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McElroy has introduced Hydraulic Clamping retrofit kits for the popular 500 line of fusion machines. The new introduction comes after a successful introduction of the same product for 412 and 618 fusion machines last year.

Roughly 280 delegates braved the weather and travel to attend the 56th annual meeting held at the Sheraton in St. John’s Newfoundland. There were representatives present from 16 regular and 46 associate member firms, plus the pipeline craft unions and various guests including several past presidents. At the end of 2009 the association had 34 regular members and 66 associates.

Pure Technologies Ltd. announced July 28 that it has agreed with the shareholders of The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company Ltd. (PPIC) to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of PPIC for up to $34.9 million in cash and common stock of Pure. Both companies' boards have approved the transaction, subject to certain conditions and to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. The transaction is expected to close by August 31, 2010.

SAWS rate-hike plan spurring opposition
Under a proposed new rate increase by San Antonio Water System (SAWS), businesses that use a lot of water to irrigate their properties could see their bills increase from 45 to 65 percent. The rate increase is slated for investment in much needed infrastructure.

More urban areas throughout the United States are facing growing pressures on their water infrastructure systems, necessitating both greater investments for overhaul and a change in development patterns that are more conducive to conservation, according to Infrastructure 2010: An Investment Imperative, a new publication released by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young.

Since 1966, DFI Corporation has supplied the oilfield construction industry with first-class pile-driving, pile supply and trucking services. As the core business for DFI, oil and gas have provided the company with significant growth and success; however, the seasonal nature of the oil and gas industry means that projects are not balanced throughout the year.

Insituform wins contracts
Insituform Technologies has been awarded two contracts with a combined value of $6.5 million from the Hallsdale-Powell Utility District in Knoxville, TN. These contracts mark the first time Insituform will work with Hallsdale-Powell, which will fund the projects with a state revolving fund loan secured through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Business updates from Ritchie Bros., John Deere, Miller Pipeline, CONTECH, WilsonMiller, Sukut Construction, AEM, Dexter + Chaney, Spectrum Construction Software, GEI Consultants and Cardno TBE, plus web exclusives from Ledcor, EPRI, PPI Solutions and Millennium Pipeline.

Committed to providing their customers with the products and solutions they need to succeed in business, Vermeer Corporation has newly redesigned the company Web site — Vermeer.com.

ARIES Grout Systems are designed and built for continuous operations. ARIES TV/Grouting Systems are productive because of the reliable, maintainable and adaptable components utilized in an integrated configuration.