Thrace-Linq hires QA manager

October 31, 2011

South Carolina-based Thrace-Linq announced in an Oct. 26 press release the appointment of Gregory W. Adams as quality assurance manager. The release said that Adams “will play a major role in partnering with business development and production managers to identify customer needs, market trends, and new product opportunities across the growing nonwovens industry.” Adams has …

TenCate receives 2011 IFF Innovation Award

October 26, 2011

New geotextile manages water and soil stabilization issues By Jan Brenny The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) selected TenCate’s new water-wicking geotextile, Mirafi® H2Ri, as the recipient of this year’s Innovation Award. The product was officially launched with the announcement of the award at IFAI Expo Americas 2011. The story of Mirafi H2Ri began with one …

IFAI president Stephen Warner departs

October 25, 2011

BALTIMORE, Oct. 25, 2011—Peter McKernan, chairman of the board for the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), announced today that the association’s president and CEO, Stephen Warner, is stepping down from this position. Warner was instrumental in the launching of a quarterly magazine in 1983, Geotechnical Fabrics Report, a title that later became simply GFR. The …

GMA on Capitol Hill to support study of geosynthetics in roads

Letter from U.S. Reps. Duncan and LoBiondo sent to GAO earlier this month ROSEVILLE, MINN. Oct. 25, 2011—The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has announced that two members of Congress have sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), asking that office to conduct a study regarding geosynthetic materials in roadway systems. The coauthors …

ASTM’s Nov. 7 deadline for GCL abstracts

October 24, 2011

ASTM invites papers for “Current and Future Practices for the Testing of Multi-Component GCLs.” About the event Title: Third Symposium on Current and Future Practices for the Testing of Multi-Component Geosynthetic Clay Liners Date: Friday, June 29, 2012 Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina–San Diego, Calif. Sponsored by: D35 Deadline for abstract submittal: Monday, …

Tensar plans increase in geogrid production

October 21, 2011

Projected output up by 30% in U.S. Atlanta-based Tensar Corp. said in an Oct. 19 press release that it is making an investment to increase the output capacity of its geogrid production plant in Morrow, Ga. The company said that the expansion in production “will come on stream in 2012 enabling an increase in output …

FEMA says: Rebuild better, safer, smarter—use geosynthetics

October 20, 2011

Following Tropical Storm Irene’s destructive path through western Massachusetts in late August, officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) say they want to inform all recovering municipalities and nonprofit organizations that there may be additional funding available to reduce or prevent future flood damage, according to a …

Swiss manufacturer Leister opens new U.S. headquarters

October 19, 2011

Plastic welding and hot-air equipment manufacturer, Leister Process Technologies, has opened an expanded U.S. headquarters outside of Chicago, according to an Oct. 17 press release from the company. The release said that the new facility in west-suburban Itasca, Ill., “quadruples Leister’s capabilities in North America.” Among new service offerings: complete inventory of geosynthetic tools for …

ASCE names new president

October 18, 2011

Gregory E. DiLoreto is the new president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers, according to an Oct. 17 press release from ASCE. His installation is Oct. 21, during the 2011 Annual Civil Engineering Conference in Memphis, Tenn., and he will begin his presidency in the fall of 2012. DiLoreto, P.E., P.LS., F.ASCE, is the …

Environmental Connection 2012 registration now open

October 17, 2011

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) has opened registration for its annual conference and expo, Environmental Connection 2012 (EC12), Feb. 26-29 in Las Vegas. Interested parties can visit IECA’s website for details on full-day courses, shorter technical sessions, special events, and the exhibit hall. Education remains the cornerstone of Environmental Connection. Each year, hundreds of …