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Like many other communities across the country, Fishers, IN, a suburb of Indianapolis, is in the process of upgrading their aging sewer infrastructure: replacing miles of sewer lines and manholes, and installing new lift stations.

The Ultimate Skid Steer Smackdown takes a “D-Tour” with the launch of John Deere’s new D-Series skid steers and compact track loaders (CTLs), including stops at trade shows and real job sites so operators can check out the company’s hottest pieces of compact iron.

Underground Tools Inc. has launched an interactive Web site with comprehensive information about the company’s wide range of wear parts for the underground construction industry.

The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) announced an ongoing study by Jana Laboratories confirms 100-plus year life expectancy for pipe made from polyethylene (PE) when used in municipal potable water systems.

Projected growth in North American natural gas supplies and market growth in the U.S. and Canada will require billions of dollars of additional investment in pipeline, storage and other midstream infrastructure through 2030, according to a new study released by the INGAA Foundation Inc.

Irvin Gemora, NASSCO Executive Director

As executive director of the industry's leading trade association, I've been honored to learn and grow in this important role during the past eight years. Our industry is still considered young and watching it grow has been exciting. As I look back, I think about all that has changed since I was a young sewer rat, literally getting down and dirty to learn on the job.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

New to UCT iin 2010, the Damage Prevention & Safety Conference (DPSC) is a two-day program focusing on preventing damage to underground utility infrastructure and reducing safety risks related to accidental strikes of buried pipe and cable.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will conduct its annual six-day unreserved public auction at its Orlando, Fla., permanent auction site from February 15 - 20, 2010. A week prior, Ritchie Bros. also will be conducting a live benefit auction on Feb. 8 at The Rental Show with all proceeds from the sale benefiting the ARA Foundation.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

Anyone looking for an acknowledgement in the new FERC strategic plan that the commission is focused on expanding pipeline infrastructure need not waste his time reading the 50-page document FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff issued in mid-October.

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