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Jerry Shaw, president of SAK Construction, has been named the 2014 Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by award sponsors Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) and Underground Construction magazine. The MVP Award is bestowed annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to the underground infrastructure industry.

Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the stakeholder-run organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the people who dig near them, has announced findings from its comprehensive 2012 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report.

Richard Neil Horton of League City, TX, passed away on Aug. 18, at the age of 85. Horton served as vice president of both Ingersoll Rand and Sullair Corp. prior to founding 247 Equipment Co. Inc. in the early 1980s.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has approved financial assistance to the town of Woodlock, TX, for a loan of $427,613 for wastewater system improvements.

The North Texas Chapter of the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) awarded a total of $9,000 in college scholarships at their August general meeting held in Euless, TX.

United States’ construction machinery exports dropped 21 percent during the first half of 2013, with $10.8 billion shipped to global markets compared to $13.7 billion at midyear 2012, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The AEM off-road equipment manufacturing trade group consolidates U.S. Commerce Dept. data with other sources into global trend reports for members.

Ray Lynn Barnes, 50, died Aug. 1 in Tahlequah, OK. A former pipeliner, Barnes was the son of Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Company’s long-time superintendent Thelbert Barnes and his wife Wanda, who survive him.

NSF International has certified Centennial Plastics Inc.’s CenFuse geothermal pipes to the American National Standard for Ground-Source Geothermal Piping Systems – NSF/ANSI Standard 358-1: Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings for Water-Based Ground-Source “Geothermal” Heat Pump Systems.

Kobelco Construction Machinery USA, a global leader in the manufacture of crawler excavators, recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new Houston, TX-based North American headquarters following the relaunch of the brand as an independent product line earlier this year.

Keith Hanks, senior environmental engineer for the Wastewater Conveyance Engineering Division for the city of Los Angeles, CA, retired from the industry effective Sept. 21.

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