Keith “Cooter” Cates joined Energy Fundamentals Group – Centra Pipelines in May 2011 as “Welder/Team Lead” bringing with him, 25 years of industrial welding. In this position Mr. Cates is responsible for updating and qualifying all of EFG’s welding proceedures, as well as the fabrication, repairs and installation of all pipe at EFG’s plant.

Prior to joining the Centra team, Mr. Cates welded on Ocean/Lake Ships, has constructed and repaired bridges, fabricated and repaired forestry equipment in the shop as well as in the bush. He has been involved in both pulp and paper mill and oriented strand board (OSB) mill maintenance and the design and fabrication of heavy duty equipment. In his last position Mr. Cates was a certified CWB welding supervisor andresponsible for developing and qualifying welding procedures and overseeing the annual qualifying of all company welders.

Born and raised in the Emo area, Mr. Cates enjoys hunting, fishing, weekends at the lake and following his children’s hockey.

Mr. Cates resides in Emo with his wife Trisha, daughter Avery and son Brady.