Mark Schechter rejoins KB Contract

July 31st

Mark Schechter has been named senior vice president of sales Midwest and new markets for KB Contract, a division of Keyston Bros. Schechter briefly was associated with Shafer Seating, prior to which he had been a long-time employee of Keyston Bros. and KB Contract. A long time Denver resident, Schechter will manage his new responsibilities...

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TRB releases research on geosynthetics and pavement performance

July 31st

National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) has made available online the document “Quantifying the Influence of Geosynthetics on Pavement Performance.” The research report develops a methodology for quantifying the influence of geosynthetics on pavement performance for use in pavement design and analysis. This project focused on the use of...

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ARTBA accepting nominations for women leaders in transportation design and construction awards

July 28th

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is accepting nominations for the Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Awards until August 4, 2017. ARTBA established the awards program to recognize and honor extraordinary efforts of individuals, companies and public agencies that have demonstrated leadership and dedication to innovation in the transportation design construction...

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Vectorply opens high-tech facility

July 28th

Vectorply Corporation, a Phenix City, Ala.-based manufacturer of high-performance composite non-crimp fabrics, opened the doors of their new Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center in June. The 53,000-square- foot facility features 38,000 square feet of manufacturing space dedicated to producing the company’s VectorUltra™ line of advanced multiaxial reinforcements. In addition, the new facility is home to the...

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HUESKER offers webinar on using geocomposites to conserve irrigation water

July 27th

HUESKER is presenting a free webinar on using geocomposites to conserve irrigation water on August 17, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Hosted by HUESKER geocomposites product manager Roy McClinton, the webinar will offer an overview of various geocomposites used for the conveyance, containment and conservation of irrigation water, which can reduce costs and installation time....

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Lenzing invests in Thailand

July 27th

The Lenzing Group plans to build a state-of- the-art lyocell fiber production plant in Prachinburi, Thailand, by the end of 2020. The plant is part of a strategy to substantially increase Lenzing’s share of specialty fibers as a proportion of total revenue. The company established a subsidiary in Thailand and is purchasing a commercial property...

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Bell to become general manager of Strata Systems

July 26th

Strata Systems, Inc., a division of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics based in Cumming, Ga., announced that Craig Bell, the company’s northeast regional sales manager, will take over as general manager of Strata at the end of September. Cofounders Chip Fuller and Rich Enger, as well as longtime project manager, Dave Butchart, will step down from...

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Cotton for absorbent textiles

July 26th

Jayalakshmi Enterprises, based in South India, has developed two mechanically processed cotton varieties for use in absorbent technical textiles products. One has a soft silken touch and the other variety is high end. The two different types of processed cotton can be used in nonwoven manufacturing processes such as needlepunching and hydroentangling to develop absorbent...

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WOCA issues WOCA Awards and makes 2017 papers available

July 25th

The World of Coal Ash (WOCA) conference announced the 2017 WOCA Awards and the availability of the white papers from the 2017 conference, which was held May 8–11 in Lexington, Ky. WOCA is organized by the American Coal Ash Association and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research. WOCA awarded the Barton A....

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Bluestar Silicones becomes Elkem Silicones

July 25th

Elkem, a leading producer of silicon-related advanced materials, is assuming responsibility for Bluestar Xinghuo Silicones and Yongdeng Silicon Materials and integrating them into the Elkem Group. Previously, the two plants were owned by Elkem owners, China National Bluestar. This move further develops Elkem’s integrated silicone value chain from upstream quartz mining to silicon, silicones and...

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