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New for UCT 2020: Hands-On Assessment Zone Highlights Modern Methods, Technologies

Another unique, interactive education and demonstration zone has been added to the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition scheduled Jan. 28 -30, 2020, at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas.

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

John Deere has upgraded its lineup of five small-frame G-Series skid steers and compact track loaders.

Ohio Power Siting Board Approves Natural Gas Pipeline Route

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has approved a route for Duke Energy’s Central Corridor natural gas pipeline.

Lane Wins First Washington Contract with $255 Million Seattle Project

Lane Construction said it won its first contract in the state of Washington—construction of a water storage tunnel to reduce polluted overflows into Seattle’s Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Colorado Company Fined for Fatal Trench Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined an excavation company for the deaths of two Colorado workers in a collapsed trench.

Volunteers Canvass Newark in Service Line Replacement Push

Volunteers have been going door-to-door in Newark, N.J., to help sign up thousands of residents to have their corroding lead service lines replaced.

Body Found Near Wastewater Treatment Plant

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body near a Massachusetts community’s wastewater treatment plant.

Toro Sells MTI Equipment Business Acquired in CMW Acquisition

Making good on a promise to streamline its product and services portfolio after acquiring Charles Machine Works, The Toro Company has shed CMW's pre-owned construction equipment business by selling MTI Equipment back to its founders.

Discussions Continue on Potential Combining of NACE International and SSPC

Leadership from both NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings continue to discuss a potential combining of the two industry organizations.

USDA Investing in Coastal Maine Sewer Improvements

The USDA is investing nearly $1 million in sewer improvements for a coastal town in Maine.

CASE CE Awards 2019 Diamond, Gold Dealers

CASE Construction Equipment named its 2019 “Diamond Dealer” and “Gold Dealer” award recipients as part of its North American Partnership Program, which encourages dealers to provide the ultimate ownership experience to customers and increases dealer performance per the results of a dealer assessment.

Michels Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Michels Corporation is honoring the people, projects and values that have helped the company grow from a regional gas distribution contractor into one of the largest utility and transportation contractors in North America.

Australian Fiber-Optics to Bring High-Speed Internet to East Timor

Australia has agreed to provide the fledgling democracy of East Timor with naval infrastructure and an undersea internet link with the world, responding to China’s increasing influence in the region.

Caterpillar’s ‘Dream Dozer’ Campaign Generates Interest, Leads for D6 XE

In conjunction with introducing its D6 XE electric drive dozer, Caterpillar, a leading manufacturer of heavy equipment for the construction and mining industry, launched the Dream Dozer campaign. Using KBMax’s product configurator, this interactive design game allows users to create their own “dream” version of the D6XE.

Sewage Dumping Caused No Contamination at South Dakota Airport

State regulators say Rapid City Regional Airport did not cause contamination when it dumped about 74,000 gallons of sewage on its property without a permit.

Xylem Earns Change the World Honor

Global water technology company, Xylem, was included on Fortune’s 2019 “Change the World” list, for a second, consecutive year.

APA Group Completes Gas Pipeline, Brisbane River Crossing

APA Group said it has completed the installation of a gas pipeline in Australia that included a 300-foot (905-meter) crossing under the Brisbane River.

Michigan Offers Grants for Rural Industry, Infrastructure

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is offering grants supporting land-based industries and infrastructure that benefit rural communities.

Rising Demand for Sewer Inspection Drives Growing Crawler Camera Sales

A new market report projects worldwide demand for crawler cameras used in sewer inspections will continue to grow at a brisk pace, describing them as the “future of pipeline inspection systems” due to their efficiency, accuracy and low cost.

Water Restored at Grand Canyon after Pipeline Break

Officials at the Grand Canyon lifted water restrictions last month after fixing a pipeline break in a section north of Phantom Ranch.

U.S. Construction Spending Rose a Slight 0.1%

U.S. construction spending ticked up just 0.1% in July, aided by government spending on schools, sewers and the water supply.

Aqua Pennsylvania Acquires Delaware County Wastewater Assets

The municipal water authority for Delaware County, Penn., has agreed to sell its wastewater assets to a subsidiary of publicly traded water utility Aqua America for $276.5 million, the company said.

Quanta Acquires Hallen Construction, 2 Specialty Contractors

Quanta Services said it has completed the acquisition of Plainview, N.Y.-based Hallen Construction, a large gas utility contractor serving key markets in the U.S. Northeast, along with two Southeast specialty contractors for $330 million in cash and stock.

Queens, New York Breaks Ground on $139 Million Upgrade Project

A New York neighborhood has broken ground on a $139 million renovation across 25 blocks which will include, among other things, several miles of sewer and water infrastructure upgrades.

August Construction Starts Decrease 6 Percent

New construction starts dropped 6% over the month in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $807.1 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

euNetworks Adds New High Density Fiber Networks in Milan and Madrid

euNetworks Group Limited (“euNetworks”), a Western European bandwidth infrastructure company, has announced that it has undertaken further network investment in Europe, building duct based, high fiber count networks in the cities of Milan and Madrid.

In Memoriam: Davis Yates

Longtime underground construction and trenchless industry professional Davis Yates passed away July 2 at the age of 51.

In Memoriam: Jim Barbera

Jim Barbera, of East Canton, Ohio, passed away at age 79, on July 8.

Epiroc Donates Equipment to Colorado School of Mines’ EMI

Epiroc, a productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, donated a COP 1238K rock drill to the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute (EMI) at the Colorado School of Mines.

EPA Launches Comment Period for Clean Water Act Changes

The EPA recently issued a proposed rule to implement Section 401 of the Clean Water Act intended to streamline the approval process for permits that are often an obstacle for pipelines and other infrastructure projects.

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