Cooper Adds Corporate Finance Veteran as Chief Financial Officer

Cooper Machinery Services has hired John O’Brien as its chief financial officer. John has 20 years of corporate finance experience, including investment banking, merchant banking and corporate development, and has primarily served the energy industry in these previous capacities.

Prior to joining Cooper, John was Managing Director at Pelican Energy Partners for a 9-year term. Prior to Pelican, he spent ten years in investment banking working with both the GulfStar Group and Morgan Keegan. In these roles, John focused on providing merger, acquisition, private placement, and other general advisory services to middle market clients, most of which served the energy industry. Over this time, John completed over 60 transactions with an aggregate transaction value over $5.0 billion. Prior to his career in investment banking, John was a business development analyst with J.B. Poindexter & Co., focusing on supporting all corporate development activities including acquisitions, divestitures, capital structuring and financial management.

John recently served on the Board of Directors of Q2 Artificial Lift, SWM, Enhanced Energetics and Air Relief, as well as the Houston Chapter of the Young Professionals in Energy. John facilitated the sale of Downhole Technology to Schoeller Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment, the sale of Multilift Welltec to Forum Energy Technologies, the sale of Flowco Production Solutions to Global Energy Capital and the sale of Global Heat Transfer, where he was Chairman of the Board, to Forum Energy Technologies.

John earned an MBA from Texas A&M University, and a BBA in Finance from Northeastern University.

Cooper First to Use Hydrogen Fuel in an Integral Engine; Methane Emissions Reduced

CleanBurn Plus AJAX 2800 Integral Engine
CleanBurn Plus AJAX 2800 Integral Engine

Cooper Machinery Services (Cooper), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, has successfully tested a slow-speed integral engine running on a hydrogen (H2)-natural gas fuel blend. The groundbreaking test comes 5 months after the announcement of Cooper’s joint hydrogen research project with a major U.S. gas pipeline company to demonstrate the safe operating range of H2 blends in large-bore internal combustion engines.

“Cooper’s hydrogen development initiative took another large step forward today. We ran an unmodified large-bore, slow-speed integral engine-compressor with an H2 blend of 5% by volume, and we achieved significant reductions of methane in the exhaust. This is the first such run using significant amounts of hydrogen in an engine of this design.” said Cooper CEO, John Sargent. “In May, we will be running up to 33% by volume in the same stock engine. Our customers have thousands of similar units running globally, so the potential reduction of methane is substantial.”

The Cooper test was conducted at their slow-speed integral engine test cell at corporate headquarters located in Houston, Texas. The test engine is the current production, NSPS compliant Cleanburn PlusTM  AJAX 2802 ULE with 15” piston bore, 16” power stroke, and a speed range of 360-440 RPM. Cooper selected the AJAX engine due to the similarities of its combustion system to that of the large fleet of the other engine brands the company services (Clark, Cooper-Bessemer®, Ingersoll Rand, and Worthington).

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Cooper’s First Annual International Women’s Day Event

Cooper Machinery Services International Women's Day 2022
Cooper Machinery Services International Women's Day 2022
On March 8th, Cooper held its first annual International Women’s Day event at corporate headquarters. The event was a rousing success as female Cooper employees from around the world participated in this Houston-based event and discussed topics that included: how successful leaders overcome and grow from mistakes; how authenticity can be a business advantage; how people can build their personal brand; and how preparation is required for achievement of career goals. Panelists and speakers for the in-person event included:
  • Cherie Humphries, Williams Company – Vice President, Procurement and Digital Transformation
  • Gwen Gresham, Core Lab, Inc. – Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Development
  • Marie-Helene Ben Samoun, Boston Consulting Group – Managing Director, Digital Oil & Gas
  • Karen Johnson, Independent Consultant – Commercial Strategic and Executive Operational Leadership
  • Tahera Khan, Cooper Machinery Services – Chief Human Resources Officer
Cooper Machinery Services International Women's Day 2022

Cooper Introduces CleanBurn PlusTM Targeting 40% Methane Reduction

CleanBurn Plus
CleanBurn Plus

The reduction of greenhouse gases, particularly methane, is a key element of Cooper’s emissions reduction technology offering. To improve the environmental impact of engine-compressors operating within our industry, Cooper is pleased to announce CleanBurn Plus™, an emission reduction solution tailored to reduce fuel consumption, fuel slip, methane leakage, and unburned hydrocarbons.

Cooper’s CleanBurn Plus™ upgrade package is a comprehensive solution that can reduce methane output by up to 40% in most of the industry’s integral engine-compressors. For a fleet of engines rated collectively at 100,000 HP, this level of CO2 reduction can equal 20,000 tons/year, equivalent to the elimination of 4,348 standard passenger cars.

