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Sheila Joy Named NASSCO Executive Director

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) has appointed Sheila Joy as its new executive director. In this role, she leads NASSCO in its ongoing mission to set standards for the assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure, and to assure the continued ac..

Business People: Felling Trailers (1)

LeRoy Larson joined Felling Trailers Inc., as OEM sales consultant, managing existing accounts, and assisting in developing and improving the technical and marketing aspects of the company’s Power Gen and OEM product lines. He has more than 20 years of related experience and knowledge, including wor..

Business People: Westech

Ben Schmitt is the general manager at Westech Vac Systems, a part of Federal Signal. Schmitt provides organizational leadership and day-to-day management of Westech’s Nisku location, as well as business development, recruiting and overall growth. He has nearly 20 years of sales, engineering, and pro..

PPI Creates New Geothermal Steering Committee

The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI) has created a new group within its Building and Construction Division, which represents plastic pipe manufacturers that produce various types of (pressure) piping systems used within buildings and on their premises. Those activities are now focused, through the..

CIGMAT 2018 Highlights Growth, Challenges, Changes of Major Cities

The University of Houston’s Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT), and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosted its 23rd-annual conference and exhibition. “Infrastructure, Energy, Geotechnical, Flooding and Sustainable Issues Related to Houston and Other Ma..

PCCA Convention Provides Education, Memorable Times

Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) President Jim Dillahunty recently welcomed more than 330 association members, family and friends to the 73rd annual convention in Kauai, Hawaii. Dillahunty, president and chief operating officer of Henkels & McCoy, in Blue Bell, Penn., told the o..

NASSCO Standard Bearer: Ed Kampbell, P.E.

I’m a product of Little Rock, Ark. Even though the year was 1971 when I graduated from Little Rock Central High School, there was still some residual turmoil from when the school became integrated in 1957. After Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus surrounded the school with National Guard troops to preve..

Washington Water Service’s Schlender Receives Drinking Water Week Commitment to Excellence Award

Washington Water Service’s (Washington Water) Water Quality Manager Carol Schlender has received the Drinking Water Week Commitment to Excellence award from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The Drinking Water Week Commitment to Excellence award is given to an individual water system..

Middlesex Water Breaks Ground on $52 Million Western Transmission Main

Middlesex Water Company has commenced construction on the $52 million Western Transmission Main project, which includes the installation of a 42-inch water transmission main from the Township of Edison to the Borough of Metuchen, N.J.  The project will provide critical backup water supply and ensure..

Carmichael Water District General Manager Receives ACWA Leadership Award

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has recognized Carmichael Water District General Manager Steve Nugent with its 2018 Excellence in Water Leadership Award – Building a World of Difference for his leadership and commitment to collaborative regional integrated water management throug..

Brown and Caldwell Strengthens Water Reuse Team

Brown and Caldwell has expanded its water reuse practice with four new hires: Dr. Kati Bell, managing director of water strategy; Melanie Holmer, national water reuse leader; Dr. Allegra da Silva, regional water reuse leader; Melissa Meeker, Rocky Mountain area leader. Bell has over 20 years of pro..

NRTC Names Bartolomei President, Utility Solutions

The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) has named Greg Bartolomei President, Utility Solutions, effective May 14. Bartolomei will lead NRTC’s portfolio of smart grid solutions, which includes metering and metering networks, analytics, demand management, smart energy (including sola..

Seaborn Adds Industry Veterans to Lead Sales and Corporate Development Teams

Seaborn Networks has appointed David Zimmer Chief Sales Officer (CSO) and Jim Olson Vice President, Corporate Development. As CSO, Zimmer will be responsible for all of Seaborn’s direct sales, channel strategies and inside sales. He has also been named to the company’s board of directors. Zimmer m..

Fiber Installation Contract Awarded for Lake Ontario Project

Crosslake Fibre has selected IT International Telecom Canada to complete the fiber installation for its Lake Ontario submarine cable project.  The 58-km system across Lake Ontario is part of a 131-km system connecting Toronto, Ontario and Buffalo, N.Y. with critical telecommunications infrastruc..

