June 2023 Vol. 78 No. 6


Business News

New Dealers Expand Ring-O-Matic Markets, Improving Product Availability, Expertise 

Ring-O-Matic has expanded dealer coverage in several major markets, improving product availability and machine application expertise. 

NorMont Equipment of Great Falls Montana, specializing in municipal, construction, and truck equipment needs, now includes the full line of Ring-O-Matic vacuum excavation, car wash pit cleaners and vacuum-only trailer units. NorMont Equipment has been selling, renting, and servicing special purpose and general construction equipment for over 75 years. 

Servicing five states in the Southeast, Jet-Vac Equipment Company LLC represents the full line of Ring-O-Matic products covering Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Florida. With over 20 industry leading brands, Jet-Vac Equipment Company serves the industrial, municipal, and environmental markets with best-of-class products. 

Contractors in the Great Lakes State of Michigan will now have multiple locations to rent and purchase world-class Ring-O-Matic products from MacAllister Machinery. The leading construction and heavy equipment dealer in Michigan serving 15 locations, offers sales, service and rental of Ring-O-Matic products to complement its offering of Caterpillar equipment. 

Two new dealers in Texas are adding the Ring-O-Matic brand to service some of the most demanding work sites. Lansdowne-Moody has been serving the Houston area since 1917 with nine locations, is a Kubota Elite dealer providing customers the highest quality products and innovative solutions unique to the job site. 

Located in the heart of the metroplex is U.S. Shoring & Equipment. This largest distributor of Barbco boring machines in the U.S. now offers Ring-O-Matic vacuum excavators. Whether operating a boring machine, directional drill or locating utilities prior to setting your trench shoring, Ring-O-Matic and U.S Shoring & Equipment are positioned to bring industry-leading products and job-site experience to your work site. 

Ring-O-Matic is focused on providing the best products through world-class dealers to make work sites safe and efficient. 

“Ring-O-Matic has been building vacuum excavation machines for the HDD industry since umbilical cord directional drills hit the market, and we have continued to innovate the industry ever since,” said Brian Metcalf CEO. 

“Every one of our field team members started on a job site running drills and, in some cases, training operators for the major HDD manufacturers,” added Tony Bokhoven, director of sales and business development. UI 


Ring-O-Matic, (800) 544-2518, ring-o-matic.com 


Matt Stem joined Oatey Co., a Cleaveland, Ohio, manufacturer in the plumbing industry, as vice president, Distribution and Global Logistics.  
In his new role, he will lead Oatey’s robust distribution network, driving long-term strategy and ensuring exceptional delivery for customers and partners. 

With nearly 25 years of experience in logistics and operations, Stem most recently was vice president, operations at Spray Products Corporation. 

RJN Group 

Jeff Griffiths is the new manager of infrastructure for RJN Group, Inc.’s East Coast team, responsible for bringing the company’s water and wastewater system evaluations to new markets across the Mid-Atlantic region. 

He has spent the better part of two decades leveraging technology to refine and enhance the pipeline assessment process and will  
lend his technical know-how to advancing RJN’s ability to deliver cost-effective engineering solutions. 


Elaiza Alvarez, P.E., senior associate and municipal team leader with Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam Inc., was appointed as president of the Underground Construction Technology Association- 
South Texas Chapter. 

In this role, she leads the Chapter in its mission to promote the development and use of underground technologies in the construction industry. The association provides a platform for professionals in the field to share knowledge, collaborate on projects and encourage the advancement of underground construction technology. 

Alvarez has been an active member of the association for several years and has served in various leadership roles within the organization, including her previous role as vice president. 

Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission 

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) has appointed Scott Rukke as the permanent director of Pipeline Safety, after serving as acting director since January this year. 

He leads the UTC division responsible for conducting inspections of Washington’s natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines to ensure operators comply with state and federal pipeline safety standards. 

Rukke has an extensive background in pipeline safety, spending 23 years with the UTC’s Pipeline Safety Program and 20 years with Puget Sound Energy. 



Available for free, Plastics Recycling–a Winning Solution for the Infrastructure can be downloaded at https://plasticpipe.org/Drainage/Drainage-Look-Deeper 

The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI), a major North American trade association, released a new animated video that shows how the industry uses recycled plastic to manufacture pipe for the infrastructure that can last more than 100 years. 

