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The opening ceremony of a second production line of the cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) products NORDIPIPE and NORDIFORCE from SEKISUI NordiTube Inc. was held in Hammond, LA, on Aug. 20. The inauguration was performed by Kozo Takami, president of Urban Infrastructure & Environmental Products Company of SEKISUI Chemical Co. Ltd., a shareholder of SEKISUI NordiTube Inc.

The equipment rental industry in the United States continues to outpace gross domestic product (GDP) in the U.S. by four times in 2013, according to American Rental Association’s (ARA) latest forecast from the ARA Rental Market Monitor.

Underground Construction and Pipeline & Gas Journal’s pipeline construction survey indicates that 77,318 miles of pipelines around the world are in various stages of construction and planned. Of these, 33,205 represent projects in the planning and engineering phase and 44,113 are in various stages of construction.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced awards totaling approximately $30 million for the development of new tools and technologies to strengthen protection of the nation’s electric grid and oil and gas infrastructure from cyber-attack.

The Toro Company broke ground recently on a $25 million expansion in Bloomington, MN, that the company has called home for over 50 years. The project begins the process of expanding the company’s product development and test capacities, demonstrating its continued commitment to innovation.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched Public Sector Safety and Health Fundamentals, a new certificate program that provides public sector employees training on occupational safety and health to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities among workers in state and local governments.

Traci Read, Managing Editor

Underground Construction’s 2013 census of large horizontal directional drilling contractors is an effective tool when selecting the right size of drill rig to fit specific project needs in managing a successful HDD operation.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

From design and planning through securing-right-of-way, permitting, logistics of getting equipment and material in place and actual construction, utility projects can be complex and challenging. Often environmental issues and public concerns further complicate the job.

We’ve talked a lot in recent years about the “disruptive” influence of horizontal directional drilling upon the underground construction industry. HDD is a technology that has forever changed the way contractors, engineers and owners approach their construction projects.

Hobas Pipe USA, which continues to serve its customers with extensive field support, announces the addition of two new representatives.

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