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The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI) has published new guidelines in Technical Report TR-46 for the placement of flexible high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe using mini-horizontal directional drilling (mini-HDD) techniques.

Pipeline & Gas Journal, in partnership with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), presented its sixth annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference on March 31 in Houston. Jeff Share, conference founder and organizer, said the single-day event drew more than 500 attendees at the George R. Brown Convention Center for the third consecutive year, attesting to the intense interest in the pipeline industry.

In less than six months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Interim Tier 4 emission standards will go into effect for many types of off-road diesel powered equipment used in underground construction, and equipment owners and operators are devoting increasing attention to the changes they will bring.

The patented UNIHammer rock tool provides more distance per hour, per day, on your bores than ever before.

Business news from LAN, Rain for Rent, Caterpillar, Ritchie Bros., US Composite Pipe South, CertainTeed, PPIC, Envista, JCB, Volvo CE, Terex and Gehl.
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Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) has named E. Tyson Thomas, P.E., to the position of vice president.

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.