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.

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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.

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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.

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Cooper Machinery Services has expanded its high-speed engine programs that include a full array of parts, service, and upgrades for Waukesha VHP and CAT G3600 engines. Both after-sale support offerings are part of Cooper’s Emerging Legends Series, a collection of seven inaugural products, programs, and services aimed at natural gas compressor operators. 

“It’s really important to us to take care of our customers, no matter what compression equipment they’re using.” said Cooper Chief Executive Officer John Sargent. “Our commitment is to extend the life of legacy equipment and bring environmentally sustainable solutions to the market.”

To support the thousands of high-speed engines currently in operation, Cooper’s 200,000 square-foot facility in Deer Park, Texas serves as a Center-of-Excellence (COE) for service of Waukesha VHP, CAT G3600, and Superior engines. The COE is a warehouse, manufacturing facility and service center, and it houses three engine dynamometer stands capable of load testing engines up to 5,000 brake horsepower. It is standard practice to load test all overhauled engines. 

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This article appears in the August-September 2021 issue of Compressor Tech2 Magazine. You can read the entire article right now by clicking the link above.

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When Cooper returned to independent operation in 2019, company leadership made it no secret that the Houston-based original equipment manufacturer (O.E.M.) of such stalwart brands as Cooper-Bessemer, AJAX, Superior, and Gemini would be changing! Almost immediately, the company began making substantial investments to grow its portfolio and strengthen customer ties. Continuing its evolution, Cooper has introduced the Emerging Legends Series – a lineup of new products and services designed to optimize legacy engines and compressor assets, helping customers extend the life of their equipment, while also bringing environmentally sustainable solutions to the industry.

The Emerging Legends Series expands Cooper’s portfolio by introducing two new after-sales support product service lines: Caterpillar G3600 and Waukesha VHP; adding three new products: Extended Life Power Piston Rings, Electrolytic Hard Iron Plating for Power Cylinders, and Dual-Coated Power Pistons; and creating two new service offerings: Field Machining and Compressor Repackaging. 

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This article appears in the August 2021 issue of Gas Compression Magazine. You can read the entire article right now by clicking the link above.

Cooper Acquires TrueRock Holdings, LLC

Houston, TX, July 30, 2021 –(PR.com)– Cooper Machinery Services (“Cooper”), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management today announced the strategic acquisition of TrueRock Holdings, LLC (“TrueRock”), a division of FlatRock Compression, Ltd. This action advances Cooper’s position as the leading manufacturer and service provider of mission-critical compression and engine systems.

Founded in 2011 and based in Stafford, Texas, TrueRock is a provider of parts, repair, and technical support on several prominent compression brands with an emphasis on Gemini® compressors. TrueRock brings strong engineering and technical support capabilities to the Cooper organization. Through its network of agents and distributors, TrueRock has grown from a regional player into a worldwide provider of compression parts and service.

“We are very excited to add TrueRock to our Cooper family. TrueRock’s reputation for quality, engineering and customer service is highly regarded in the compression market, and we will benefit from their best practices and passion for the industry,” said Cooper CMO, Matt Forcey.

About Cooper Machinery Services

Cooper Machinery Services is the original equipment manufacturer (“OEM”) 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 OEM 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, 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.

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

Cooper Launches New Emerging Legends SeriesTM of New Products and Services

Cooper is proudly launching a portfolio of new products and services that optimize the life of installed engine and compressor assets, helping our customers preserve their legacy equipment.

Products and service offerings include the following:

  • Extended life power piston rings
  • Electrolytic hard iron plating for power cylinders
  • Dual coated power pistons
  • Field machining
  • Compressor repackaging
  • CAT G3600 after-sale support
  • Waukesha 7042 and 7044 after-sale support

Click here to learn more about the new Emerging Legends SeriesTM.

James Harrison Named Vice President of Operations

Cooper is pleased to announce the appointment of James Harrison as Vice President, Operations. James has 13 years of experience in the compression market and 20 overall in various engineering, technical support and operational roles. James has held key positions at Fluor, Exterran-Archrock and Waukesha-Pearce. Most recently, James was director of operations with Cook Compression. 

 At Cooper, James will lead our Deer Park, Texas engine and after-sale service center that serves as our center-of excellence for the Superior, CAT 3600, and Waukesha VHP lines. James graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management.

Patrick Gillespie Named Vice President, Sales – Americas

Cooper is excited to announce the promotion of Patrick Gillespie, a 15+ year industry veteran, to the role of Vice President, Sales – Americas.

Patrick began his career in Moscow as part of GE’s market development team. After returning to the US, Patrick joined Cooper in 2015 and has held successive roles leading commercial teams in the US and Latin America. Patrick holds a BA in International Relations & Russian Language from Boston University.

In his new role, Patrick will lead Cooper’s sales effort for capital projects, key accounts, distributors, Canada, and Latin America.