Vortex Companies acquires Applied Felts for total trenchless rehabilitation solutions

Vortex Companies takes a significant step in revolutionizing trenchless rehabilitation with the landmark acquisition of Applied Felts Inc., including MaxLiner and FerraTex Solutions.

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.

Frank Canon, renowned figure in HDD industry, dies at 77

Frank Lynn Canon, 77, a pioneer in the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry, died on Jan. 5 in Magnolia, Texas. Born in Alpena, Mich., Canon’s journey from a lime-green polyester suit on his first day as an oilfield mud engineer to becoming a legendary educator in drilling fluids has left an indelible mark on the HDD community.

Glo Fiber launches lightning-fast fiber optic internet in Spring Garden, Penn.

(UI) — Construction began earlier this year and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024, providing over 4,500 homes and businesses with a reliable option for high-speed internet service.

Voyager acquires pipeline coating service provider Aegion Coating Services

ACS is the global leader in field joint coating services using proprietary robotic tools that apply protective coatings to internal and external segments of natural gas, crude oil, potable water and saltwater pipelines.

Proposed $4.3 billion merger of Avangrid, New Mexico utility abandoned

Officials with New Mexico's largest electric utility said Tuesday that a proposed multibillion-dollar merger with a U.S. subsidiary of global energy giant Iberdrola has been scuttled.

Business People

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).

Business News

This year marked a milestone for Texas-based Avanti International, as the injection grout manufacturer celebrated its 45th anniversary as an industry leader.

Indiana utility to develop gas, electric businesses with capital from Blackstone Infrastructure investment

NIPSCO intends to support the continued growth and modernization of its gas and electric transmission and distribution systems, which will play critical roles in the energy transition.

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.

Dig into your future at UIC

To unlock the secrets of this subterranean realm and revolutionize your approach to utility construction, rehabilitation and asset management, there's no better investment than the 2024 Underground Infrastructure Conference (UIC) to be held in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Aegion Corp. acquires water pipeline service company Culy Inc.

Aegion Corporation announced the acquisition of Culy Inc., a company that delivers assessment, maintenance and installation services for water and wastewater pipelines across the Midwest and Southeast.

UI Awards ’24 finalists announced

(UI) — The annual Underground Infrastructure Awards (UIA), the most comprehensive and prestigious program to recognize outstanding performance and technology for the entire underground infrastructure industry, has announced the finalists for the 2024 awards.

BAM-I, UESI to host five-day utility investigation school in Miami in 2024

The Buried Asset Management Institute – International announced that the 21st ASCE UESI / BAMI-I UIS School will be hosted from February 5-9, 2024, in Miami, Florida.

Williams acquires Gulf Coast natural gas storage, pipeline assets for $1.95 billion

The transaction includes six underground natural gas storage facilities located in Louisiana and Mississippi with total capacity of 115 billion cubic feet, as well as 230 miles of gas transmission pipeline and 30 pipeline interconnects to attractive markets, and connections to Transco, the nation’s largest natural gas transmission pipeline.

Carolina Water Service to improve Carteret Country water system with new acquisition

In 2017, the North Carolina's State Water Infrastructure Authority estimated the state was facing up to $26 billion in water and wastewater infrastructure needs over 20 years.

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.

DQE Communications to expand fiber infrastructure with GI Partners' strategic investment

GI Partners, a leading investor in data infrastructure businesses, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire DQE Communications from its parent company, Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Light Holdings Inc.

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.

Chesapeake Utilities to double Florida natural gas infrastructure with Florida City Gas acquisition

Approximately 60% of the company's upcoming five-year capital investment plan will be allocated to Florida, including investments related to pipeline replacement programs, expansions to support customer growth and increased transmission capabilities to reach new developments and support increased demand.

ABB to support electrical utility sector with new U.S. manufacturing facility

ABB Installation Products broke ground on its new manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to meet increased demand for ABB’s leading Elastimold cable accessory solutions used to improve grid-hardening through cable undergrounding to help power millions of homes, businesses and communities.

American Pipeline Supplies amplifies role in trenchless technology sector with strategic partnership

The milestone marks a continued commitment by APS to amplify their role as a leader in the trenchless pipe repair & Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP) lining industry.

Cadiz completes Northern Pipeline acquisition with BLM approval

BLM's approval of the ROW grant to Cadiz completes the company's acquisition of the 220-mile pipeline from El Paso Natural Gas and will allow the company to advance project development on several fronts.

Yanmar celebrates 30 years of zero tail swing ViO excavators working safely in tight locations

(UI) — With the launch of the ViO series in 1993, Yanmar Compact Equipment popularized the zero tail swing excavator concept – revolutionizing the ability to work safely in confined locations.

NV5 awarded engineering contract for water, sewer services in San Joaquin County

NV5 was selected for a three-year, $2 million engineering plan review contract by the Mountain House Community Services District (MHCSD). MHCSD is a special district in San Joaquin County, California that provides services including flood control, water and sewer services for the community.

Missouri American Water to invest $8.4 million in water system upgrades with Ironton acquisiton

The company has committed to investing $8.4 million over the next 10 years to upgrade Ironton’s water and wastewater systems to achieve regulatory compliance and improve reliability and water quality.

Foley Products acquires Florida underground infrastructure manufacturer Coastal Precast

With this acquisition, Foley will be able to offer a full range of pipe and precast products in the Southwest Florida market.

ISCO Industries expands HDPE offering with Infinity Plastics acquisition

(UI) — ISCO Industries has announced the acquisition of Infinity Plastics, a leading manufacturer of HDPE piping products, marking a strategic move to broaden its footprint and manufacturing capacity.

Reline America, East Coast Infrastructure partner to expand UV-GRP Alphaliner network

(UI) — This partnership will bring UV-GRP lining to the Tidewater region, making East Coast Infrastructure a one-stop shop for infrastructure assessment and rehabilitation.

CGA publishes telecom white paper on preventing utility damage trends

(UI) — Based on research among telecommunications stakeholders, CGA’s new research points to the sector’s impact on the U.S. damage prevention system as a whole and recommends key actions telecom organizations can take to drive damages down.