Industry veteran Steve Toth retires

January 22nd, 2020

After 36 years in the textile industry Steve Toth will be retiring from his position at Ennis Fabrics as regional sales manager, specialty division. Over his career, Toth has served on the board for numerous industry associations. Currently, Toth is a director on IFAI’s PAMA board. “From the beginning, Steve’s customer service philosophy and values...

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Steve Szenay appointed Serge Ferrari technical support manager

January 13th, 2020

Serge Ferrari announced that Steve Szenay has been promoted to Technical Support Manager for North America. Szenay will be responsible for disseminating technical information for all Serge Ferrari products sold in the United States and Canada, including product use, fabrication best- practices, maintenance and claim evaluation. In this newly created position, Szenay will be the...

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Dr. Ian D. Peggs retires

January 8th, 2020

After 40-plus years of geosynthetic materials performance consulting work, Dr. Ian D. Peggs has made the strategic decision to close I-CORP INTERNATIONAL for the foreseeable future and to retire. Dr. Peggs will continue his own research and development and technical support projects. Dr. Peggs was awarded an honorary membership in the International Geosynthetics Society at...

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Geosynthetics pioneer Robert M. Koerner and wife pass away

December 3rd, 2019

Robert M. Koerner and his wife Pauline W. Koerner have passed away. The Koerner family has released information on their passing to GSI Members. The notice to the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) says, “It is with regret and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert M. and Pauline W. Koerner. As you know Bob was...

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Glen Raven announces new chief marketing officer

August 13th, 2019

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, makers of Sunbrella®, announced the hiring of Steve Pawl as its first chief marketing officer. Pawl has a track record of developing growth strategies and strengthening brands for global companies including Husqvarna Group, Fruit of the Loom, Newell Brands and Pfizer. He will direct the global brand strategy, positioning and activation...

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Dr. Richard Brachman to present the inaugural Zornberg Lecture

May 30th, 2019

The Zornberg Lecture Selection Task Force, comprised of the presidents of IGS Argentina, IGS Brazil, IGS Mexico, IGS North America and the Chair of the IGS Pan-American Activities Committee, has appointed Dr. Richard Brachman, from Queen’s University, Canada, as the first Zornberg lecturer. The Zornberg Lecture was established in recognition of Dr. Jorge Zornberg’s major...

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Solmax appoints Eric Blond as global technical services director

May 30th, 2019

Solmax announced the appointment of Eric Blond to serve as its global technical services director, effective June 3. Blond holds nearly 25 years of experience in geosynthetic testing, research and knowledge of civil engineering and polymeric construction materials. “I am delighted to welcome Eric to our senior leadership team as we continue to fulfill Solmax’s...

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ESI welcomes Bunch as project manager

April 12th, 2019

Environmental Specialties International (ESI), the largest contracted installer of geosynthetic lining materials in the United States, welcomed Ryan Bunch to its team as project manager. Ryan Bunch. Photograph courtesy ESI Before joining ESI, Bunch worked at Southern Company for 14 years. During the past 10 years, he worked in the company’s engineering and construction services...

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FGI presents engineering innovation award to York

April 12th, 2019

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presented two Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Awards during its biennial membership meeting in Houston, Texas on Feb. 12, 2019, during the 2019 Geosynthetics Conference. The first, the 2019 Engineering Innovation Award for Specifying Fabricated Geomembranes, was presented to J. C. York, P.E., of...

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Applications being accepted for DFI’s Women in Deep Foundations professional development grants

April 1st, 2019

The DFI Educational Trust and the DFI Women in Deep Foundations Committee are awarding five grants of $1,750 each to women involved in design and/or construction of deep foundations to attend DFI’s 44th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Chicago, Oct. 15–18, 2019. The grant includes free conference registration and covers related expenses for attending...

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