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UCT is once again welcoming guests to the Underground Construction Technology Association’s (UCTA) Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament to be held Monday, Jan. 23. All proceeds fund the UCTA’s college scholarship program.

News from Ritchie Bros., Wacker Neuson, Caterpillar, Komatsu, Utilicor Technologies, Ditch Witch Midwest, Driver Pipeline, LAN, ISCO Industries, Ernst & Young, Volvo and Takeuchi-US.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

An Arizona company has developed a kit that converts hand-held gasoline-powered tampers to pneumatic tampers. Higher Innovative Solutions LLC (HIS), based in Peoria, AZ, offers kits for most major brands of gasoline tampers, said the company spokesman Clint Willis. The first kits were sold in the Phoenix area with orders from other parts of the country being filled by the manufacturer.

NASSCO member Barry Howell, General Manager, Visu-Sewer, Inc.

Choosing the correct nozzle (or nozzles) for a sewer cleaning job can be a daunting task for the uninformed. However, with a little bit of information and understanding of the task at hand, this process can be quite simple. The purpose of this installment of NASSCO’s Tech Tips is to provide the buyer and the end user a quick guide to the initial purchase and field usage of the proper sewer tool.

Neff reaches Chapter 11 agreement with creditors; United Rentals expands safety training for customers; Finning sells Hewden rental business; RSC launches redesigned website; Maryland heavy equipment rental stores to get property tax relief; United Rentals extends partnership with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Robert Carpenter, Editor

When discussing the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition with past attendees of varied backgrounds, many different reasons and perspectives are brought up as to what everyone likes best about UCT:

The BP Deepwater Horizon spill continues to have ramifications for pipeline safety even though pipelines -- neither gas nor oil -- had nothing to do with that Gulf of Mexico disaster. Nonetheless, "BP" is an entry point for Congress and others to show renewed concern about potential environmental accidents from all sorts of energy activities.

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies’ (NASSCO) Board of Directors has selected Ted DeBoda, P.E., to succeed Irvin Gemora as executive director. In October 2009, Gemora announced his decision to retire effective February 2011. He purposely made an early announcement because he knew that it would take considerable time and energy to recruit the best candidate.

Brighton, CO, has a successful formula for growth. The community of 30,000 just outside of the Denver metropolitan area has added 750 new businesses since 1990 and is home to a wind turbine and nacelle manufacturing plant that will eventually employ 1,350 people. Part of the formula is a sound infrastructure that provides businesses with access to up-to-date facilities and services.

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