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Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co., Port Orange, FL, is now celebrating its 40th year of providing pumps and pumping solutions. “I am proud to celebrate this landmark achievement as it is a record of accomplishment that represents our resilience in an ever-changing industry,” said Bill Thompson, Thompson Pump president.

A record registration of 200 attendees marked the American Pipeline Contractors Association’s 39th Annual Convention at the El San Juan Hotel & Casino in San Juan, PR. This was on top of a record attendance at the 2009 meeting in Scottsdale.

Farwest Corrosion Control Company has patented a cathodic protection controller for steel water tank applications. The PowerMag 1000 is an innovative, environmentally friendly, cathodic protection controller designed to automatically provide a constant, IR free potential to internal water tank surfaces.

A near-record crowd of 350 attended the Power & Communication Contractors Association annual convention at the Contemporary Resort, on the grounds of Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, March 20 – 23. That number included 20 new members and 40 first-time attendees.

The Houston City Council, bowing to the inevitable, recently voted to phase in sewer and water rate increases over three years by as much as 30 percent. That means an average single-family household will see their typical rate climb from $47 to $60 per month by 2013.

The rugged T555RW Rockwheel has a 185 hp John Deere Tier 3 engine and modular rockwheel attachment for accurate, reliable cutting.

The new Trencor T1760 mechanical drive chain trencher offers plenty of power and performance in the toughest digging conditions.

The 220-hp HT220 is the heavy-duty track trencher you need when tackling big underground utility installations on tough terrain, such as wind-farm construction and installation of pipelines and energy-distribution facilities in remote locations.

The Buckeye 9200T is designed for 16-inch and smaller diameter pipe. With its 600 hp engine and a starting weight of 85,000 pounds, the 9200T is easily maneuverable and high producing. Both 7- and 9-foot digging wheels are available in several widths. With a quick attach digging wheel option, different digging wheels can be swapped out in only hours instead of days. 866.376.8453, buckeyetenchers.com

The TRS 1100 is suitable for cutting through hard rock and cement. The rocksaw offers customers a powerful 385 hp C-13 Cat ACERT engine.