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Spearman Joins Thunder Creek as Territory Sales Manager in the Southeastern US

ATLANTA, GA — Thunder Creek Equipment names Garrison Spearman the new Territory Sales Manager for the southeastern United States, covering the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina.

Spearman joins Thunder Creek with both heavy equipment sales and territory management experience, as well as land development/real estate experience …

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Evans Joins HNTB as Central Division Business Development Officer

AUSTIN, TX — Stroud Evans joins HNTB Corporation as Business Development Officer and Vice President. He will drive an increased focus on key clients, markets, and infrastructure initiatives in the firm’s Central Division which includes Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

“Stroud’s industry expertise and proven …

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Louisiana DOTD's Pecue Lane/I-10 Interchange Project Enters Final Phase

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces the latest progress and updates on the Pecue Lane/I-10 interchange project. As part of the East Baton Rouge city-parish government’s Green Light Plan, this multi-phased project aims to enhance transportation infrastructure and improve road connectivity throughout the …

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SH-20 Keetonville Hill Realignment Project in Oklahoma Wins ACEC National Recognition Award

COLLINSVILLE, OK — A Garver-designed transportation project to increase safety and efficiency on the State Highway 20 (SH-20) corridor in Northeast Oklahoma has won one of the industry’s most prestigious honors — the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) National Recognition Award in the 2024 Engineering Excellence Awards competition. …

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Neel-Schaffer Adds MacLellan as Senior Project Manager in Columbus, Mississippi

COLUMBUS, MS — Neel-Schaffer announced that Jim MacLellan, PE, BCWRE, has joined the Columbus Office as a Senior Project Manager.

MacLellan has spent over 30 years in civil engineering as both a Project Engineer and Project Manager. Along with being an Army veteran, MacLellan's background includes state government, private …

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Isbell Joins Burns & McDonnell to Head Water Services in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana

DALLAS, TX — With nearly two decades of engineering, project management, and program management experience in the water market, Sarah Isbell joins Burns & McDonnell in Dallas, Texas. She will lead a growing team of water professionals, expanding the firm’s portfolio throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

“Sarah has a …

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H&E Opens New Branch in Jonesboro, Arkansas

JONESBORO, AR — H&E Rentals (H&E) announces the opening of its Jonesboro branch, the third general rental equipment location in the state of Arkansas. Since the second quarter of 2023, H&E has opened 18 new branches across the country and acquired nine others. The facility includes a fully fenced yard …

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Hy-Brid Lifts Announces Coke as Director of Sales for South-Central United States

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Hy-Brid Lifts announces Gary Coke as Director of Sales covering the south-central United States, including Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas. Coke’s responsibilities include providing customer support as well as continuing the growth and channel development of the Hy-Brid Lifts line of low-level …

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Takeuchi Recognizes Top Dealers at 2024 Dealer Summit

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Takeuchi recently announced its top dealers and the recipients of the 2023 Dealer 360° awards at the company’s 2024 Dealer Summit in San Antonio, Texas. These awards recognize Takeuchi dealers across the U.S. and Canada for excellence in sales performance, facilities, training, accounts receivables, marketing/parts, and …

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Turner Construction Celebrates BUCOM Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

MEMPHIS, TN — Turner Construction recently partnered with Baptist Health Sciences University in Memphis, Tennessee, to bring their vision to life by constructing the Baptist University College of Osteopathic Medicine (BUCOM) facility. BUCOM is part of the Baptist Memorial Health Care (BMHC) system, one of the largest health care systems …

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Oklahoma Transportation Commission Announces Storm Response Updates, Awards $143M in Projects at Recent Meeting

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include an update to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) response to the storms in late April, multiple national awards recognizing the department’s conservation efforts, and an update on two upcoming projects to resurface and add …

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Oklahoma DOT Names New Directors for Design, Project Delivery

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) announces new Directors for Design and Project Delivery.

Justin Hernandez was named Director of Design and Daniel Nguyen was chosen as the Director of Project Delivery. They replace Rick Johnson, who recently retired as ODOT Director of Project Delivery …

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Louisiana DOTD Announces Update on LA 3241 Highway Project

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that Segment 3 of the LA 3241 highway project — which connects Bush, Louisiana, at the LA 40/41 intersection to LA 435 in Talisheek, Louisiana — is nearing completion.

Segment 3, LA 40/41 to LA 435, …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Progress in Western Mississippi

YAZOO CITY, MS — Mississippi Transportation Commission Chairman Willie Simmons announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in western Mississippi.

