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Focus Universal to Acquire Telecommunications Contractor

Focus Universal Inc., a Universal Smart Instrumentation Platform (USIP) developer and manufacturer, today announced that it has executed a Letter of Intent to acquire Aloha Island Cable, Inc DBA CableMasters. “This is a great opportunity to bring a high quality technology contractor wit..

Company Using AI to Assess Conditions of Water Mains to Participate in Imagine H2O's 2018 Accelerator

Fracta Inc., a company tapplying Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Machine Learning to drinking water utility infrastructure, has been selected as a participant in Imagine H2O’s 2018 Accelerator. Fracta is one of 13 water startups selected to the exclusive 2018 program. Fracta offers a Saa..

Advanced Drainage Systems Launches “ADS Installation Guides” Mobile App

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS), a global manufacturer of water management products and solutions, today launched the “ADS Installation Guides” mobile application, offering everyday installation instructions for its thermoplastic pipe products. The app is a resource to provide guidance on the ..

CENIC Recognizes Internet2 as Outstanding Partner in Research and Education Networking

In recognition of the growing, innovative collaboration between Internet2 and CENIC on numerous projects to renew, enrich, and extend the advanced research and education (R&E) network ecology, nationally and internationally, Internet2 has been awarded the CENIC 2018 Innovations in Networking Award f..

Strategic Opportunities for Growth and Expansion to be Discussed at Upcoming Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference

Gulf Publishing Company today announced that the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference (EMGC) will return to the Hilton Cyprus, in Nicosia, Cyprus, on March 21—22, 2018. The conference program is sponsored by Eni, Deloitte, and CyGas and hosted by World Oil, Gas Processing, Hydrocarbon Processing, Pe..

Frontier Communications Names Curtis Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Frontier Communications Corporation today announced that Rob Curtis has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Curtis will report to John Maduri, Executive Vice President of Consumer Sales, Marketing and Product. “Rob brings a data-driven approach, founded in marke..

Adams to Retire as President and CEO of PECO

Denis O’Brien, senior executive vice president of Exelon Corporation and CEO of Exelon Utilities, and the PECO Board of Directors, today announced that Craig Adams will retire as President and CEO of PECO, effective March 30, 2018. Adams will be succeeded by Mike Innocenzo, currently PECO Senior Vic..

Ohio Utility to Invest Heavily in Underground Infrastructure This Year

FirstEnergy Corp. today announced it will invest about $111 million on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects in 2018 to help enhance reliability for more than 300,000 customers in Toledo Edison’s northwestern Ohio service area. “Over the past several years Toledo Edison has been one..

Broadband Visionary Named Inaugural Recipient of CENIC’s Christine Haska Distinguished Service Award

CENIC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing education and research across California by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth, today announced David Lassner, President of the University of Hawaii (UH), will receive the inaugural Chr..

Sterling Construction to Replace Sewer, Water Infrastructure as Part of DFW Freeway Project

Sterling Construction Company, Inc. today announced that its subsidiary, Texas Sterling Construction Co. (TSC), has been awarded a contract by the City of Coppell to replace all existing water and wastewater infrastructure associated with the reconstruction of the Freeport Parkway. Work is schedule..

Kentucky American Water Acquires Water Assets of Eastern Rockcastle Water Association

Kentucky American Water today announced that it has acquired the water assets of Eastern Rockcastle Water Association. The transaction, completed today, adds approximately 610 water customers in Rockcastle and Jackson counties to the Kentucky American Water system. The acquisition of the system expa..

Utility One Source Rebranding as Custom Truck One Source

Utility One Source today announced today a major rebranding effort, changing the company’s name to Custom Truck One Source. The rebrand unifies all company platforms under the Custom Truck One Source name. Known for customization across a wide range of industries and a vast array of products, Custo..

Vortex Companies Acquires Stag Technologies

Vortex Companies today that it has acquired Utah based Stag Technologies, a high-performance coatings manufacturer catering the water, sewer and industrial infrastructure marketplace. “Stag’s management team of Scott Peterson, Matt Peterson and Brock Stone have built a reputation for developing hig..

Komatsu America to Acquire PBE Group

Komatsu America Corp., today announced, through its subsidiary F and M Equipment Ltd., it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of PBE Group, consisting of Pine Bush Equipment Co. Inc. and East PBE Inc., with the exception of the Kubota line of equipment and parts. The purchase agreem..

