Sinclair acquires PWT

June 29, 2012

Expanded service, equipment for geosynthetics and industrial fabrics markets Diamond Springs, Calif.-based Sinclair Equipment Co., manufacturer of heat-sealing machinery for the industrial fabrics industry, announced in a press release its acquisition of PWT International. PWT has been a leading equipment manufacturer to the geosynthetics market as well as the rigid plastics and roofing industries. The …

English flood project reveals benefits of geogrid stabilization

June 28, 2012

Royal Engineers hail success at Workington Bridge In November 2009, record rainfalls were recorded in Cumbria County, England, as rivers, streams, and becks poured into area homes, roads, and businesses. Cockermouth and Keswick were among the worst affected, but many other communities across Cumbria felt the impact of the deluge. Rarely has a disaster like …

Geosynthetic Institute issues new white paper on MSE landfill berms

Paper #23 is now available Paper #23 is titled “U.S. state environmental agency status with respect to reviewing and permitting mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) landfill berms” Many state departments across the country are being asked to approve permits for the construction of large mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) berms usually located at the perimeter of a …

Sustainable geosynthetics for climate change symposium held last week in Bangkok

June 27, 2012

Prof. Bergado also honored at international event The International Symposium on Sustainable Geosynthetics and Green Technology for Climate Change (SGCC) was held at the Centara Grand Hotel Ladprao in Bangkok, Thailand June 20–21. This event also served as an honorary retirement symposium for Prof. Dennes T. Bergado—the SGCC organizing chairman, professor of geotechnical and earth …

U.S. DOT announces funding for 47 TIGER projects

June 26, 2012

Overwhelming demand for 2012 TIGER dollars continues U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced last week that 47 transportation projects in 34 states will receive a total of almost $500 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) 2012 program. A U.S. DOT press release described the TIGER program as “a …

Thrace-LINQ hires new director of sales and marketing

June 25, 2012

Dennis St. Louis named to senior manager role Thrace-LINQ, a global supplier of woven and nonwoven polypropylene-based fabrics, announced in a June 25 press release the addition of Dennis St. Louis as the company’s new director of sales and marketing. St. Louis previously served as director of sales and marketing at Vita Nonwovens. Prior to …

Congressman visits CETCO

June 18, 2012

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh stops by suburban Chicago office By Andrew Aho and Ron Bygness During the April 17 Lobby Day organized by the Geosynthetic Materials Association, officials from GMA-member CETCO were introduced to Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.). That successful meeting in Washington, D.C., resulted in a follow-up visit by the congressman to CETCO headquarters …

Enter your award-winning projects now

June 15, 2012

Deadline for International Achievement Awards (IAA) is July 15 By Ron Bygness The deadline for entries in the 2012 International Achievement Awards, sponsored by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI)—July 15—is fast approaching. For the 2012 IAAs, there are 33 categories, including “Geosynthetic Projects,” and award-winners will be featured in the February/March–2013 issue of Geosynthetics …

Cazzuffi chairs European meetings on geosynthetics standardization

June 14, 2012

Past-president of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) conducts May meetings in Milan The annual meetings of the European Committee for Standardization on Geosynthetics (CEN TC 189) took place May 23–25 at UNI in Milan, Italy. (CEN is the European Committee for Standardization.). These meetings were chaired for the first time by past-IGS president, Daniele Cazzuffi …

Promotions at TenCate

June 8, 2012

Henderson, Anderson move up at U.S. headquarters John Henderson and Todd Anderson have been promoted to new positions at TenCate Geosynthetics’ U.S. office in Pendergrass, Ga. Henderson, a former senior vice president, is now global director–water and environment. He is a Georgia Tech graduate. Anderson, a former vice president of sales, is now vice president …