According to PPI, large-diameter corrugated HDPE pipe can be made with 40 percent post-consumer resin (PCR) content. Studies show that one standard 20-foot length of this 48-inch diameter HDPE pipe will take between 1,600 and 2,200 discarded detergent bottles out of the landfill. 

The corrugated HDPE pipe industry is the largest plastics recycling sector in North America, using more than 600 million pounds of post-consumer resin annually in its pipe products for the past 5 years. 

“This is a great educational tool that can be used to build recycling awareness and engagement by public officials and pipe users, alike,” said Daniel Currence, P.E., director of engineering for PPI’s Drainage Division. 

“It addresses concerns that the general public has about plastics recycling and demonstrates the potential benefits to communities when recycled plastics are used in corrugated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) drainage pipe with a long service life, while cutting waste and reducing the carbon footprint.” 



ASCE’s new Manual of Practice (MOP 155) on Direct Steerable Pipe Thrusting (DSPT), details how engineers and construction professionals can utilize the method to design and install pipelines. 

Known as Direct Pipe, this recent innovation in the trenchless pipeline installation industry combines characteristics of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and conventional microtunneling to design and install pipelines in ground conditions that would be challenging for other trenchless methods. 

Divided into eight chapters, the manual begins with the history of DSPT, delves into methods, planning, site investigation, and design, with contract documents and construction considerations covered at the end. 

MOP 155 serves as a contribution to the DSPT engineering practice to benefit engineers, owners, contractors, equipment manufacturers, and other project and industry stakeholders. 

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation’s infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and improve engineering knowledge and competency. 



Forest Pro, Inc., a premier logging equipment dealership, is partnering with DEVELON, formerly Doosan, to begin offering heavy equipment at its three locations: Scottsville, Manquin and Keysville, Va. 

All three locations will feature the full line of DEVELON construction equipment, including crawler, wheel and mini excavators, wheel loaders, dozers and articulated dump trucks, for general contractors, landscapers and loggers. Each location also provides parts and service for its customers. 

“Our company has been serving logging customers for over 30 years and continues to provide the highest level of customer service available in the forestry industry,” said Joel Matteson, general manager at Forest Pro, Inc. 

Adding DEVELON equipment to its offerings will allow Forest Pro to build on its success and expand into additional markets, such as construction landscaping and mining, commented Matt Pixler, director of sales at DEVELON. 



Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. has purchased Richter & Associates, a Rockville, Maryland, professional services firm focused on dry utility infrastructure engineering. 

Founded by Steve Richter, a former PEPCO engineer, the firm works with private and public clients, as well as utility services providers, to navigate the increasing complexities of design, development, and implementation of natural gas, electric and telecommunications infrastructure. 

“Evolving complexity of end use, combined with increasing load demand, is forcing utilities to rethink their approach to system extension, capacity management, interconnectivity, and last-mile design,” said Gary Bowman, CEO of Bowman. 

The company expects the Richter acquisition to contribute approximately $5.5 million of annualized net service billing before revenue synergies and be immediately accretive. 

Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Bowman is an engineering services firm delivering infrastructure solutions to customers who own, develop, and maintain the built environment. It provides a variety of planning, engineering, geospatial, construction management, commissioning, environmental consulting, land procurement and other technical services to customers operating  
in a diverse set of regulated end markets. 



Tim Watters, Hoffman Equipment, accepts the 2022 Dealer of the Year award from Volvo Group President Martin Lundstedt (from left), President of Volvo CE Region North America Stephen Roy and Volvo CE President Melker Jernberg (far right). 


Volvo Construction Equipment named Hoffman Equipment its 2022 Dealer of the Year in North America. The award celebrates the dealership that exemplifies the Volvo brand and values, and demonstrates consistently high performance in all areas, including customer uptime, service offerings and share performance over time. 

Hoffman Equipment is a third-generation, family-owned company with six locations across New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As the construction industry continues to recover from supply chain disruptions, Hoffman has maintained a consistent market share and has grown its parts and service offerings. 

These efforts include emphasizing the importance of telematics and assistive software, in addition to maintaining and/or refurbishing used equipment. An employee specializes in the Volvo Assist programs, which help customers maximize productivity with machine control systems and other technology. Also, a telematics manager monitors customers’ ActiveCare Direct activity to prevent or quickly address any issues. 

