A Pile of News - July 2020

A Pile of News: July 2020

A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA
 
Top Stories
A gubernatorial announcement to celebrate Too frequently this year, U.S. governors have delivered bad news. However, Boh Bros. Construction celebrates a proclamation from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards that awards them the contract for a major infrastructure project. The $353 million Comite River Diversion Project is slated to begin next summer; [WATCH the ceremonial groundbreaking].

Heroics in the desert The Desert Color residential development was directly in the path of a southern Utah wildfire when Jesse Hunt and Curtis Griffith of Sunroc Corp. sprang into action to mitigate its spread. Local officials, including the fire chief, credit the two for saving several homes from devastation.

"The time is always right to do what is right" Chairman David Sauls and CEO Mike Hutchinson of Seattle-based GeoEngineers, Inc. launched their Committed to Change campaign, dedicated to equality. The company will match employee donations to organizations advocating racial justice.

Junttan grows its North American presence by acquiring Canadian Pile Driving Equipment in Alberta; PDCA thanks Bruce Patterson and CPDE for the years of association participation and looks forward to a continued relationship with a bigger and more geographically diversified Junttan.

Virtual Education Available:
The PDCA Steel Sheet Pile Guides Webinar is available for download (FREE to members) at The PDCA Store. Additional PDCA webinars are scheduled, and registration information is forthcoming. Meantime, SAVE THE DATE for the following events:
  • August 5, 3:005:00 p.m. EDT, Effects of Substance Abuse on the Construction Industry and Are Ethics Ruining Your Business?
The Women in Deep Foundations Committee at DFI has released an informational video highlighting the diversified functions that women perform throughout the industry. Several PDCA member companies that are also active with DFI are involved in the production - with an appearance of an employee representative, with a sponsorship, or both. Here's lookin' at you, ECA, Johnna Emanuel of GeoStructures, Giken and Lucky Nagarajan, Goettle, ICE, Keller, Kiewit, MRCE, Nucor Skyline and David Borger, Anna Sellountou of Pile Dynamics, Inc., S&ME, and Terracon and Liz Smith.

Latest legal resources from member law firms
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News from PDCA Companies
It's always bigger in Texas, right? Gerdau and solar provider 174 Power Global are partnering to develop one of the largest solar facilities in the U.S. The 80-megawatt project will stand next to Gerdau's mill in Midlothian, TX, and be comprised of 231,000 solar panels and span more than 700 acres.

Big project? Hold our beer, Texas The new Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in North Charleston, SC doubles Port of Charleston's container handling capacity and solidifies it as a top coastal port. Read ENR's story about the $1B project on which Cape Romain Contractors is involved with the construction and Soil Consultants, Inc. and Insight Group provide consulting services.

Qualified for an Olympics bid? Soil Consultants has been an integral part of developing the newest aquatics center in North Charleston; Live 5 News previews the facility, Olympic-sized pool and all.

A gold medalist Safety is paramount and GeoStructures, Inc. earns the Gold Safety Award.

Canal Barge subsidiary Canal Terminal Company again earns annual Terminal of the Year award.

Giken LTD. quay wall renovation in Europe wins first place in Amsterdam Innovation Partnership.

Can you see Russia from it now? The Anchorage Waterways Council hosts an annual Creek Cleanup; during the 2020 event, 16 volunteers from PND Engineers participated in the beautification effort.

Expansions and acquisitions:
  • APC Construction, LLC expands with a new facility for industrial clients in Gonzales, LA. The Harvey, LA-based company also earns designation as Small Business Administration 2020 Prime Contractor of the Year.
  • Golder expands in the Southeast, opens Birmingham, AL office led by Greg Hebeler; Pensacola, FL under Jeff Paul's leadership and a Chattanooga, TN office
  • Gilbert Products Inc. announces partnership with dealer ShearForce that will expand availability of its pile driving equipment in the U.S. (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington).
  • Sealevel Construction acquires a marine yard in Houma, LA; Eagle Drydock and Marine Services is available for a variety of marine transportation and construction services.
Anniversaries:
  • Congratulations Consolidated Pipe & Supply Company for reaching 60 years of operating as a Birmingham, AL-based family-owned business. Here's to the next 60!
  • Also turning 60 is George Harms Construction Co., Inc. of Howell, NJ, the employment home of PDCA Northeast Chapter president Tim Fogerty, who is featured in the upcoming issue of PileDriver magazine.
Ongoing COVID-19 response:
  • TRC Companies participated in the Global Compact Virtual Leaders Summit of the United Nations, a gathering to address COVID-19 among other global issues.
  • Powell Foundations Inc. participated in an effort to raise funds for vulnerable residents in one Ontario town; they generated $10,000 in charity.
  • Terracon has given a $10,000 grant to Feeding America for relief efforts during the health crisis; additionally, it has pledged to match staff donations to the same organization, up to $50.
  • Koppers, Inc. CEO Leroy Ball announces the Hometown Hero campaign, in which the Utility & Industrial Products division is awarding electric co-op employees who have "gone the extra mile" during extraordinary times with a $500 contribution to a charity in his/her name.
  • Following the COVID-reorganized school year, Nucor Vulcraft treated teachers and staff at the Grapeland Independent School District in Texas to lunch, hot off the grill.
  • Healthcare workers are still challenged by COVID; Patriot Construction and Industrial provided lunch for the hard-working team at Baton Rouge General Hospital.
  • Robishaw Engineering/Flexifloat donated 100 N95 masks to staff at Houston's Memorial Hermann Medical Center.
  • And a face mask quid pro quo All staff get one of the nearly 200 donated masks from Fishes and Loaves at Sealevel Construction. In return, the contractor has donated $5 per mask to three Thibodaux, LA charities of F&L's choosing.
People on the Move
The monthly round-up:
  • ECS Limited promotes Tracy Allen to VP, corporate director of client relations. Also elevating are Siddharth Neekhra and Vince Elizarde in Texas. New hires are Ed Greenlee as accounts director in the Midwest and Kevin Hopkins to the Mid-Atlantic.
  • Equipment Corporation of America elevates John Hayes to branch manager in Florida, hires Ben Morgan as Bauer product service manager.
  • PND Engineers, Inc. adds four; Anna Kopitov and Karl Larsen join the firm's Seattle office, Addison Yang and Tanner Stephens are new to the home office in Anchorage, AK.
  • GROUP Industries names Todd Shiflett to business development team in Baton Rouge.
  • Gerdau adds Ethan Liberty as Atlanta-based business development manager for piling sales.
  • Tom Posey joins Braun Intertec in Houston.
  • Veronica De Frietas is new geotechnical manager at Universal Engineering Sciences in Tampa.
  • John Frazee joins GZA GeoEnvironmental Syracuse office.
  • David Pichanick named to area director for Junttan Asia-Pacific region.
  • After 32 years as a mechanic at Junttan, Ami Kortelainen reaches retirement.
Other notes of interest:

Georges Valcour of GRL Engineers is recognized by the State of Florida; the Army National Guardsman led a unit that administered thousands of free COVID-19 tests at Florida A&M University.


