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Insulfoam Opens New EPS Insulation Plant On East Coast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 21:36

Smithfield, Pennsylvania facility to be shared with sister company Hunter Panels

Carlisle, PA (March 17, 2011) – Insulfoam, North America's largest producer of engineered expanded polystyrene (EPS) block-molded insulation products, announces its expansion into Western Pennsylvania. Manufacturing is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2011 in a 200,000 s.f. facility, located in Smithfield, PA. Insulfoam will strategically share the plant with sister company Hunter Panels (

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Hayward Baker Names John Rubright President, Makes Other Senior Staff Appointments PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 12:29

Mar 10, 2011 – Odenton, Md. - John P. Rubright has been named president of Hayward Baker. He succeeds George R. Grisham as the fifth president of the company.

Rubright has been with Hayward Baker for 25 years. A civil engineer, he is highly experienced in geotechnical construction applications and has managed projects employing many of Hayward Baker’s technologies. Prior to being named president, he served for ten years as vice president and then senior vice president of the company’s Southern Region, where he directed financial, manpower and equipment resources along with being responsible for the design, management and installation of specialty construction projects in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and the Caribbean countries.

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ARkStorm: California's other 'Big One' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 15:26

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For emergency planning purposes, scientists unveiled a hypothetical California scenario that describes a storm that could produce up to 10 feet of rain, cause extensive flooding (in many cases overwhelming the state’s flood-protection system) and result in more than $300 billion in damage. [Source: USGS Release, click for the rest of the release.]

MACTEC Rejects Allegations Made in Delaware Department of Transportation Lawsuit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 30 January 2011 23:23

ALPHARETTA, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In response to a Jan. 28th lawsuit filed by the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) in connection with the Indian River Inlet Bridge (IRIB) replacement project against bridge design firm Figg Bridge Engineers, Inc. (Figg), MACTEC, a sub-consultant to Figg, denies the allegations in the lawsuit and cites DelDOT’s actions, project management, and decision-making as the factors that led to increased costs for the bridge. MACTEC is confident that a truly objective, fact-based review of the chronology of events, DelDOT’s responsibilities, and DelDOT’s decisions, including withholding of key information from Figg and MACTEC with the approval from the highest level in DelDOT, will result in dismissal of the complaint.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 30 January 2011 23:24
Drew Floyd, P.E., Appointed a Vice President of Moretrench PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 23:12

Drew FloydSpecialty geotechnical contractor Moretrench is pleased to announce that Drew Floyd, P.E., has been appointed to the position of Vice President.

Mr. Floyd is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, and he has over 24 years of specialty geotechnical construction experience. He joined Moretrench in 2004 as Regional Manager for the New England area. In addition, he has oversight responsibility for work performed through the company’s Pittsburgh, PA office. Mr. Floyd will continue in both of these capacities while also assuming corporate duties as Vice President.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 23:12
Nicholson Acquires Advanced Foundation System PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 22:33

PITTSBURGH, PA – January 3, 2011 – Nicholson Construction Company has acquired Advanced Foundation Systems, Inc., a geotechnical contractor located in Denver, Colorado. The acquisition strengthens Nicholson’s position in the Western United States, where Advanced Foundation Systems has completed numerous of earth retention, piling, and ground improvement projects.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 22:33
Digital Map Products Says Record Sales and Retention Indicate Big Year Ahead for Mapping PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 02 January 2011 21:43

(Irvine, CA – December 29, 2010) As Digital Map Products (DMP) concludes its 10th year, CEO Jim Skurzynski predicts 2011 will be the year spatial technology goes mainstream. DMP, a leading provider of software-as-a-service spatial technology solutions, is experiencing record sales as mapping and cloud computing converge. Skurzynski expects the melding of these two powerful technologies to continue and for additional markets to open up as more sectors continue to discover uses for advanced spatial display and analysis.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 02 January 2011 21:44
Nicholson and Menard Announce Ground Improvement Partnership PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 09 December 2010 12:49

