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The 4th Annual HDD Academy

Admin LaValley
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

LaValley Industries is proud to be a sponsor of the fourth annual Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Academy this February 22-23 in Tempe, Arizona. Jason LaValley, CEO of LaValley Industries will be giving a presentation on new exit side techniques featuring TONGHAND technology; and the safety benefits it brings to the horizontal directional drilling field.

The purpose of the HDD academy is to enhance the skills of all HDD personnel. During the HDD Academy, “Horizontal directional drilling experts will deliver presentations during a two-day intensive course designed to equip attendees with knowledge of horizontal directional drilling pre-construction, design and material selection, construction and operations,” as it states on the HDD Academy website where you can learn more by visiting

The LaValley Industries team is excited to be a part of this event and continue to bring innovation to the HDD industry.



70th Annual Pipe Line Contractors Association Convention

Admin LaValley
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February 13th – 17th is the 70th Annual Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) Convention in Koloa, HA.
“The PLCA was established in 1948 and negotiates labor agreements, encourages safe practices in pipeline construction and seeks the resolution of problems common to all those in the industry”, provided by the PLCA website:

Jorge Prince and Steve Savard will be representing LaValley Industries at the annual meeting and look forward to connecting with our peers as we all work together to build a stronger and safer industry.

Press Release: New Employee

Admin LaValley
Friday, January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018, Bemidji, MN – LaValley Industries is proud to announce and welcome Rich Prosser as the company’s newest HDD Sales Representative. LaValley Industries is the premium provider of pipe handling attachments to the Pipeline and Horizontal Directional Drilling industries. Prosser will be responsible for developing new market opportunities and bringing solutions to existing customers. He joins the LaValley Industries team from Vacuworx located in Tulsa, OK and prior to that American Augers. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the sales team with over 30 years’ experience in the trenchless industry holding a variety of management roles.

“For years I’ve watched LaValley Industries’ innovative work tools change our industry, and garner awards such as our TONGHAND® exit side wrench being named IPLOCA’s 2018 New Technology Award winner. I am so excited to be a part of the team and look forward to introducing new customers to our industry changing products.”

Jason LaValley, LaValley Industries President and CEO, states “Rich has a passion for building lasting relationships with each individual he encounters, and is committed to bringing proven solutions to his customers. He brings with him an enthusiasm for this industry, and we are very pleased to have him as a part of our team.”


2018 UCT International Conference & Exhibition

Admin LaValley
Thursday, January 25, 2018


January 30th – February 1st the 2018 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) will take place in New Orleans, LA. UCT is the annual showcase where the HDD industry gathers to share knowledge and network.

LaValley Industries is excited to attend this educational event and interact with our fellow industry leaders. Listening to the voice of our contractors is foundational to our mission of bringing innovative solutions to our industry. We look forward to seeing you there. Learn more about the UCT at


Deckhand Case Study

Admin LaValley
Friday, December 15, 2017


Thanks to our friends at CRC-Evans and Pipe Contractors, LLC for sharing this recent case study. Just another example of the efficiencies the DECKHAND has to offer.






TONGHAND Presented at the 2017 Novel Construction Plenary Session

Admin LaValley
Tuesday, November 07, 2017


LaValley Industries was recently invited to Geneva, Switzerland by the International Pipeline & Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA) as part of the Novel Construction Initiative to present on the TONGHAND Exit Side Wrench; which is revolutionizing exit side HDD Operations. IPLOCA is an international organization that provides the opportunity for its more than 260 members to share ideas and shines a light on new developments to promote health and safety within the pipeline construction industry. Jason LaValley, CEO and Jorge Prince, CFO presented on behalf of LaValley Industries. Follow the link below to view their presentation:



2017 New Technologies Award Presented to LaValley Industries at the IPLOCA Annual Convention

Admin LaValley
Monday, November 06, 2017


During the International Pipeline & Offshore Contractors’ (IPLOCA) Annual Convention this October in Mexico City; LaValley Industries and CRC-Evans Pipeline International were presented the 2017 IPLOCA New Technologies Award sponsored by British Petroleum(BP). This award was presented in recognition of LaValley Industries’ newest product, “TONGHAND®. TheTONGHAND® is an excavator attachment that allows a single operator to perform all exit side HDD operations with precision from the safety of the cab.

IPLOCA states that the New Technologies Award is “given in recognition of a significant achievement in the development of new pipeline technologies. The Adjudication Committee selected this entry because the tool is innovative and improves health and safety.”

You can learn more about the award and presentation at:

Pictured are Jason LaValley of LaValley Industries and Brian Laing of CRC-Evans Pipeline International accepting on behalf of their respective companies.

LaValley Industries would like to thank IPLOCA and BP for this honor; and we look forward to the future as we strive to bring innovation and enhanced safety to pipeline construction.


TONGHAND Wins 2017 IPLOCA Technology Award

Admin LaValley
Thursday, October 05, 2017

I’m really pleased to confirm that the 2017 IPLOCA New Technologies Award Adjudication Committee has named CRC-Evans Pipeline International and LaValley Industries as the Winners for the TONGHAND Exit Side Wrench. Certificates and trophies were presented to you during the 2nd OGM held in Mexico.


Bemidji Intern Helps Develop Prototype

Admin LaValley
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LaValley Industries was pleased to give Brendon Speck a summer internship opportunity in partnership with the SciTechSperience internship program.


DECKHAND Calculator

Admin LaValley
Monday, August 17, 2015

LaValley Industries has released the DECKHAND Calculator App!  Simply enter in the pipe’s diameter, wall thickness, and length in either Imperial or Metric to get the weight in both lbs. and kg.

If you’re looking for a way to move that pipe; the app can suggest which DECKHAND® configuration will work best for that pipe. Simply click the “Recommended Attachment Results” button after entering the pipe information. 

Best of all, you can access it from wherever you are!  It's available on your computer or for your Android or Apple device!  Check it out by clicking the picture below.