Milliken & Co. announces acquisition of Zebra-chem

March 3, 2021

Milliken & Co. (“Milliken”), a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of materials-science expertise, has formally acquired Zebra-chem GmbH (“Zebra-chem”), a global chemicals company known for its peroxide and blowing agent masterbatches. With more brands and governments globally setting goals to increase their use of recycled materials, plastics manufacturers are …

Geosynthetics Virtual Conference 2021 content available on demand until May 1

March 1, 2021

The Geosynthetic Materials Association and Geosynthetics magazine thanks everyone who attended, presented and exhibited at the Geosynthetics Virtual Conference 2021. If you could not attend, and you would like to experience the virtual event, you can still register. When you register now, you will get on-demand access to all the content from the live show. …

GSI to host webinar on landfill covers

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “Landfill Covers: Past-Present-Emerging,”on March 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. Participants will be able to assess past landfill cover practices and gain comparisons to present …

The World of Coal Ash 2022 announces new dates

February 24, 2021

The American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research announced the dates for the World of Coal Ash 2022. The conference was originally scheduled for May 2021, but it was delayed due to Covid-19 precautions. WOCA 2022 will be held May 16–19, 2022, at the Northern Kentucky Convention …

Geosynthetic prices increase due to spike in polypropylene resin costs

February 19, 2021

Polypropylene (PP) resin and other plastic resins have experienced a rapid price increase over the past three months, affecting the cost of geosynthetic products, according to Fred C. Chuck, P.E., executive director of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) at Industrial Fabrics Association International. “Market conditions continue to remain highly volatile, with resin availability and pricing …

IECA Region One aligns association structure with strategic plan

February 18, 2021

With the reunification of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One and Region Two, the IECA board of directors is making structural changes to support incoming members and to create a solid backbone for the future. Structural changes include: The board promoted Samantha Roe, IOM, to Chief Executive Officer of the association. Members from …

Twenty-five states introduce transportation funding bills

February 16, 2021

State legislators in half the country introduced 61 transportation funding measures during January, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC). They are seeking to bridge construction and repair revenue shortfalls created by past failures to keep up with investment needs, economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and …

ASTM International geosynthetics committee developing proposed vinyl sheet piling standard

February 12, 2021

ASTM International’s geosynthetics committee (D35) is developing a proposed standard that covers vinyl sheet piling used in marine and geotechnical fields for seawalls, retaining walls, flood walls, erosion control and pollution cutoff. According to ASTM member Steve Hargrave, innovation and engineering director at CMI Limited, the proposed standard (WK75165) will fill the need for a …

Civil engineers give Ohio’s infrastructure a “C-” in 2021 Infrastructure Report Card

Grades across 16 categories span from a B to a D. The Ohio Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) unveiled its 2021 Report Card for Ohio’s Infrastructure on Feb. 11, issuing grades from B to D for 16 categories pertinent to Ohio, including: bridges (C+), dams (C-), drinking water (D+), energy (C), hazardous …

Tensar (U.K.) commits to 100% renewable energy

February 11, 2021

All the electricity used by Tensar International Ltd. in the U.K. in manufacturing its geogrid products is now certified to come from renewable sources. The switch to a renewable energy supplier, which took place on Oct. 1, 2020, is one of several initiatives introduced by Tensar in recent years to reduce its environmental impact, said …