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Kobelco USA appoints Regional Tractor as mini-excavator dealer in southern Ontario

KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA continues to expand representation in the North American market by adding Regional Tractor to its growing dealer network. Regional Tractor will be the first dealer to solely represent Kobelco’s line of mini-excavators. Their territory will cover the southern Ontario counties of Halton, Hamilton and Niagara.

The Robbins Company announces appointment of Joe Lechner to SBU Sales

The Robbins Company has announced the appointment of Joe Lechner to the role of Small Boring Unit (SBU) Sales Manager. With over 18 years of industry experience, the role is a natural career progression for Lechner. It brings him back to his early roots of working with SBUs, while more recently he worked with TBMs. Lechner can continue his success with the company in this new capacity with the trenchless division.

Cretex Specialty Products launches new website

Cretex Specialty Products announced the launch of its new website, offering a fresh look with easier navigation. The uses a responsive design, meaning users will find the same information and essentially the same look whether they’re using a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

Microsoft and Facebook to build new subsea cable across the Atlantic Ocean

Microsoft and Facebook announced an agreement to build a new, state-of-the-art subsea cable across the Atlantic. The new "MAREA" cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers. The parties have cleared conditions to go Contract-In-Force (CIF) with their plans, and construction of the cable will commence in August 2016 with completion expected in October 2017.

Completion of trackwork for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway extension

A special event was held to celebrate the completion of trackwork in the new Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) tunnels and stations where a total of 17.4 kilometres of track and four sections of special track have been installed. Dignitaries walked down into the station to track level where they participated in a ceremonial tapping in of the last clips that hold the rails in place.

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Rick Gage of LMK Technologies named to MSTT board of directors

Rick Gage, Vice President of Sales at LMK Technologies, has been named to the board of directors for the Midwest Society for Trenchless Technology (MSTT). The non-profit organization was established in 1998 to promote trenchless technology education and its public benefits in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. “MSTT is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of trenchless technology through training, education and field demonstrations,” says Leonard Ingram, MSTT executive director. “Rick will be a wonderful advocate for our society, helping to spread the word and increase the visibility of this eco-friendly and cost-effective approach to repairing broken, cracked or worn out lateral sanitary sewer lines.” “Many municipalities and industry professionals are still unaware of the value afforded through the latest ‘no dig’ technologies,” adds Gage. “This includes the ability to easily and cleanly repair underground sanitary sewer lines without digging up driveways, landscapes, porches and other outdoor structures. It is truly a pleasure to discuss and promote the benefits of a technology that offers so many environmental and cost-saving advantages.”

Bauma 2016 sees record attendance

The seven-day show attracted around 580,000 visitors from 200 countries to Munich between April 11 and 17. That’s a rise of more than nine percent. After Germany, the top 10 countries of origin among the visitors were Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, UK, Sweden, the Russian Federation, Poland and the Czech Republic. A total of 3,423 exhibitors – 1,263 from Germany and 2,160 from abroad – from 58 countries presented their products, developments and innovations on a record 605,000 square metres of exhibition space. Exhibitors from outside Germany accounted for 63 percent of the total – higher than ever before.

Schneider Electric to integrate IntelliView’s leak detection technology in pipeline management system

Telvent Canada Ltd. (part of Schneider Electric) and IntelliView Technologies Inc. have formed an agreement to collaborate and deliver IntelliView’s video analytics based leak detection technology as an integrated offer in the Schneider Electric Enterprise Pipeline Management System (ePLMS) applications suite, specifically within the OASyS DNA SCADA system platform. The agreement is effective immediately.

ePIPE from Pipe Restoration Technologies gets US patent

Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC, (PRT) has been awarded its 14th U.S. patent, titled, "Process for Coating the Interior Surface of Water Service lines." Granted by the USPTO, this patent covers the in-place coating of metallic pipes, including lead, copper and steel pipes, curing the resin in at least one hour. ePIPE in-place lining technology reduces lead leaching from lead pipes and other in-line lead contributors, such as lead solder from leaching into the drinking water supply.

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Caterpillar collaborates with pipeline industry leaders to produce safety leadership training program

Caterpillar, in collaboration with PipeLine Machinery International, Inc. (PLM) and a group of industry leading companies, presents the Pipeline Safety Leadership Program, a first-of-its-kind training course produced specifically for pipeliners. With a focus on personal accountability for safety and incident prevention, the program will support the industry as it shifts from traditional to world-class safety management.

