to better interact with your primary care physician. The program has had remarkable results across the country, especially in Paris, Texas. Turner held a ceremony to recognize the performance of Nurse Betty Higdon from Paris Regional Medical Center.

PROGRAM STATISTICS • 11 of 12 diabetic participants have their hemoglobin A1c score at or below the recommended level • 43 of 49 hypertensives are compliant with their blood pressure medication • 25 of 31 participants with high cholesterol improved their LDL (bad cholesterol) to below 100 or maintained that level. “The success of these programs is always dictated by the individual nurse. It is a rare combination of skills that make a successful nurse navigator. They are part-time cheerleader, part-time parent but a full-time motivator. Betty has displayed these skills which help to produce a healthier, happier workforce that is better suited to coming to work every day prepared to work safely. We are fortunate to have her,” said Turner Industries Director of Corporate Benefits, Dan Burke. To find a nurse navigator near you, please contact the Turner Benefits Help Line at (225) 214-2566.

Pictured left to right: Turner Vice President – Plant Manager, Chris Bailey; Director of Marketing at Paris Regional Medical Center, Erin Barnes; Turner Nurse Navigator, Betty Higdon; CEO of Paris Regional Medical Center, Steve Hyde; Turner Director of Corporate Benefits, Dan Burke.

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News & Notes

Ray Reamey Elected Vice Chairman by American Society of Mechanical Engineers Baton Rouge, La. – Turner Director of Quality, Ray Reamey, has been elected Vice Chairman of B31.1 Power Piping Code Committee effective July 1, 2018 for a 3-year term by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) B31.1 code committee. Ray has been with Turner for eleven years and has been a dedicated service member of the ASME B31.1 Fabrication and Examination Subcommittee, the B31.1 Main Committee and the B31.1 Standards Committee for 28 years. ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines while helping the global engineering community develop solutions to real-world challenges providing a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.

Knock Knock Children’s Museum’s Duck Derby Baton Rouge, La. – Turner Industries is a proud supporter of the Knock Knock Children’s Museum and participated in their most recent fundraising event, the Duck Derby. The event turned City Park Lake into a sea of yellow as thousands of rubber ducks raced to the finish line. All proceeds benefited the Knock Knock Children’s Museum’s “Who’s There?” Annual Fund, providing vital dollars to help sustain Knock Knock’s innovative programming, outreach, and education initiatives. The Knock Knock Children’s Museum is a private non-profit organization committed to providing an inclusive gathering place where families and children of all backgrounds and experiences can interact and learn through play.

2018 Marathon United Way Golf Classic

Left to right: Jeremy Swarts, Angelle Hill, Sandy Cooksey, and Gary Truxillo representing Turner.

Ashland, Kentucky – Turner Industries participated on behalf of Marathon Petroleum Company in United Way’s golf tournament fundraiser at Bellefonte Country Club, serving food as well as entering a team to play in the tournament. SUMMER 2018 29

Turner Industries – Gold Sponsor at CCA Event Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, La. – Turner Industries served as a gold sponsor for the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana (CCA) and The Backpacker’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Families gathered at The Backpacker (Baton Rouge and Lake Charles) to view inspiring films about being mindful of the planet and celebrating its riches. All ticket proceeds went toward CCA’s efforts in keeping the coastline healthy and fishable for generations to come.

Kudos! Baton Rouge, La. – Turner employees Don Galvez and Jan Lavespere are members of a local nonprofit organization, Famine is the Enemy (F.I.T.E), which holds events to feed local homeless individuals every weekend in the Baton Rouge area. Seeing a need for other services, Jan also began to collect money for hygiene kits to pass out. She collected enough money to donate over 70 kits. During one of the events Don noticed a man with tattered shoes. Don took the shoes off his feet, gave them to the man, and continued to serve others at the feed in his socks. Kudos to both of you.

Land of the Free Because of the Brave Pasadena, Texas – In honor of Memorial Day, Sr. Vice President of Construction John Golashesky and Vice President of Maintenance Mack Hayes hosted an employee event to remember and honor those men and women who have died while serving in our armed forces.

Pasadena Office Holds 36th Blood Drive Pasadena, Texas – Turner Industries in Pasadena held its 36th blood drive. A total of 812 units of blood have been donated to the Gulf Coast Regional Blood center since beginning the drives for this region in 2002. One blood donation has the potential of saving three lives.

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About Us T

urner Industries provides a single solution in heavy industrial construction, maintenance, turnaround, pipe and module fabrication, equipment, rigging and specialized transportation, and associated specialty services. With $2.49B in 2017 revenue, Engineering News-Record Sourcebook ranks Turner the number one industrial maintenance contractor in the United States, and one of the top contractors in Texas and Louisiana. The company, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, employs 20,000+ and works across the United States.



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