“Crews are making headway on several projects in western Mississippi that will improve safety and make your drives more efficient,” Simmons said. “These projects show your tax …

Legacy Infrastructure Group Joins NAPA’s The Road Forward, Supporting a Vision for Net Zero Asphalt Pavements

KANSAS CITY, MO — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) welcomes Legacy Infrastructure Group as a partner in The Road Forward, an industry-wide vision for sustainable communities and commerce. This strategic partnership propels forward-thinking efforts to engage, educate, and empower the asphalt sector toward achieving the net zero carbon emission …

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Louisiana DOTD Announces Start of First Phase of Construction on Jimmie Davis Bridge Project

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that work has begun on the first phase of construction to build a new Jimmie Davis Bridge (LA 511) over the Red River in Bossier and Caddo Parishes.

The construction portion of the project is separated into five phases. …

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Caldwell Becomes Takeuchi's Southeast Regional Product Manager

ATLANTA, GA — David Caldwell, formerly Takeuchi’s National Product Manager, has transitioned to become the manufacturer’s new Southeast Regional Product Manager.

In his new role, Caldwell will be responsible for all dealer and national rental account support activity within a multi-state area spanning Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. …

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BOMAG Americas Announces Nittinger as Director of North American Sales for the Western Region and Canada

BATON ROUGE, LA — BOMAG Americas announces that Bill Nittinger has joined the sales team as the Director of Dealer Channel Sales for the western region and Canada. The western region covers the following states: Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, …

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Chauvin Brings ITS Project Management Expertise to Neel-Schaffer

BATON ROUGE, LA — Neel-Schaffer announces that Clarke Chauvin, PE, PTOE, PMP, has joined the Baton Rouge office as a Senior Project Manager. Chauvin is a professional with 13 years of experience in transportation engineering, specializing in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), traffic signal design, and traffic studies.

Chauvin's career …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Make Headway in Southeast Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS — Commissioner Charles Busby, Southern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in south Mississippi.

“As I begin my term as Southern District Transportation Commissioner, it is thrilling to see such consequential infrastructure work taking place in my home region of southeast …

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Officials Break Ground on Phase II of the U.S. Highway 82 Greenville Bypass

JACKSON, MS — Congressman Bennie Thompson and other officials joined Mississippi Transportation Commission Chairman Willie Simmons to break ground on the second phase of a major construction project in the Mississippi Delta.

The first phase of the massive construction project began in March 2022. This phase provided the construction of …

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Palmer Joins Garver as Project Manager in Mississippi

JACKSON, MS — Blake Palmer, PE, joins Garver as a Transportation Project Manager and member of Garver’s Hydrology and Hydraulics (H&H) team, bringing over a decade of experience in hydraulic design, river engineering, and floodplain management to Garver clients in Mississippi and across the region. A Mississippi native and …

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Ratliff Joins Garver as Construction Services Team Leader in Mississippi

JACKSON, MS — Brian Ratliff, a three-decade veteran of the construction industry in Mississippi, joins Garver as Construction Services Team Leader in Mississippi.

Ratliff comes to Garver after serving almost 30 years at the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), where he oversaw projects across his home state. The Mississippi …

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Kunada is new Transportation Planning Lead for Neel-Schaffer

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer announces Vijay Kunada, PE, PTOE, PTP, as the firm’s newly appointed Transportation Planning Discipline Lead. Kunada has over 20 years of experience in transportation planning.

“Vijay has repeatedly shown he understands the needs of our DOT and community clients and the essential long-term transportation strategies …

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Bernhard CEO Tinsley Inducted into AGC Arkansas Hall of Fame

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Bernhard announces that its CEO, Ed Tinsley, has been inducted into the Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Arkansas. Tinsley joins a group of industry leaders in the 2024 class of inductees, recognized for their dedication to advancing …

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University of New Orleans Partners with Bernhard to Launch Innovative Solar Array Installation

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The University of New Orleans (UNO) and Bernhard announce the installation of a solar array on the UNO campus. This initiative marks a significant step forward in UNO's commitment to sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint. The comprehensive project, from initial feasibility testing to final interconnection …

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Oklahoma Transportation Commission Awards More Than $101M in Projects

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include the status of a bridge hit by a barge and an update on the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure charging station installation. Commissioners were also informed of a more than $40 million project on U.S. 75 in …

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Manhattan Construction Company Recognized as Top Safety Leader Contractor by Associated Builders and Contractors

TULSA, OK — Manhattan Construction Co. announces it has earned a National Safety Pinnacle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), which was presented at the 34th annual Excellence in Construction Awards during ABC Convention 2024 in Orlando, Florida.

