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Primoris Services appoints Chad Haxton as chief information officer

(UI) — Primoris Services Corp. (Primoris) has appointed Chad Haxton as chief information officer, the company announced on Jan. 31. Haxton joined Primoris in 2019 as senior vice president of information technology to lead the organization’s digital strategy encompassing data analytics, business intelligence, system development, cybersecurity, and technical services.

New Mexico Water Service to acquire Lake Section Water Company

(UI) — The acquisition, when closed, would establish New Mexico Water as the state's largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility. It will own and operate the Lake Section water system, which serves 5,000 customer connections about 110 miles south of New Mexico Water’s Elephant Butte system in the greater El Paso, Texas, metropolitan area.

CRC Evans forms welding and coating services business following quadruple merger

(UI) — The merger sees Pipeline Technique, CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Pipeline Induction Heat and Global Project Services unite under the CRC Evans banner, accelerating the company’s ambition to be the world’s leading provider of welding and coating services for the energy and wider infrastructure sectors, including emerging energies, as the global transition gathers pace.

Pipe Liners Club of Tulsa Celebrates 75th Anniversary, History of Service

(UI) — The Pipe Liners Club of Tulsa (PLCT) recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. Tulsa’s Mayor G. T. Bynum marked the occasion with a proclamation acknowledging PLCT’s many contributions to the city’s economy and culture.

Vortex Companies promotes Wesley Kingery to COO

Kingery will lead the development of a cross-collaboration strategy between Vortex’s Services and Products divisions to strengthen customer relationships, increase sales, and improve overall service and product quality.

NY's DDC schedules second hiring fair for engineers and project managers

DDC made job offers to 31 engineers and project managers at its end-of-year 2022 Engineering and Architectural Hiring Fair on Dec. 22. A second hiring fair is scheduled for January 24, 2023.

Yanmar announces expansion plans, hundreds of job openings in coming years

(UI) — Yanmar Compact Equipment North America has announced plans for a 32,000-square-foot expansion to its Grand Rapids, Minnesota facility. The company anticipates that the growth of the facility will open new opportunities for staffing, with the addition of hundreds of full-time positions in the next five years.

Dr. Vahid Zarezadeh joins LAN’s stormwater division as project manager

(UI) — Vahid Zarezadeh, PhD, PE, CFM, has joined engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam Inc. (LAN) as a project manager for the stormwater practice, the company announced on Jan. 17.

Vermeer Northwest merges with Vermeer Mountain West

(UI) — At the end of 2022, Vermeer Northwest merged with and took the name of Vermeer Mountain West, according to a Jan. 11 press release. Combining these two adjacent Vermeer dealership groups creates a contiguous network of 13 locations spanning much of the western United States.

Doosan Infracore North America appoints Chris Jeong as CEO

(UI) — Doosan Infracore North America has named Chris Jeong as its new CEO, the company announced on Jan. 10. Jeong succeeds Edward Song, the previous CEO, who was promoted to global sales head of Hyundai Doosan Infracore in Korea.

Badger Meter enhances smart water capabilities with acquisition of Syrinix

(UI) — Badger Meter Inc. has announced the acquisition of Syrinix Ltd., a privately held provider of intelligent water monitoring solutions, for £15 million ($18 million), funded with available cash.

Vortex Companies’ Quadex division receives WRc approval for Geokrete geopolymer

(UI) — The Vortex Companies, a leading provider of advanced trenchless water and sewer technologies and infrastructure renewal services, announced on Wednesday the receipt of WRc-approved certification for its Quadex GeoKrete geopolymer mortar used for the structural rehabilitation of large-diameter pipes, manholes, and other structures.

Common Ground Alliance’s Damage Prevention Institute acquires Gold Shovel Association

(UI) — Common Ground Alliance’s new arm, the Damage Prevention Institute, will reduce damages to buried infrastructure through shared responsibility in data benchmarking and continuous metrics improvement.

Super Products celebrates 50th anniversary in 2023

(UI) — Super Products LLC, a leading manufacturer of vacuum trucks in the United States, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Over the past 50 years, Super Products has grown from a small manufacturing company to a nationally recognized supplier of vacuum trucks.

NASSCO, Rehab Icon Irv Gemora Dies at 86

Underground infrastructure industry icon Irvin “Irv” Gemora, 86, of Towson, Md., passed away on Dec. 4, 2022.

Registration open for 16th ASCE UESI/BAMI-I Utility Investigation School

(UC) — The Buried Asset Management Institute – International (BAMI-I) & the Mississippi State University (MSU) in conjunction with the ASCE’S Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) have teamed to conduct the 16th ASCE UESI / BAMI-I UIS School in 2023.

PODS releases new data model, standard with ILI module for pipeline operators

(UC) — The Pipeline Open Data Standard (PODS) data model provides the database architecture pipeline operators need to submit regulatory reports, store critical information, analyze pipeline systems data, and manage geospatial data in a linear-referenced database which can be visualized in any GIS platform.

Primoris Services appoints Rhonda Anderson as chief human resources officer

Primoris Services Corp. has appointed Rhonda Anderson as chief human resources officer, the company announced on Dec. 13. Anderson joined Primoris in 2021 as senior vice president of human resources and in the last year has guided the function through a transformation to strengthen the services it provides.

HardRock Directional Drilling expands business with Raymond Construction partnership

(UI) — HardRock Directional Drilling LLC has partnered with J&J Raymond Construction LLC, creating the new entity HardRock Infrastructure Services, the company announced on Dec. 1. This partnership expands HardRock's reach into the natural gas utilities industry and adds high-quality crews and equipment to the HardRock fleet.

HammerHead launches online trenchless technique learning center

(UI) — This free online learning platform offers courses covering a variety of HammerHead’s products, including Bluelight CIPP, PortaBurst PB30, static and pneumatic bursting, point repair, along with product documentation like user manuals.

Brown and Caldwell appoints Tracy Stigers as design chief engineer

(UI) — Brown and Caldwell has appointed Tracy Stigers as design chief engineer in recognition of four decades of exceptional technical leadership and client service, the company announced on Tuesday. She is the first woman in the firm’s 75-year history to hold the esteemed title.

McMillen Jacobs Associates announces split-off reorganization

(WO) — McMillen Jacobs Associates announced a split-off reorganization on Dec. 1, whereby the Water Resources Division separated from the parent company. The company’s Underground Division remains.

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.