Vanessa Zambo of Terracon named to Kansas City Business Journal, Women Who Mean Business.

Lizetta Fennessy, SVP of Haley & Aldrich named Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Engineering.

Vanessa Breslin of Canal Barge Company in New Orleans makes the The Waterways Journal Weekly annual list recognizing 40 Under 40 award. Fun fact, she previously worked for the Saints.

Angie Hunter of Kiewit, Corp. in New Jersey wins industry recognition as Young Engineer of the Year. 

Tyler Roberts of Premier Geotech and Testing in Baton Rouge earns ATSSA certification.

Ryan Maloney, PileDriver contributing author from Jimerson Birr, named to Florida Legal Elite.
From the Association & Chapters
Such a tease The PDCA Project of the Year winners are in, but we aren't revealing them here. Watch for the forthcoming PileDriver magazine featuring all winning entries; available the week of July 13.

Consolation To whet your appetite for seeing PDCA members get recognized, the ENR lists are out:
  • ENR's 2020 list of "Top 400 Contractors" includes PDCA members Balfour Beatty, Boh Bros., Cajun Industries, Clark Construction, Hawaiian Dredging Construction, Kiewit, Kokosing Group (parent of Corman), Vecellio Group (parent of Hal Jones Contractor).
  • ENR's list of "Top 500 Design Firms" includes members: Braun Intertec, Dewberry, Engineering Consulting Services, Fugro USA, GeoEngineers, Golder, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., Haley & Aldrich, Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering, Kiewit, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, PND Engineers, S&ME Inc. and
New member shout-out Welcome EMC Engineering Services, Inc. and resident geotech Ashton Byrne, who joined PDCA in May. The Savannah, GA-based consulting/engineering firm practices nationwide and has nine offices throughout Georgia and just opened its 10th in Greenville, SC.

Quotable
A nice surprise in our inbox, a note from PDCA founding member Charles Whiteaker: "We had some great presidents who worked hard to unify and organize the pile drivers...It was a 'team' accomplishment. I am now almost 90 and the old memory isn't as sharp as it once was, but I know one thing 'A Driven Pile, Is A Tested Pile!'" Thank you for your vision, sir.


Remembering 1995
Washington gave us the Contract with America, Los Angeles found O.J. guilty, Oklahoma City was devastated by terror, San Francisco, Houston, New Jersey and Atlanta were NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB champs respectively, two-way pagers and DVDs were hot tech items, Jerry Garcia rode that train to immortality, significant births that year were a bunch of present-day YouTube stars (huh?) and PDCA formed! Issue #4 of PileDriver will commemorate the 25th anniversary of this association with new technical content and plenty of nostalgia, coming to your mailbox in September.
Random Notes from the Field
Half empty or half full? Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has long been a necessary budget item in construction. However, as we transition to what is described as the post-COVID-19 "new normal," more companies are increasing budgets for PPE. Early signs show it is a costlier line-item that some expected. A more positive spin on this issue, that can be a welcome opportunity for struggling local businesses.

Don't drink the PPE Terracon safety director Jim Wright shows potential dangers of hand sanitizer.

But "erbody" likes fireworks, right? Two months in a row, PDCA members' kids have gotten credit on company social media; this month, Ronnie Wills of Aggregate Technologies shares an explosive, online job announcement for the company that his 11-year-old enhanced. Happy 4th of July to PDCA's U.S. members (and happy Canada Day today to our northern friends!)!
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A Pile of News: June 2020

A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers and suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
 
From the Association & Chapters
Sheet pile education, available on demand! If you missed the "Steel Sheet Pile Guides Review" webinar held May 19, a recording of the program will soon be available to PDCA members at no cost. Non-members can also obtain the PDH and discounted Steel Sheet Pile Guides for a $50 registration fee. Watch your inbox. 
  • Special thanks to Dr. Dick Hartman of Hartman Engineering, Gerry McShane of Service Steel Warehouse and Richard Morales of L.B. Foster, who served as distinguished faculty for the virtual learning event. More than 100 practitioners registered for the one-hour webinar; PDCA members received the education credit and proprietary Steel Sheet Pile Guides as a membership benefit. In the absence of educational conference events in 2020, watch for future announcements about additional PDCA virtual learning events coming soon.
Silver Pile Tips: 2020 marks PDCA's 25th anniversary help us brand the pile driving industry by adhering PDCA's special edition logo to your website, social media or other collateral materials!

PDCA of South Carolina educational partner The Citadel offers a valuable, virtual summer curriculum for practicing civil engineers to consider. Read more.
 
People on the Move
After 52 years, Bruce Gilbert steps away from Ohio-based The Great Lakes Construction Company. More than a half-century ago, he began as an entry level engineer with an MBA from Harvard and quickly rose in the ranks to eventually become president and CEO. By the late '90s, he had handed off the presidency to George Palko, however remained chairman of the board until May 1, 2020 (President Palko is now the new CEO). Congratulations to Bruce on a storied career.

Mark Haley, son of the Haley & Aldrich co-founder bearing his name, reached 45 years with the company. He challenged colleagues to give to food programs for the disadvantaged around the country. Staff donated more than $15,000, which H&A matched.

Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) promotions include David Spangler and Christopher Egan, both in Florida; David Huggins elevates in Virginia; new hires include Walid Sobh in Charlotte, Robert Haney and Che-Hung Tsai in Dallas. Also, Michael Batuna of ECS in Dallas named 2020 Texas Engineer of the Year, Katelyn Foster, account manager at ECS Mid-Atlantic earns community recognition for commitment to volunteerism.
 
GeoStructures, Inc., along with partner Geopier, announces new regional support through engineers Steve Maher in South Carolina and Steve Yassem and Mat Klucina in West Virginia. Also, GeoStructures names Justin Smith the new sales engineer serving the Philadelphia region.
 
