Wodetzki Award honoree Ernest Hagler dies

August 8th

Former IFAI Board Member Ernest Hagler of Denver, Colo., passed away July 29. Hagler, 96, was a past recipient of IFAI’s Bruce W. Wodetzki Award, the tent rental industry’s most prestigious honor. President of American Canvas Company and Denver Tent Company, Hagler served on IFAI’s Board of Directors from 1981 to 1988 and was an...

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GSI awards 2018–19 fellowships

August 7th

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), with the guidance of the GSI board of advisors, has awarded GSI fellowships for the 2018–19 academic year. The program recognizes and supports outstanding students worldwide studying geosynthetics. The GSI fellowship program includes candidates pursuing master’s degrees or doctoral degrees. The amount awarded to each fellowship recipient is $5,000. The fourteen...

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AASHTO committee on construction appoints new chair, vice chair

July 30th

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) appointed Dallas Hammit and Amy Tootle as the chair and vice chair, respectively, for the group’s committee on construction, which ensures that AASHTO’s guide to specifications for construction is kept up-to-date with the latest best practices gathered from its state department of transportation members. Hammit...

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Western Excelsior and Gripple form supply partnership

July 25th

Western Excelsior Corp. and Gripple Inc. have signed an exclusive supply partnership agreement for the United States and Canada. Gripple provides products in the erosion control market, including high-performance anchoring systems. Western Excelsior and its subsidiary North American Green manufacture erosion control products, including short-term erosion control blankets and permanent high-performance turf reinforcement mats. The...

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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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AASHTO’s executive director to retire

May 28th

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced May 24, 2018, that Executive Director Frederick G. “Bud” Wright will retire at the end of 2018. “AASHTO is a wonderful place to work,” Wright said in a prepared statement from AASHTO. “In my experience—and that experience working in transportation now spans more than...

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AASHTO announces passing of Kane

May 21st

On May 18, 2018, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced the death of Dr. Anthony R. “Tony” Kane, the former director of engineering and technical services of AASHTO. Kane died last week after battling a long illness. He was 72. Kane served in his role at AASHTO from 2001 to...

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Geocomp hires Epstein as Southeast regional manager

May 3rd

Geocomp, a geostructural consulting, design, instrumentation and testing company, hired Aaron C. Epstein, P.E., to lead the consulting division in the company’s Atlanta, Georgia, offices in the position of Southeast regional manager, the company said. Epstein will develop Geocomp’s southeastern U.S. geostructural engineering services, expand opportunities for structural health monitoring and geotechnical instrumentation/monitoring, and support...

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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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Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI president, dies

October 26th

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI board member and president, died October 8th. He served on the IFAI Board of Directors from 1977 to 1989, and as IFAI president (a position now called chairman) from 1985 to 1987. He was involved with the IFAI Awning Division, now called the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association. His obituary appeared in...

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