May 2015, Vol. 70, No.5


Tarlton Marks Milestone in Power & Energy Group

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, has achieved a new milestone in its Power & Energy group, putting its 13th hydro truck in operation to provide hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services.

Tarlton continues to build its power and energy portfolio with the company’s work in progress in March, which included seven hydro trucks working around the clock on a scheduled coal plant shutdown for a Midwest energy supplier. In its hydro excavation services, Tarlton utilizes a powerful, mobile industrial system that safely and efficiently combines high-pressure water to vacuum wet and dry materials of all types. In 2014, Tarlton provided hydrovac services to more than 30 companies, expanding its reach across all of Missouri and Illinois.

Tarlton has served the power and energy market since its founding; its first project in 1946 was for Union Electric Co., now Ameren Missouri. Tarlton’s collaboration with Ameren includes completing more than 80 projects over the last decade at the utility’s headquarters and the Labadie, Meramec, Rush Island, Coffeen, Hutsonville and Sioux Power Plants. Tarlton recently garnered an Ameren Contractor Eagle Award, the only civil contractor and one of five overall to be honored among 100 Ameren contractors for 2014 performance and safety management. Other clients on Tarlton’s resume of power work include Anheuser-Busch, Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., Pfizer, Prairie State Generating Co., the U.S. General Services Administration, Washington University in St. Louis and global telecommunications firms.

Tarlton’s work in this market is led by Richard Post Sr., vice president, Power & Energy, who has 40-plus years of experience in this sector. Working with Post to lead Tarlton hydrovac services is Scott Hensley, hydrovac project manager, who has more than 18 years of construction experience in the industrial, power and energy industries. Additional team members include Kevin Oakley, project director; Steve Richardson, safety director; John Hermes, project manager; Oliver Coulson, senior project engineer; Cody Bahr, project engineer; Mason Musick, engineering intern; Ryan Wehrle, senior safety engineer; Evan Grotewiel, safety engineer; Cheryl Martin, project administrator and administrative assistant; Karen Espy, assistant project engineer; Alicia Medley, operations assistant; Larry Hanna Jr., superintendent, hydro operations; and Scott White, operator/foreman.

Operators include Tyler Davitz; Javie Mueller; Curtis Schwartzkopf; David W. Rucker; Dan Luechtefeld; Kent Brickey; Mike Kelly; Lyle Kellerman; Trevor Suttles; Ray Bechtel; and John Counts. Brad Brewer is the laborer general foreman. Laborers include Rick Davitz Sr.; Rick Davitz II; Bruce Hudson; Brandon Lingle; Brent Scharf; Nick Huebner; Rick Koch; Mike Dahl; Byron Black; Jim Sternau; Bill Huebner and Jeff Meyer.

“We’re excited to mark this exciting milestone in the Tarlton Power & Energy group,” said Post. “While our hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services are a relatively new market segment for Tarlton, we’ve been able to amplify this business niche by applying Tarlton’s long-held successful business principles and its wide-ranging power and energy industry experience to enhance our ability to respond to our customers’ needs and expectations on energy projects throughout Missouri and Illinois.”

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