S&ME, Inc. announces changes to its geotechnical leadership team: Angela Musselwhite is director of geotechnical services and new member of the board of directors; Kasey McWhorter is the client development leader; Adam Browning, Jeff Doubrava, Matt Moler, Bethanie Meek and Kyle Murrell are all designated area managers and Timothy Cleary leads all field exploration.
 
Elsewhere Emily Kay promoted to VP at Balfour Beatty in California; Todd Parkington joins Haley & Aldrich in Denver; and Forrest Savel onboards at PND Engineers in Anchorage, AK.
 
Tiffany Harrod is promoted to shareholder at Texas law firm Munsch Hardt. The contributing legal author to PileDriver magazine is also the chair-elect of the Construction Law Section of the Houston Bar.
 
Other notes of interest:
 
David Harwood, SVP at Terracon, was named by Governor Kelly to the taskforce leading Kansas economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Also, Cale Wilson is recognized in Ingram's 40 Under Forty list of Kansas City young professionals.
 
J.W. Lodge at Lodge Lumber encourages support for those displaced by the health crisis; donors of $100 to this GoFundMe get a limited edition print from a Houston photo studio's popular "Astrodome Series."
 
Nigel Desert, an estimator at California-based Foundation Constructors, struck the pose on the winner's podium following a race that he won during an employee appreciation event.
 
Julia Cadman, an incoming graduate engineer at Dewberry, has been named "first in class" for the Virginia Tech Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

Stephanie Calhoun of Clark Construction named to list of Notable Women in Construction and Design. Also, Emma Farrell soon begins her career as an engineer at Clark. She recently represented Carnegie Mellon University on Jeopardy! Read her story and see the pic with icon Alex Trebek.
 
Who is John James Audubon? Apparently Michael Garvey of Universal Engineering Sciences in Charlotte favors the famed, 19th century ornithologist with his knack for capturing a bird picture.
 
News from PDCA Companies
J.D. Fields & Company, Inc. acquires California-based Alameda Pipe & Fab, positioning the company into the steel manufacturing sector; read the announcement from president Jay Fields.
 
Junttan opens Helsinki, Finland office.
 
Universal Engineering Sciences based in Orlando forms new partnership with Nevada firm NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services.
 
Atlas Tube created some industry "buzz" when it announced the new Electric Resistance Welded (ERW) tube mill it is building in Blytheville, AR. The company created a blog post to address some of the FAQs they've received since the July 2019 announcement.
 
Shannon & Wilson, Inc. project teams involved in two award-winning projects in Washington state.
 
The Great Lakes Construction Company awarded the 15th Annual Vince Strazzo Scholarship to students interested in pursuing a career in heavy civil construction; the 2020 winners are Danny Groudle from THE Ohio State University and Justin Thomas from Case Western Reserve University.
 
The new intranet system at Samuel Roll Form Group is also an extensive case-study for the web developer; take a look "under the hood" at Samuel's internal operations.
 
Several PDCA member companies appear in recent multi-media productions. If you have some time between your Zoom meetings, you can check out project and work site videos from the following:
  • With some impressive time-lapse videography, check out this great footage of Powell Foundations replacing an Ontario bridge
  • Pile Driving 101: check out new PDCA member Premier Geotech and Testing giving an online video tutorial on how to drive a pile
  • Sealevel Construction gets some love from Friends of Bayou Lafourche, a non-profit dedicated to beautification efforts in the Louisiana region; see the dramatic construction video
  • Shannon & Wilson shares video footage of the Colman Tunnel Rehabilitation project in Colorado on which they collaborated with Dewberry
 
Public Service Announcements
For our readers who live and work in coastal and/or southern regions of the U.S., today begins the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Sunbelt Rentals provides a hurricane preparedness checklist. Further, Orlando-based Ardaman and Associates has developed a set of safety guidelines for working in alligator habits.
 
Look who's in the news
The Charleston Post and Courier covers a seawall modification project in the historic South Carolina city on which Soil Consultants, Inc. is collaborating.
 
Composites Manufacturing quotes Dustin Troutman of Creative Pultrusions on an expanding market.
 
ENR quotes president Robert Boh of Boh Brothers Construction in story about potential economic stimulus for Louisiana through infrastructure projects [subscriber content].
 
The Enterprise: Utah's Business Journal gives an overview of significant development taking place in the St. George area (locally known as Dixie). Sunroc Corporation is involved in several of the listed projects and the article quotes company vice president Russell Leslie.
 
The Flathead Beacon writes about a Shannon & Wilson, Inc. study for the Montana Department of Transportation which is working to optimize travel to Glacier National Park.
 
The National Law Review includes a story about safety considerations for companies as employees return to work; Brett Cox and Brian Godfrey of TRC Companies appear in the article.
 
New Pittsburgh Courier highlights partnership between Koppers and the Urban League; quotes CEO Leroy Ball and director Lance Hyde on campaign to help underserved neighborhoods amid health crisis.

Balfour Beatty media hits include The Charlotte Business Journal coverage of a project in Downtown Charlotte [subscriber content] and a D Magazine interview with Executive VP Eric Krueger on COVID-19 in Dallas.
 
Dewberry media hits; South Jersey Biz depicts a volunteer effort, Civil + Structural Engineer prints article from Leslie Barksdale on Virginia project and SNJDC's The Chronicle talks ports with Ken Spahn.
 
Nucor media hits include an annual Fortune Magazine list, CEO Leon Topalian talking "state of steel" on CNBC Mad Money and CFO Jim Frias on impact of pandemic in the Wall Street Journal [subscription].
 
COVID-19...more notes from the field
Calsak Plastics inside sales rep Peuv Lalani at the Los Angeles headquarters was contacted by a longtime friend who worked in a hospital within the Yale New Haven health system and who said their PPE was insufficient to protect them from the high-risk COVID patients; after sharing the issue with company leadership, Calsak crafted several face shields to donate to the group on the frontlines of the pandemic.
 
Corman Kokosing Construction proudly contributed $3,500 to the Community Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia fundraiser to provide 1,000 meals to area families challenged by the health crisis.
 
GeoStructures, Inc. gets new wellness support through senior project manager Stewart Staton's kids.
 
Seyfarth Shaw law offers a Return to Business and Post-Pandemic Planning Checklist for download.
 
