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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.

Crosslake Fibre's Lake Ontario project is an unrepeatered submarine fibre-optic cable system that will be the first system across Lake Ontario to directly connect Toronto, Canada and Buffalo, New York with dark fibre. "To meet customer demand on the high-density route between Toronto and New York, Crosslake Fibre requires a high-fiber-count, high-performance cable," states Mike Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer of Crosslake Fibre. "Hexatronic's double armored, 96 pair, ribbon cable provides us with an optimal solution for a high-performance cable."

"We are very pleased to support Crosslake Fibre in its innovative build across Lake Ontario," states Henrik Larsson Lyon, CEO of Hexatronic Group. "Hexatronic has a broad submarine cable offering and this agreement with Crosslake further demonstrates our capabilities to provide cost-efficient, market leading solutions," adds Lyon.

"The low-impact nature of construction and the added protection that it provides led us to design HDD shore ends for the landing of the cable in both Toronto and in Wilson, New York," states Cunningham. "The impressive experience that Maritech brings and our comfort in their ability to execute made them a natural choice."

Byron Skaftouros, Project and Development Director of Maritech, notes, "Horizontal Directional Drilling is the way to go when installing a cable in an urban area. The construction is short in duration, limited to a small area via non-intrusive techniques with ducts that can be re-used, and the protection it offers is unsurpassed making it an ideal solution for Crosslake. Every landing site for submarine cables is unique and Maritech has the inhouse engineering and global experience to keep the connections simple and efficient."

"We are excited to be working with innovative partners to bring the project to fruition," comments Cunningham, noting that "The supply agreements with both Hexatronic and Maritech are already Contract-In-Force (CIF)." Hexatronic Group AB announced the cable order from Crosslake Fibre on an anonymous basis in a February 23, 2018 news release.

Crosslake Fibre Facts:

  • 58km submarine length; 131km Toronto to Buffalo route length
  • Physically diverse and lower latency than alternate paths
  • Marine Survey completed in 2017
  • Cable and HDD Shore end supply contracts are CIF
  • Ready-For-Service (RFS) date of October 2018
  • Complete project funding in place
  • Second submarine cable, Wall-LI, will connect Wall, New Jersey to Westbury, Long Island and be RFS in June 2019

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Mack Trucks demonstrates application excellence with specialized Granite models at WWETT

Two Mack Granite models will be on display in Mack booth No. 4128 equipped with Mack's fully integrated powertrain, including the Mack mDRIVE™ HD automated manual transmission (AMT) with split-shaft power take-off (PTO) functionality.

Mack Trucks will demonstrate its focus on application excellence with two specialized Mack Granite models on display during the 2019 Waste & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show Feb. 21-24 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis.

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HammerHead brings fast-curing CIPP technology to North America

HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works Company, has announced its exclusive Bluelight™ LED system is now available in North America. Already proven in Europe and Russia, the Bluelight system is a Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) lining system that cures up to five times faster than conventional methods. Made for laterals and small sewer pipes 4 to 10" in diameter, this exclusive technology greatly reduces the time installers must wait for a liner to cure, allowing them to complete jobs more quickly.

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Thompson Pump sells rental operations to United Rentals

“This transaction allows us to focus intently on developing and manufacturing the industry’s best pumps and accessories … and we are well-positioned for the next stage of our company’s evolution” said company president, Bill Thompson.

A new chapter in the life of an established company is beginning for Thompson Pump & Mfg. Co. following the sale of their rental assets and related operations to the Fluid Solutions Group of industry leader United Rentals. Having divested itself from the direct rental business, Thompson Pump plans to invest in and grow its pump manufacturing operations - the core business that has made Thompson Pump an iconic brand in the industry. 

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GSSI of Nashua announces new sales professional for Western Canada

Adam joins GSSI from a major global drilling company where he was a field professional responsible for logging while drilling (LWD) and measurement while drilling (MWD) surface systems.

GSSI, the world's leading manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, is pleased to announce the hiring of Adam Mercer as Application Specialist, responsible for British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. Jan Kesik has helped to develop the Canadian territory for the past five years and will continue to serve Eastern Canada. Kesik states, "I'm thrilled to have Adam join the Canadian sales team. I'm confident that Adam's wealth of experience in a variety of industries and geophysical roles will help GSSI continue to lead the GPR industry." 

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Toro acquires Ditch Witch parent Charles Machine Works

The Toro Company will acquire privately-held Charles Machine Works, Inc., the parent company of Ditch Witch and several other leading brands in the underground construction market. The purchase price is $700 million in cash subject to certain adjustments set forth in the definitive agreement. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is currently anticipated to close before the end of Toro's fiscal 2019 third quarter. 

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Doosan Portable Power introduces dual-flow air compressor with 210 cfm high-pressure mode

For reduced downtime, the P250/HP210 runs eight hours at 100 percent load on low-pressure mode and nine hours at 100 percent load on high-pressure mode.

Doosan Portable Power has introduced the P250/HP210 Tier 4 Final portable air compressor. The "two-in-one" model delivers the pressure and flow typically supplied by two units in a single air compressor. The P250/HP210 is the only air compressor on the market to offer 210 cfm high-pressure mode.

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multiVIEW Locates celebrates 30 years

multiVIEW Locates Inc. (multiVIEW), a leading professional services firm that specializes in utility locating, announced the 30th anniversary of the company's inception. For the past three decades, multiVIEW has supported safe construction practices throughout the province by offering a diverse range of services that include Private & Public Locating, Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), CCTV Sewer Inspection, Concrete Scanning, Hydro Vacuum Excavation, Ticket Screening and Near-Surface Geophysics. 

