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Koch Pipeline Company donates pipe to Central Lakes College

STAPLES - Koch Pipeline Company L.P. donated approximately one-third mile of steel pipe to the Heavy Equipment Operations & Maintenance program at Central Lakes College. Students will use the pipe to build a simulated right-of-way and practic...

STAPLES - Koch Pipeline Company L.P. donated approximately one-third mile of steel pipe to the Heavy Equipment Operations & Maintenance program at Central Lakes College. Students will use the pipe to build a simulated right-of-way and practice hands-on pipeline construction and maintenance to prepare them with firsthand experience for their careers. The donation was made during a presentation - led by professionals at KPL - yesterday at CLC in Staples.

"Many graduates of Central Lakes College go on to work in our industry as welders and heavy equipment operators, and we want to provide them with helpful equipment to hone their skills," said Dave Stecher, vice president of northern operations for Koch Pipeline Company, in a news release. "This donation is part of our company's efforts to support the next generation of skilled workers in our industry."

KPL purchased the pipe - which is 18 inches in diameter - several years ago but the pipe was never used. KPL is the operator of the Minnesota Pipe Line system, which travels from northwest Minnesota to the Twin Cities. The simulated pipeline right-of-way will be constructed on the CLC's property in Staples.

"This generous donation will provide our students with rare and invaluable hands-on experience prior to starting their careers," said Chris Hadfield, dean of career and technical education and the Staples campus of Central Lakes College, in a news release. "We are grateful to Koch Pipeline Company and are excited to put this pipe to good use for decades to come."

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