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Randy Happel, Contributing Editor

Many northeast Ohio communities that are located in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays are taking proactive steps to address an aging, inadequate utilities infrastructure.

Often, detailed industry insights are hard to mine from the limited data sources generally available.

The PFERD Tool Mobile program, which was launched in the U.S. 10 months ago after proving successful in Europe and Australia, has hired a new applications sales engineer.

Attaching to the back of a DigiSewer III side-scan camera, the new DSL7 accessory casts a ring of laser dots onto the inner wall of a pipe.

Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Company has recognized James Copeland as their 2013 Branch Manager of the Year.

Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment America has announced the winner of its CONEXPO-CON/AGG trade show “Win a One-Year Lease” contest.

Offering stability with a 90-ton lifting capacity, the PL4809D features Volvo patented 360 degree swing capability for handling large, heavy pipes with ease. The PL4809D’s excavator-based design also allows the machine to be converted into a high-performance excavator, simply by swapping the pipelayer boom for the excavator boom included in the optional digging kit. Hydraulics are optimized for both pipelayer and excavator applications as standard. Service and maintenance have never been easier with more than 80 percent of parts in common with other Volvo excavators.

Michels Pipe Services knows quality is not a game of chance, but rather something achieved through experience and ingenuity.

Renée Martin, General Manager, HDD Broker Inc.

I cannot recall a winter in our company’s12-year history where our industry was so affected by the weather.

As reported in the New York Times, spurred by a series of train crashes, the United States said on April 24 that they would push forward their tank standards for transportation of oil by rail, potentially resolving a critical safety issue that has been bogged down in the regulatory process for years.

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