May 2009 Vol. 64 No. 5



Business Updates for May 2009: Akkerman; Caterpillar; Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam; McElroy

Akkerman Caterpillar Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam McElroy Mfg. Dow Chemical

Case To Supply True Value Rental Operations

Case Construction Equipment has announced a supplier agreement with True Value Co. that enables more than 1,000 True Value Rental, Taylor Rental, Just Ask Rental and Grand Rental Station locations across the United States to purchase Case construction equipment for their rental locations.

Ferguson Receives McElroy President’s Award

Ferguson, a leading distributor of industrial pipe, valves and fittings recently received the President’s Award from McElroy, a world leader in pipe fusion equipment.

Gehl celebrates 150 years with "chromed-out" skid loader

To commemorate Gehl Company’s 150th anniversary, the company “chromed-out” a Gehl model 7810E skid loader. The 10,000-pound unit is covered in chrome, making it a one-of-a-kind piece of equipment.

Ledcor Projects Wins Suncor Safety Award

Ledcor Projects Inc. was the recipient of the Suncor Energy President’s Operational Excellence Awards in March. The event recognized employees and contractors who showed exceptional safety leadership, environmental excellence and commitment to health and wellness in 2008.

Rental News: EPA revs up retrofit program, 2008 state-of-industry report released, and more

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) a $400,000 grant to help retrofit construction equipment that is leased to construction projects throughout the Northeast.


Bobcat Co. helps fight North Dakota floods

In response to the flood threat in the Fargo-Moorhead, ND, area, home to Bobcat Company’s world headquarters, more than 100 Bobcat employees and equipment helped prepare for major flooding in the eastern part of the state and battled flood conditions in the west and central areas.

May Newsline: Water rate increase for Sacramento, federal money in play for water/sewer upgrades

Water rate increase hits Sacramento region Charlotte eyes federal money for water/sewer programs Cellular South expands broadband network in Mississippi GTI offers DIMP Pipeline Regulation workshop

NY awarded largest EPA grant in history

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $430 million to New York state for wastewater infrastructure projects, which the EPA says is the single largest grant in its history.

Rain for Rent emergency flood response in Ft. Wayne

On March 10, the Fort Wayne, IN, Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) faced shut-down due to cresting floodwaters. Under normal circumstances, the WWTP would pump its treated water into a 40-acre retention pond from where it would then be gravity fed into the St. Mary’s River.


APCA Holds 38th Annual Convention In Scottsdale

A record registration of 176 attendees marked the American Pipeline Contractors Association’s 38th Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Gainey Ranch Resort, Scottsdale, AZ.

Battling The Elements Year-Round

When Neal Jinkerson and Nick Walters began working for the pipeline construction division of Henkels & McCoy Inc. many years ago, there was a distinct time frame for what constituted the construction season.

CIGMAT Informs, Grows In 09

The Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosted a one-day conference and exhibition on “Construction, Geotechnical and Flooding Issues in Houston & Other Major Cities” at the University of Houston on March 6.

Clay Hill Boring Thrives On A Good Challenge

Don Rea loves a challenge. In fact, he goes looking for them everyday; some just show up on his doorstep – but for good reason. Rea is the president and owner of Clay Hill Boring located in Lake Park, GA.

Complications On The Rio Grande

Repairing or replacing old, deteriorating utility infrastructure that has been buried in the ground for years and often directly beneath homes and businesses is a challenge that has become common for the nation's utility providers.

Connecting East & West Under The Mississippi

St. Charles Parish, one of nine Louisiana parishes (counties) comprising the New Orleans metropolitan area, is bisected by the Mississippi River, which can complicate parish government services to its residents.

Down Deep in Durango

After decades of debate and hard work, completion of the Animas La Plata main reservoir in Colorado was down to just two intake lines.

How It Works: Motorized SBU

The Robbins SBU-M is a manned entry, hard rock boring machine for use on both long utility installations (300 feet and over depending on geology) and crossings with specific line and grade requirements.

Laclede Gas Discovers Alternative Method For Cathodic Protection

“We’ve been installing anodes along our lines for decades as a routine maintenance program,” says Dave Biggs, a Laclede Gas construction and maintenance department employee.

New Ditch Witch System Tackles Line & Grade HDD

A new Ditch Witch guidance system for making on-line, on-grade pipe installations with horizontal directional drilling (HDD) equipment soon will be available, the Charles Machine Works has announced.

New Robotic Inspection Technology Helps ID Potentially Critical Situation

Early this year, water officials in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, became aware there were cracks in one of the city's primary large diameter sanitary sewer trunk mains that threatened the Don River watershed and homes in one neighborhood.

New Products

Bobcat Co. E80 Excavator

The E80 excavator machine boasts a completely new design, increasing service intervals, operator comfort and durability.

Doosan Infracore efficient hybrid excavator

Doosan Infracore has expanded its development on its hybrid excavator with enhanced energy efficiency and lower exhaust emissions.

