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The Northeast Trenchless Association (NTA) hosted its annual summer outing at Tacoma Lakes in Monmouth, ME, on Aug. 7. Over 100 members and guests from as far away as Texas attended and enjoyed a picture perfect day with friends and family.

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the leading organization focused on protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, announced that underground utility damages in the U.S. decreased to an estimated 170,000 in 2009, down 15 percent from 2008, and down 58 percent from 2004.

The Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) recognized the recipients of its college scholarships Aug. 3 at its monthly meeting. The association awarded $8,000 in scholarships to eight students.

The Northeast Trenchless Association will be hosting its Annual Training and Development Seminar on January 17 -19, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Boston North Shore in Danvers, Ma. The meeting is open to members and non-members and will include a multi-track conference session.

President Obama has selected Vermeer CEO Mary Andringa as a private-sector representative for business, industry, agriculture and labor on the President’s Export Council (PEC). The PEC is the principal national advisory committee on international trade.

The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act passed by the U.S. Senate Sept. 16 will extend the 50 percent bonus depreciation deduction for 2010. Additionally, it includes approximately $12 billion in tax relief for small businesses and a $30 billion lending fund that will be administered by the Treasury Department.

Recent business news from Driver Pipeline, Super Products, ISCO Industries, Thompson Pump & Mfg., Inspar Robotic Technologies, Akkerman, Caterpillar, Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Co., ITT, Canberra Pumps, Geospatial Holdings, Interplastic, iRENTequip, Reed Manufacturing and JCB.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

I read recently where more government agencies have rationalized getting involved in determining transmission energy pipeline routes. Apparently, there is a perception that pipelines often go through more impoverished areas and in today’s politically-correct charged culture, that just cannot be allowed to happen without further investigation and, of course, construction delays. After all, this is the 21st century where private business is under siege. Why should pipeline construction be any different?

Joseph L. Abbott, Jr., national sales manager for Godwin Pumps, passed away on Sept. 12.

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