Dan Dwight named new president at Cooley

June 30, 2011

A June 29 press release announced Dan Dwight as the new president and CEO at the Rhode Island-based Cooley Group. Dwight, with global leadership experience in operations, finance, technology commercialization, and private equity, will be responsible for driving the overall performance of the company, the release stated. Prior to joining Cooley, Dwight provided strategic, operational, …

Tensar plant returns to full operation following fire

June 28, 2011

Geogrids produced, shipped at normal capacity. Tensar International Corp. announced in a June 27 press release that its Morrow, Ga. manufacturing and warehouse facility has returned to full operation following a fire on June 22. The plant was cleared to re-open by the Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services Department (FESD) on Saturday, June 25. …

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EPA identifies case studies for hydraulic fracturing study

June 27, 2011

Agency to conduct field work in various regions of the country starting this summer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in a June 23 press release the next steps in its congressionally mandated hydraulic fracturing study. The EPA has identified seven case studies to help examine potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing (“hydrofracting”) on water …

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Wick drains in action at port project

June 24, 2011

By Angelle Bergeron The largest and deepest marine installation of wick drains in the world is ongoing at the Port of Virginia. Mark Palmatier, president and owner of U.S. Wick Drain (Leland, N.C.) said he is working on a project that is the largest and deepest marine installation of wick drain in the world, and …

Fire Department determines source of fire at Tensar plant

Editor’s note: Below is the post-event press release regarding the June 22 fire at the Tensar facility in Morrow, Ga. —Ron Bygness, editor, Geosynthetics Atlanta–June 23, 2011—The Fire and Emergency Services Department for Clayton County, Ga. has concluded its investigation into the fire that destroyed plastic products stockpiled in the external storage yard of the …

Fire probe continues at Tensar facility

June 23, 2011

By Ron Bygness A six-hour blaze at Tensar International’s Morrow, Ga. manufacturing plant Wednesday is still under investigation. The fire started around 2 p.m. and was finally brought under control with layer after layer of crash-foam sprayed by trucks from Hartsfield International Airport, according to reports from Atlanta. The Tensar plant, which manufactures geogrids, employs …

Breaking news: Tensar warehouse ablaze in Georgia

June 22, 2011

A fire a the Tensar Intl. Corp. warehouse in Clayton County, Georgia on Wednesday afternoon will likely burn through the night, according to fire investigators. The fire, reportedly in the warehouse area, was being fueled by stacks of roofing paper, plastic fencing and plastic pipes. “It’s an all-nighter for sure,” Jeff Hood, Clayton County Fire …

Bonar and Natpet select NSC Nonwoven equipment

Bonar Technical Fabrics and National Petrochemical Industrial Co. (Natpet) have purchased a nonwoven production line from NSC Nonwoven for their joint-venture company in Saudi Arabia. Bonar is a Belgium-based producer of woven and nonwoven fabrics for geotextile applications and is a business unit of the U.K. performance materials manufacturer Low & Bonar. Natpet is a …

Craig Martin named Propex VP for Geotextile Systems

June 21, 2011

Propex Operating Co. LLC, announced in a June 21 press release that Craig Martin has been appointed vice president of the company’s Geotextile Systems unit. He reports to Ralph Bruno, executive vice president of global sales and marketing. Martin brings to Propex more than 29 years of sales, marketing, and management experience, according to the …

Note revised dates for GeoAmericas papers

June 17, 2011

GeoAmericas 2012 organizers have moved deadlines for the May 2-5 event back by one month. Please note: June 30, 2011: Deadline for submission of abstracts Aug. 31, 2011: Deadline for abstract acceptance Nov. 30, 2011: Deadline for submission of final papers Feb. 28, 2012: Deadline for review and acceptance of final works The official conference …