A newly appointed director of customer support, Kathy Gould, focuses on technician training and on-boarding, as well as investment in new service vehicles. Actively participating in customer service surveys allows the Hoffman team to improve upon their response to customer expectations. 

“We’re also impressed by Hoffman’s top-down engagement in the transition to more sustainable power,” said Stephen Roy, president of the Volvo CE North America Region. “They’re cultivating a new market by identifying early adopters and incorporating rentals to allow customers to get comfortable with the new machines.” 



Victaulic, the world’s leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining, fire protection and flow control solutions, acquired Horizon Metals Inc., located in Nephi, Utah. 

The acquisition supports the company’s growth in the infrastructure and waterworks market by increasing capacity for large-diameter piping solutions and is aligned with the strategy to manufacture these products in the United States. It marks the fifth location, with over 1.4 million square feet of foundry and manufacturing capacity in North America, since 2011. 

“A major aspect of Victaulic’s business strategy has always been to manufacture products in close proximity to our customers,” said Rick Bucher, president and CEO. “The purchase of Horizon Metals demonstrates our continuous commitment to this strategy.” 

Since 1919, Victaulic’s innovative solutions and design services continue to increase construction productivity and reduce risk, ensuring projects are completed safely, on time and within budget. With more than 4,500 global employees and 40 international facilities, Victaulic helps customers in 120 countries succeed in the global construction industry. 

United Rentals 


United Rentals Inc., the world’s largest equipment rental company, is expanding its partnership with Polaris Commercial, world leader in powersports and off-road innovation, to include more all-electric utility vehicles. These RANGER XP Kinetic vehicles help make job sites cleaner, more environmentally friendly and quieter – helping customers meet sustainability initiatives and reduce maintenance requirements. 

“There used to be a concern around electric vehicles that they were less capable than their combustion engine counterparts — and that’s just not the case anymore,” said TJ Mahoney, vice president, supply chain, United Rentals. Electric vehicles provide a lot of benefits on the job site and it’s important that United Rentals’ customers have access to them, without sacrificing the task at hand.” 

The all-new RANGER XP Kinetic offers uncompromised capability to help customers get more done and features the most horsepower and torque ever found in a utility side-by-side. A class-leading 110-horsepower and 140 foot/pounds of instant torque deliver maximum capability for confidently hauling and towing heavy loads, even over the toughest terrain. 

Together, the unmatched power and torque deliver the power operators need, when they need it, for the ability to effortlessly tow 2,500 pounds and haul an industry-best 1,250 pounds. 

RANGER XP Kinetic also features a class-leading 14-inch ground clearance to confidently rise over obstacles, and is equipped with 29-inch, 8-ply Pro Armor X-Terrain tires for added traction and durability to crawl over job site debris and ruts. And with 10 inches of suspension travel, XP Kinetic smooths out the bumps so customers can ride comfortably in challenging terrain – no matter where the job takes them. 

It also delivers unrivaled durability, so riders can maximize their uptime and improve productivity. An electric powertrain features fewer moving parts than gas-powered models, meaning less maintenance and more time to focus on getting the job done. 

Scheduled maintenance costs are expected to be 70-percent less than average maintenance costs for similar gas-powered vehicles. 

Smart performance features help maximize productivity. Convenient charging options are designed to fit specific customer needs and are as easy as plugging into a standard wall outlet. A 12-volt cargo box outlet is convenient for powering accessories like tools, electronics and communication devices or charging portable batteries. 

A new shifter design includes high, low, neutral and park, and features a new, integrated switch for forward and reverse, enabling customers to change direction with the flip of a switch. This makes tasks like plowing fast and efficient. 

In addition to high and low gear, RANGER XP Kinetic also has three drive modes for maximum versatility optimized to driving conditions and range management: 

  • Eco+ optimizes torque and top speed for maximum range and light-duty jobs
  • Standard optimizes throttle response for everyday driving and moderate-sized jobs
  • Sport optimizes throttle response for spirited driving and the toughest jobs



Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. was selected for a multi-year assignment to provide design engineering services for the Peoples Gas, Light and Coke Company (PGL) Safety Modernization Program (SMP) in Chicago. 

Photo courtesy of Bowman

Bowman will provide a variety of engineering services for gas main design and installation, third-party utility plotting, field verification,  
line-of-lay walks, structural analysis, bridge support, survey, permitting and construction. The three neighborhood projects awarded to Bowman under the SMP include more than 100 miles of new mainline installation and nearly 70 miles of existing pipeline retirement. 

