Business

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.

Establishing any new business is a major decision, and once the company is in operation, guiding it to success means overcoming a variety of challenges and obstacles, many of them unexpected.

Everyone has heard the phrase “competing on a level playing field” in reference to athletics. But working on a level playing field – or job site – can be as important in the utility construction market. And sometimes contractors can achieve this even when a job site’s terrain isn’t level at all.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and Energy Transfer Partners have entered into a 50/50 joint venture, Fayetteville Express Pipeline (FEP), to develop a new pipeline. The 187-mile pipeline will originate in Conway County, AR, continue eastward through White County, AR, and terminate at an interconnect with Trunkline Gas Company in Quitman County, MS.

Traci Read

Woodward Communications Inc., a Dubuque-based employee-owned multimedia company operating in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, has acquired Two Rivers Marketing, a Des Moines marketing firm specializing in business-to-business communications.

Traci Read

MasTec Inc. has entered a purchase agreement to acquire Wanzek Construction Inc. for $200 million in cash and the assumption of $15 million in debt.

The Mears Training and Research Facility is adding training for personnel operating horizontal directional drilling (HDD) equipment and a program to certify HDD equipment following maintenance.

The HDD training program for Mears employees will cover all aspects of operation of the equipment they will be using, from rig up to rig down, including operation of drilling fluid systems, said Kevin Parker, Mears director of safety training environment compliance.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

As is the case with all national disasters, immediately following Hurricane Ike's devastation of the United States Gulf Coast last September, much of the equipment used by emergency crews, including utilities, immediately following the storm was rented.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has given verbal assurance to NASSCO that it will continue to consider the sewer rehabilitation work typically performed by its members as "maintenance" rather than "construction" as had been proposed in a rule change to OSHA's confined space standard, reports Irv Gemora, executive director of NASSCO.

For over 60 years, Melfred Borzall’s directional drilling and horizontal earth boring tools have been identified by their signature red color. Now, those red tools are turning green.

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