January Newsline: EPA Cracks Down on Violations; Cat Invests in India; Stimulus Projects At Work

January 2010 Vol. 65 No. 1

Tarlton and Haberberger Mechanical Contractors then removed approximately 80 feet of existing pipe and installed new pieces to connect a new structure to the existing influent path, allowing MSD to more accurately measure flow into the plant and control flow into the wet weather expansion under construction. Once the new pipe is laid, another shutdown will be required to remove the plug, reattach the cap on the riser and remove the temporary gates.

Cronin credited all participating firms for “working through the challenges with great cooperation and teamwork.” In addition to MSD and Haberberger, Tarlton’s partners on the project are Black & Veatch, KAI Design & Build and TD Williamson, which installed the STOPPLE plug.

MSD tapped Tarlton in 2007 as general contractor for the $87 million, 30-month Lemay project, which will increase the peak wet-weather treatment capacity of the plant. Tarlton’s work includes tunneling, 12-foot-diameter sewer piping, construction of four primary clarifiers, two grit basins, a primary sludge pump station, grit handling building and numerous cast-in-place vaults, the deepest being 74 feet underground. Completion is scheduled for early 2010.

Caterpillar to invest in India
Caterpillar plans to invest $200 million in India over five years to make construction equipment as demand grows in the second-fastest growing major economy. The company is open to forming joint ventures with local manufacturers as it seeks to boost sales in India, where the government plans to add 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) of roads a day, said Richard Lavin, Caterpillar’s group president for the Asia region.

Jim Owens, Caterpillar’s CEO, is trying to position the company to benefit from growth in Asia by 2020 as sales drop at home in the U.S. The revenue share of the Asia-Pacific region is expected grow “aggressively” over the next 10 years, Lavin said. India will award contracts worth 1 trillion rupees ($21 billion) to build about 7,500 miles of roads through June and the government will ease investment rules to boost highway projects, Kamal Nath, Minister for Road Transport and Highways said on Nov. 4. The nation needs $70 billion in investments in the next three to four years to meet its target of laying 4,350 miles of roads each year.

Caterpillar is close to an agreement on an engine-making partnership in India and has received joint-venture offers from equipment makers in China. It plans to extend loans to buyers of bulldozers and excavators in India and is talking to the government for approval for its financing unit.

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