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The House Appropriations Committee made huge cuts in the fiscal 2014 budgets of the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (CWSRF and DWSRF), the main source of federal aid to cities and counties for the purpose of water infrastructure maintenance and construction.

Dan Sharpe has joined Sharewell HDD Services as vice president, and part owner and president of its new products subsidiary, Sharewell Drilling Products LLC. In his new role, Sharpe will lead the company’s sales, marketing and product development efforts.

Groff Tractor & Equipment has purchased the assets of Vernon E. Stup Company in Frederick, MD.

Construction software developer HCSS has added a mobile phone time card to its selection of mobile apps available for smartphones and tablets.

Kana Pipeline’s new superintendent apprenticeship program will begin special training sessions with pipeline vendor Western Water Works (WWW), comprising two weeks of cooperative training relating to water, sewer and storm drain pipe parts and installation.

Volvo Construction Equipment continues to maximize operator fuel savings with advancements in product development and technology and is reinforcing this dedication with an expansion of its Fuel Efficiency Guarantee program.

QuakeWrap Inc. has been awarded a $150,000 Small Business Innovative Research Grant from the National Science Foundation to further develop InfinitPipe.

Darold Wendell Falldorf, 79, of Bemidji, MN, died, July 15 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) Executive Director Tony Radoszewski presented Camille George Rubeiz, P.E. with a 10-year service award during PPI's annual membership meeting in St. Pete Beach, FL.

Atlas Copco Construction Equipment celebrated a ribbon cutting at its new configuration center in Independence, OH on June 13. The 150-foot-long facility was built across from a current Atlas Copco service center. Staff in the 9,000-square-foot configuration center will assemble hydraulic attachments and WEDA submersible pumps. The existing service center will continue to refurbish and provide other technical services.

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