Our CleanBurn Plus™ upgrades are offered across our entire integral engine-compressor product line to include AJAX®, Cooper-Bessemer®, Clark, Enterprise®, Ingersoll Rand, and Worthington.

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Jordan Smith Named Vice President of Sustainability & Emerging Technologies

Cooper is pleased to announce the appointment of Jordan Smith as Vice President of Sustainability and Emerging Technologies.

Jordan is a 20-year veteran of the gas compression industry who started his career as a student working at Colorado State University’s Engines & Energy Conversion Laboratory, a renowned industry research organization dedicated to the creation of innovative energy solutions in the areas of emissions testing and monitoring, fuel technology, durability testing and modeling. After graduating from Colorado State with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jordan joined Cameron International Corporation where he specialized in the design of retrofit emissions reduction technologies for large-bore engines for power generation and gas compression. Since his time at Cameron, Jordan has held a variety of management roles in engineering and sales in the natural gas industry and received a certification as a Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado.

Jordan will drive the company’s sustainability and new product development goals as they pertain to engine and compressor emissions reduction technologies, including exhaust emissions (NOx, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons), methane fuel slip, hydrogen as a fuel, blowdown, and future emerging technologies.

Click here to view the press release.

Click here to view the announcement in Gas Compression Magazine

Click here to view the announcement in Compressor Tech2

Click here to view the announcement in ESG Review

Cooper Article Appears in ESG Review Magazine

Since Cooper Machinery Services transitioned to private ownership in late 2019, our commitment to increase the company’s focus on emissions reductions has been a cornerstone of our strategy to include solutions for both large-bore, slow-speed engines and high-speed equipment. To accomplish that goal, Cooper has improved its existing operations and acquired several new companies to support global flywheels turning for the next hundred years. We don’t want to give our clients a reason to think about retiring their horsepower, so we’re executing a deliberate and calculated plan for long-term growth that positions our company for the future without sacrificing the needs of the current marketplace. 

Over the last few years, we’ve made it clear we aren’t buying companies for the sake of headlines, but instead, putting the pieces together as part of a broader growth strategy. Cooper’s acquisitions of Epic International’s energy services business and Reciprocating Technology Services provides a way for Cooper to strengthen its position in aftermarket parts and services, particularly with Clark, Ingersoll Rand, and Worthington engines. The acquisition of the Sinor Engine Company and Energy Dynamics Inc. strengthened Cooper’s position as the original equipment manufacturer (O.E.M.) for the Superior engine line and served as a springboard for entry into the Waukesha VHP and Caterpillar 3600 after-sales support businesses. 

Cooper Machinery Services Upgrades

The acquisition of Hoerbiger’s Engine Legacy Solutions business enhanced Cooper’s specialty in repairs and services, but also added a significant edge when it comes to overhauls, upgrades, and emissions advancements for large reciprocating, natural gas, and dual fuel engines. And finally, the formation of Turbocharger Solutions International is all part of Cooper CEO John Sargent’s plan to “rebuild Cooper into the market leader once again.”

We are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to improve and add to our emissions product offering. Today, our suite of engine and compressor upgrade products not only target combustion emissions but also greenhouse gases (GHGs), fugitive compressor emissions, and heavy metals.

Click here to read the article in ESG Review magazine. 

 

Cooper Partners with Camp Hope to Help Veterans with PTSD Find Hope and Healing

Cooper Machinery Services Philanthropy

Houston, TX, January 24, 2022 –(PR.com)– Cooper Machinery Services (Cooper) has entered a partnership with Camp Hope, a program of the PTSD Foundation of America that helps military veterans and their families suffering from the effects of combat-related post-traumatic stress.


Camp Hope is now Cooper’s charity of choice, receiving the benefits of company-wide fundraising campaigns and service activities. As part of its 2022 kick-off campaign, Cooper will donate a $13,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle to Camp Hope.

“As we looked for the most effective ways to give back to the community, we conducted a thorough search for a charitable partner that was a natural fit for our company values,” said John Sargent, CEO of Cooper Machinery Services. “We were really impressed with Camp Hope’s operation and the tremendous service they provide for veterans and our community.”

“We are excited to begin our relationship with Cooper Machinery Services,” said Dr. Ryan Rogers, President of the PTSD Foundation of America. “I believe they will be a fine partner and provide great support to our organization. Survival of organizations like ours depends on companies like Cooper, and the management team there has been easy to work with and have gone out of their way to get this relationship off the ground.”