You might recall that both the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performed flyovers of several U.S. regions in early May to show support for health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic. Several PDCA companies captured dramatic imagery of the event, including:
 
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A Pile of News - May 2020

A Pile of News: May 2020

A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers and suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
 
The coronavirus pandemic continued to significantly impact humanity throughout April. In too many instances, it has resulted in illnesses, fatalities, furloughs and job losses. PDCA proudly and resiliently stands together as a united community. The following section is dedicated to the ongoing health crisis and highlights several examples of PDCA member companies contributing to easing the burdens that society has endured. We collectively tip our hard-hats to you.
 
COVID-19
Calsak Plastics manufactures aggregates for construction, but quickly pivoted in response to the health crisis. It launched production of a key safeguard for essential businesses like grocery stores.
 
CBS-2 Chicago carried an exclusive that quotes Dave Trolian and Ryan Jennings of Clark Construction, which is retrofitting a shuttered hospital in Chicagoland to house COVID-19 patients.
 
Nucor engineers in Seattle set an admirable example by repurposing company 3D printers to make face shields. Inspired volunteers from the community joined the effort to dramatically increase output.
 
Koppers, Inc. lab tech Siw Kruse whipped up a batch of hand sanitizer to replenish dwindling company supplies. The Stickney, IL office coordinated with a local hospital to donate more than 1,500 pieces of PPE.
 
Golder associates helped replenish blood banks in hard-hit New Jersey.
 
Derek Clyburn of ECS Limited leads advocacy in North Carolina to encourage designation of engineers as "essential" during the COVID-19 lockdown. Tectonic also lends support to this ASCE movement.
 
International Construction Equipment (ICEĀ®) in Charlotte, NC compiled a web-based resource page with continually updated material related to COVID-19 impacts on the manufacturing sector and American infrastructure construction projects; it includes state by state public project breakdowns.
 
Maury Gaston from AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe in Birmingham submitted a commentary about the coronavirus disease and its impact on the manufacturing sector in Business Alabama.
 
Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal published an advisory on best practices for facility cleaning and disinfecting practices by Mark Hudock, SVP at GZA Environmental. Heather Shoemaker and Marianne Payne of GZA in Philadelphia discuss how facility managers can begin adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic for InSite Newsletter.
 
New member shout-out! A proud small business itself, Premier Geotech and Testing, makes a point to encourage everyone to support Louisiana small businesses during the health crisis. Or maybe they were just hopeful to get a selfie with Drew Brees?
 
John King of Pile Drivers, Inc. is a known PDCA prankster. The South Carolina contractor also quietly epitomizes association goodwill, solidarity and loyalty. He recently spearheaded an intercontinental caper to send needed assistance to Jill Harris, publisher of PileDriver magazine, who was unable to obtain critical supplies for her toddler due to presumed consumer hoarding. Read Jill's touching account of John's gesture.
 
A Coronavirus Commentary...
In our "new normal," we can expect things will be hoarded. Also, our kids will be home schooling, (thanks ECS who shares these free and fun home-based engineering activities). In many cases, you are working remotely which means video web-conferences with colleagues, clients and customers. But you've gotten creative and tested the boundaries of Zoom and others; the folks at GZA Environmental experimented at home by combining beer and Zoom. TRC Companies, Inc. also embraced the morale boosting value of a Zoom #virtualhappyhour.
 
On a break, you might watch something on Netflix or Amazon Prime; Atlas Tube shares what they consider a collection of "binge-worthy" documentaries on architecture and design if you are seeking enriching entertainment during quarantine. Finally, our wardrobes have been modified with the addition of face masks and rubber gloves. But Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) reached back into company archives and found evidence of their employees who overcame the homemade clothes pandemic of 1919; PDCA concurs with ECA's sentiment that together, we can survive COVID-19.
 
From the Association & Chapters
Remember January when coronavirus was just a mention in an occasional news report? That's when PDCA past president Scott Callaway of Cajun Industries in Baton Rouge recorded Between 2 Piles [WATCH 5:14], a multi-media, interview transcribed in PileDriver magazine Issue #1 2020. The video contains material not in print, like when Scott accidently disrespects country music legend Garth Brooks. Production credits: set design by Scott Nigels who crafted the makeshift studio in the South Carolina yard of Palmetto Pile Driving, videography by Emmett Waggenspack of Coastal Contractors in Baton Rouge who operated the i-Phone camera, and post-production by The Ranch studios in New Orleans.

The PDCA COVID-19 Resource Center now includes a full list of Executive Orders for each U.S. State.

Save the Date: PDCA will host the webinar, Steel Sheet Pile Guides Review on May 19th at 2 P.M. EDT. Two of the co-authors, Gerry McShane of Service Steel Warehouse and Dick Hartman of Hartman Engineering will present a review of all three guides; Installation Guide, Corrosion Guide and Retaining Wall Cost Comparison Guide. Forthcoming registration is free to PDCA members; non-members can join for $50. All attendees will receive 1.0 Hour PDH and direct download access to all three publications.
 
People on the Move
Engineering Consulting Services, Inc. (ECS) promotes Tony Fiorillo to President as Henry Lucas steps down, he will finish 2020 as CEO and Chair the Board through 2022; ECS also names Evan Landis, P.E. to the Chantilly, VA office. Nucor Executive Vice President Ladd Hall sets a June retirement date after 39 years on the job; Alan Behr of Nucor Steel Texas will succeed him. Dan Brown and Associates announces recent transitions; Dan Brown, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, assumes the role of Chief Engineer, Tim Siegel, P.E., G.E., D.GE elevates to Chief Executive Officer, Paul Axtell, P.E., D.GE becomes Chief Operating Officer,Robert Thompson, P.E., D.GE has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer, and both David Graham, P.E., and Ben Turner, Ph.D., P.E., ascend to Senior Engineers. 
 
Jeremy Cox, named AET, Inc. West Region Manager, will oversee operations in Wyoming, North Dakota, and western South Dakota; Robert Temme, becomes West Region Director of Business Development. AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe has placed four new sales professionals: Dustin Covington, Zach Miller, Wyatt Robinson and Stu Sanders. Dewberry elevates Ben Revette in Boston, adds Siamak Esfandiary in Virginia and Wael Youssef in New York. Haley & Aldrich, Inc. names Lynn Gresock to the Boston office, Athena DeNivo to the New York office. Gary Mang joins Holland LP as new Northeast Regional Sales Manager. Kirt Jackson is a new Project Manager at Patriot Construction & Industrial in Duson, LA.
 
