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CROSSLAKE FIBRE SELECTS CABLE AND HDD SHORE END SUPPLIERS FOR TORONTO TO BUFFALO SUBMARINE CABLE

Crosslake Fibre has announced that it has selected Hexatronic Cables & Interconnect Systems AB of Sweden to supply the high-fibre-count submarine fibre optic cable and Maritech International LTD to construct the Horizontal Directional Drilled (HDD) shore ends for its 58km submarine cable project being developed across Lake Ontario.

Granite Acquires LiquiForce

Granite Construction Incorporated has announcedthat it has acquired LiquiForce, a privately-owned company which serves public and private sector water and wastewater customers in both Canada and the U.S. Today, LiquiForce provides a variety of underground contracting services including lateral liner rehabilitation, mainline Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP), project management, manhole rehabilitation, and mainline point repairs. In addition, they are recognized as a leader for their patented LiquiForce Junction Lateral Liner. Through this acquisition, we welcome more than 100 employees to the Granite team. Going forward, LiquiForce will continue to operate from offices in Kingsville, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, and Romulus, Michigan. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Granite's 2018 earnings per share.

Ring-O-Matic under new ownership

Pella, Iowa-based Ring-O-Matic is now under new ownership. Brian Metcalf, Ring-O-Matic President and CEO, bought the company December 31. The construction equipment company specializes in the design, manufacture and customization of vacuum-excavation machinery and equipment. 

Ditch Witch of Houston's Robbin Womack honoured as top Ditch Witch salesperson worldwide

Ditch Witch recognized Robbin Womack of Ditch Witch of Houston with the 2017 Lowell Highfill Award – the organization's most prestigious award for salespeople worldwide. This award is presented annually to the top individual salesperson in the global Ditch Witch organization for his/her superior product knowledge and performance in promoting and marketing Ditch Witch products, jobsite solutions and services. 

Equipment Sales & Service Limited recognized as Platinum Club winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Equipment Sales & Service Limited (ESS) has been recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada's Best Managed Companies designation. The 2018 Best Managed program award winners are among the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth. Having achieved the Best Managed designation for seven consecutive years, ESS joins an elite group of companies that have attained Platinum Club status.

Hobas announces new vice president of sales

HOBAS Pipe USA a supplier of large diameter fiberglass pipe has announced that Martin Dana has joined the HOBAS management team as the new Vice President of Sales. Martin is an 18-year veteran of Northwest Pipe Company and most recently served in the capacity of Executive Vice President of Business Development and Strategy.  He is a well-rounded, dynamic senior executive with functional experience in finance, operations and sales. 

Canadian equipment rental revenue expected to reach $5.35 billion in 2018

In its latest five-year forecast, the American Rental Association (ARA) expects equipment rental industry revenue to continue to grow consistently in the United States over the next five years, resulting in total revenue of $59.6 billion in 2021. According to the ARA Rental Market Monitor™ five-year forecast updated in February, total rental revenue in the U.S. is expected to grow by 4.5 percent in 2018 to reach $51.5 billion, 5.6 percent in 2019, 5 percent in 2020 and 4.4 percent in 2021. The February forecast is identical to the previous forecast released in November 2017 for 2018, with slight upticks in the expected revenue growth rates for 2019 through 2021.

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VMAC makes senior management changes

VMAC has announced changes to the organization of its Senior Management team, appointing former President Jim Hogan to Chief Executive Officer, and Tod Gilbert, former Executive Vice President to President. 

​Daimler Trucks North America Announces Changes in Senior Management

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced that David Carson, currently president of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC), has been appointed president of Western Star Trucks and chief diversity officer of DTNA. Carson succeeds Kelley Platt who has been promoted within the Daimler AG global organization to president and chief executive officer of Daimler's truck joint venture Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co., Ltd. (BFDA) in China.

Making the case for workplace wellness programs

Hamilton, ON - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) --- To help employers better understand the value of workplace wellness programs, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has launched the e-course, Business Case for Workplace Wellness. With many workers in Canada spending the majority of their waking hours at work each day, employers are starting to realize the importance of offering workplace wellness programs and the positive impact they can have. If the success of an organization depends heavily on the productivity of its workers, then it makes sense to ensure that the employees have a work environment that is healthy in which they can thrive.

JCB brings new products and innovations to ICUEE

JCB has confirmed that the Teleskid, Hydradig 110W tool carrier, 3CX Compact backhoe loader and 48Z-1 compact excavator, will be on display at the 2017 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville, Kentucky, from October 3-5. The company will also demonstrate its 509-45 Loadall telescopic handler with a radio remote-control work platform and preview its new 503-13 Loadall sub-compact telehandler, which will be launched in 2018.

