Utility Contractor

NOV-DEC 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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Utility Contractor 11 GROUNDBREAKING NEWS Blood Hound LLC has entered into a partnership with Utility Specialists Inc., the leader in private utility locating in North Carolina and South Carolina. Headquartered near Greenville, South Carolina, Utility Specialists Inc. (USI) was established in 1998 by Ruth and Mike Taylor. Since then, USI has provided exceptional utility protection and locating services for clients located in the Southeast regions of the United States. "I am committed to ensuring that Blood Hound maintains the same high standard of safety and quality that has enabled us to grow into the leading private locating and SUE service provider we are today," said Mark Mason, President of Blood Hound. "Our new partnership will not change our commitment to safety, quality, and innovation that our customers have come to expect. We are excited to bring on board this highly qualified team, and welcome them into the family as we continue to extend our footprint into the eastern part of the country." Blood Hound Announces Partnership With USI Northwest Pipe Co., a leading producer of engineered welded steel pressure pipe products for the water transmission market, has acquired Ameron Water Transmission Group LLC, a major supplier of engineered welded steel pressure pipe as well as reinforced concrete pipe. The transaction closed on July 27, 2018, and was funded with cash on hand. In addition to expanding Northwest Pipe Co.'s footprint in a key water transmission pipe market, this acquisition also adds bar-wrapped concrete cylinder pipe, reinforced concrete pipe and T-Lock, a proprietary PVC lining for concrete pipe sewer applications, to the company's product portfolio. Headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and formerly a part of National Oilwell Varco Inc., Ameron has pipe operations in Tracy, California, and San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico, as well as a protective lining facility in Brea, California. Ameron had approximately $57 million in net sales in 2017. "The acquisition of Ameron is the next step in our multi-year transformation to grow our business into a pure-play water company, by building upon our strengths as an industry leader and consolidating two companies with proud histories in the water transmission business," said Scott Montross, President and CEO of Northwest Pipe Co. "The acquisition creates a larger, stronger company better positioned to meet existing customer needs with an expanded product offering and also better positions us to meet the increased demand we expect in our markets in the next few years." Northwest Pipe Co. Acquires Ameron Water Transmission Group In October, representatives from Caterpillar Inc., Finning Canada and Teck Resources Ltd. gathered in East Peoria, Illinois. To celebrate the milestone of the 40,000th Cat large dozer rolling off the production line. Core to Caterpillar's global identity, the current Cat large dozer line includes the D9, D10 and D11 models. Commenting on the importance to Caterpillar of the 40,000th large dozer milestone, Greg Hepler, product manager for large dozers, said, "Caterpillar transformed the track-type tractor with the introduction of the suspended undercarriage with elevated drive sprocket. This innovation, along with a long history of others, enabled Cat large dozers to set the standards for efficiency, productivity and durability. These iconic machines continue to define who we are and play a key role in building a better world." Denise Johnson, Caterpillar group president responsible for Resource Industries, handed the keys of the 40,000th large dozer to Louis DeLuca, Teck director of supply management, during the ceremony held Oct. 25. The celebration included employees in Caterpillar's Building SS, where all 40,000 Cat D9, D10 and D11 dozer models have been manufactured. For more than 10 years, Teck has been one of the top customers in the world for Cat large dozers. The 40,000th large dozer, a 225,000-lb (102 058 kg) D11T, will operate in the Elk Valley Region near Sparwood, British Columbia, where the company produces steelmaking coal at five mining operations. The world's second-largest seaborne exporter of steelmaking coal, Teck operates significant numbers of Cat dozers. Teck's newest D11T will be used for production dozing, dump area support, mining shovel support and haul road development. Caterpillar Produces 40,000th Large Dozer

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