Business People

Meet the latest business leaders making waves in their industries. Tsurumi Pump appoints John Hartz as sales engineer, Woolpert welcomes Kristi Norman as market director, Yanmar honors three service professionals with the Yanmar Service Awards, and SGH adds Payman K. Tehrani and Ikpoto Udoh, Ph.D., to its senior leadership team. Stay informed with the latest updates in the business world!

Business News

Discover the latest innovations and industry collaborations in underground construction. Avanti and US Grout formalize their partnership, PipeSense opens new testing facilities, Martin Equipment expands its territory, and PPI releases a groundbreaking report on seismic-resistant HDPE water mains. Stay informed with UI's May issue of Business News!

LAN promotes 20-year industry veteran as Director of North Texas infrastructure business group

With an engineering background that spans more than two decades, Justin Reeves has served in technical and management roles for water and wastewater treatment planning; pipeline modeling, planning, design, construction and management; and rehabilitation and design of roadway and drainage systems.

ONEOK to expand NGL pipeline network on Gulf Coast with $280 million acquisition

The system comprises of approximately 450 miles of NGL pipelines located around the Houston Ship Channel, expanding a network already in place for ONEOK.

OSHA restructures regional operations to improve efficiency, resiliency

The changes include the creation of a new OSHA regional office in Birmingham, Alabama, overseeing agency operations in the state, and those in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee as well as the Florida Panhandle.

New Mexico’s top water official to step down amidst Rio Grande dispute with Texas

New Mexico earlier this year rolled out its latest water plan. The water plan noted that some systems in New Mexico are losing anywhere from 40% to 70% of all treated drinking water because of breaks and leaks in old infrastructure.

Hope Gas expands West Virginia reach with Consumers Gas Utility purchase

Hope Gas has finalized an agreement to acquire Consumers Gas Utility Company in West Virginia, pending approval from the state's Public Service Commission.

Core & Main to acquire EGW Utilities, enhancing underground utility offerings

Core & Main Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EGW Utilities Inc., a distributor of quality products and services to underground utility contractors and municipalities, based in Texas.

Pro-Vac strengthens Texas presence with Hydromax acquisition

(UI) — Pro-Vac, a leading provider of essential underground infrastructure services, announced that it has acquired Hydromax, a leading provider of hydro excavation services in South Texas.

Business news

Get the latest updates from important industry businesses like United Rentals, CASE, PPI, DEVELON and more in Underground Infrastructure's latest issue.

Business People

Get updates from important industry agencies, business and people in Underground Infrastructure's latest issue.

Jacob Trapani, NASSCO Standard Bearer

This month, Underground Infrastructure Magazine profiles Jacob Trapani, who has proven to be not only a tremendous leader in private industry, helping to elevate BLD Services, but leading NASSCO through tough and changing situations during COVID.

Aegion rebrands as Azuria Water Solutions to focus on water infrastructure solutions

Under the new Azuria Water Solutions brand, the company will focus on developing edge technologies that improve the efficiency, longevity, and sustainability of water infrastructure.

T-Mobile to invest $950 million in fiber optic joint venture with EQT to acquire Lumos

The next capital contribution by T-Mobile out of an additional commitment of approximately $500 million is anticipated between 2027 and 2028. These combined investments are expected to allow Lumos to reach 3.5 million homes by the end of 2028.

Hobas Pipe USA to increase fiberglass pipe production by 50% to address water, wastewater infrastructure demands

Martin Dana, President and CEO, emphasized the expansion as a response to the robust demand for high-quality, fiberglass reinforced polymer mortar (FRPM) pipes, particularly from municipal clients across the United States.

MPE Partners, Precision Pipeline expand Florida footprint with SabCon Underground acquisition

SabCon offers a comprehensive breadth of services, including horizontal directional drilling, open trench excavation, pipe fusion, hot taps, and other specialty offerings.