Other notes of interest:
Happy Retirement to Larry Brewer who departs Holland LP after 40 years with the company.
 
Marvin Barker at Duson, LA-based Patriot Construction and Industrial named 'Safety Champion.'
 
"I never said most of the things I said." Noting his quotable nature, Junttan must consider John King of Pile Drivers, Inc. as the Yogi Berra of the pile driving world. We can think of less flattering comparisons!
 
Pro sports have been deemed non-essential, but moving pile and other goods is critical. When Captain John Lowery of Canal Barge Company, Inc. in New Orleans saw the NFL pass by 12 years ago, he embarked on a career trajectory in river transportation. Today, he regularly visits with students from his old high school to advocate exploring careers on the water.
 
Holes, Inc. in Houston hit the jackpot four years ago when they hired equipment operator Brandon Mullens; unbeknownst to HR at the time, they also secured their very own visual marketer. Brandon has been doing photography and videograpy for years; he owns Texas Style Photography. While he is comfortable with many subjects, his passion is construction project photography. Check him out!
 
 
News from PDCA Companies
Tectonic Engineering Consultants establishes Mountainside, NJ office to replace Short Hills location; adds East Brunswick, NJ office.
 
Lodge Lumber Co. in Houston reaches 80 years in business; it offers a philosophical sentiment about the ongoing health crisis. Congrats to the company and thanks for the optimism.
 
Atlas Foundation celebrates an end to dial-up Internet; that should improve the download speed of the electronic version of the next PileDriver magazine. 
 
Cape Romain Contractors subcontracted and Insight Group consulted on the award-winning Drum Island restoration project in Charleston, SC.
 
Clark Construction earns three 'Build America' Awards.
 
CZM-US Foundation Equipment UPDATE: we shared video of the groundbreaking last year when they began construction on the new Savannah, GA corporate office. Fast forward to today, move-in is complete and production is underway in the factory; congratulations... By the way, Happy 97th Birthday (4/26) Loris Clo, Founder of CZM!
 
Deep South Construction is armoring a ridge to mitigate pending damage from sea level rise and erosion; a delegation of local officials visited the jobsite near Delacroix, LA for a progress update.
 
Same issue, different waterfront Dewberry will lead resilience planning for the City of Virginia Beach as it battles sea level rise. In a different agreement, the firm continues to assist City adaptation efforts.
 
GeoEngineers, Inc. of Redmond, WA participated in an award-winning coastal restoration project.
 
Giken earns international recognition.
 
Group Industries snags hardware; a safety award and an excellence award head to the trophy case.
 
Haley & Aldrich, Inc. helps rehabilitate Navy's oldest, operational ship USS Constitution in Boston.
 
The John Lawrie Group steps up to support youth golf development in Scotland.
 
Service Steel Warehouse in Houston is a proud sponsor of the Sweet Heat Elite Mont Belvieu, a premier youth softball league for girls.
 
Newsmakers
Geostrata Magazine features an article co-authored by Ross McGillivray, P.E. of Orlando-based Ardaman & Associates which discusses controlling foundation risk in design-build projects.
 
New Orleans City Business newspaper includes Canal Barge Company, Inc. CEO Merrit Lane as one of the city's "Driving Forces," a compilation of 40 influential business leaders in the Crescent City.
 
Construction Dive published a Q&A with Monique Holley of Clark Construction, the project superintendent on Arlington, VA's highly anticipated HQ2 for Amazon.
 
Construction in Focus highlights Golder's 60-year history in consulting.
 
Albany Business Review names Tectonic to its list of top engineering firms in the New York region.


That's all for this installment of 'A Pile of News;' PDCA wishes all Members health, safety and prosperity.
 
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A Pile of News - April 1, 2020

A Pile of News: April 2020

A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers and suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
 
What we once considered normal no longer exists. The COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the globe is requiring cancellations, postponements, closures, quarantines and a lot of questions for us all. 
We will begin this edition of A Pile of News with guidance for employers and businesses from some of the PDCA member law firms in different parts of the U.S. that work extensively in construction, contracts and employment law because the current state of affairs presents challenges in each of these areas. Also pay close attention to the section From the Association and Chapters as various PDCA-affiliated and sponsored events have been forced to postpone or cancel. In the meantime, we encourage our membership to be safe, heed the precautions issued from federal, state, local governmental and medical leaders and contact the PDCA offices if we can assist you in any way. 
 
COVID-19
 
From the Association & Chapters
Due to ongoing, worldwide efforts to minimize human interaction and reduce opportunities for the highly contagious coronavirus to spread, many PDCA events scheduled for this spring have been either postponed or cancelled. 
(The listing below is chronological and subject to additions; event news is regularly updated online at www.piledrivers.org/events/).
  • PDCA: The Houston Social on April 9, POSTPONED
  • Gulf Coast: Chapter Dinner Meeting on April 16, CANCELLED
  • Pacific Coast Chapter: 10th Annual Scholarship Shoot on
    April 17, POSTPONED 
  • Northeast Chapter: Dinner Meeting on April 22, CANCELLED
  • PDCA: The Midwestern Meet-Up: Chicago on April 23, POSTPONED
  • PDCA: 23rd Annual Conference on May 69, CANCELLED
  • Northeast Florida Chapter: Quarterly Luncheon on May 19, CANCELLED
DFDTA, an annual pile testing, technical seminar from PDCA and Pile Dynamics, Inc. concluded March 13th in Orlando, FL. More information and photos from the event here.
Spotted: See photos of PDCA members at CONEXPO.
Spotted: See photos of PDCA Members at 2020 ASCE GeoCongress.
Taking a break from COVID-19 news coverage from this point forward, this newsletter offers you nothing but good news from PDCA. See who has been promoted, which companies served the greater good and who gets 15 minutes of fame in the mainstream media. As always, we welcome your submissions to A Pile of News!
 
News from PDCA Members
Acquisitions & Expansions
  • First acquired in 2017, the integration of GME Consulting Services into Minneapolis-based Braun Intertec has formally completed.
  • Engineering Consulting Services adds Solar Testing Laboratories of Cleveland to ECS Midwest, LLC
  • Fugro strengthens geoconsulting presence in Belgium with purchase of OREX
  • TRC Companies, Inc. opens its second office in the United Kingdom
Anniversaries
  • AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe parent company AMERICAN celebrate 95 years in business
  • GeoEngineers of Redmond, WA turns 40 this year
Dewberry Garden State Parkway Interchange project wins Distinguished Engineering Award.
Powell Foundations, Inc. in Ontario has been presented the ORBA Community Leadership Award.
Creative Pultrusions, Inc. of Pennsylvania participated in a Capitol Hill advocacy event.
TRC Companies, Inc., Tolunay-Wong Engineers and Texas A&M University partner to create hands-on learning opportunities outside the classroom.
New Member Shout-Out: Yes, Traxxon Foundation Equipment of British Columbia, posting a video of two dinosaurs in a snowball fight gets you a mention in this newsletter!
 