Prior to this award, Bowman has worked with PGL on more than 100 miles of new gas line installations. 

“During the course of our long-standing relationship with Peoples Gas we have consistently delivered high-quality, cost-effective, and on-time solutions, which is a primary reason they continue to engage us as new challenges emerge,” said Gary Bowman, chairman and CEO. 



Through a new partnership, the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) and Trenching Excavation Safety Task (TEST) force are working together to build safe excavations. 

NUCA’s safety programs and TEST’s affirmed goals are the same: to keep our industry’s men and women safe when they are working in and around excavations. 

The goal of this partnership is to promote awareness of trench safety, the many training programs offered to industry members for their employees’ benefit, and to help ensure industry employees stay safe while building our nation’s vital core infrastructure projects. 

It’s a very complimentary partnership. NUCA has a wealth of safety programs directed towards its members and the industry. 

These include teaming with the USDOL Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the annual Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) week (this year, June 19-23). NUCA’s Safety, Training, Awareness and Recognition (STAR) Program provides a venue for every company in the utility construction industry to measure the effectiveness of its safety programs and recognize how to improve them. 

The award-winning Competent Person and Confined Space Training courses, trained safety instructors, safety publications such as “NUCA Safety News,” industry toolbox talks, a dedicated safety staff, and online webinars provide a wealth of safety resources to members. 

Trenching Excavation Safety Task (TEST) force was started online in 2019 by industry safety professionals to bring more awareness to trenching and excavation safety and prevent injuries and fatalities, collaborating without organizational or geographic boundaries to improve day-to-day safety for field workers. 

Based in Denver, Colo., TEST has a website, with links to government and private industry trench and excavation resources, and LinkedIn profile with more than 8,500 followers. 

“Our partnership with TEST will allow a broader reach of NUCA’s own safety platforms and combine it with TEST’s own industry safety expertise and communication programs,” said Mike Flowers, NUCA’s director of safety, training, and education. 

“We’re glad to be working together to keep our industry’s employees safe and get them home to their families at the end of a long workday.” 



Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI) published an updated AWWA C904-22, the controlling industry standard specification for proper installation of underground PEX potable water service lines, that is important and helpful especially with the growing need for replacing lead, as well as other metallic pipes. 

Named Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) Pressure Tube, 1/2 Inch Through 3 Inch for Water Service, it is the ANSI-approved standard for PEX tubing intended to deliver potable water into homes and buildings. 

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law contains $15 billion for lead service line replacement (LSLR), and PEX is the ideal piping material for that work,” stated Lance MacNevin, P. Eng., director of engineering for PPI’s Building & Construction Division. 

“This AWWA standard, originally published in 2006, is for PEX tubing used primarily in potable water service line in the construction of underground water systems and applies to reclaimed water and wastewater.” 

Used for water service lines in North America for more than 25 years, PEX tubing provides safe delivery of potable water and protects the health of building occupants. 

“PEX is a strong, tough, reliable material with exceptional resistance to chlorine and chloramines,” MacNevin continued. 

Updates to the standard include rearranged content for clarity; the addition of four types of approved PEX fitting systems; new definitions for design factor, potable water, reclaimed water, and wastewater; clarification of the requirements for a manufacturer’s quality-control program; plus Appendix A on “Design and Installation of PEX” has been updated and is intended to give guidance  
to both designers and installers. 

PPI’s Municipal Advisory Board celebrates 15 years 

Established in 2008, MAB serves as an independent, non-commercial adviser to the Municipal & Industrial Division of PPI, which is dedicated to improving the design, installation, and operation of municipal high-density polyethylene (HDPE) water piping systems. 

During its 15 years, MAB has grown to include volunteers and contributors from across the U.S., Canada and Europe, with representation from municipalities, college professors, contractors and engineering firms. 

“The 15th year is known as the Crystal Anniversary, symbolizing clarity and durability,” said Camille George Rubeiz, P.E., F. ASCE, MAB creator and current co-chair, and senior director of engineering for PPI’s Municipal and Industrial Division. “MAB is now widely known for bringing clarity in helping engineers design long-life, leak-free systems, plus we are a very durable group as evidenced by our longevity.” 