Vermeer Corporation Announces Its Acquisition of McLaughlin Group, Inc.

Vermeer Corporation has announced its acquisition of the remaining non-Vermeer interests of McLaughlin Group, Inc., a leader in the drill tooling and vacuum excavation industry. Vermeer took an initial vested position in McLaughlin in 2012, when it acquired a minority interest in the Greenville, South Carolina company. "Our initial investment in McLaughlin created the ideal opportunity to determine how the company culture and product portfolio fit within our organization," said Jason Andringa, president and CEO at Vermeer Corporation. "Now, we look forward to having the McLaughlin team and the products they design and manufacture become part of the comprehensive solution Vermeer provides to the utility market. This is especially important in the area of soft-dig excavation where we see demand for equipment and expertise continuing to grow today and well into the future."

Final double breakthrough at the Emscher sewer

With the breakthrough of the last two tunnel boring machines into the target pit in Oberhausen-Biefang on June 12, 2017 the tunnel and pipe jacking work for the Emscher sewer has been completed. Over a period of 25 years numerous Herrenknecht tunnelling machines and a wide range of additional equipment were successfully used in the Europe-wide unique environmental and sewage project of Emschergenossenschaft.

Bulls Bridge Replacement Penstock

In the early 1900s, the New Milford Power Company successfully completed the first commercially viable hydroelectric power plant on the Housatonic River in Connecticut.  The project, Bulls Bridge Development, broke ground in spring 1902 and was in operation by 1903. Bulls Bridge was named after the Bull family that had lived in the area for generations. 

Herrenknecht tunnel borers continue success story in L.A.

Los Angeles is a vibrant center of international film art and innovation - not just on the surface. The area below ground is the scene of state-of-the-art engineering achievements. German high-tech machines from Herrenknecht are creating underground arteries for the American city. Tunnel boring machine (TBM) , Harriet successfully completed her drive for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project in April 2017. Angeli just finished digging the first of two tunnels for the Regional Connector Transit Corridor on July 18th. From spring 2018 onward the tunnel boring stars will have additional company: for each of the "Purple Line Extension Sections 1 + 2", two more Herrenknecht TBMs will be working their way through the difficult ground. All three projects are part of the strategic subway extension in L.A. to relieve the traffic above ground.

A New Resource in the Large-diameter Pipe Industry

When Thompson Pipe Group recently acquired the concrete and steel pressure pipe assets of U.S. Pipe, previously a division of Forterra, it instantly became a major provider of pipe to the water, wastewater, power and industrial markets in North America. With manufacturing plants throughout the country, Thompson Pipe Group now offers a uniquely comprehensive portfolio of open-cut and trenchless pressure and gravity pipe solutions, together with related products.

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Mexico City’s Record-Breaking Crossover TBM makes Final Breakthrough

In June , a select group of project officials, including Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto, celebrated the final breakthrough of an epic tunneling project.  The 8.7 m (28.5 ft) diameter Robbins Crossover TBM is the first such hybrid machine to operate in North America, and it completed the Túnel Emisor Poniente (TEP) II on a high note.  The TBM, known an XRE—a Crossover (X) between Rock (R) and EPB (E) TBMs—navigated fault zones, variable ground, low cover, and more to achieve a national record of 57 m (187 ft) in one day as well as maximum rates of 231 m (758 ft) in one week and 702 m (2,303 ft) in one month. 

Logistec Corporation acquires a majority interest in FER-PAL Construction Ltd

Logistec Corporation, a marine and environmental services provider, has recently announced that it has acquired 51% of the shares of FER-PAL Construction Ltd. ("FER-PAL"), a trenchless technology company that offers complete water main rehabilitation solutions, for an aggregate purchase price of $49.5 million, subject to adjustments.

Going deep in the nation’s capital

Gilmour Street, located south-southeast of downtown Ottawa, runs through the area of the nation's capital called Centretown. It's mostly residential with some businesses mixed in, and is situated between the Ottawa River and the historic Rideau Canal.

Remote charging stations allow drones to handle long-range data collection missions

SkyX has installed its first production xStation, a unit that remotely recharges SkyX drones during missions. The xStation is a rugged, all-metal piece of engineering designed to allow the SkyOne drone to remotely recharge while monitoring long-range infrastructure, then continue its mission. By installing multiple xStations along a route, SkyOne can monitor assets like oil and gas pipelines or railroad tracks that stretch hundreds - even thousands - of kilometres.

