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Jorge Prince
Friday, May 04, 2012

LaValley Industries, manufacturer of the DECKHAND® Pipe Handling System, hosted an open house recently at their new facility in Bemidji, MN. LaValley Industries showcased the new DECKHAND® L in live demonstrations handling 20”, 24”, 30”, and 36” diameter pipes up to 80’ long. 

The DECKHAND® XL” was also on display, complete with 42” pipe arms and the standard DECKHAND® “DH” that started it all, which handles 3” to 24” diameter pipe.

Guests from around the country attended the open house and took part in live DECKHAND demonstrations throughout the afternoon. The DECKHAND worktool can safely and efficiently load and unload pipe from trailers, railcars, pipe stacks, and drill rigs. To demonstrate the ease of operation and DECKHAND’s total pipe control system, guests were encouraged to operate the DECKHAND and see the benefits first hand.

One guest, Shad Clisby, an operator for Premay Equipment L.P., spent last winter working on a 36” pipeline project in Alberta, Canada. Over the course of the project, Clisby personally moved over 5,000 joints of 36” pipe using the DECKHAND Pipe Handling System.

“Using the DECKHAND to move pipe makes my job easier and more enjoyable,” said Clisby. “I wouldn’t dream of using anything else. The DECKHAND is the future.”

On our Beginnings...

Mitch Blessing
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

LaValley Industries was founded in 2006 when Owner and CEO, Jason LaValley thought of the concept for  the DECKHAND while working on  pipeline projects.

Over the years, the DECKHAND product line has grown to include three different head attachments, including the DH, DHL and DHXL. There are numerous arm combinations , including the 8-12” Interchangeable Pipe Arms, 24” Utility Arm, 20-42” Pipe Arms, and the Directional Drilling Arm, thus creating a flexible and powerful "Arm System".

LaValley Industries was named a winner of the 2011 IDEA Competition, with their entry of a DECKHAND product!! This makes LaValley Industries the only two-time winner of this competition! 

IDEA was created to assist the most promising local entrepreneurs in the commercialization of innovative products, processes and deliveries by connecting them to the best resources available, along with access to the capital it takes to launch a successful venture. To find out more about the IDEA Compeition, visit their website.