People on the Move
Dewberry promotes Anthony Fulco, P.E. in the New Jersey office to vice president; other promotions at the firm include Lisa Peterson, Steven Benosky, Walter Bronson, Jr. and Rahul Pareb. ECS appoints Gregory Ratkowski as principal engineer in Frederinck, MD. Golder welcomes back Peter Guy who returns to the Denver office after six years. Haley & Aldrich adds Jarrod Yoder to Boston office and Steven Boyce in Nevada. 
Plenty of personnel news from Pittsburgh-based Koppers... General Counsel Steve Lacy sets retirement for the end of 2020, Stephanie Apostolou elected to fill his role; new leadership appointments are Lance Hyde to director global inclusion and diversity and Jimmi Sue Smith is named new VP finance and treasurer.
Captain Terry of Canal Barge Company, Inc. retires after 43 years in the maritime industry. His colleagues gathered to celebrate his career with the theme #JonesActStrong.
Other notes of interest:
AET's Willy Morrison is recognized by Finance & Commerce as a finalist in the inaugural Top Women in Construction Awards and Adam Bakeman earns 40 under 40 recognition.
Clark Construction VP Tim Lamson, Nashville, in the ENR Southeast 2020 class of Top Young Professionals.
Dewberry AVP Tony Buitrago named to Society of American Military Engineers Class of 2020 Fellows.
Michael Batuna of ECS in Dallas named 2020 Texas Engineer of the Year.
Jeff Harmston of Equipment Corporation of America repeats as winner of a national award in the deep foundations industry.
Dennis Loh, VP and principal in charge at Geo-Technology Associates, Inc.'s Somerset office, is a proud new grandpa following the birth of Cassidy Grace, [photo]. Congratulations!
Paul Dittrich, senior geotechnical engineer at Golder, was recently recognized by the Canadian Geotechnical Society for his distinguished career and his decades of service.
Jim Tanner of L.B. Foster has earned the Patriot Award from the U.S. Department of Defense, recognizing him for hiring Coast Guard Reservists.
Paul Bass of Houston-based Orion Marine Group has obtained Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) certification.
Sarah Knapp, a marketing specialist at Terracon in Salt Lake City, recently won the Rising Star Award.
 
Philanthropy
Clark Construction raises more than $22,000 in the Cycle for Survival, a Washington, D.C. event supporting a local cancer center.
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. annually celebrates the Lunar New Year by raising money for charity. This year's event supported the Norwood Food Pantry in Massachusetts.
Richard Males and Nikko Aranas from the Keller offices in Toronto participated in a Bubble Hockey Night benefitting the Sick Kids Foundation. The fundraiser brought in $420,000!
Sunroc receives appreciation from Dixie State University for the continued support of the institution.
Terracon team members in Cincinnati raised $6500 for the Special Olympics by participating in their sixth straight Polar Plunge.
 
Newsmakers
YellowHammer News, a multi-media news outlet covering all things Alabama, published an op-ed by AMERICAN manager Maury Gaston in observance of Engineer's Week.
KOLN/KGIN-TV of Lincoln, NE features video footage of crews from Minnesota-based Atlas Foundation installing sheet piling to close a breach in a Missouri River levee.
ConstructionDive features a story on a St. Louis subcontractor who released a rap video as an effort to attract young adults to construction careers; thanks for the share, Atlas Tube, yo.
Fox 26-Houston hosted Cajun Industries, LLC Intern Lazaro Platas to recognize his scholarship award.
WGNO-ABC New Orleans interviews Sarah Eleanor Lane, daughter of Canal Barge CEO Merritt Lane; she continues the family history as Mardi Gras Royalty after being named 2020 Queen of Carnival
El Paso Herald-Post covers the opening of the new military health care facility at Fort Bliss, a project on which Clark Construction co-led.
The New England Real Estate Journal runs an annual feature entitled Women Who Build Spotlight. The latest features two engineers from Haley & Aldrich: Katherine Dilawari and Jennifer Sweet.
Mark Balfe of Haley & Aldrich provides the Wall Street Journal [SUBSCRIBER CONTENT] expertise on wood piling repairs in a story that examines rising groundwaters and the impact on high dollar, Boston neighborhoods.
WomenInc. Magazine names three members of the Koppers Holdings Inc. Board of Directors to its 2019 Most Influential Corporate Directors list: Dr. Sharon Feng, Traci L. Jenson and Sonja M. Wilkerson.
The Orlando Business Journal names Universal Engineering Services as a top privately owned company. (Spoiler alert: if you don't want to pay $100 to subscribe and read the full list, UES is number 33.)
 
Aloha!
Our goal is to provide not only news and information about the pile driving industry, but we also attempt to give you some entertainment and culture. With that, here's what happens when a new bridge is built in Hawaii; another job well done by the Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company. Mahalo for reading.
 
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A Pile of News - March 2020

A Pile of News: March 2020

A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers and suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
 
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars! 2020 Events South Carolina Chapter Driven Pile Technical Seminar, March 19, The Citadel, Charleston Pacific Coast Chapter sets 10th Annual Scholarship Shoot, registration open for April 17 event.

Coming to your city: PDCA will be hosting The Houston Social on April 9 and The Midwestern Meet-Up: Chicago on April 23. Both are FREE networking and social events for members and non-members; PDCA will give a short program about forming new Chapters in both regions.

Northeast Florida Chapter Luncheon Meeting, May 19, World Golf Hall of Fame, St. Augustine
PileDriver magazine, Issue #1 for 2020 is now live; click here to read the digital edition.

Rep the industry PDCA swag and educational resources are available at The PDCA Store. Always include #PDCAdriven on your social media for your chance to win free merchandise.

Activate!   If you haven't already, bring your 2020 member dues current. Or join at the same link. 
 