Ritchie Bros. and IronPlanet Secure Unconditional Antitrust Clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice; Acquisition is Expected to Close in the Next Few Weeks

Ritchie Bros., has announced the receipt of unconditional antitrust clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice for the proposed acquisition of IronPlanet, an online marketplace for heavy equipment and other durable assets. Ritchie Bros. outstanding brand reputation and high degree of customer trust, coupled with IronPlanet's digital prowess built on user friendly technology, will provide multiple product and channel offerings to customers.

CCOHS workplace survey seeks insights to inspire positive changes in safety

What are the top barriers and issues affecting the health and safety of workplaces in Canada, and what can we do about them? The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is inviting workers and employers to take part in an online survey that continues the conversation sparked at CCOHS’ Forum 2016: The Changing World of Work, held earlier this year in Vancouver, British Columbia.

TT Technologies to display full line of trenchless tools and equipment at CONEXPO

TT Technologies will be displaying its full line of trenchless piercing tools, pipe ramming tools and pipe bursting tools, at CONEXPO 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees will be able to see the complete line of trenchless equipment including the Grundoburst static pipe bursting system and Grundocrack pneumatic pipe bursting tools.

The Grundoburst static pipe bursting system utilizes a specially designed bladed cutter head to make bursting ductile iron and steel pipe possible. The Grundoburst systems range in size from 45 to 287 tons of pullback force and can be used to burst pipe from 4 to 48 inches. Grundocrack pneumatic pipe bursting tools can be used to burst fracturable pipe from 4 to 54 inches in diameter. Grundoram pneumatic pipe ramming tools can be used to ram steel casings ranging in size from 6 through 144 inches in diameter.
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Vermeer Corporation and DMACC partner to train and certify in-demand HDD operators

Vermeer has created a partnership with the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) — Iowa’s largest two-year college serving more than 75,000 students — to certify the Vermeer HDD Circuit training program. Individuals who complete the two-week, instructor-led program will be classified as a certified horizontal directional drill (HDD) operator.

multiVIEW opens new office location to meet growing demand across Southwestern Ontario

multiVIEW, a leading professional services firm that specializes in locating and mapping buried infrastructure is pleased to announce the opening of its London, Ontario office. The strategically situated office location will allow multiVIEW to complete local contract-based work and quickly deploy to meet growing demand across Southwestern Ontario for utility locating, hydro-excavation and CCTV camera inspection services.

Pure Technologies awarded new work in U.S. worth up to CAD$14 million

Pure Technologies Ltd. is pleased to announce that, over the past month, its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pure Technologies U.S. Inc. ("Pure U.S."), has been selected by several U.S. water agencies to lead multi-year programs to provide services related to the inspection and management of critical water pipelines. The Calgary-based company has been chosen to lead this new work based on its experience, expertise and industry-leading technology-based solutions for the management of water pipelines consisting of multiple pipe types and sizes around the world. In aggregate, the new work is worth up to $14 million over three to four years.

Advanced Drainage Systems hosts ceremonial event to mark construction of new Harrisonville, Missouri manufacturing facility

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. a leading global manufacturer of water management solutions, hosted community leaders, elected officials and prospective employees at the site of its in-construction new manufacturing facility in Harrisonville, Missouri. This will be the Company’s 62nd manufacturing plant, and its first in Missouri.

NASTT will celebrate another incredible year of trenchless innovation and education at NASTT’s 2017 No-Dig Show

North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) — the leading association serving and promoting the North American trenchless industry — celebrates another incredible year of trenchless innovation and education at NASTT’s 2017 No-Dig Show, April 9-13, 2017 in Washington D.C., USA at the Gaylord National Convention Center.

HammerHead Trenchless acquires RS Lining Systems, LLC

HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works company, has announced the acquisition of RS Lining Systems, LLC, the provider of RS Technik pipe rehabilitation solutions in the Americas. This acquisition will allow HammerHead to better serve customers across the underground infrastructure rehabilitation market by providing an enhanced suite of CIPP trenchless solutions.

Xylem solutions for the entire water cycle to be displayed at WEFTEC

Xylem a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, will highlight its comprehensive solutions to address ‘urban resilience’ at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) at the Morial Convention Centre in New Orleans from September 24-28. Xylem will showcase a range of proven, smart water technologies and highlight the company’s deep application expertise, which together can help communities tackle critical water challenges and support sustainable, resilient water management.

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