Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner visits Elastec’s Fairfield facility

December 21st

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (left) visits Elastec plant. Photograph courtesy of Elastec. On Dec. 19, 2017, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner visited with the employees of Elastec’s Fairfield (Ill.) oil containment boom facility on a recent tour of southern Illinois manufacturing businesses, Elastec said in a press release. He was greeted by a team of Elastec...

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Solmax acquires GSE Environmental

December 20th

Groupe Solmax, a Canadian-based company and an industry leader in the production of high-quality polyethylene geomembranes for industrial and environmental applications has acquired GSE Environmental based in Houston, Texas, from Littlejohn & Co. LLC, as well as certain funds and accounts managed by Strategic Value Partners LLC, both of which are Greenwich, Conn.-based private investment...

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Global Synthetics’ Bentofix GCL safeguards Australian bay

December 20th

Preparation to line the wastewater treatment pond at Broome, Australia. Photograph courtesy of Global Geosynthetics Situated on the southern coastline of the Broome Peninsula in Western Australia, the southern wastewater facility of Water Corporation, which supplies water, wastewater and drainage services in Western Australia, has been under the spotlight in recent years following reports of...

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Competence and vision: Knuffinke retiring from NAUE

December 20th

Thomas Knuffinke. Photograph courtesy of NAUE GmbH & Co. KG After nearly 27 years, Thomas Knuffinke is retiring from the senior management team of NAUE GmbH & Co. KG at the end of this year. NAUE News reported the retirement of senior manager Thomas Knuffinke in their December 2017 issue. After successfully completing his studies...

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Titan Environmental tests concrete-reinforcement geogrid introduced in 2017; Release ‘Year in Review’

December 20th

On Dec. 20, 2017, Titan Environmental released their 2017 Year in Review, including an article on testing of their new TE-SCR100 ConForce Grid for concrete reinforcement, which was released in 2017. Titan said, in pursuit of progressive research, they collaborated with the University of California, Irvine, to conduct testing of their state-of-the-art TE-SCR100 ConForce Grid...

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TenCate sand mattress video at Waikiki released

December 20th

On Dec. 17, 2017, HawaiiNewsNow released a video news report on the installation of a TenCate Geosynthetics sand mattress for erosion control on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell told reporter Jobeth Devera of HawaiiNewsNow, “The goal here is to see if it works and if It does, to repeat it in...

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2018 GeoEdmonton abstracts due Dec. 31, 2017

December 19th

Abstracts of up to 300 words for presenters are due by Dec. 31, 2017, for GeoEdmonton 2018, which will take place Sept. 23–26, 2018, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. All abstracts and papers must be submitted online via the Abstract Submission feature on the GeoEdmonton 2018 website. The Geotechnical Society of Edmonton and the Canadian Geotechnical...

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Don & Low expands Forfar (UK) facility with state-of-the-art Reifenhäuser line

December 18th

In line with parent-company Thrace Group’s strategy, Don & Low of the Scottish city of Forfar in the UK has agreed to a multimillion Euro deal with Reifenhäuser GmbH KG Maschinenfabrik of Troisdorf, Germany, to supply a new 3.5-yard (3.2-m) Reicofil 4 bicomponent spunbond line specifically configured for industrial spunbond markets. The new investment will...

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Suits steps down and Othman named co-editor of ASTM’s Geotechnical Testing Journal

December 15th

On Dec. 15, 2017, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International) announced L. David Suits is stepping down as co-editor of the Geotechnical Testing Journal (GTJ) and that Majdi Othman will assume the role of co-editor of GTJ in January 2018. Suits has been an active member of ASTM since 1978 and has...

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Narrow fabrics industry faces a shortage of people who “get it”

December 15th

Close-up of the yarn feed on Fabdesigns’ Stoll CMS ADF-3 flat knitting machines. Stoll introduced the machine in October 2013. Photo: Fabdesigns. According to textile engineer Connie Huffa, the last year she taught at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (1998), less than 5 percent of the students were studying textiles and the following year...

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