Chemline Inc. acquires T.A. Davies (TADCO)

Chemline, Inc. of St. Louis, Mo has purchased the T. A. Davies Company (TADCO) of Rancho Dominguez, CA. TADCO has been a formulator of specialty cold-cast polyurethane chemicals since 1972. For many years, the company focused on urethane technologies for bowling ball cover stocks, flexible architectural trim moldings and a variety of roto-moldable urethane compounds to produce items such as fashion mannequins and after-market automobile styling accessories. The acquisition of TADCO provides Chemline with a growth platform for expansion into the West Coast region, as well as introducing new formulation technology, says the company. 

Aegion acquires Underground Solutions for $85 million

Aegion has executed a definitive agreement to acquire Underground Solutions, Inc. for $85 million in cash and expects to close the transaction during the first quarter of 2016. The Company will separately pay for the discounted value of tax benefits (estimated today to be approximately $5 million) associated with Underground Solutions' net operating loss carry forwards at closing. Aegion will fund a substantial portion of the purchase price with existing cash and the remainder from borrowings against the Company's line of credit. Aegion expects the transaction to be accretive to 2016 GAAP earnings per share with revenues of approximately $50 million and operating margins in excess of 10 percent. Several key members of Underground Solutions' senior management, who average more than 20 years of industry experience, will join Aegion to form an expanded team dedicated to trenchless rehabilitation of existing pressure pipelines.

GSSI updates ground penetrating radar control unit

GSSI has announced the release of updates to the SIR 4000 ground penetrating radar (GPR) control unit. The controller is designed to bridge the legacy of GSSI’s traditional analog antennas with next-generation of digital offerings, giving it the flexibility by supporting a wide range of users in numerous applications. The updates bring the StructureScan 2D collection module to the controller, simplifying its use for the concrete construction industry.

WSSC approves infrastructure repair solutions from LMK Technologies

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), one of the largest water and wastewater utilities in the United States, has approved two infrastructure repair solutions from LMK Technologies for use in the Commission’s sewer systems. LMK’s Insignia End Seals and LMT (Lined Main Tap) Saddle were evaluated by the WSSC’s Materials Evaluation Committee (MEC) and approved for applications in Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George's counties, a region representing 1.8 million people.

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Smith chosen to lead Hammerhead Trenchless Equipment

Charles Machine Works has appointed Kevin Smith as HammerHead Trenchless Equipment president. Rick Johnson, CEO of Charles Machine Works and interim HammerHead president during the candidate selection process, has endorsed Smith as the ideal choice for the Charles Machine Works company which offers trenchless repair and rehabilitation solutions, as well as pneumatic tools for a variety of applications.

Vermeer Introduces Job Ready Pre-Owned Equipment Program

The Vermeer Job Ready program provides a new solution for the pre-owned equipment market. Designed to give contractors peace of mind that used equipment will be productive long after it’s sold, the Job Ready program combines the support of the Vermeer dealer network; detailed, up-front inspections; and a robust service contract that covers major component failure for up to six months or 750 operating hours after purchase.

ICUEE 2015 Breaks Attendance Record With More Than 18,000

ICUEE 2015, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, has set a show record as the largest ever with more than 18,000 registered attendees – surpassing the last show by 13 percent. ICUEE 2015 runs September 29 – October 1 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ericsson Teams with Ditch Witch and Vermeer for Fiber Deployments

Ericsson has joined forces with world-leading underground equipment companies, Ditch Witch and Vermeer. The companies will work together to leverage recent breakthroughs in technology to bring new deployment capacity, construction techniques and tools to fiber deployments, all of which are designed specifically to support the needs of today's telecom operators.

B&T Drainage Inc. Named Winner of Vermeer Ultimate Crew Contest at ICUEE

The judges’ votes are in. B&T Drainage Inc. from Marshall, Illinois, has been named the winner of the Ultimate Crew contest, sponsored by Vermeer. B&T Drainage bested three other crews during the Ultimate Crew Underground Showdown, a live drilling competition held at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Rental company targets their services

Jerry LaBoret has lived his dream of starting and owning his own company, Compact Rentals, in Calgary, Alberta. Established in 1980, Compact Rentals does not offer a full line of rental equipment, nor do they rent to homeowners: their market is underground and paving contractors.

GSSI to Host Advanced GPR Interpretation Course

GSSI, a manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, will host a 3-day advanced GPR interpretation course at its brand new training facility in Nashua, New Hampshire. The course will be held October 23-25, 2015. It will be led by world-renowned GPR expert Dr. Larry B. Conyers, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Denver, along with GSSI training professionals. Users will learn about techniques and best practices for GPR data interpretation, trouble-shooting data quality issues in the field, and post-processing. Attendees will also receive an overview of GPR theory and data processing using RADAN software.

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