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WSSC Water appoints Kishia L. Powell as general manager, CEO

(UC) — Ushering in a new era of leadership, stakeholder engagement and strategic opportunities, WSSC Water’s Board of Commissioners has appointed Kishia L. Powell as the company’s next general manager and CEO, effective January 1, 2023.

CHA expands wastewater services with acquisition of specialized water firm Eckler Engineering

(UC) — CHA Consulting Inc. (CHA), an innovative engineering design, consulting and construction management firm, has continued its expansion in Florida with the acquisition of Eckler Engineering Inc., a specialized civil engineering firm focused on water and wastewater services.

Washington Water Service completes acquisition of Driftwood Valley Water

(UC) — Washington Water Service announced on Tuesday that it has completed the acquisition of Driftwood Valley Association’s water system assets. Washington Water will now provide water utility service to Driftwood Valley Homeowner Association’s 62 customers in Yelm, Wash.

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Dresser Utility Solutions acquires Total Piping Solutions

(UC) – Dresser Utility Solutions, a leading provider of metering, electronics, instrumentation, flow control, distribution repair products, and over pressure protection devices to utility and industrial customers, has acquired the assets of Total Piping Solutions that will be incorporated into the Dresser Pipeline Solutions business.

Epiroc to acquire US manufacturer of excavator attachments

Epiroc, a productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, has agreed to acquire the business of Wain-Roy, a U.S. manufacturer of excavator attachments for the construction industry.

John Baker joins LAN as vice president after distinguished military career

John Baker, PE has joined planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as Senior Program Manager and Vice President of Infrastructure. In his new role, Baker will oversee public sector infrastructure projects.

TopGolf Infrastructure Extravaganza Slated During UCT

(UC) — In conjunction with UCT 2023, the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) invites you to a social round of golf. This TopGolf Infrastructure Extravaganza will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

NW Natural Water completes acquisition of Far West’s water and wastewater utilities

(UC) — NW Natural Water provides water and wastewater services to approximately 150,000 people through over 60,000 connections. Its operations span the Pacific Northwest, Texas and Arizona and represent approximately $250 million of cumulative investment in the water sector.

HammerHead opens CIPP Order Fulfillment Center in Pennsylvania

HammerHead Trenchless has announced the opening of its first U.S. Order Fulfillment Center for cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) consumables. The Greencastle, Pennsylvania, location will help customers from Ohio to Massachusetts and south to North Carolina receive their CIPP consumable shipments in as little as one day.

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In Memoriam  Troy Young, vice president and co-owner of Tulsa Rig Iron, passed away in a tragic boating accident over the Memorial Day weekend, in Grove, Okla., at age 48.  From an early age, he was heavily involved, with his brother Trevor, in the family ..

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CGA announces Susan O’Malley as keynote at 2023 CGA Conference & Expo

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) announced on Wednesday that Susan O’Malley, former president of Washington Sports and Entertainment and the first female president of a professional sports franchise, will be the keynote speaker at the 2023 CGA Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla.

NUCA announces first platinum winners of new STAR safety program

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) on Tuesday announced the first two members who have completed the association’s new safety program enhancing and recognizing this critical aspect of construction.

Vermeer Chair Emeritus, former CEO Bob Vermeer dies at 78

(UC) — Bob Vermeer, former Vermeer CEO and current chair emeritus, has died at the age of 78 after battling cancer, Vermeer Corporation said in a statement.

Missouri American Water acquires Eureka Water and Wastewater, plans pipeline construction

Missouri American Water announced the completion of the company’s acquisition of the City of Eureka water and wastewater systems, which serve approximately 4,000 water customers and 4,000 wastewater customers.

National Trench Safety acquires Vellano Shoring and Supply

National Trench Safety has acquired the assets and operations of Vellano Shoring and Supply, a provider of trench safety rentals and sales, the company announced on Monday.

Primoris Services Corporation acquires PLH Group for $470 million

Primoris Services Corporation, a leading provider of specialty contracting services in North America, announced it has closed its acquisition of PLH Group, Inc. in an all-cash transaction valued at $470 million.

CASE Construction, country music star launch contest to bring awareness to construction careers

"We need to keep teaching kids that careers in construction bring great pride, lifelong earning potential, and the ability to build a world and path of their own,” said award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Jon Pardi.

Artera announces merger of Otis Eastern and Minnesota Limited

Artera Services, one of the nation’s industry-leading providers of integrated infrastructure services to the natural gas industry, announced its plan to merge Otis Eastern Service, and Minnesota Limited, to form Otis Minnesota Services, LLC.

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John Deere, Wacker Neuson Enter Global Agreement on Select Excavators, Utility Investigation School Offered in September, November and more.

Tulsa Rig Iron VP, co-owner Troy Young dies in boating accident

It is with a very heavy heart that we inform you that Tulsa Rig Iron Vice President and co-owner Troy Young passed away in a tragic boating accident over the Memorial Day weekend.

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SAERTEX multiCom Opens New Production Facility and Hobas Launches $60-Million Capital Investment Program.

PCCA Maintains Aggressive Agenda at 77th Annual Convention

Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) Chairman Bob Breeden, ElectriCom, Inc., looked around the crowded ballroom at the opening session of the 77th Annual PCCA Convention, smiled, and thanked members for showing up in such strong numbers: 405 total and 250 primary attendees, more first-timers than ever before, and a record number of sponsors.

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Volvo Tailors Support for Customers’ Carbon Reduction Goals

Volvo Tailors Support for Customers’ Carbon Reduction Goals, Investment in Sewer AI Spurs Next Generation of Water Infrastructure Diagnostics, John Deere Unveils 2022 “Own It” Program and more.

Caterpillar exits Illinois, relocates global headquarters to Dallas-Fort Worth area

Caterpillar Inc. said on Tuesday it will move its global headquarters to the company's existing office in Irving, Texas, from its current location in Deerfield, Illinois.

Tim Killoren, former PCCA chairman, dies at 69

Timothy Donald Killoren, former PCCA Chairman and longtime board member, passed away on June 6 at the age of 69. He served as president of Poygan Land Company and president of the Power and Communication Contractors Association from 2015-2016.

Water Horse Resources names Buster Gray as president

Water Horse Resources has named accomplished engineering industry veteran L.A. “Buster” Gray as its new president, bringing over 40 years of experience in the design, construction and management of large-scale pipeline infrastructure projects.

Industry icon Frank Forest passes away at 80

Sharewell Founder Frank (Buddy) Calvin Forest, 80, passed away peacefully with his wife, Dawn, at his side on May 12, 2022. He was born on Dec. 28, 1941, in Liberty, Texas, and was the youngest son of Calvin Bert and Tina Forest.