As an interim housing facility, Camp Hope offers a minimum of a six-month program that includes a two-month transitional program. Residents attend group lessons and support sessions with other combat veterans; conduct individual mentoring sessions with certified combat trauma mentors; participate in off-site, small-group interaction activities (i.e. fishing, camping, local activities and sporting events); and get involved with local churches, businesses and volunteer organizations to assist in their personal healing and educating the community on the invisible wounds of war.

In addition, the staff assists veterans with issues like job placement, coordination with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and reputable veteran service organizations to assist with claims and benefits, transportation to appointments and peer support groups integration.

A 2015 Veterans Affairs study found that more than 20 military veterans commit suicide each day. PTSD Foundation of America says its goal is to stop veteran suicide. In 2020, 9,620 veterans participated in support groups known as Warrior Groups, and 550 family members attended Zoom calls for support. Since 2012, more than 1600 veterans have gone through the Camp Hope program at the 5-acre campus in Houston.

About Cooper Machinery Services: Cooper Machinery Services (Cooper) is the original equipment manufacturer (O.E.M.) and supplier of parts and after-sale services, and emissions reduction technologies to a large installed base of highly respected engine-compressor brands. The company’s O.E.M. brands include AJAX, Cooper-Bessemer, Enterprise, Gemini, Superior, TSI, and TXC. They also are a major supplier of after-sale support for non-Cooper engine-compressor brands such as Clark, CAT (3600 engines), IR, Waukesha (VHP engines), and Worthington. Manufacturing is conducted in its facilities in Houston, Texas, Deer Park, Texas, Salina, Kansas and McPherson, Kansas, while on-site services are delivered through its extensive network of field technicians operating out of fully equipped repair and overhaul shops strategically located around the world.

About PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope: The Mission of the PTSD Foundation of America is to bring hope and healing to combat veterans and their families suffering from the effects of combat-related post-traumatic stress. Camp Hope is an interim and transitional housing facility for combat veterans with PTSD and their families. The Camp Hope facility opened in 2012 and is in a quiet and safe setting in Houston, Texas. Veterans and their immediate family members can find healing, help, and hope through intensive peer support and mentoring program for those who suffer combat-related post-traumatic stress. For more information go to www.ptsdusa.org.

Click here to view the press release. 

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Cooper Machinery Services
Matt Forcey
713-354-1900
www.cooperservices.com

Cooper & Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Launch Joint Hydrogen Initiative

Houston, TX, October 29, 2021 –(PR.com)– Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc. (Southern Star), a U.S.-based interstate natural gas pipeline company and Cooper Machinery Services (Cooper), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, announced today the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to launch a joint hydrogen research project aimed at converting Southern Star’s fleet of gas fired reciprocating integral engines to combination gas-hydrogen fired units. This venture will be a leading hydrogen initiative that will provide a framework for further hydrogen expansion within the gas compression industry.

Starting in Q1, 2022, Cooper and Southern Star will modify a Cooper-Bessemer GMVH-12 at Southern Star’s Hugoton, Kansas compressor station to run on a blend of hydrogen and natural gas. The engine will be equipped with Cooper’s HyperBalance IV™ system to monitor pressures, collect data, and ensure equipment safety during the test. Southern Star and Cooper plan to run the engine on a mixture of up to 10% hydrogen. Southern Star and Cooper will both provide engineering support and plan to publicize data to the industry once it becomes available.

“We are excited to partner with Cooper Machinery for this innovative hydrogen blending pilot program. Their technical expertise and support will help us maximize the potential use of hydrogen blends on our system. The success of this venture will give a baseline of future opportunities for hydrogen for all stakeholders in the energy industry,” said Jimmy Staton, Southern Star President & CEO.

“Cooper has been working on green environmental technology for some time and recently launched an official hydrogen initiative,” said Cooper CEO John Sargent. “We are excited to partner with a forward-leaning and visionary organization like Southern Star who understands the necessity of our industry to embrace hydrogen and reduce its overall carbon footprint. Cooper began offering ‘clean’ technology on our engine-compressors in the 1970’s, and we have converted thousands of engines to some degree of green technology over the years including many to the 0.5 Grams of NOx level. Our Cooper engines can run on up to 10% hydrogen with minimal modifications.”

About Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc.: Southern Star is a leading transporter of natural gas to America’s heartland, with approximately 5,800 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline in the Midwest and Mid-Continent regions of the United States. Our pipeline system, facilities and employees are located in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Texas, with our headquarters in Owensboro, KY.