Vortex Companies Promotes Collier to Sr. Business Development Manager, Northeast

The Vortex Companies has promoted Connor Collier to Sr. Business Development Manager, Northeast. In his new role, Collier will manage the company’s sales team in the region, which now consists of two new members. Kelly Bailey has been named Business Development Manager with Matthew Richards join..

API Names New CEO

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has elected Mike Sommers President and CEO. Sommers will succeed Jack Gerard, who is stepping down in August. Known for bipartisan collaboration and visionary strategic planning, Sommers brings two decades of political experience to API, including his current r..

Pennsylvania American Water to Acquire Sadsbury Township’s Wastewater System

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water has signed an agreement to acquire the wastewater assets of Sadsbury Township in Chester County. The total value of the transaction is approximately $9.25 million. The Sadsbury wastewater system serves approximately 1,000 customers. “Our c..

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Celebrates 100 Years of Service

In celebration of its 100th year of service, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is hosting a regional symposium, A Century of Innovation, tomorrow, May 1, at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. The symposium brings together wa..

Aqua America Announces Leadership Changes

Aqua America announced EVP and CFO David P. Smeltzer will retire from his position in October after a 32-year career with the company. As part of the company’s succession plan, Daniel Schuller, who is currently serving as EVP, strategy and corporate development, will succeed Smeltzer as CFO and has ..

Gulf Publishing Rebrands to Gulf Energy Information

Gulf Publishing Company, a leading provider of media, marketing and market intelligence services, today announced the business’ transition to Gulf Energy Information (Gulf). The new corporate identity better reflects the scope of Gulf’s offerings across the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors..

Global Water Resources to Acquire Turner Ranches Water and Sanitation Company

Global Water Resources, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Turner Ranches Water and Sanitation Company, a non-potable irrigation water utility in Mesa, Ariz. Through the acquisition, Global Water Resources will add 960 residential irrigation customers and approximately seven square m..

Colorado Utility Provider Exits Transmission Partnership

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado utility has announced it is leaving an informal transmission partnership between electricity service providers. Xcel Energy’s Executive Vice President David Eves said in a statement issued Friday that the being a part of the Mountain West Transmission Group was no longer in..

Utility Worker Fatally Shot at Job Site in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police are investigating the shooting death of a utility worker at a job site. Police say 23-year-old Johnathon Porter, of Appleton City, was shot Monday morning. He was working at the construction site for InfraSource, a contractor for Spire Energy. T..

American Water Makes Leadership Changes

American Water has named Deborah Degillio senior vice president of its Eastern Division and president of New Jersey American Water, effective May 1, 2018. Degillio replaces Robert MacLean, who was named president of American Water Enterprises, encompassing the company’s market-based businesses. “I ..

SPX to Acquire CUES

SPX Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase CUES, Inc., a leading manufacturer of pipeline inspection and rehabilitation equipment headquartered in Orlando, Fla. Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of SPX will be merged with CUES’ parent company, ELXSI Corporation..

Washington Regulators Host Hearing on Avista, Hydro One Merger

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Customers of Avista Corp. told the state Utilities and Transportation Commission they’re happy with their local electric and natural gas utility and see little benefit from its sale to a Canadian corporation. About 80 people attended a public hearing in Spokane Monday on..

CenterPoint, Vectren to Merge

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Vectren Corporation have entered into a definitive merger agreement to form a leading energy delivery, infrastructure, and services company serving more than 7 million customers across the United States. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unani..

Workers Admit Taking Bribes to Lower Water, Sewer Bills

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Two municipal water department workers have admitted taking bribes in return for reducing the water and sewer bills of numerous customers. Joseph DeBonis and William Ortiz both pleaded guilty Friday to official misconduct. Both had been suspended from their jobs with the ..

Former Water Superintendent Charged with Taking $300K

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former water department superintendent in Tennessee has been charged with using the position to steal more than $300,000 from the department. A Hawkins County grand jury this week indicted 49-year-old Shawn Hatchett, who is the former superintendent of the Rogersvi..

Ditch Witch, Vacuworx Form Vacuum Lifting Technology Partnership

Ditch Witch has partnered with Vacuworx to bring the benefits of vacuum lifting technology to an expanded network of underground construction contractors, landscapers, municipalities and utilities. Vacuum lifting systems are designed to use constant vacuum pressure to handle heavy loads, such as st..