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.

Ring-O-Matic expands dealer coverage to improve vacuum excavation availability

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

Aegion announces acquisition of trenchless water rehabilitation provider Infraspec Services

(UI) — Aegion Corp., an infrastructure maintenance, rehabilitation and technology-enabled water solutions provider, has announced the acquisition of Infraspec Services Inc., a corporation that specializes in trenchless water rehabilitation services in Quebec, Canada. Infraspec plans to operate under its current company name in the near term.

CITCO Water announces partnership with Trivest

(UI) — CITCO Water provides an end-to-end solution for critical municipal water and wastewater needs and maintains a unique mix of recession resistant infrastructure repair, replacement, and upgrade products combined with mission critical water treatment chemicals and related technical expertise.

Peak Utility undergoes corporate realignment to improve utility, telecom services

As part of Peak’s growth strategy, the new structure will align the company’s businesses by region to better meet client needs and provide its customers with comprehensive utility and telecommunications services.

United Utility to create over 300 new jobs in Louisiana with new headquarters

The estimated 141 new jobs to be filled over the next five years will have an average annual salary of nearly $96,000. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in another 167 new indirect jobs, for a total of 308 new jobs in the Southeast Region.

Illinois American Water agrees to acquire Granite City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility

(UI) — The sale would bring approximately 26,000 new wastewater treatment customer connections to Illinois American Water, including about 10,500 direct and an additional 15,500 indirect customers in surrounding communities.

Canada approves largest telecommunications deal in country’s history with Rogers-Shaw merger

The largest telecommunications deal in Canadian history will go forward after Rogers Communications Inc.’s $19 billion takeover of Shaw Communications Inc. received approval from Ottawa.

Victaulic acquires Horizon Metals to support growth in infrastructure market

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.

Volvo CE names Hoffman Equipment as 2022 Dealer of the Year

(UI) — Volvo Construction Equipment (CE) has named Hoffman Equipment as their 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.