Itron rebrands to focus on electricity, water, gas delivery offerings

Itron is providing more intelligence at the grid edge and driving a smoother transition to cleaner energy and water delivery while transforming the way grid operators address critical challenges.

Aries Industries strengthens underground infrastructure equipment offerings with new Arizona dealer

Located in the heart of the Valley of the Sun, Short Equipment Inc. offers a broad range of top-brand municipal service vehicles. Its lineup includes sewer cleaners, hydro excavators, truck jetters, street sweepers and refuse collection trucks.

Vortex Companies redefines trenchless technology solutions with rebranded CIPP supplier launch

UNITED FELTS will embody the Applied Felts Inc. & FerraTex Solutions brands. These brands will be retired over the coming months. The MaxLiner brand will remain intact under the operation of United Felts.

Silver Hill Energy Partners acquires Bakken midstream infrastructure assets from Liberty Resources II

The acquisition includes an integrated midstream system with approximately 33 miles of gas gathering lines and 22 miles of water gathering lines.

PirTano Construction expands electrical offerings with Powerlink Electric acquisition

Mike Piraino, President of PirTano, said, "The acquisition of Powerlink will operate as a new electrical division, and brings additional service offerings and bench strength of employees as we look forward to continuing to support our customers while capitalizing on additional opportunities."

CorEnergy sells interstate natural gas pipeline system to Spire Midstream from $175 million

The MoGas System is an interstate natural gas transmission and distribution system provides service to markets in Missouri and Illinois.

Advanced Drainage Systems and RMS form strategic alliance for stormwater solutions

This collaboration will drive further advancement of sustainable stormwater solutions throughout the United States and Canada.

United Rentals outlines sustainable practices to reduce equipment emissions

United Rentals released a white paper, "Roadmap to Low-Emission and Zero-Emission Jobsites," which shares four practical steps to reduce emissions and the tools and equipment to make sustainability strategies a reality on the jobsite.

BlackRock to buy Global Infrastructure Partners for over $12 billion

GIP, which was founded in 2006, manages more than $100 billion in client assets across infrastructure equity and debt, with a focus on energy, transport, water and waste, and digital sectors.

Voyager acquires pipeline coating service provider Aegion Coating Services

ACS is the global leader in field joint coating services using proprietary robotic tools that apply protective coatings to internal and external segments of natural gas, crude oil, potable water and saltwater pipelines.

Aegion Corp. acquires water pipeline service company Culy Inc.

Aegion Corporation announced the acquisition of Culy Inc., a company that delivers assessment, maintenance and installation services for water and wastewater pipelines across the Midwest and Southeast.

UI Awards ’24 finalists announced

(UI) — The annual Underground Infrastructure Awards (UIA), the most comprehensive and prestigious program to recognize outstanding performance and technology for the entire underground infrastructure industry, has announced the finalists for the 2024 awards.

Carolina Water Service to improve Carteret Country water system with new acquisition

In 2017, the North Carolina's State Water Infrastructure Authority estimated the state was facing up to $26 billion in water and wastewater infrastructure needs over 20 years.

DQE Communications to expand fiber infrastructure with GI Partners' strategic investment

GI Partners, a leading investor in data infrastructure businesses, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire DQE Communications from its parent company, Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Light Holdings Inc.

Condux International appoints James Radous III as CEO

(UI) — Condux International announced the appointment of James J (Jim) Radous III as chief executive officer (CEO) on Dec. 19. Radous, formerly chief revenue officer at Condux, is an accomplished business leader with extensive domestic and international experience.

American Pipeline Supplies amplifies role in trenchless technology sector with strategic partnership

The milestone marks a continued commitment by APS to amplify their role as a leader in the trenchless pipe repair & Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP) lining industry.

NV5 awarded engineering contract for water, sewer services in San Joaquin County

NV5 was selected for a three-year, $2 million engineering plan review contract by the Mountain House Community Services District (MHCSD). MHCSD is a special district in San Joaquin County, California that provides services including flood control, water and sewer services for the community.

Missouri American Water to invest $8.4 million in water system upgrades with Ironton acquisiton

The company has committed to investing $8.4 million over the next 10 years to upgrade Ironton’s water and wastewater systems to achieve regulatory compliance and improve reliability and water quality.

Foley Products acquires Florida underground infrastructure manufacturer Coastal Precast

With this acquisition, Foley will be able to offer a full range of pipe and precast products in the Southwest Florida market.

CASE Construction Equipment dealer expands along Gulf Coast

Lee Tractor will sell and service the full lineup of CASE heavy, compact and subcompact equipment and attachments.

Fort Point Capital invests in sewer rehabilitation company Visu-Sewer

Headquartered in Pewaukee, WI, Visu-Sewer has served municipalities and commercial customers for 50 years with a comprehensive range of rehabilitation and maintenance services.

MDU Resources to expand electric, natural gas utilities, pipeline businesses with $2.8 billion investment

MDU Resources intends to become a pure-play regulated energy delivery business consisting of electric and natural gas utilities and a natural gas pipeline business.

NV5 Global to support New Jersey utility projects with $17 million contracts

NV5 will deliver engineering services for a variety of critical areas, including metering and regulation (M&R) station upgrades, gas transmission main replacements involving trenchless technologies, gas facility structural support solutions, and feasibility route studies.

Pennsylvania American Water purchases Butler Area Sewer Authority for $230 million

Upon taking ownership, Pennsylvania American Water will make necessary collection system upgrades to improve the wastewater system, which are expected to total more than $75 million.

Business News

Vacuworx celebrates 25th anniversary; Grundfos celebrates the 50th anniversary of its U.S. operations; 120Water selected to manage the data and submittal of Georgia’s lead service line (LSL) inventories; and more!

CASE Construction Equipment welcomes new addition to North American dealer network

CASE Power & Equipment of Pennsylvania will initially service the Pittsburgh, Pa., area through two strategically planned locations in Cranberry Township and Delmont, with plans to expand to Central Pennsylvania.

Indiana American Water to gain 8,000 water customers with Silver Creek Water acquisition

As one of the fastest growing utilities in the U.S., American Water expects to invest $30 to $34 billion in infrastructure repairs and replacement, system resiliency and regulated acquisitions over the next 10 years.

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Asset management: Working with Duke’s ‘like having a crystal ball’

(UI) — When optimizing sewer and wastewater treatment systems, it can be overwhelming to look at more than 100 miles of sewer pipe funneling heavy flow during a rain event and wonder where that excess flow is coming from.

Prysmian secures $955 million deal for one of the largest transmission infrastructure projects in U.S.

Under the terms of the agreement, Prysmian Group will be responsible for the design, manufacture, construction, installation, and commissioning of Clean Path New York’s HVDC (high-voltage direct current) 400 KV single core cable system with XLPE insulation.