PITTSBURGH, PA – December 8, 2010 – Nicholson Construction Company and Menard are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership. Under the partnership, Menard will perform the group’s ground improvement work in the United States, including controlled modulus columns™, vibro stone columns, vibro-compaction, vibro concrete columns, dynamic compaction™, rapid impact compaction, Menard vacuum™ consolidation, and wick drains. Nicholson will continue to perform its comprehensive techniques for deep foundations, earth retention and ground treatment. The two sister companies are headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and have already worked together on several significant projects.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 December 2010 12:52
Moretrench's Keith LaRue, P.E. Promoted to Northeast Regional Manager, Geotechnical Operations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:50

Moretrench is pleased to announce that Keith LaRue, P.E., has been promoted to Northeast Regional Manager for Moretrench’s geotechnical operations. A 1994 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Mr. LaRue, who joined Moretrench in 2007, has more than 16 years of experience focused on the design and management of geotechnical construction projects involving a range of specialty techniques.

In his new position, Mr. LaRue assumes day-to-day responsibility for all facets of geotechnical work undertaken in the Northeast.

“Keith’s input over the past three years has been instrumental to the steady growth of Moretrench’s geotechnical operations in the Northeast,” notes Vice President Tom Tuozzolo, P.E. “His knowledge of the regional marketplace, together with his engineering expertise and management skills, will ensure that we continue to offer our clients the very best in service and quality.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 13:03
Layne Christensen Company Acquires Bencor Corporation of America PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 21 November 2010 23:23

MISSION WOODS, Kan., Nov. 17, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Layne Christensen Company ("Layne") (Nasdaq:LAYN) today announced the acquisition of Bencor Corporation of America – Foundation Specialist ("Bencor"). Founded in 1969, Bencor is one of North America's leading contractors in foundation and underground engineering. Bencor specializes in deep foundations for dams, levees, shafts and below ground structures and also excels in the design and building of earth support retention systems for basement excavation for high-rise structures, subway lines and stations and depressed highways. Bencor has performed work in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and North Africa and has over 100 permanent employees headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The purchase price for the stock of Bencor was $32.1 million. Management projects first year revenues and earnings per share of approximately $50 million and $0.20-$0.25 per share, respectively, after purchase accounting adjustments.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 21 November 2010 23:24
Layne Christensen Drillers Reach Trapped Miners in Chile PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 11 October 2010 12:53

MISSION WOODS, Kan., Oct. 10, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- "Plan B" worked. Winning the three-way race to reach the 33 miners trapped in Chile since Aug. 5, drillers from Kansas City-based Layne Christensen Co. broke through at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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Last Updated on Monday, 11 October 2010 12:53
Grouting project to protect Snake River Plain Aquifer completed ahead of schedule PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 04 October 2010 12:21

September 29, 2010 — The Idaho Cleanup Project safely completed a remedial action five weeks ahead of schedule that protects the Snake River Plain Aquifer by grouting buried waste at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Idaho Site. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded the project.

Project contractor Hayward Baker, Inc., of Santa Paula , Calif. , injected a cement-based grout into 21 buried waste locations at the Subsurface Disposal Area (SDA), a radioactive waste landfill at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex. Surrounding the waste with grout inhibits rain and snow melt from infiltrating through the waste, thus reducing the ability of contaminants to move toward the aquifer. Treated locations contain waste contaminated with mobile forms of the radionuclides technetium-99 and iodine-129 produced during historical operations at the DOE’s Idaho Site.

“This project was successful because of the hard work and dedication of many people including the regulators from the state of Idaho and the Environmental Protection Agency, DOE, Idaho cleanup contractor CH2M-WG, LLC and Hayward Baker, Inc.,” said Mark Arenaz, DOE Idaho Federal Project Director. “Everyone worked with an objective to complete the project on time and within budget all the while making sure we did the job safely. This is an example of how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is putting people to work and getting things done.”

The grouting project, which began June 7, is the second phase of a 2008 Record of Decision signed by DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the State of Idaho to remediate the 97-acre SDA. The first phase, which is ongoing, involves excavating targeted waste from the SDA and shipping it out of Idaho for disposal. The third phase, to begin approximately 2025, will construct an engineered surface barrier (cap) over the entire area.

For additional information about the Idaho Cleanup Project, visit


Source: US Department of Energy

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