About Cooper Machinery Services: Cooper Machinery Services (Cooper) is the original equipment manufacturer (O.E.M.) and supplier of parts and after-sale services, and emissions reduction technologies to a large installed base of highly respected engine-compressor brands. The company’s O.E.M. brands include AJAX, Cooper-Bessemer, CSI, Enterprise, Gemini, Superior, TSI, and TXC. They also are a major supplier of after-sale support for non-Cooper engine-compressor brands such as Clark, CAT (3600 engines), IR, Waukesha (VHP engines), and Worthington. Manufacturing is conducted in its facilities in Houston, Texas, Deer Park, Texas, Salina, Kansas and McPherson, Kansas, while on-site services are delivered through its extensive network of field technicians operating out of fully equipped repair and overhaul shops strategically located around the world.

Click here to view the press release.

Click here to view the news story in Gas Compression Magazine. 

Click here to visit Cooper’s E.S.G. webpage.

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Cooper Machinery Services
Matt Forcey
713-354-1900
www.cooperservices.com

Cooper Launches ESG Platform

Houston, TX, October 7, 2021 –(PR.com)– Cooper Machinery Services (Cooper), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, announced that it has launched its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) platform on its website: https://www.cooperservices.com/e-s-g/.

The new section of Cooper’s website is a manifestation of the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility across all operations and outlines the ongoing environmental initiatives the Company has undertaken. The site also demonstrates products and services that assist Cooper’s customers accelerate their sustainability goals.

Cooper was formed in 2019 but has a history of more than 185 years of integrity culture and ethical behavior while operating as a socially responsible business with best-in-class health, safety and labor standards. Cooper actively supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (DSGs), a globally shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.

A cornerstone of Cooper’s ESG program is the production of products and services that maintain, upgrade and overhaul large industrial gas and diesel engines to perform in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner. As an example, in addition to reducing methane (CH4) and other GHGs, Cooper also offers a complete upgrade solution for 0.5 g/bhp-hr. NOx emission for all Clark, Cooper-Bessemer, Ingersoll Rand and Worthington slow speed engine models. This solution, fully backed by Cooper’s guarantee, helps reduce engine NOx emissions to below government regulated standards anywhere in the world and is already running successfully in many engines with multiple customers in the United States.

“We are enthusiastic about our responsibility to be a good corporate citizen,” said John Sargent, Cooper’s CEO. “Our corporate culture embraces high standards in ethics, safety, quality, social responsibility, compliance and the environment. An important part of what we do is help customers meet their sustainability goals through our proprietary products and services that reduce the environmental impact of hydrocarbon-intensive operations. Additionally, we continue to invest in new manufacturing techniques and technologies to reduce our global footprint and to optimize efficiencies.”

In addition to its environmental initiatives, Cooper proactively invests in comprehensive social programs across its global operations. The company is committed to the health and safety of its employees with its safety-first, zero injury culture, as well as health and wellness programs at facilities around the world. The company continues to engage with local charitable activities and organizations supporting communities where it operates. Cooper recognizes that diversity of thought, background and experience is a business asset, and has implemented hiring practices and training programs to further enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization.

More information on Cooper’s ESG initiatives is available at: https://www.cooperservices.com/e-s-g/.

About Cooper Machinery Services

Cooper Machinery Services (Cooper) is the original equipment manufacturer (O.E.M.) and supplier of parts and after-sale services, and emissions reduction technologies to a large installed base of highly respected engine-compressor brands. The company’s O.E.M. brands include AJAX, Cooper-Bessemer, CSI, Enterprise, Gemini, Superior, TSI, and TXC. They also are a major supplier of after-sale support for non-Cooper engine-compressor brands such as Clark, CAT (3600 engines), IR, Waukesha (VHP engines), and Worthington. Manufacturing is conducted in its facilities in Houston, Texas, Deer Park, Texas, Salina, Kansas and McPherson, Kansas, while on-site services are delivered through its extensive network of field technicians operating out of fully equipped repair and overhaul shops strategically located around the world.

Click here to view the press release.

Click here to view the announcement in Compressor Tech2.

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Cooper Machinery Services
Matt Forcey
713-354-1900
www.cooperservices.com

Cooper Honors Mel Helmich, One of Our Greatest Innovators

The Cooper family would like to take a moment to honor one of the great engine innovators and inventors in our company’s history. Mel Helmich, who passed away last week at the age of 96, spent 41 years with Cooper from the 1950s to the early 1990s and rose to the position of Chief Engineer. During his remarkable tenure, the company created the following products under his tutelage: W-330 engine / Z-330 engine / Quad engine / LSVB 4 cycle engine / CleanBurnᵀᴹ technology / M-Line compressors. In addition to being one of the all-time Cooper greats, Mel was also a member of the Greatest Generation and honorably served his country in combat with the 100th Engineering Division of the Army during WWII. After the war, he attained a Mechanical Engineering degree at Purdue University. Mel will be missed by his family, friends and former Cooper colleagues, but his legend inside the compression industry will live on forever.