News from PDCA Members
Acquisitions
  • American Engineering Testing, Inc. of St. Paul, MN acquires Strata, grows western footprint 
  • ECS acquires Atlanta Environmental Management, Inc., incorporates into ECS Southeast LLP
  • Sunroc expands pile driving operations with purchase of Salt Lake City-based DDF Corporation
  • Terracon has acquired Skelly and Loy of Harrisburg, PA
  • Universal Engineering Sciences merges with GFA International, adds six more Florida offices
Anniversaries
  • Frank Black Pipe & Supply Co. in McPherson, KS celebrates 65 years in business
  • Service Steel Warehouse reaches 55 years in distribution from its Houston home
Is it football season yet? At their Super Bowl-themed potluck, GeoStructures, Inc. employees wore their favorite NFL jerseys. Winning the Best Jersey Contest was Paola Sequeira, who sported a throwback Buffalo Bills #32...do you remember who made that famous?
 
Football Part II: When the Chiefs returned to Kansas City, MO (or is it KS?), the Super Bowl Champs paraded before legions of loyal fans. Sunbelt Rentals also got to strut their stuff during the event.
 
Rock On: Among celebrity deaths this year was Neal Peart of Canadian rock band Rush, which dominated radio in the 1970s. We share a music video from Louisiana's Deep South Construction and Salvage showing their team in action to a soundtrack featuring Rush's 'Working Man.'
 
Goat Yoga in 2021? Employees at GeoEngineers in Redmond, WA compete in a planking challenge.
 
Starring with ScarJo: Last month, we wrote about Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (MRCE)'s domination of New York City intramural volleyball...now, we learn they were in an Oscar-nominated movie. See how an MRCE instrumentation installation appeared in a film called Marriage Story.
 
Scott Bridge Company of Opelika, AL contributed to what is described as "the largest project in Birmingham's history" a reconstruction of downtown's I-59/I-20 interchange. The ribbon is now cut and the new interchange is open to traffic. Company VP Bill Scott participated in the grand opening this winter along with other contractors and VIPs, including Congressman Gary Palmer.
 
People on the Move
Greg Fischer, PhD, PE becomes president at Seattle-based Shannon & Wilson, effective this spring; he succeeds Gerard Buechel, PE. At GeoEngineers of Redmond, WA, Ty Graham is the new CFO and Rick Heckel, PE is the new principal in Nashville. Golder appoints Andreas Rothe as Global CFO to succeed Lee Anne Lackey, who retires. Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. names new vice presidents; Michael Derr, PE in Pennsylvania and Donny Sousa in New Jersey. Syed Raza joins EXP as VP in California.
 
More: Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) appoints Andrew MacLeod, PE geotechnical department manager in Baltimore; Michael Venezia, PE and David Anderson, PE become principals. GZA Environmental, Inc. adds Gustan Taylor to the Detroit office. Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering of Columbia, SC expands, names 300th employee Fred Wright to oversee the new Lake City, FL office. Allan Korte tapped to lead new Florida Junttan office serving the Southeastern U.S.
 
New PDCA member, Shout-out 1: Baton Rouge-based Coastal Contractors, Inc. is a newly formed marine and bridge builder serving Louisiana. Industry vet and CEO Devon Overall opened in January.
 
New PDCA Member, Shout-out 2: Dallas-based Calsak Plastics named Scott Williams director of market development and Sean O'Leary manager in Los Angeles following the retirement of Steve Hankammer.
 
Other notes of interest:
  • Aradaman & Associates announced employee milestones, including Thomas Leto reaching his 50-year anniversary with the firm and Ethan Drew's receipt of his PE license in Florida.
  • John Haupt of AET is a Future City mentor in a Minnesota middle school; his team has designed a state champion sustainability project and qualified for Nationals. Help them get there!
  • Jim Dash of CarlsonDash in Chicago is named to the 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers list.
  • Clark Construction VP Megan Calhoun earns recognition from the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the region's Outstanding Women in Construction and Design 2020.
  • Dewberry CEO Donald Stone, Jr. will be inducted into The Citadel School of Engineering's Academy of Engineers. Also, EVP Craig Johnson, PE at the Fairfax, VA-based firm makes South Jersey Biz Magazine's 2019 Executive of the Year list.
  • Jannifer Anderson of ECS named to Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources workgroup on solar developments.
  • Reem Tanta of EXP achieves Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) designation.
  • Roy Morioka of Hawaiian Dredging Co. named to leadership series in Pacific Business News
 
Policy Matters
Trump Tackles T&I: The new budget from the White House proposes a hike in infrastructure spending
  • ARTBA releases analysis of Trump Administration FY 2021 Budget Request.
Decision 2020: Meantime, Presidential hopefuls appealed to voters on infrastructure policy during a Nevada campaign forum.
 
Investors take note: With new American infrastructure spending proposed by both President Trump and the Democratic U.S. House, there is renewed optimism for public revitalization dollars. InvestorPlace forecasts the top three infrastructure stocks for investors to consider.
 
State News:
 
Philanthropy
Matt Fogleman of ECS in Ashville, NC voluntarily judged the NAWIC Block Kids Building Competition.
 
Fugro in Houston volunteered with "Meals on Wheels" to assist immobile and senior residents.
 
Sealevel Construction Inc. wins the BIG Achiever Award from the Bayou Industrial Group, which recognizes the company's active involvement in the Thibodaux, LA community.
 
Terracon awards $67K in grants to universities and non-profits; the recipient list is here.
 
Tammy Taylor and Rick Kushner, both from the Jacksonville, FL office of Universal Engineering Sciences, participated in the Fight for Air Climb in support of the American Lung Association.
 
Iain Laing from the John Lawrie Group is an avid fisherman. Due to rapidly decreasing levels of Atlantic salmon in the U.K, he joins the campaign of The River Dee Trust to reverse the trend.
 
Look Who Made the News!
American Journal of Health Promotion includes an op-ed by American SpiralWeld Pipe Company wellness manager Sheri Snow about the value of investing in employee health and wellbeing.
 
ENR includes Jim McLamb of Clark Construction as a Top 25 Newsmaker. In the interview, Jim talks about meeting an arena project deadline, just in time for a Metallica concert and the NBA season!
 
Geostrata magazine publishes Big Reputation, a poem by Katherine Zadrozny, PE, M.ASCE of AET.
 
HGTV's Extreme Makeover begins new season, which features action-footage of Sunbelt Rentals.
 
Investing in California Small Business names Forefront Deep Foundations Face of High-Speed Rail.
 
