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Pure Technologies Ltd. announced July 28 that it has agreed with the shareholders of The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company Ltd. (PPIC) to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of PPIC for up to $34.9 million in cash and common stock of Pure. Both companies' boards have approved the transaction, subject to certain conditions and to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. The transaction is expected to close by August 31, 2010.

Caterpillar, Inc. announced July 1 that it has acquired all assets of Underground Imaging Technologies, Inc., an advanced geophysical services company and technology developer based in Latham, N.Y. The acquisition will give Caterpillar the capability to provide geophysical services, specializing in providing three-dimensional representations of underground utilities and other targets.

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) Board of Directors has selected Ted DeBoda, P.E., to succeed Irvin Gemora as Executive Director. DeBoda is currently manager of the URS Corporation’s Baltimore Office.

Teams cleaning up after the oil spill in the Gulf have deployed a new tool to help with their efforts--McLaughlin vacuum excavators. Vacuum excavators are being deployed on barges into the Gulf and used to remove oil from the miles of skimmers located along the Gulf Coast.

ITT Corporation announced June 21 that it intends to buy Godwin Pumps for $585 million. The deal brings the world's largest manufacturer of submersible pumps together with the largest producer of diesel-driven dry install pumps, and the combined organization is expected to become the largest company providing drainage pumps serving the global industrial, construction, mining, municipal, oil and gas segments.

Want a taste of this year's NASTT No-Dig conference in Schaumberg, IL? Check out the photos Underground Construction's mobile team snapped on the road.
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Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

In a transaction that surprised most of the underground construction industry, the Earth Tool Co. and its HammerHead product line was acquired by The Charles Machine Works Inc., manufacturer of Ditch Witch equipment.

Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC has announced a binding open season beginning Jan. 25 for shippers seeking firm transportation capacity commencing November 1, 2013 to support system mainline expansions.

Erin Nelsen, Online Editor

By Day 2 of the conference, attendance at the Tampa show had reached approximately 90% of the turnout for the entire 2009 show in UCT’s home state of Texas.

Daniel Magill of Avanti demonstrates a number of urethane, latex and gel grouts used for sealing breaches and preventing infiltration in water, sewer and stormwater systems—fast curing and very fun to play with.

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LMK demonstrates in the Rehab Zone.

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Early attendees at the networking reception sponsored by TT Technologies, Connectra Fusion and DCI.

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