Business

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Over the past several years, foreign-born workers have played an increasingly important role on most types of construction projects, including utility construction.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Immigration attorney Elise Healy cites a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report that as of January 2007, there were estimated to be 7 million illegal Mexican aliens in the United States, up from 4.7 million from 2000.

Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and CrystaTech have executed a five-year agreement for the development of several new clean energy technologies at GTI’s 18-acre R&D facility in Des Plaines, IL.

According to new employment and business forecast figures released by the Associated General Contractors of America, an estimated two-thirds of the nation’s non-residential construction companies plan to cut payroll.

ISCO Industries, the nation’s largest distributor and supplier of high density polyethylene (HDPE) piping products, has announced the acquisition of Wright Water & Waste based in Solon, OH.

Despite turmoil in the financial markets and oil prices that are the lowest since 2003, the U.S. natural gas industry appears likely to remain one of the stronger performers in the energy sector. Supporting this is the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report, Additions to Capacity on the U.S. Natural Gas Pipeline Network: 2007.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

That NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) has become an influential force in the sewer rehabilitation industry was clearly evident in 2008, said current association President Marc A. Anctil as he reviewed NASSCO accomplishments in the past 12 months.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The popular RehabZone will again be a focal point at the annual UCT show (Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition) for information about pipeline rehabilitation.

Bore-Tek currently operates three Ditch Witch horizontal directional drilling (HDD) models:
• JT4020 with 40,000 pounds of pullback, 5,000 foot pounds spindle torque and spindle speeds to 250 rpm;
• JT7020 which produces 70,000 pounds of pullback, 10,000 foot pounds of spindle torque and spindle speeds to 210 rpm;
• JT8020 that develops 80,000 pounds of pullback,10,000 foot pounds of torque and spindle speeds to 210 rpm.

Subsite tracking equipment and a variety of Ditch Witch downhole tools are used with all HDD systems.

Most people agree that nothing and no one should be taken for granted.

But for many, that truth doesn’t become a reality until tragedy strikes – bad things do happen to good people and people’s lives are changed forever.

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