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Kobelco Construction Machinery America announced March 24 the “Your Competitive Edge” sweepstakes. To celebrate the launch of 13 new models in 2011, Kobelco is offering excavator operators the chance to win a new Kobelco compact excavator for a year.

Bob DeRoma, Interplastic Corporation’s Senior Vice President announced March 21 the launch of the 2011 Scholars Award Program sponsored by Interplastic Corporation in affiliation with the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).

CertainTeed’s polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe plant in Lodi, Calif., was honored by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CA OSHA) through its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). CertainTeed is the 51st company in California to be given this award.

U.S. demand for pipe is forecast to advance 6.6 percent per year to $38.6 billion in 2015. Gains will represent a substantial turnaround from the declines of the 2005-2010 period, during which pipe demand was hampered by an economic recession and a sharp drop in building construction spending.

Legend has it that Cincinnati, like Rome, was built on seven hills. Contractor Midwest Mole Inc., Indianapolis, IN, is continuing the local history by constructing seven sewer tunnels in a landmark project that is challenging common trenchless methods for long bores.

Shoring and safety products from Speed Shore Corp., American Shoring, Quik-Shor, PRO-TEC Equipment, Trench Shoring Services, Efficiency Production and Kundel Industries.

Vectren Corporation acquired Minnesota Limited, Inc. March 31 in a strategic move to grow Vectren's infrastructure services business segment. Minnesota Limited will join wholly owned subsidiary Miller Pipeline in Vectren's infrastructure services group.

CenterPoint Energy Inc., Houston, TX, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines and field services operations. It serves more than five million metered electric and natural gas customers in six states: Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

Griffin offers accessories to complete any wellpoint system. Wellpoints are available with 1.5-inch or 2-inch PVC or stainless steel screen.

Dr. Samuel Ariaratnam was recently elected to serve a three-year term as the new chairman of the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT). Dr. Ariaratnam previously served as vice chairman of ISTT having been elected to the position in 2007.