Hanes acquires A&R Geosynthetics

November 26, 2013

Goal is to grow the Canadian geotextile, erosion control markets Winston–Salem, N.C.–based Hanes Geo Components announced in a Nov. 26 press release that it has reached an agreement to acquire a Canadian company, A&R Geosynthetics Inc. Located in Dundas, Ontario, A&R Geosynthetics was founded by Wes Anderson and Fraser Robinson in 2009. The press release …

PGI completes acquisition of Fiberweb

November 25, 2013

Integration creates world’s largest nonwovens company Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) announced in a Nov. 15 press release that it has completed its acquisition of Fiberweb Inc., the Nashville–based manufacturer of specialty nonwoven products and materials. As a result of the acquisition, PGI is now the world’s largest manufacturer of nonwovens, according to the release. The …

SHRP2 implementation assistance

November 22, 2013

Geotech tools are among the products in Round 3 The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) have announced that they will begin accepting applications on Jan. 17, 2014, for the third round of the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Implementation Assistance Program. Applications are accepted until …

Tensar announces regional partnership with G&O

November 19, 2013

To increase geogrid availability and service in Mississippi In a Nov. 18 press release, Atlanta-based Tensar International announced an expanded partnership with G & O Supply Co. Inc. that will increase Tensar’s product accessibility and support service in Mississippi. The new partnership will allow for increased TriAx geogrid availability to local customers, especially along the …

New product: High-temperature geomembranes from GSE

November 18, 2013

Retains its mechanical and physical properties Prolonged exposure to temperatures above 60 C (140 F) can have a negative effect on standard polyethylene geomembranes. When the temperature exceeds 60 C, the liner’s mechanical properties more rapidly break down, causing acceleration in stress cracking and oxidation. This can lead to potential failure. In a new product …

IECA Region One announces 2014 board of directors

November 15, 2013

Geosynthetics industry veteran, Araujo, begins first term The Denver-based IECA (International Erosion Control Association) announced in a Nov. 13 press release its Region One board members. IECA’s Region One includes of North America, South America, and Europe. The Region One membership voted to re-elect Beth Chesson and Julie Etra to the 2014 board of directors, …

Huesker realigns its management structure

November 14, 2013

Lothspeich now president of composites subsidiary The Huesker Group announced in a Nov. 12 press release that it has revamped its senior management, which will now “set new priorities and work to improve customer orientation, reaction times, and the company’s product and service portfolio.” In the North American market, Sven Schröer has been appointed the …

New product: MedTextra fabric system

November 11, 2013

Stay-wet fibers for high-value filters and fabrics Imagine a fabric that creates a balance between moisture, airflow, and virus-scale filtration. A textile that is able to do all three has been developed by Minnesota entrepreneurs—the MedTextra Fabric System, according to an Oct. 25 press release. MedTextra is produced as woven or nonwoven fabrics using current …

Bob Groh dies in plane crash

November 8, 2013

President of Wisconsin-based Geo-Synthetics LLC Robert (Bob) Groh, 64, president of a Geo-Synthetics LLC, Waukesha, Wis., was killed in the crash of a single-engine plane near Kirksville, Mo., Tuesday night, Nov. 5. Groh was flying back to Wisconsin from a Colorado business trip with James Quinn, 66, a flight instructor at Wisconsin Aviation. The Piper …

Keller acquires Esorfranki Geotechnical

November 7, 2013

Keller’s footprint now in South African, sub-Saharan construction markets The U.K.-based Keller Group is purchasing Esorfranki Geotechnical, the largest ground engineering business in South Africa, according to a Nov. 5 press release from Keller. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of November 2013. The release said that Esorfranki Geotechnical will revert …