March 2012, Vol. 239 No. 3

Features

Record Weather Tests The Unflappables Up North

While much of the contiguous U.S. enjoyed a mild winter this year, Alaska suffered through its worst in decades. A 30-day stretch when the thermometer bottomed out below -30° F provided special challenges for Richard Schok, President of Flowline Alaska Inc., based in the interior town of Fairbanks, Alaska. Raw material shipping delays, skyrocketing fuel costs and increased cold weather maintenance issues tested Schok and his veteran team, but like most Alaskans, they always are prepared for the unexpected. Adversity is nothing new for Flowline Alaska. It has nearly a 30-year history working for the oil and gas industry on Alaska’s North Slope. It began providing pipe

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