October Business: The Crossing Company Acquires The HDD Company; Pipefusion First Canadian Outlet for Connectra Fusion Tools; CONTECH Launches Grreen Concrete

October 2009 Vol. 64 No. 10
The new PFERD headquarters in Ontario.

The new capacity provides a significant improvement to Hendrix aluminum drawing and overall stranding capabilities. In particular, the new capacity will provide greater flexibility and responsiveness on the larger kcml size conductors. This is especially important for utility project work which utilizes more of the larger conductors than regular maintenance work. It will also enhance Hendrix wind business, where large conductors are used in the collection grid.

In addition, a plant expansion was required to house the new machinery. This plant addition was built to be environmentally friendly, with energy-efficient heating and lighting throughout. 603.673-2040, www.hendrix-wc.com

Akkerman
Maynard Akkerman, president and CEO of Akkerman Inc., was officially welcomed on May 6 as a member of The Moles, a heavy construction fraternal organization.

Established in 1938, membership into The Moles is limited to 550 individuals who are engaged in specific sectors of the construction industry and have obtained a heightened level of accomplishment within their industry. Each year, the group holds four annual events in the New York metropolitan area and bestows two awards to recognize individuals for outstanding achievement.

On his induction into The Moles, Maynard states, "It's an honor to be nominated to this esteemed group. At this stage in my career, it's important to me to further the good work of the trenchless industry. Association with The Moles will help me in this endeavor."

Since 1973, Akkerman Inc. manufactures microtunneling, pipe jacking, tunneling, guided boring and earth pressure balance equipment. Akkerman equipment is widely distributed in the national and international markets. 800.533.0386, www.akkerman.com

McLaughlin
For the third time in four years, a McLaughlin G2 Verifier locator has been used to win a division or bonus event of the International Utility Locate Rodeo. This year’s overall winner in the water division is Chad O’Quinn with the Fitzgerald Light and Bond Commission, located in Fitzgerald, GA. O’Quinn has been in the locate industry for nine years and participated in the international competition the past six years. 800.435.9340, www.mightymole.com