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HammerHead launches new QuickLok inversion drums for CIPP

The QuickLok's design offers cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) installers the most user-friendly and best performing inversion drum in the industry.

HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works Company, have announced their new product intros for the 2019 WWETT show in Indianapolis February 21-23. Visitors to their booth #5206 will be able to see their all-new QuickLok inversion drums along with new cam-locking nozzle adaptors. 

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Vactor introduces TRUVAC brand of vacuum excavators

TRUVAC™ vacuum excavator trucks designed to satisfy safe-digging requirements for locating and verifying underground utility lines and pipes.

Vactor Manufacturing, Inc., a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation, has announced the introduction of TRUVAC, a brand of premium vacuum excavator trucks designed specifically to satisfy the safe-digging requirements of businesses or organizations that locate and verify underground utility lines and pipes. The TRUVAC brand will focus on vacuum excavation, while the Vactor brand will continue to focus on equipment solutions for cleaning and maintaining sewers and catch basins.

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Radius HDD to offer American Augers sections & cutter heads

Contractors using American Auger equipment, or any other boring unit will also find same-day repair service at Radius, along with a variety of rental tooling.

Radius HDD and American Augers, both Charles Machine Works Companies, have announced a partnership that will allow Radius HDD to warehouse American Augers sections and cutter heads in its Weatherford, Texas, facility. The move is in response to the tremendous amount of underground construction work being done in the Lone Star State.

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Calculating true capacity before buying your next trailer

Talbert's 60CC/55SA-LD trailer pairs with the company's optional East Coast-style E1Nitro axle extension, allowing for 60-ton capacity with a close-coupled configuration or a 55-ton hauling capacity with a spread axle configuration.

Long before a single load is booked or any wheels turn, someone - usually a fleet manager - needs to determine exactly what is going to separate the road and the load. There's a lot riding on this decision because, as much as some would like to think otherwise, a trailer is never just a trailer. It can be manufactured to many different specifications, with multiple raw material options, dozens of load and geographical considerations, various top speed requirements and hundreds of possible axle configurations coming into play. And it all comes down to one objective - the ideal trailer for an operation's specific loads.

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2019 Pickup Trucks

Ram’s 1500 Tradesman model

In the popular North American pickup truck market, 2019's model year has brought a variety of updates to the lighter end of the spectrum while work goes on to update and relaunch heavier-duty trucks in coming years. Both full-sized and midsized pickups have received plenty of improvements, however, with a little bit of everything coming to the table.

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Ontario sewer and water contractors applaud move to open bidding on publicly-funded contracts

Ontario sewer and water contractors applaud move to open bidding on publicly-funded contracts

The Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) applauds the Ford Government's action to make bidding on publicly-funded construction contracts open to all qualified companies. For too long, some very competent contractors have been shut out of publicly-funded project work in their local communities. The government's action today will bring a much greater degree of fairness to procurement processes across the province. 

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National Forum to explore new and emerging health and safety challenges

National Forum to explore new and emerging health and safety challenges

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) will host Forum 2019: The Changing World of Work, March 5-6, 2019, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. CCOHS' Forum is a unique event that will bring together leaders, change-makers, and subject experts representing government, labour, and workplaces to share their knowledge and experience around current and emerging health and safety issues. The event will focus on the workplace of today and tomorrow, in which accommodation, diversity, and inclusivity are not just nice-to-haves, but a must for any organization. 

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HammerHead Trenchless and Per Aarsleff Pipe Technology announce partnership

The two groups are joining forces with a shared vision of bringing innovative pipe renovation technologies to market by leveraging the resources and expertise of each organization.

HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works Company, of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, USA, and Per Aarsleff Pipe Technology, of Aarhus, Denmark, have signed a long-term, strategic partnership agreement that includes plans for HammerHead to produce and distribute the Bluelight LED Curing System for Cured-In-Place pipe (CIPP) to markets outside of Europe and Russia.

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Vermeer Corporation acquires Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC

Vermeer Corporation has announced its purchase of Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC, and its plans to bring the Florida-based company together with McLaughlin Group, Inc. which was purchased by Vermeer in 2017. This acquisition and integration of the two companies builds on the Vermeer strategy to provide a comprehensive suite of vacuum excavation technology, equipment, training and support to the growing underground utility and soft dig markets.

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HammerHead Trenchless training facility up and running

The new two-story, 5,000-square-foot educational facilities provide trenchless method contractors, plumbers, project engineers and utility company and municipal crews both classroom and hands-on application training for every HammerHead product line.

The first class of contractors to graduate from HammerHead University, the world's most advanced trenchless technique learning centre, received manufacturer certification after three days of hands-on, guided instruction. The training facilities and curricula had been officially announced as fully operational at the Lake Mills, Wisconsin, headquarters of HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works company, during its annual August sales meeting.

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Toro Dingo TXL 2000 boasts telescoping arms and 2,000-pound capacity rivalling small CTLs and SSLs

Newest machine boasts innovative telescoping loader arms, 2-ton rated operating capacity.

Representing a continuation of 20 years of innovation in the compact utility loader (CUL) equipment category, Toro introduces the all-new Toro Dingo TXL 2000. The latest model features telescoping arms to allow the TXL 2000 to reach over obstacles, dig below grade, and generally extend the operator's working range. This equipment solution consolidates the benefits of several machines into one to perform a variety of tasks on the jobsite.

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