Manhattan Construction Co. received a Pinnacle Award, the safety awards program’s …

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Mississippi DOT District 3 and 5 Equipment Operators Roadeo Winners Announced

YAZOO CITY, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently held its annual Equipment Operators Roadeo for District 3 at the district headquarters in Yazoo City and for District 5 at the district headquarters in Newton.

“Everything we do is geared towards improving safety for the traveling public, including …

Arkansas DOT Breaks Ground on Springdale Bypass, XNA Connector

BENTON COUNTY, AR — The Arkansas Highway Commission, Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) leadership, and local dignitaries recently attended a groundbreaking to mark the construction launch of the Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) Connector and Phase Two of the Springdale Bypass.

Phase Two the Springdale Bypass was awarded to …

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HGA to Provide IPMT Services for Strategic Biofuels’ Louisiana Green Fuels Project

CALDWELL PARISH, LA — HGA has been selected by Strategic Biofuels as technical partner to provide Integrated Project Management Team (IPMT) services for the $2.5 to $3 billion Louisiana Green Fuels (LGF) project at the Port of Columbia in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana. Strategic Biofuels develops ultra-negative carbon footprint sustainable aviation …

Guernsey Headquarters Moves to Oklahoma City Urban Core

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Guernsey, one of Oklahoma City’s largest and oldest full-service design and consulting firms, announces the re-centering of its corporate headquarters closer to the Oklahoma City metro’s urban core. Coming in 2025, Guernsey will migrate its Oklahoma City-based staff to the just-announced redevelopment of the historic …

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Jacobsmeyer Joins Takeuchi as Central Midwest Regional Business Manager

ATLANTA, GA — Takeuchi-US names Jeffrey Jacobsmeyer as its new Central Midwest Regional Business Manager. Jacobsmeyer’s duties will include dealer development and recruitment, inventory control, forecasting, promotions, sales planning, and goal setting in the Central Midwest region, which encompasses Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South …

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Performance Contractors Celebrates Industry Excellence in Construction Accolades

BATON ROUGE, LA — Performance Contractors, Inc. has earned multiple Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction awards, highlighting the company's excellence in project execution and safety performance.

Performance Contractors achieved the Pinnacle Award, the highest level of recognition of safety excellence awarded by the industry. This award reflects …

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Neel-Schaffer Names Castleberry Biloxi Engineer Manager

BILOXI, MS — Neel-Schaffer welcomes Kelly Castleberry, PE, as the new Engineer Manager of the Biloxi office on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Castleberry joins the company following a 28-year career with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), bringing a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the team.

Since 1996, …

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Braband Joins HNTB as Central Region Sales Officer

CHICAGO, IL — Libby Braband joins HNTB Corporation, an infrastructure solutions firm, as Central Region Sales Officer and Vice President. She will drive an increased focus on clients’ infrastructure needs and successful project development, aiming to maximize growth within HNTB’s Great Lakes Division and Central Division, encompassing an expansive …

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Delta Regional Airport Project Wins 2024 ACEC Arkansas Engineering Excellence Award

COLT, AR — The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Arkansas recently held its annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, and Garver’s Delta Regional Airport Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) Installation project won in the Building/Technology Systems category. The award recognizes projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement, …

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Mississippi DOT Announces District 6 and 7 Equipment Operators Roadeo Winners

HATTIESBURG, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently held its annual Equipment Operators Roadeo for District 6 at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center in Hattiesburg and for District 7 at the district office in McComb.

“The annual Roadeo helps MDOT workers hone their skills and gain recognition for …

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Prater Joins Neel-Schaffer as Water Resources Project Manager

JACKSON, MS — Hannah Prater, PE, joins Neel-Schaffer as a Water Resources Project Manager, based in the firm’s Jackson, Mississippi, office.

Prater has nine years of experience, including one with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). Her background includes engineering design and management for projects involving urban and rural …

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WTS Arkansas Honors Cochran and Cerrato with Awards at Annual Gala

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Garver’s Business Process Improvement Manager Jenny Cochran received the President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership, and Client Services Team Leader Sasha Cerrato was named Promoter of the Year at WTS Arkansas’ annual gala in Little Rock.

Cochran started the WTS Arkansas Chapter in 2018 with …

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Mississippi DOT Makes Progress on Projects in Southwest Part of State

MCCOMB, MS — Commissioner Charles Busby, Southern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in southwest Mississippi.