“The formation of the MAB within PPI was a game-changer, as far as identifying the resources needed by municipalities considering use of HDPE piping systems,” said David M. Fink, president of PPI. 

The updated AWWA C904-22 can help installers meet the rapidly growing need to replace lead pipes with PEX. Photo courtesy of PPI-member company REHAU.
MAB members celebrate the group’s 15th year anniversary at its recent meeting.
Eric Shaffer
The Eric Shaffer Memorial Award pays the tuition for the MAB-conducted Fusion Seminar, which Shaffer helped create.

“MAB supports the utilities and PPI in the development of installation guidelines, calculators, and education for advancing the proper use of HDPE piping systems. These tools have further advanced the opportunities for the correct design, installation, and operation of HDPE piping systems.” 

Scholarship honors utility chief engineer 

In other news, the MAB created a scholarship program in the name of Eric Shaffer, chief engineer at City of Duluth, Minnesota. 

A nationally recognized expert on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe for potable water and wastewater systems, Shaffer was a long-time volunteer and contributing member of the MAB. He passed away in January 2023 from injuries sustained in a snowmobile accident. 

When attendance is approved by the utility, the Eric Shaffer Memorial Award pays the tuition for the MAB-conducted Fusion Seminar where students learn from experts and receive hands-on training in the proper fusion and electrofusion methods for HDPE water piping systems. 

“Eric Shaffer was a stalwart of our industry,” said Rubeiz. “For more than a decade, Eric was an integral part of MAB, tirelessly giving his time and expertise to improve the water systems of not only Duluth but our entire country. 

“MAB members sought a way to honor his contributions and unanimously agreed that a scholarship program would enable more students to attend the Fusion Seminar program he helped to create.” 

In addition to his MAB work, Shaffer was a key, long-time member of the City of Duluth. 

“He leaves a legacy that is hiding in plain site that impacts each and every citizen in the city,” said City of Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. “Water towers, sanitary sewer lift stations, improvements to the Lakewood water treatment plant, and the removal of lead drinking water pipes are just a few of the projects he was involved in.” 

“Eric also always wanted to educate others. So, it is very fitting that we honor him by enabling operators to heighten their HDPE knowledge and skills with this scholarship fund,” said Luis Aguiar, MAB co-chair and co-founder, senior associate with Hazen & Sawyer’s Miami-Fort Lauderdale area office and previously assistant director-water operations at Miami-Dade Water & Sewer. 

The MAB-NWTC Fusion Seminars include training on 4-inch DIPS high-density polyethylene (HDPE) water piping systems using both manual and hydraulic butt fusion procedures and electrofusion of couplers and saddles. 

Developed for HDPE utility operators, inspectors, engineers and other employees, with little-to-no prior fusion experience, the curriculum is presented by experts in the plastic pipe industry. 

Topics covered via traditional and mostly hands-on instruction, include standard electrofusion with couplers, standard electrofusion for saddles, manual butt fusion, using a hydraulic butt fusion machine, and MAB-accepted standards and qualifications for water utility work. 



The city of Greeley, Colo., has gone live with its Cityworks Asset Management System (AMS), implemented by Woolpert, the Dayton, Ohio-based premier architecture, engineering, geospatial (AEG), and strategic consulting firm. 

The implementation provides an enterprise-wide platform for managing assets through system-based activity, cost, and document tracking for the Greeley Water and Sewer Department. The department includes two water treatment plants, a water reclamation or wastewater treatment plant, and nine water reservoirs. 

The growing city of more than 100,000, located 60 miles northeast of Denver, treats and distributes nearly 9 billion gallons of water over 500 million miles of pipeline annually. 

Woolpert’s Asset Management Plan provides a framework for strategically approaching asset operation and maintenance decisions in a proactive fashion. Previously, each city department employed independent work management systems with different capabilities, workflows, and requirements. 

“We were originally hired to do an AMS implementation … but during negotiations, it became clear that the city had greater asset management aspirations,” said Jeff Pesler, program director at Woolpert. “So, we worked with them to architect an asset management program that provides a structured and strategic approach to making data-driven decisions that make the most of capital and operating budgets.” 

The plan informed the design and configuration of Cityworks AMS for the Water and Sewer Department, which was deployed to approximately 120 users across distribution, collection, non-potable, high mountain reservoir, water treatment, and water reclamation divisions. 

