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Charles John Groebner, Sr., the founder and chairman of Groebner & Associates Inc., passed away on June 26 due to complications related to a recent surgery. He was 82 years old.

Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) recently expanded and accelerated its comprehensive research and development program aimed at enhancing current in-line inspection (ILI) tools and developing the next generation of technology to ensure pipeline safety, integrity and reliability.

In 2010–11, major earthquakes hit Chile, Japan and New Zealand, causing significant damage to water system infrastructure. In response to these events, the Water Research Foundation funded project #4408 under the Emerging Opportunities Program to investigate the potential implications of the earthquakes on U.S. water utilities.

In June, a five-year water line replacement project for the city of Pittsburg, KS, was presented to city commissioners by John Bailey, public utilities director. The cost to replace the city’s 100-year old water lines and hydrants is expected to be at least $250,000 annually.

Administration officials significantly underestimated the cost to construction employers of proposed new hiring quotas for federal contractors according to a new analysis released by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Ashtead Group Plc, the parent of A-Plant in the U.K. and Sunbelt Rentals in the U.S., reported a company recorded fiscal year-end, pre-tax profit of £130.6 million (US$203.5 million), up from £31.0 million (US$48.3 million) the year before.

Volvo Rents has acquired Aerial Platform Experts, a single-location construction equipment rental company located in Davenport, IA.

United Rentals Inc. has named Matt Flannery as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective with the closing of the company's merger with RSC Holdings Inc. announced in April. He previously served as executive vice president of operations and sales, and leads the RSC integration process.

The Toro Company has acquired light construction and hardscape product assets from Stone Construction Equipment, which manufactured concrete and hardscape equipment for rental and construction companies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Twenty-nine students’ educational goals just became a little easier to achieve, thanks to the $54,500 worth of ARA Foundation and affiliate scholarships awarded for the 2012/2013 academic year — including the new Bill Loomer Houston Rental Association Scholarship and the ARA of California Scholarships. The recipients are selected by the ARA Foundation scholarship committee.

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