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.

Bowman expands utility infrastructure engineering services with Richter acquisition

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

PURIS enhances potable water rehabilitation leadership, acquires D&D Water & Sewer

(UI) — PURIS, a provider of trenchless infrastructure renewal solutions, has announced the acquisition of the assets of D&D Water & Sewer Inc. Headquartered in Canton, Mich., D&D provides the region with specialized underground infrastructure installation and repair solutions.

Rainmaker, Miranda Water Treatment extend MoU to better serve global wastewater treatment needs

Rainmaker Worldwide and Miranda Water Treatment Systems have expanded the previously signed Memorandum of Understanding to include a financing partner to formalize the integration of the three parties at both the strategic and operating levels.

Aries Industries expands central US market reach with new multi-location dealer

(UI) — Aries Industries, the industry leader in state-of-the-art equipment for inspection and maintenance of underground infrastructure, has strengthened its central U.S. market reach with the addition of a multi-location dealer serving four states.

Gradiant acquires water and wastewater management company MPES

(UI) — Gradiant, a global solutions provider for advanced water and wastewater treatment, has announced that it has acquired Muscat Projects & Engineering Services (MPES), a leading full-service water and wastewater management company in Oman.

Ziply to acquire fiber optic network provider in Washington, Idaho

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Liberty Lake, WA, Ptera serves more than 4,000 customers in the cities of Airway Heights, Cheney, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Otis Orchards and more. All Ptera employees will join the Ziply Fiber team as part of the acquisition.

HammerHead opens new CIPP Order Fulfillment Center in Florida

(UI) — A new HammerHead Trenchless Order Fulfillment Center (OFC) located in West Melbourne, Florida, is now fully operational. Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) installers throughout the Southeast United States are receiving their orders for consumables faster.

United Rentals surpasses 335,000 telematics-enabled assets

The equipment includes aerial work platforms, earthmoving equipment, generators, all-electric trucks, compressors, e-dumpsters, light towers and more.

Shawcor acquires stormwater products provider to expand stormwater management solutions

Shawcor Ltd. has acquired the assets of Triton Stormwater Solutions, a privately owned provider of highly engineered, lightweight, composite materials-based underground infiltration chamber products, used primarily within stormwater management solutions.

Steve Gearhart retires from Vortex Companies Division, CIPP Corp.

(UI) — CIPP Corp., a Vortex Company, has announced the retirement of Steve Gearhart, a founding partner of CIPP Corp. Vortex veteran and Regional Vice President-Services, Connor Collier, has been named vice president of CIPP Corp. and will lead the company in its next evolution of growth.

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Seven months after a fire damaged a significant section of the new Huntersville, N.C. production facility, it was fully operational again, with an expanded product range and capabilities to better support installers in the trenchless rehabilitation of sewer, water, stormwater and industrial pipelines.

USG becomes independent company to provide water asset management and rehabilitation services

USG’s offerings include maintenance services for water storage tanks, pipe networks, and concrete structures in water and wastewater plants.

Boyne Capital acquires McKee Utility Contractors to expand utility infrastructure portfolio

Boyne Capital has partnered with management in acquiring McKee Utility Contractors, a water and sewer infrastructure services platform providing pipeline installation, replacement, tunneling, and boring for water, wastewater, and stormwater utility customers.

Northwest Pipe Company unanimously elects Irma Lockridge to its board of directors

(UI) — Northwest Pipe Co., a leading manufacturer of water-related infrastructure, has announced the appointment of Irma Lockridge to the company’s Board of Directors, effective February 22, 2023. Lockridge’s background includes senior-level roles with predominantly Fortune 100 and 500 organizations, and she currently holds the position of chief people officer at CoorsTek, a global leader in technical ceramics.

Inland Pipe Rehabilitation, Inliner, Murphy Pipeline form leading water infrastructure solutions provider

Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, PURIS operates throughout North America and provides innovative, high-quality solutions to the sanitary, storm, and potable water markets.

CNH Industrial, Tobroco-Giant partner to distribute new sub-compact wheel loader models

The agreement will see Tobroco-Giant’s compact and sub-compact wheel loaders distributed under CNH Industrial’s CASE Construction Equipment and New Holland Construction brands in North America.

DCA President Kevin Parker Puts His Passion into Processes

(UI) — While management systems and operator qualification programs might seem like dull fare from a distance, these processes have proven essential to improving the safety, quality and consistency of construction projects. Parker’s passion and decades of experience at Mears made perfect timing for his term as president of the Distribution Contractors Association, whose safety management system template and operator qualification integrity process ranked among DCA’s top priorities in 2022.

SAERTEX multiCom reopens North Carolina production facility after 2022 fire

This modernized facility provides high quality fiber glass reinforced CIPP liners with reduced lead times, supporting installers in achieving their goals in the trenchless rehabilitation of sewers, rain, storm water and supply pipelines.

BHI Acquisition allows United Utility to form one of U.S. largest transmission/distribution power providers

BHI represents United Utility’s fifth strategic acquisition, all of which have been negotiated on a bi-lateral basis. This transaction further demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing its breadth of services and capabilities to best serve its growing list of key electric utility customers.

Winners of the Underground Construction Awards Honored at UCT

(UI) – Innovative organizations and individuals spanning the diverse underground construction industry were honored Wednesday night when winners of the inaugural Underground Construction Awards were announced during the Underground Construction Technology International Conference and Exhibition (UCT) in Orlando, Fla.

KÖBERL Group acquires pipeline cleaning and wastewater technology specialists

The goal of the KÖBERL Group is the establishment of a leading full-spectrum provider in building technology and building management in Germany.

KCI Technologies acquires Virginia-based telecommunications company

KCI Technologies has acquired National Telecom Design. The acquisition extends KCI’s presence in the telecommunications industry, growing KCI’s engineering, backbone and lateral fiber design, relocation and inspection capabilities for communications clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

Titan Machinery expands CASE Construction Equipment’s footprint with Pioneer Farm Equipment acquisition

(UI) — Construction and farm equipment heavyweight Titan Machinery has strengthened and unified the positions of CASE Construction Equipment throughout the upper Midwest and western United States with the acquisition of Pioneer Farm Equipment Co.

Volvo Construction Equipment announces changes to executive management team

(UI) — In finance, Klara Eiritz has been appointed head of finance to drive all accounting and financial planning-related matters within Volvo Construction Equipment. Philippe Henriette has been appointed head of strategy and business development.

Yanmar CE and ASV officially join forces to become Yanmar Compact Equipment North America

(UI) — Yanmar Compact Equipment North America (YCENA), encompassing the Yanmar Compact Equipment and ASV brands, has finalized its status as a single legal entity. The major milestone comes three years after the Yanmar Group acquired ASV Holdings Inc.

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Super Products LLC celebrates a major milestone this year. Over the past 50 years, it has grown from a small manufacturing company to a nationally recognized supplier of vacuum trucks.

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.