Drawing on its wet utility expertise and geospatial data capabilities, Woolpert also developed vertical GIS schemas for department plants and created dashboards to visualize the alignment of strategies, metrics, and performance. 

“Greeley did it the right way. Instead of going and buying a shiny new toy, they invested in a foundational plan,” added Pesler. “The Asset Management Plan defines the purpose for all the transactional data tracking and analysis that occurs in the software. 

“We will continue to support Greeley and make sure that they are able to get over the early hurdles of working with a new system, but we also aim to help them become as self-sufficient as possible.” 



A new HammerHead Trenchless Order Fulfillment Center (OFC) located in Fresno, Calif., is now fully operational. Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) installers throughout the Western United States are receiving their orders for consumables – faster. 

Transit times can be cut in half for customers in this territory, versus orders that ship from the factory in Lake Mills. This is due to shorter shipping routes, which also limit a shipment’s exposure to the potential for mid-route delays that can impact delivery time, such as weather. 

“HammerHead’s Hawaiian customers will also experience a reduction in transit times up to five days, for orders that ship from the OFC,” said Paul Waskow, inventory control manager. Standard LTL transit times from the HammerHead factory can be up to 21 days  
for Hawaiian customers. 

For those who prefer to collect their orders directly from the OFC facility, they all also offer prescheduled pickup. 

Customers served by the new Fresno OFC will not notice any change in their ordering experience. 

“Whether customers place their order at Hammerheadshop.com or with their sales representative, if the items are in stock at the Fresno OFC, the order will ship from there,” said Alan Goodman, HammerHead sales manager. 

HammerHead Trenchless, a division of The Toro Company, manufactures and delivers a unique combination of rehabilitation, replacement and installation equipment and consumables for the underground construction market. 

The Toro Company is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment, including turf and landscape maintenance, snow and ice management, underground utility construction, rental and specialty construction, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. 



DEVELON (formerly Doosan Infracore) named Equipment East LLC as its Top-Performing Dealer in North America for 2022. 

Equipment East has 40-plus years of experience in the construction industry and has been named a DEVELON top dealer nine times in the last 10 years. Owned by Equipment East is owned by Giovanni and Gilda Albanese, the company operates dealerships in Dracut and Brockton, Mass., and Bow, N.H. 

Other 2022 top-performing dealers – in sales, parts and service to customers in their respective markets – are listed below (headquarters in parentheses): 

  • Equipment East LLC (Dracut, Massachusetts)
  • Bobcat of Mandan Inc. (Mandan, North Dakota)
  • Barry Equipment Company (Webster, Massachusetts)
  • GF Preston Sales and Service (Sundridge, Ontario)
  • Equipment Rentals Inc. (Watertown, N.Y.)
  • Texas Timberjack Inc. (Lufkin, Texas)
  • Westerra Doosan Enterprise (Abbotsford, British Columbia)
  • Best Line Leasing Inc. (State College, Pa.)
  • Hartington Farm Services Limited (Hartington, Ontario)
  • Wilson BC Companies LLC (Central Point, Ore.)

Top-performing DEVELON dealers may choose from a selection of several incentives that will improve their profitability when selling and servicing DEVELON equipment. In addition, DEVELON leadership may look to these dealers for valuable input regarding initiatives and direction. 

“We are encouraged by our DEVELON dealers who are high performers year in and year out,” said Todd Roecker, vice president of growth initiatives at DEVELON. “We hope to carry this success onward as we continue to roll out our new brand through our dealer network in North America.”  


Sam Talje P.E., has been promoted to lead Woolpert’s South Region, where he will direct the firm’s water and transportation strategy for the Texas market. Talje has more than three decades of civil engineering design, construction project, program management, leadership and budget planning experience, both in the private market and with public agencies. 

Talje came to Woolpert through CivilTech Engineering, which was acquired by Woolpert in 2021. Talje served as an executive vice president and chief business development officer at CivilTech, a multidisciplinary engineering firm with offices throughout Texas. Talje specialized in drainage design and flood-risk management, with extensive experience in dynamic hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, civil infrastructure design and capital improvement planning for urban watersheds and transportation improvements. 

Previously, Talje served as director of the Water Resources Department for the Texas Department of Transportation, where he directed planning, design, engineering, construction and survey staff for over two decades. In this role, he developed and managed all interlocal agreements between TxDOT and other governmental agencies on joint venture drainage and roadway design engineering and construction projects.

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