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Editor’s Log: Industry honors and celebrations

It’s officially awards season for the underground infrastructure industry with some amazing people, projects and technology being cited for market contributions.

Matt Timberlake to lead Applied Felts as president after Vortex Companies acquisition

Matt Timberlake, a seasoned industry veteran, is set to assume the role of President at Applied Felts Inc. following its acquisition by Vortex Companies.

McElroy names Michael Grant as vice president of operations

McElroy, a prominent designer and manufacturer of thermoplastic fusion equipment, announces the appointment of Michael Grant as the new Vice President of Operations.

Outgoing DCA President Ray Swerdfeger stresses significance of local inclusion

Swerdfeger, the outgoing president of the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), had the chance to grow up in the family business, working closely with his father. As a second-generation president following in his father's footsteps, Swerdfeger sat down with Underground Infrastructure for an exclusive interview. The discussion covered the accomplishments and directions of the DCA in 2023.

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EPA water infrastructure administrator to step down in February 2024

Under Fox’s leadership, EPA has provided over $13 billion to states, territories, Tribes, and local communities, supporting over 2,600 water infrastructure projects.

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Senior Associate Christine Kirby, P.E., ENV SP, with Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN), was chosen to lead two committees for the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

HDD ’24 Reunion will unite past, present and future

(UI) — The biannual Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Reunion and HDD Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at the Oklahoma City Convention Center in conjunction with the Underground Infrastructure Conference (UIC). Also at the conference will be the formal recognition of the HDD Hall of Fame Class of 2024.

Southwest Gas Holdings appoints utility industry veteran as CEO of Centuri Group

Bill Fehrman brings decades of utility operation leadership experience, including most recently having served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

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.

Plastics Pipe Institute selects 20-year curriculum veteran to lead education committee

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. appointed Jason McKinnon, Director of Engineering Services, Viega, LLC (Broomfield, CO), as the chair of its education committee.

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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!

Russ Ford named 2024 MVP of underground infrastructure industry

(UI) — Russ Ford, a noted infrastructure expert, has been selected as the Most Valuable Professional of the underground infrastructure industry for 2024. Ford, a senior associate at Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc., will be honored at a special luncheon on March 19 at the annual Underground Infrastructure Conference (UIC).

Utility clerk appointed to West Virginia Legislature as GOP House member

Erica J. Moore, a city administrative clerk from central West Virginia, has been appointed to the state Legislature. Moore said she’s looking forward to serving in the Legislature and contributing to policy with her knowledge of water and sewer issues from her work with the city.

San Antonio Water System appoints first Hispanic woman as Chief Operating Officer

San Antonio native Andrea Huizar Beymer will oversee all aspects of operations for the utility.

Jim Agnew’s vision continues to inspire: Celebrating his enduring legacy at Inrock

Inrock wishes Jim Agnew a hearty congratulations on his HDD Hall of Fame induction. His contributions to the HDD industry are only outmatched by the positive effect he left on everyone he came across.

PPI presents Donna Stoughton with lifetime achievement award

(UI) — The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) presented Donna Stoughton with its Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her many years and vast contributions to the industry.

AGA Chair sees future shaped by education, innovation

(UI) — Sitherwood, who plans to retire from Spire this December, sat down with Underground Infrastructure to discuss her career, her outlook for the natural gas industry and her work as the 2023 chair of the American Gas Association (AGA).

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.

James Q. Crowe, fiber optic, telecommunications pioneer dies at 74

Crowe Company announced that James Q. Crowe, a technology and telecommunications visionary who spearheaded the fiber optic telecommunications revolution, died July 2nd in Paradise Valley, Arizona, after a battle with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Primoris welcomes two industry experts to utilities segment

Primoris Services Corporation has welcomed two industry experts to its power delivery line of business within its Utilities segment. James Pratt will serve as President of Power Delivery, and Michael Luckey has joined as Senior Vice President of Major Projects.

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(UI) — The regional manager changes at Avanti and Aegion acquires trenchless water rehabilitation provider Infraspec Services.

Gulf Energy Information appoints new President

Andy McDowell, formerly Senior Vice President of Media and an employee of the company since 2005, will become President. In his new role, McDowell will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the company.

Middlesex Water president, CEO Dennis Doll announces retirement

(UI) — Dennis W. Doll, Middlesex Water Co.’s president and CEO, has announced a plan to retire at age 65. Doll’s retirement is planned for December 31, 2023, or when a successor is duly named and on board.

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PPI’s Municipal Advisory Board honors HDPE expert with scholarship program

When attendance is approved by the utility, the Eric Shaffer Memorial Award pays the tuition for the MAB-conducted Fusion Seminar, where students learn from experts and receive hands-on training in the proper fusion and electrofusion methods for HDPE water piping systems.

USIC names Trent Bowers as new chief commercial officer

(UI) — USIC, the leader in underground infrastructure damage prevention, has announced the appointment of Trent Bowers as chief commercial officer. USIC serves more than 1,400 utilities and municipalities throughout 48 states.

Tidewater Utilities names Bruce E. Patrick as executive vice president

(UI) — Tidewater Utilities Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Middlesex Water Co., has named Bruce E. Patrick, P.E., as the company’s executive vice president on April 5. Serving Delaware since 1964, Tidewater specializes in a full complement of water and wastewater services.

Primoris Services appoints new President of Utilities segment

Colt Moedl has over twenty years of experience in the utility construction industry, during which he has overseen the delivery of large-scale projects for prominent power delivery and energy infrastructure entities across the United States.