Bob Westphal and Ron Halderman Inducted to the HDD Hall of Fame

Industry partners and friends gathered to celebrate the lives of Ron Halderman and Bob Westphal with the induction of both to the HDD Hall of Fame on July 14 at the UCT Conference.

Bob Westphal

“We are honored to be able to induct them into the hall of fame and sad that both passed away in 2020 but their legacy will live on and all the many achievements in our hearts and in our minds,” said Grady Bell.

Robert H. Westphal dedicated 55 years to the industry with the majority of his time spent working for Michels. Westphal filled many roles throughout his career including laborer, operator, foreman, superintendent, general superintendent, vice president, senior vice president and, at the time of his death, senior construction advisor. He helped guide Michels’ development and execution of strategic business initiatives domestically and internationally. 

Westphal served as an active member of the Pipe Line Contractors Association and served on the Board Of Directors for 13 years.

Ron Halderman

Ron Halderman spent 36 years designing and building HDD delivery methods. He was involved with many “firsts” in the industry including the first mile-long drill, first drill under an airport runway and first mile-long drill in rock. He served as Director of Special Projects for Mears Group and was a pillar of integrity and accomplishments.

“He was worried that he wouldn’t have a legacy in the industry, but he does,” said Lynn Halderman, Ron’s wife.

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