Schnabel Engineering acquires tunnel expert JCK Underground

(UI) – Schnabel Engineering, a leading provider of tunnel, dam, geotechnical, and infrastructure engineering, has announced its acquisition of JCK Underground, an industry recognized leader in tunnel engineering.

Chesapeake Utilities expands natural gas business with $923 million Florida City Gas acquisition

With the addition of FCG, Chesapeake Utilities' overall natural gas distribution presence in Florida will include an approved regulated rate base of $941 million, serving more than 211,000 customers through nearly 7,000 miles of natural gas distribution company pipeline.

Ditch Witch of Houston acquired by Ditch Witch of South Texas

(UI) — Ditch Witch of South Texas, a portfolio company of Bluestem Equity, LLC., today, announced that it finalized a strategic investment, purchasing Houston based, Ditch Witch of Houston. This strategic move solidifies Bluestem Equity's commitment to expanding its portfolio and enhancing its presence in the construction and infrastructure markets.

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Vermeer's 75th anniversary marks a glimpse into the future; Volvo CE to launch a new compact business unit; NAXSA and industry groups formalize alliance with OSHA; Ace Energy Infrastructure sets a record with intersect pipeline installation; and more exciting business updates!

McElroy awarded prestigious safety award from Oklahoma Safety Council

The Pinnacle of Safety Award is given to companies that achieve the highest levels of excellence in safety and health. Companies are judged on management commitment, safety culture, and safety performance in the areas of safety and health.

Volvo CE strengthens executive management team with three senior appointments

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced several changes to its Executive Management Team (EMT) with three senior appointments designed to strengthen its global leadership and transformation journey.

REHAU achieves fourth consecutive gold certification for sewer pipe systems

(UI) — REHAU announced that it has achieved the prestigious Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold classification for its AWADUKT PP sewer pipe systems for the fourth consecutive time.

Warren Environmental set to establish roots in Georgia with relocation

(UI) — Warren Environmental and Coatings LLC, a manufacturer of proprietary epoxy products and patented application technologies, has announced its strategic relocation from Massachusetts to Georgia this fall.

Water engineering firm Carollo Engineers expands to mid-Atlantic region with new office opening

The new office, located in proximity to the firm's established locations in northern New Jersey, New York City, and Washington D.C., is poised to deliver cutting-edge water solutions tailored to meet the unique challenges of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area and Greater Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey.

Mastenbroek, Port Industries unveil first-ever utility trencher for North American market

The Bulldog’s compact, yet incredibly powerful design, meets the needs of utility cable and pipeline contractors.

Dycom acquires telecom contractor Bigham Cable Construction in southeast US

(UI) — Dycom Industries Inc. has announced that it acquired Bigham Cable Construction Inc. on Aug. 23. Bigham provides telecommunications construction services in the southeastern United States and generated approximately $140 million of revenue over the last twelve months.

Illinois American Water to upgrade Village of Broadlands water system with new acquisition

Illinois American Water plans to invest in the first year on critical infrastructure, including installation of water meters and other projects to enhance water quality and system reliability.

Oatey acquires underground pipe and disc plug distributor Lansas BV

(UI) — Oatey Co. has acquired Lansas B.V., a manufacturer and distributor of underground pipe and disc plugs based in Eijsden, Netherlands.

Nominate now for the UI Awards

(UI) — Nominations for the second-annual Underground Infrastructure Awards (UIAs) are open. The Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate innovations and individuals that made a significant contribution to the market within the past year.

CommScope expands fiber optic operations, brings 250 jobs to Catawba County, North Carolina

(UI) — Telecommunications infrastructure provider CommScope plans to add 250 new jobs with a $60.3 million investment to expand its fiber-optic cable manufacturing operations in North Carolina’s Catawba County, Governor Roy Cooper said on July 25.

Oatey acquires Dutch underground pipe, disc plug manufacturer

Manufactured through a highly efficient and automated production process, Lansas plugs are high-quality, innovative and designed to meet the requirements of customers.

Aegion acquires trenchless pipe rehabilitation company to expand services

Founded in 1991, PUCC found its niche in the trenchless pipe rehabilitation industry by pioneering and promoting the “pipe bursting” method of pipe replacement in Tennessee and its seven border states.

Essential Utilities to upgrade Shenandoah water infrastructure with $12 million acquisition

Parts of the Shenandoah system’s water infrastructure date back to the 1800s. MABS currently has $5.5 million in debt, and the system deals with frequent outages and main leaks. Water loss is estimated at some 60%.

Essential Utilities acquires Union Rome Sewer system for $25.5 million

Essential plans to invest more than $12.7 million in the sewer system within the next five years to meet regulatory and environmental demands.

Nominations for Underground Infrastructure Awards are open

(UI) — Underground Infrastructure will present the second-annual Underground Infrastructure Awards (formerly Underground Construction Awards), an event celebrating innovations and individuals that have made significant impacts on the diverse underground markets.

Aries Industries’ announces sale of Water Well assets

(UI) — Aries Industries, an industry leader in state-of-the-art equipment for inspection and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure, is accelerating investment in its core business of wastewater/sewer inspection and rehabilitation product lines.

Ground/Water Treatment & Technology expands water management solutions with Ember Infrastructure investment

GWTT has 25+ years of experience partnering with clients to solve complex water challenges, including the cleanup of Superfund and former manufactured gas plant sites, civil and infrastructure dewatering, and treating for emerging contaminants of concern that include PFAS compounds.

Illinois American Water acquires Village of Tolono water systems for $9.4 million

Illinois American Water is planning to invest approximately $17 million in the first five years of ownership to upgrade the Village of Tolono water and wastewater systems.

United Rentals to offer free online trench safety sessions

Trench Safety Stand Down is a North American initiative focused on trench and excavation hazards and reinforcing the importance of using trench protective systems and protecting workers from trenching hazards.

New Mexico Water Service receives approval to acquire Monterey Water Company

Upon closing, New Mexico Water—a subsidiary of California Water Service Group —will own and operate the water system, which is less than a half-mile from New Mexico Water’s Rio Del Oro system.

Shawcor rebrands to reflect transformation into materials technology company for underground infrastructure market

Shawcor Ltd. has rebranded to Mattr, reflecting its transformation from an energy services organization, into a materials technology company, providing differentiated, high-performance products to critical infrastructure markets around the world.

New Jersey American Water to modernize Egg Harbor City water, sewer systems with $22 million acquisition

Under the agreement, New Jersey American Water will invest $14 million in the first 10 years to make needed upgrades to the city’s water and wastewater systems, including $9 million in the first five years, while keeping rates stable for customers.

Vermeer MidSouth relocates to Richland, Mississippi

(UI) — Vermeer MidSouth in Jackson, Miss., moved their team into an all-new 28,000-sq. ft. building in Richland, Miss., on May 1, 2023, and began full operations three days later.

HammerHead opens CIPP order fulfillment center in Fresno, California

(UI) — 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 receive their consumables orders faster.

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Aries Industries strengthened its central U.S. market reach with the addition of a multi-location dealer serving four states.