Dynamic Systems Bar Code Manager

Dynamic Systems has released a low cost tool manager program based on bar code technology for the construction industry.

Industrial Magnetics Magnetic Manhole Cover Lift System

One person can now remove and replace manhole covers quickly, safely and magnetically.

Powered Duct Rod Pusher Reduces Damage To Existing Cable

The Powered Duct Rod Pusher offers a mechanized method for working with General Machine Products Company’s 1/2 inch duct rods.

Redesigned Vactor 2100 Sewer Cleaner Debuts

Vactor Manufacturing has redesigned the Vactor 2100 sewer cleaner for public utilities and professional contractors cleaning entire wastewater and sanitary systems.

Topcon Positioning System Laser Sensors

Topcon Positioning System’s (TPS) new expanded series of high-quality, affordable machine control laser sensors – the LS-B100, LS-B110, LS-B110W and the RD-100W - offer modern new designs and increased functionality.

Transport Tracer Wire With New Copper Caddy

Put an end to difficulty in transporting and dispensing tracer wire on the jobsite.

TrenchSafety and Supply

“Make More Money with Construction Machine Control”, published by TrenchSafety and Supply Inc., provides equipment and services to help contractors and utilities work safer, more productively and more profitably.

Universal HDD UNI 160x240

Universal HDD’s UNI 160x240 horizontal directional drill offers 160,000 pounds of thrust/pullback with between 23,800-11,900 foot-pounds (at low and high displacement) of rotary torque with rotary speeds of 160-80 rpm (at low and high displacement).

Vermeer Launches Laser-Guided Line/Grade Boring Machine

Vermeer is introducing a new laser-guided, grade-control pipe installation system that the company says has several design features not available on other on grade equipment currently available in North America.

Equipment Spotlight

Auger Boring: Akkerman Guided Boring

The Guided Boring method installs small diameter pipes with grade and alignment precision.

Auger Boring: American Augers 72-1200 NG

The 72-1200 NG is the next generation of horizontal auger boring machine that now offers a patented rack-and-pinion drive.

Auger Boring: McLaughlin 54/60

The McLaughlin 54/60 auger delivers 950,000 pounds of forward thrust and 170,000 foot-pounds of peak torque in all soil types.

Rock Construction Equipment and Tools: American Augers

The Heavy Duty Rock Head (Christmas Tree Head) is a durable cutting head that is ideal for bores through soft rock formations, harp pan, shale, gravel, small boulders and other intrusive ground conditions up to 6,000 psi.

Rock Construction Equipment and Tools: Caterpillar

The Cat G130B Contractors’ Grapple is a heavy-duty, durably constructed tool designed for structural demolition, material handling and utility application.

Rock Construction Equipment and Tools: Ditch Witch

The Aggressive Talon Rock Bit has been redesigned for greater durability with a design modification that will significantly improve performance.

Rock Construction Equipment and Tools: INROCK

INROCK’s new Interchangeable cutter (MT/TCI) BMR - Boremaster reaming product line underscores the company’s commitment to increasing HDD drilling tool performance.

Rock Construction Equipment and Tools: Melfred Borzall

The new 4 ¼-inch Eagle Claw is designed for hard, rocky soil conditions. A unique, balanced cutting design improves cutting efficiency.

Track Trenchers and Rock Saws: Ditch Witch RT10 and RT12

The Ditch Witch organization announces the release of two new walk-behind trenchers: the RT10 and the RT12.

Track Trenchers and Rock Saws: Mastenbroek

The Mastenbroek 30/20 chain trencher is fitted with an extended 3.2m (10.5 feet) digging boom.

Track Trenchers and Rock Saws: Rivard Trenching USA

The RIV 500 TR 250 is a 28 ton machine that is ideal for trenching through extremely hard rock.

Track Trenchers and Rock Saws: Tesmec USA

The new TRS-1175XHD Bucket offers customers a powerful 440 hp C-13 Cat engine.

Track Trenchers and Rock Saws: Vermeer T1155 Commander 3

The Vermeer T1155 Commander 3 track trencher is powered by a Caterpillar C15 540-hp Tier 3 emission-certified engine and features the TEC Plus electronic control system for easier machine monitoring.


Great Lakes Compact receives highest score in recent report

Watermark Initiative LLC has released a new report titled “U.S. Water Stewardship: A Critical Assessment of Interstate Watershed Agreements.”

WaterWorks: EPA Recovery Act funds awarded, Carolina water war, WEF-AWS partnership

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the first of the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund grants under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.

Washington Watch

PHMSA Worries About Pipeline Safety, Senate Bill Worries Pipeline Industry

Six months after giving pipelines the green light to use high stress pipelines more widely, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is now highlighting safety concerns with new pipelines operating at 80 percent of specified minimum yield strength (SMYS).

Editor's Log

First step

I’ve been hearing some encouraging housing news. Economic experts are reporting that the devastating housing meltdown the country has been experiencing for some time has just about reached its economic bottom, or is in the process of bottoming out.