Trenchless Technology provider Vortex Companies appoints veteran employee as COO

As one of Vortex's first employees when the company opened its doors in 2015, Ryan Graham has steadily risen through the ranks, most recently serving as Senior Vice President for Vortex Services.

Horizontal Directional Drilling Association to host HDDA Meeting and Training Conference in May 2024

Located at the Baton Rouge Marriot, HDD professionals will have the chance to dive into rig mechanics, learn how to identify utilities, discuss the importance of fluid control, among other important topics relevant to the HDD industry.

National Trench Safety appoints Fernando Pinera as new CEO

National Trench Safety (NTS), the nation’s largest pure play trench safety solutions provider, has announced the appointment of Fernando Pinera as its new CEO, effective April 1, 2024.

Aegion continues western expansion with acquisition of underground utilities company Toncco

Founded in 2019 by CJ Nix, Toncco found its niche as a water utility maintenance and emergency service provider for underground sanitary sewer, storm sewer and potable water pipes across Utah.

Osmose Utilities Services acquires underground cable diagnostics service provider IMCORP

The integration of IMCORP's technology with Osmose's comprehensive asset management solutions will offer electric utilities an unparalleled approach to ensuring the reliability and performance of both above ground and underground infrastructure.

AmeriTex Pipe & Products to support Texas infrastructure with new Conroe HDPE corrugated pipe facility

AmeriTex Pipe & Products has begun construction on a new High-Density Polyethylene and Polypropylene ("HDPE/PP") corrugated pipe facility on its Conroe, Texas, campus to better serve its Texas' customers.

Second annual Global Buried Asset Management Congress to be held in Indianapolis

Building on the achievements of the inaugural The Global Buried Asset Management Congress (GBAMC), BAMI-I, in partnership with Purdue Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) and Southwest Environmental Financial Center (SWEFC), announced the second GBAMC, scheduled for Nov.14-16, 2024, in Indianapolis.

Enbridge completes $3.1 billion sale of Alliance, Aux Sable pipelines to Pembina Pipeline Corp.

Alliance delivers liquids-rich natural gas sourced in Northeast B.C., Northwest Alberta, and the Bakken region to Chicago. Aux Sable operates NGL extraction and fractionation facilities in both Canada and the U.S., with extraction rights on Alliance, offering connectivity to key U.S. NGL hubs.

Enbridge joins JV to connect Permian natural gas pipeline, storage assets to LNG, Gulf Coast projects

Enbridge Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with WhiteWater/I Squared Capital and MPLX LP to form a joint-venture that will develop, construct, own, and operate natural gas pipeline and storage assets connecting Permian Basin natural gas supply to growing LNG and U.S. Gulf Coast demand.

Summit Midstream sells Summit, Ohio natural gas gathering systems for $625 million

The Summit Utica system is a natural gas gathering system located in Belmont and Monroe counties in southeastern Ohio. Ohio Gathering comprises a natural gas gathering system located in the Utica Shale in southeastern Ohio.

TC Energy sells Canadian natural gas pipeline project to Nisga’a Nation, Western LNG

The transaction supports the timely advancement of the approved and permitted Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project in British Columbia and potential delivery corridor that would further unlock Canada as a secure, affordable and sustainable source of LNG.

Fiber infrastructure has no known expiration date, Fiber Broadband Association research concludes

The Fiber Broadband Association’s Technology Committee has published its “Fiber Broadband Scalability and Longevity” white paper — the latest FBA research that explains optical fiber is the only communications medium that can support both existing and future applications for many decades with no infrastructure changes.

Business People

Mark Roberts, well-known and respected leader in the pipeline industry, died Feb. 2, at age 75; Michael Hoffmaster was promoted from director to vice president of Business Development at OBIC LLC; Jeremy Cress, P.E. joined Woolpert; and more!

Business News

VANAIR acquires Grip Idle Management; Aries Industries adds Phoenix-based Short Equipment Inc. to its dealer network; United Rentals offers game-changing equipment, tools, approaches; Yanmar celebrates launch of zero tail swing excavator; and more!