March Rehab News: New Austin Wastewater Tunnel, Insituform in Asia, DINJER Heads West and Kiely Wins Sewer Bid

March 2010 Vol. 65 No. 3

SAK awarded tunneling project, hires new VP
Insituform expands Asian operations
DINJER Heads West
J.F. Kiely wins sewer main installation bid

SAK awarded tunneling project, hires new VP
The city of Austin, TX, has awarded a $31.9 million contract to SAK Construction LLC to construct the 3.5-mile Downtown Wastewater Tunnel project. SAK will construct an 18,600-linear-foot wastewater relief tunnel varying in diameter between 8 and 10 feet, which will accommodate sewer pipe ranging from 54 to 96 inches in diameter. SAK is a national pipeline rehabilitation and tunneling industries contractor headquartered in the St. Louis area.

The Downtown Wastewater Tunnel project will expand the capacity of the wastewater system to accommodate the continued growth and redevelopment of downtown and south Austin. The Downtown Wastewater Tunnel project is managed by the City of Austin Public Works Department. Construction began in January and is scheduled for completion in March 2012.

Founded in 2006, SAK Construction is led by Jerry Shaw, president; Tom Kalishman, chairman; and Robert Affholder, vice chairman. The three SAK leaders are well known for their expertise in trenchless underground technology, including cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) rehabilitation.

In other company news, Steve J. Hirtz has joined the management team at SAK Construction LLC as vice president of rehabilitation operations. Hirtz brings to SAK more than 25 years of experience in cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), tunneling and other trenchless technologies.

Insituform expands Asian operations
Insituform Technologies is acquiring Insitu Envirotech (S.E. Asia) Pty. Ltd., its former licensee in Singapore, for $1.3 million.

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