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CASE Unveils Industry First Fully Electric Backhoe

CASE Construction Equipment has introduced the construction industry’s first fully-electric backhoe loader.

Industry Icon Bob Westphal Passes Away

Robert Westphal, a 55-year veteran of the construction industry, has passed away due to complications from the coronavirus.

Plastics Pipe Institute Cancels Annual Meeting

The Plastics Pipe Institute has canceled its annual meeting due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Underground Construction and Related Industries Respond to Coronavirus

While much of North America hunkers down to wait out the coronavirus pandemic, essential workers at companies throughout the underground construction industry are continuing to deliver vital services to customers.

Phillips 66: Red Oak, Liberty, ACE Pipelines Deferred by Cost Cuts

Phillips 66 said the Red Oak Pipeline, Sweeny Frac 4 and Liberty Pipeline projects have all been deferred by cost-cutting efforts. A final investment decision on ACE Pipeline also was postponed.

AGC Survey Shows 28% of Contractor Projects Impacted by Coronavirus

A recent survey by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) shows that over 25% of contractor projects have been delayed or halted in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mariner East Pipeline Construction Suspended in Pennsylvania

New construction on the Mariner East pipeline project is being temporarily suspended after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered all "non-life-sustaining businesses" in the state shut down as coronavirus cases continue to rise, Energy Transfer said.

Construction Industry Calls on Local Leaders to Keep Work Sites Open

Construction industry organizations are asking local leaders to view construction work as essential and keep job sites open around the country.

Italy's Snam Takes Steps to Guarantee Gas Flows During Coronavirus Outbreak

Italian gas grid operator Snam has put in place emergency measures to ensure it can keep gas flowing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge Champion Crowned at CONEXPO 2020

Caterpillar's year-long Global Operator Challenge Competition wrapped up with nine teams from around the world competing at the company's exhibit at CONEXPO 2020.

No-Dig 2020 Postponed Due to Coronavirus

The 2020 No-Dig show has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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HCEA Awards 2019 Top Dealers The Hyundai Dealer of the Year is National Equipment Dealers (NED), which now represents Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas-North America across the Carolinas, Florida and parts of Texas, through a recent merger of Four Seasons Equipment, May Heavy Equipment, Rob’s..

NASSCO Celebrates Year of Achievement

During a strategy planning meeting last summer, NASSCO President Jacob Trapani said the association synthesized everything it does into one clear goal: become the industry source for education, technical resources and advocacy.

NASSCO Standard Bearer: Lynn Osborn

NASSCO continues to set standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. A vast array of individuals has contributed to the success of the association, both in the past and present, and has driven NASSCO’s industry mission. This series of articles recognizes those who have not only been critical to the success of NASSCO, but the industry as well.

Vermeer Debuts New Horizontal Directional Drill

Vermeer has introduced a new product in its Navigator series of horizontal directional drills.

NACE International Postpones Corrosion 2020 Due to Coronavirus

The NACE Board of Directors voted Friday to postpone its annual CORROSION 2020 conference and expo following reports of coronavirus cases in the Houston area.

ClockSpring|NRI Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Clockspring|NRI has announced that Frank Firsching has been named the company’s new Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.

API Issues New Pipeline Safety and Sustainability Standard

The American Petroleum Institute (API) today issued a new standard for pipeline inspectors to enhance safety and sustainability during pipeline construction.

Eversource to Acquire Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Assets for $1.1 Billion

Eversource Energy announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase the Massachusetts natural gas assets of Columbia Gas for $1.1 billion from NiSource.

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Representing combined military service of almost 100 years are (from left) Andrew Raynor, Billy Hurley, Ferlin McClanahan, Steven McNeill, Michael Cuntapay and Michael Plummer. Sunbelt Rentals sunbeltrent..

23rd Annual Municipal Sewer/Water Infrastructure Forecast

It’s a presidential election year, and usually that spells trouble for public works funding programs. However, for the sewer, water and stormwater markets, that doesn’t seem to be the case in 2020. Cities expect spending to be stable, or even grow.

Vermeer Introduces High-Capacity, Truck-Mounted Vacuum Excavators

Vermeer Corporation announced it has purchased a minority equity investment in and signed a distribution agreement with Vacuum X-Traction Products Inc. (VXP).

CenterPoint Energy to Sell Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited to PowerTeam Services

CenterPoint Energy has announced an agreement to sell Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited to PowerTeam Services for $850 million in cash, subject to customary price adjustments.

INGAA President and Industry Veteran Don Santa Announces Retirement

After nearly two decades leading the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), Don Santa announced today that he will retire from the organization effective February 15, 2020.

HOBAS Demand Response Solutions Offers Needed Flexibility

HOBAS Pipe, with its U.S. manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas, and several other plants around the globe, has the distinction of being the world’s only producer of centrifugally cast fiberglass reinforced polymer mortar (CCFRPM) pipes.

John Deere Upgrades Small-Frame G-Series Skid Steers, Compact Track Loaders

John Deere enhanced its lineup of small-frame G-Series skid steers and compact track loaders, providing operators with even more power and efficiency on the job site. While the five models (312GR, 314G, 316GR, 317G, 318G) were..

DataLogger 6 Update Boasts Groundbreaking Features

Productivity improvements and new features to DataLogger 6 allow users to document and analyze even more of their job sites. These groundbreaking enhancements in Version 1.15 include McElroy Optimized Cooling, which reduces the minimum cool time per a new, patent-pending formula that is ASTM F2620-compliant. In addition, this update includes the ability to capture pressure tests in the field.

Barbco’s Revolutionary FlexBor Receives Patent

Barbco Inc. Co-Owner and CEO, Anthony R. Barbera was granted U.S. Patent #10465460 for the FlexBor tooling and technology. This is another milestone in the East Canton, Ohio, manufacturer’s 30-year history of underground equipment manufacturing.

Next-Generation Ditch Witch RT80: Designed for Versatility

Underground construction in urban areas can be a constricting and uniquely challenging experience – especially without a versatile and maneuverable machine. Enabling contractors and operators to overcome these challenges inspired improvements to an already proven Ditch Witch ride-on trencher, the RT..

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MAB Basic HDPE Repair Options-MAB-4 details the various methods and steps for repairing a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline in the field. Published by the Municipal Advisory Board (MAB), with assistance from the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI), the document is available free of charge at plasticpipe.org.