CGA Transitions Leadership; Growth Continues

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) has become the primary driving force in bringing together every organization and each person that should be concerned about preventing damage to underground utility infrastructure. Obviously, it is in the interest of owners of utilities, and contractors and organiza..

PCCA Prepared for a Productive 2018

Following a busy 2017, the Power & Communications Contractors Association (PCCA) charges into 2018 with plans to expand its education initiatives, vigorously pursue advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., and hold fun and valuable meetings that provide opportunities for members to network with their c..

Large Texas Electric Retailers Well-Positioned to Continue Market Dominance

According to the 2018 Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement™: Business, a Cogent Reports study by Market Strategies International, large retail electric providers in the Texas market enjoy higher-than-average Brand Trust from their business customers. These retailers, which serve over half of ..

Kiely Family of Companies Acquires Barton Construction Corp.

In an effort to enhance its water resources division, the Kiely Family of Companies, which contracts with utilities, municipalities and private contractors and offers all facets of water resources work including transmission, distribution, treatment, storage, and design-build services, today announc..

FirstEnergy Announces Senior Management Changes

FirstEnergy Corp. today announced management changes designed to support its transition to a fully-regulated utility company. They include: James F. Pearson, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer, named executive vice president, Finance Steven E. Strah, currently sen..

Hydro One Names Meneley Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Development Officer

Hydro One Limited today announced the appointment of Patrick Meneley as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Corporate Development Officer, effective March 1, 2018.  In his new role, he will be responsible for leading strategy, innovation and mergers and acquisitions. Meneley most recently ..

Texas Electric Cooperatives Announces Alliance with Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative

Texas Electric Cooperatives (TEC) has announced an alliance with Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC), a South Central Texas electrical cooperative. The agreement brings more than 9,800 miles of line and more than 80,000 meters in thirteen counties into areas currently served by TEC alli..

Pro Pipe Partners with Perma-Liner Industries to Expand Lateral Lining Services

Professional Pipe Services, Inc. (Pro Pipe) today announced a partnership with Perma-Liner Industries (Perma-Liner) to provide main/lateral connection lining services nationwide. As municipalities seek to reduce the impact of inflow and infiltration (I&I) on the broader wastewater collection system..

Design Contract Awarded for Project to Minimize Flood Risk in Connecticut Town

WSP, Arcadis, Waggonner & Ball, and the Yale Urban Design Workshop have been awarded a contract to design resilience measures to minimize flood risk and account for sea level rise affecting Bridgeport, Connecticut’s South End businesses and residents. The project, one of 13 awarded by the U.S. Depar..

Krause Appointed to EPCOR's Board of Directors

EPCOR Utilities Inc. today announced the appointment of Alan Krause to its Board of Directors. Krause served as President, Global of MWH Global until his retirement in November 2017. During his tenure with the company, he served in many different executive positions, including Chairman and Chief Ex..

Colorado’s Top Oil, Gas Regulator Joining Energy Consultancy

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s top oil and gas regulator is stepping down to take a job with an energy consulting company. The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said Tuesday Director Matt Lepore is resigning on March 4 after more than five years in the job. He’ll become legal counsel and strategic adv..

NSF International Appoints Purkiss Vice President of Global Water Division

NSF International has appointed Dave Purkiss to the position of Vice President, Global Water Division. In his new role, Purkiss will oversee NSF International’s global water programs, including certification programs that help ensure the quality and safety of products used in municipal water treatm..

West Virginia Jury Sides with Contractor in Sewer Dispute

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia jury has ruled that the Charleston Sanitary Board must pay an Upshur County contractor more than $1 million for breaching its contract with the firm. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the jury recently awarded J.F. Allen Corporation $1.3 million in damages..

General Cable Corporation Stockholders Approve Acquisition By Prysmian Group

General Cable Corporation’s stockholders today approved the company’s previously announced acquisition by Prysmian Group for $30.00 per share in cash. Subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close by the third quarter of 2018. ..

Florida Utility Wants to Buy South Carolina-Owned Utility

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Florida power company is suggesting it might buy a South Carolina state-owned utility for nearly $16 billion. Media outlets reported that NextEra Energy is one of several groups interested in buying Santee Cooper after the state-owned utility and South Carolina Electric & Ga..

Trimble, Aquarius Spectrum Announce Water Leak Detection Technology Distribution Agreement

Trimble today announced an exclusive relationship with Aquarius Spectrum Ltd. to distribute a branded version of Aquarius Spectrum’s wireless leak detection and monitoring solutions for water utilities throughout the U.S. The collaboration will extend Trimble’s portfolio of smart water management se..