“As I begin my term as Southern District Transportation Commissioner, I’m excited to ... start off strong with many large projects getting underway in the southwest region …

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Braun Intertec Corporation Announces Transition of Executive Leadership

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Jon Carlson, Chief Executive Officer and President of Braun Intertec, announces he is stepping down after a 35-year career in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Carlson's career started as an Environmental Technician at Braun Intertec in 1988, being steadily promoted to President in …

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Kirby-Smith Machinery Promotes Shuffield to Vice President, Product Support, Cranes & Lifting

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) announces the promotion of Kelly Shuffield to Vice President, Product Support, Cranes & Lifting. Shuffield will be responsible for the strategic oversight of all crane support operations throughout KSM’s territory. Offering sales, rentals, parts, and service, the heavy equipment distributor is an …

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Manhattan Construction Company Wins Four AGCOK Build Oklahoma Awards and Two Best of the Best Awards

TULSA, OK — The Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma (AGCOK) has honored Manhattan Construction Co. with four Build Oklahoma Awards and two Best of the Best Awards for projects completed in 2023. The awards were presented to team members at the AGCOK’s 84th Builders’ Bash at the Cox Convention Center …

ABC Announces 2024 Top-Performing US Construction Contractors

BATON ROUGE, LA — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) releases its 2024 Top Performers lists recognizing its contractor members’ achievements in safety, quality, inclusion, project excellence, and special designations ranked by number of hours worked.

The No. 1 2024 ABC Top Performer by work hours is Turner Industries Group LLC …

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Louisiana Governor Appoints Fisher-Cormier as DOTD Commissioner, Office of Multimodal Commerce

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that Gov. Jeff Landry has appointed Julia Fisher-Cormier as Commissioner of the Office of Multimodal Commerce (OMC). Formed in 2016, the office is within DOTD and is tasked with improving Louisiana’s focus on multimodal transportation. Fisher-Cormier replaces …

Arkansas DOT Set to Receive an Additional $91M in Federal Funding for Six Projects

LITTLE ROCK, AR — The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) is set to receive an additional $91 million in Congressionally Directed Spending and Community Project Funding for six projects.

Members of Arkansas’ Congressional Delegation secured the additional funding in the latest Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriation for the Federal …

Intersection Improvement Project Underway at I-35, SH-9W in McClain County

MCCLAIN COUNTY, OK — A major intersection improvement project is underway at the I-35 and SH-9W interchange near Norman in McClain County. The project consists of a number of improvements including reconstructing the current interchange into Oklahoma’s third Diverging Diamond Interchange, widening I-35 to six lanes between SH-9W and Main …

Oklahoma Transportation Commission Announces Transportation Cabinet Changes, Awards $108M in Projects

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include an update on the recent Oklahoma Attorney General opinion regarding Transportation Cabinet changes, approval to install additional traffic cameras in the metros, a resurfacing project in Tulsa, and two projects in Lawton.

Executive Director Tim Gatz …

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Louisiana DOTD Signs Public-Private Partnership with Calcasieu Bridge Partners on I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge Project

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces the signing of the official, public-private partnership (P3) with Calcasieu Bridge Partners (CBP) to build the new Interstate 10 Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles, an estimated $2.1 billion project.

The Joint Legislative Transportation, Highways, and Public …

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Mississippi DOT Names New Division Directors

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces the promotions of several new Division Directors within the agency. These promotions come on the heels of several staff changes and organizational restructuring as part of the agency’s continued focus on efficiency. Jessica Dilley, PE, will serve as Director …

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Simmons Named Mississippi Transportation Commission Chairman

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Transportation Commission names Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, as Chairman.

“It is such an honor to be elected Chairman of the Mississippi Transportation Commission at this pivotal time in our state’s transportation history,” Simmons said. “I look forward to ensuring this commission continues …

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ProStack Strengthens North American Presence with Powerscreen Crushing and Screening

LOUISVILLE, KY — ProStack, a bulk material handling solutions company, announces the addition of Powerscreen Crushing and Screening to its global distributor network. This strategic relationship will help ProStack expand its footprint in North America and provide customers with innovative material processing solutions.

As part of the ProStack distributor …

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Port NOLA Announces $226M Grant Award for the Louisiana International Terminal Project

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) announces that it has been awarded an additional $226,220,195 in federal grant dollars to assist in building the Louisiana International Terminal (LIT), which will create thousands of jobs, drive the economy, and position Louisiana as an international Gulf gateway. …

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Port of New Orleans Hires WSP to Deliver St. Bernard Transportation Corridor

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) Board of Commissioners passed two resolutions to expedite the St. Bernard Transportation Corridor, a roadway for St. Bernard Parish that will connect the new $1.8 billion Louisiana International Terminal (LIT) to the interstate system and deliver a road that …

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Oklahoma Transportation Commission Announces Several Projects Underway on I-35, Applauds Rescue Efforts

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include an update on several plans for the I-35 corridor between Norman and Purcell, including an asphalt overlay, reconstruction, and six-lane expansion; and recognition of District 6’s efforts during recent winter weather.

