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Following a lengthy illness, Clovis Hester, 83, passed away on July 27 in Drumright, OK.

Sam A. Arnaout, P.E., senior vice president of engineering with Hanson Engineered Products, was among the four experts selected to lead University of Texas at Arlington’s new course on concrete pipe design.

Jerry Davis, vice president of operations for North American Composites Company, a division of Interplastic Corporation, announced they have achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification for their 27 distribution facilities.

Greg Gapinski has joined Snelson Companies Inc. as president. He has over 20 years of experience in the pipeline and energy industry.

Insituform Technologies, a subsidiary of Aegion Corporation, has been awarded a $5 million contract from the city of Beverly Hills, CA, for the rehabilitation of over 135,000 feet of small-diameter sewer pipelines.

After this summer’s severe storms, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is hoping to prevent even more widespread electricity outages by forming a task force that will recommend whether the city should bury its power lines.

It wasn’t that long ago that those involved in the fiber communications realm were considered dreamers. Shortly after the fiber back-bone build-out bust of 2000-2001, fiber trunk lines were everywhere but rarely utilized. The U.S. was awash in dark fiber systems, waiting for not just business, but individuals as well, to embrace fiber to the premises – at a high cost. Most consider that cost to connect fiber to homes and business as just too high and the return too low to make a working business model. It would take decades for fiber to become in vogue enough to justify lighting up the dark fiber, justify build-out costs and truly provide fiber to the premise.

Anthony F. Caruana, supervisor, Town of Tonawanda, NY, is very proud of his community. “Our Town slogan, ‘A Great Place to Live, Work and Play’ is the guiding principle of our administration. Tonawanda is home to over 74,000 residents who take pride in our community, boast of the successes and achievements of our children, and believe we must be caretakers of our elders and stewards of our resources and environment,” he explained.

The Charter Township of Brownstown, MI, has undertaken an ambitious water-system improvement program that includes installing nearly eight miles of new water mains. Most of the project involves installation of pre-chlorinated HDPE pipe by the trenchless pipe bursting process.

Aegion Corporation announced that Thomas E. Vossman has accepted the position of Senior Vice President-International. Based out of Houston, Vossman will be responsible for the overall growth and profitability of Aegion’s Water and Wastewater platform (Insituform Technologies Inc.) in Asia, Australia and Europe, as well as the company’s Asian Commercial and Structural platform (Fyfe Asia).

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