News4Jax regularly covers increased flooding mitigation and adaptation efforts in Northeast Florida; 25 states experienced record flooding in 2019. Terracon senior manager Tony Pooley provided the TV station expert analysis on tidal data and stressed aquifers in the Jacksonville region.
 
Pacific Business News prints photos of a Hawaiian Dredging Construction Honolulu condo project.
 
WBUR Public Radio-Boston features a story on a wetlands restoration project by GZA Environmental.
 
Thanks for reading 2020's third installment of A Pile of News; please keep sending and posting your company announcements. And don't forget to include #PDCADriven on your social media, you might be randomly selected to win PDCA logo merchandise from The PDCA Store
 
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A Pile of News - February 2020

A Pile of News: February 2020

A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers and suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
 
From the Association & Chapters
PDCA gives you Moore Sure, it could be the new marketing slogan, but it also signifies the seating of PDCA's newest president, Jason Moore of Charleston, SC. He assumed the ceremonial gavel during PDCA's annual Strategic Planning Meeting in January and has begun a one-year term. In addition to a new president and executive committee, four new faces have joined the board. More on leadership changes.

Piles, not Ferns! A function of PDCA president is to write an editorial column in PileDriver magazine. We eagerly await Jason's first installment in February. That publication will also include a farewell from immediate past president Scott Callaway. This time, his column is part of a multimedia production; it will be the first in a video series from PDCA called Between 2 Piles.

Mark your calendars PDCA invites your participation in its 2020 events:
  • Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles (DICEP), Sept. 2224, New Orleans, LA
PDCA of South Carolina has set four quarterly chapter dinner meetings, all to take place at the Town & Country Inn and Suites in Charleston, SC. Dates for the 6:00 p.m. meetings include: Feb. 13, May 14, Aug. 13 and Nov. 12. In addition, the chapter will host its biennial Driven Pile Technical Seminar on March 19 at The Citadel, Holiday Alumni Center in Charleston.   PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter released its event calendar. Three quarterly dinner meetings remain, each begins at 6:00 p.m.: April 16 at L'Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge; Aug. 20 at the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi, MS; and Nov. 12 at Messina's Restaurant in Kenner, LA. Don't miss the 2020 Skeet Shoot, at Bridgeview Gun Club in Kenner on Oct. 30. 

Rep the industry
Remember, The PDCA Store features a variety of swag as well as educational resources. Watch for new items in 2020. Always include #PDCAdriven on your social media for a chance to win free merchandise.


Support the industry
By now, PDCA members should have received notice of the association's restructured member dues system, unanimously passed by the Board of Directors and strategically designed to ensure both improved member support and association fiscal solvency.If you haven't already, please click here to bring your member dues current. Non-members can enroll too.
 
Policy Matters
We are one month into a Presidential election year; local, state and federal campaigns are ablaze throughout the country. History and conventional wisdom tell us that Washington will avoid enacting legislation to address federal infrastructure shortcomings, but these are unpredictable times. Last week, a House proposal emerged but no funding details were included. Meanwhile a bipartisan chorus of infrastructure improvement proponents is growing.  New data is available showing job increases and higher wages in the construction and engineering sectors while manufacturing has experienced job loss, primarily in metals production Construction Business Owner quotes Irina Plumlee of Munsch Hardt in a legal analysis of federal issues, including the USMCA, I-9 employment eligibility, e-verify and infrastructure.

Turning to the states, many legislatures have begun their 2020 sessions. Numerous issues will be debated in multiple capitol cities, including election security, gun control, marijuana and the environment. Read "The Biggest Issues Facing State Legislators in 2020" from Fiscal Note.

Several states appear to be investing in infrastructure; see this story from the Wall Street Journal.

Wall Street Journal examines midwestern river traffic irregularities due to increased flooding, aging infrastructure; quotes Mike Blaske of Illinois Marine Towing, subsidiary of Canal Barge.
 
News about People
ECS Florida, LLC announces new operations manager Corey Dunlap, P.E. to lead new Gainesville office. Eustis Engineering announces leadership changes: past president Bill Gwyn has stepped down from the board, president Randy Eustis sets retirement for Dec. 31, 2020, Gwendolyn Sanders to succeed Eustis as first female president and Chad Held to become executive VP. St. Louis-based Geotechnology Inc. promotes Pat Donovan, P.E. to professional services president, Jim Howe to exploration president. Greeman -Pederson Inc. of NY names Angela Strevig as director of highways for the Columbia, MD branch. Catherine Maguire and Kent Wiken join Golder & Associates in Redmond, WA. Nucor announces new CEO Leon Topalian elected to board, John Walker is new non-executive chairman.

Geotechnology Inc. congratulates Ryan Farrar in Memphis for earning a P.E. license from Tennessee. Sarah Smith of Greeman Pederson, Inc. earns a P.E. license from Pennsylvania. GT Mid Atlantic recognizes Taylor Gundy in Mechanicsburg, PA for completing her B.S. in marketing.

Canal Barge VP Del Wilkins presented prestigious River Bell Award from the Seamen's Church Institute.

S&ME VP Thomas Davis named Outstanding Professional Engineer of the Year in Tennessee.

SeaLevel Construction, Inc. of Thibodaux, LA recognizes operations manager Travis Schonacher for service as president of PDCA Gulf Coast.
  • Chapter seats new officers for 2020, including president Kirt Jackson of Cajun Industries; VP Gerard Chenevert of GROUP Deep Foundations; secretary Dylan Andre of Patriot Deep Foundations and treasurer John Matthews of DeSoto Treated Materials, Inc.
Terracon technician Hachem Ahmed in D.C. was recognized for potentially saving a life after he aided a woman who had a serious trail biking accident. Also, environmental tech Von Capps in Houston performed the solemn ritual of placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

An impressive run: Bob Richardson and Tracy Brown are both recent retirees of Manson Construction Co. Richardson ended his 44-year career as a project manager with the Seattle-based contractor, a job that took him around the globe. Brown began what he believed was a two-week temp assignment as a deckhand, but it turned into 42 years for the now retired Captain.

Elsewhere, after more than 40 years in the industry, Dan Sciortino has retired as Boston-based VP/branch manager at Equipment Corporation of America. Branch Manager Gary Drew retires after 36 years with Ardaman & Associates in Ft. Myers, FL. Todd Edmunds retires from Keller

Not done yet: Earnest Ross of Canal Barge Company, Inc. just celebrated 40 years with the New Orleans transportation firm and is apparently taking on another decade.