Whitehouse unveils new Bill to help Rhode Island manufacturers address workforce challenges and support innovation

June 30th

Legislation provides funding for manufacturers to train employees and retain institutional knowledge U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined Congressman David Cicilline and leaders in Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry to unveil new legislation to help manufacturers temporarily retain retiring employees to train a replacement and transfer their institutional knowledge. Whitehouse made the announcement at Cooley Group,...

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Fabricated Geomembrane Institute highlights accomplishments and current activities

June 27th

It has been more than a year since the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) inducted new officers and a new board of directors, which occurred in March 2017 at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geotechnical Frontiers Conference in Orlando, Fla. Officers and directors currently serving include Patrick Elliott,...

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QA/QC for geosynthetics in waste containment is focus of GSI course

June 26th

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will host an online course entitled “Course 1: Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities,” Oct. 16–18, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT each day. Robert M. Koerner and George Koerner will teach the course. This is the first GSI...

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GSI’s Robert M. Koerner to host webinar on geotextile filters

June 23rd

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Geotextile Filters: Concerns and Issues,” on July 11, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Robert M. Koerner. This is the first GSI webinar for which all GMA member companies and their employees will receive discounted rates on webinar...

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GMA extends GSI’s educational benefits to GMA members

June 23rd

The Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) announced June 23, 2018, an agreement with the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), bringing new educational benefits to GMA members. “The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has agreed to publicize the Geosynthetic Institute’s (GSI) online webinars and courses and, as such, will be giving its members the same discounted fees as with GSI members,”...

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Cirtex video spotlights geotextiles in coastline protection

June 21st

Cirtex engineer and video narrator Michael Sorensen. Photograph courtesy of Cirtex Cirtex, in Kopu, Thames, New Zealand, released a video on June 19, 2018, that showcases geotextiles used for filtration and erosion protection in coastline seawalls. Narrated by Cirtex civil and geotechnical engineer Michael Sorensen, the three-minute video takes the camera down below the boulders...

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ARTBA leader Ruane to retire

June 20th

American Road and Transportation Builder’s Association (ARTBA) portraits taken on Monday, April 30, 2007, in Washington, DC. Photograph by Leslie E. Kossoff/LK Photos, courtesy of ARTBA Pete Ruane, president and CEO of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), announced he will be retiring from the organization in October 2018 after 30 years of...

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Online 2018 Buyer’s Guide makes product searching a snap

June 20th

The Specialty Fabrics Review 2018 Buyer’s Guide is now available online. This comprehensive company directory includes thousands of products and services across the entire supply chain. Product listings include fabrics, fibers, chemicals, compounds, cleaners, coatings, hardware, equipment and tools. Listings also include services to manufacturers and end products. The online Buyer’s Guide, designed to make...

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Last exhibit spots in the Geosynthetics Pavilion at IFAI Expo/CAMX available now

June 19th

There’s still time to reserve a booth in the Geosynthetics Pavilion but please act quickly. The Geosynthetics Pavilion at GeoDallas, Oct. 16–17, 2018, part of IFAI Expo/CAMX, has a few booth spaces available, and we don’t want you to miss out on this great opportunity to promote your geosynthetics products. Photograph courtesy Tensar International The Geosynthetics...

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USIFI and NFI help influence USTR issued tariffs in response to unfair trade practices by China

June 19th

On June 15, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of products that will be subject to an additional duty of 25 percent as a part of the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to intellectual property abuses. The list covers 1,102 separate 8-digit U.S. tariff lines valued at...

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