Commissioners awarded a $1 million …

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Oklahoma DOT Announces New Leaders for Two Field Districts and GIS Division

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) announces new leaders for its Northwest and Northeast Oklahoma field districts and its Geospatial Data Management Division.

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Jon Logan has been selected as District Engineer for ODOT’s District 6. Logan will oversee the highway maintenance and …
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Acrow Bridge Installed to Carry Detoured Traffic During Highway Upgrades in Rural Oklahoma

PHAROAH, OK — Acrow, an international bridge engineering and supply company, announces that one of its modular steel bridges has been installed to maintain traffic during construction on U.S. Route 75 in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma. Situated between the towns of Pharoah and Waleetka, the project consists of replacing a …

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SitePro Rentals Opens in Shreveport, Continues Construction Equipment Expansion in Louisiana and Eastern Texas

SHREVEPORT, LA — SitePro Rentals announces the opening of their latest branch in Shreveport, Louisiana. The nearly 8,000-square-foot facility on over three acres of land, will service construction professionals in northern Louisiana and eastern Texas.
“This location will help us connect our branch network in Texas and Louisiana with our …

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Louisiana DOTD Provides Update on Cheniere Lake Dam and Bridge Project

WEST MONROE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) provides an update on the ongoing project to replace the Cheniere Lake bridge and spillway on LA 3033 in West Monroe, Ouachita Parish. The $16.5 million project, which involved completely removing the existing spillway and previously connected bridge …

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MDOT Projects Progress in Western Mississippi

YAZOO CITY, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintenance projects in western Mississippi.

“As Commissioner, I’m proud to report that we are starting this year off right by making headway on many critical infrastructure improvement projects throughout the …

Day & Zimmermann Awarded $985M Tennessee Valley Authority Non-Nuclear Maintenance Contract

NASHVILLE, TN — Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) announced that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has awarded its Maintenance and Construction division a contract to perform maintenance and modification services for all of the utility’s hydroelectric dams, gas, coal, and pumped-storage hydroelectricity facilities. D&Z will also perform scaffolding, coatings, insulation, asbestos …

Kirby-Smith Machinery Joins Forces with Susan G. Komen in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) recently acquired a 2024 Komatsu Breast Cancer Awareness-themed PC360LC-11 Excavator into its inventory. The excavator features pink awareness decals around the machine, including all Komatsu logos.

As a longtime supporter of Susan G. Komen, the heavy equipment distributor reached out to Alisa …

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Jackson Joins HNTB as Central Division Government Relations Director

DALLAS, TX — Sarah Jackson joins HNTB Corporation as Government Relations Director for the firm’s Central Division. She brings more than 17 years of experience in federal, state, and local government, management, stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning.

Jackson will direct the firm’s government relations activities for Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, …

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MDOT Projects Make Headway in Southeast Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS — Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in south Mississippi.

“As I reach the end of my final term as Southern District Transportation Commissioner, I’m pleased to see many projects in South Mississippi coming to a close …

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Howington Wins WTS Mississippi Member of the Year Award

JACKSON, MS — Garver Transportation Project Engineer Michelle Howington has only been a member of the WTS Mississippi chapter for a year, but she has already been named its 2023 Member of the Year.

Howington is the chapter’s Communications Chair, and in this role she has spread the word about …

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Officials Cut Ribbon on the East Metro Corridor in Rankin County

JACKSON, MS — Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Central Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons joined Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, Brandon Mayor Butch Lee, and other officials to cut ribbon on the East Metro Corridor in Rankin County.

The East Metro Corridor is a vital north/south corridor that connects State Route 25 …

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Willis Named Director of the Restructured Office of Intermodal Planning and Highway Operations

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces the promotion of Assistant Chief Engineer - Operations Jim Willis to the position of Director of the newly formed Office of Intermodal Planning and Highway Operations. The restructuring of the Intermodal Planning and Highway Safety divisions comes as Charles Carr …

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Mississippi DOT Names New District 3 and District 6 Engineers

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) names Assistant State Traffic Engineer Andy McNair, PE, to the position of District 3 Engineer. Headquartered in Yazoo City, MDOT District 3 encompasses 12 counties in western Mississippi. The move comes after current District 3 Engineer Earl Glenn was promoted …

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Plans Unveiled for Gayle and Tom Benson Ochsner Children’s Hospital in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Louisiana’s No. 1 children’s hospital will soon have a new home thanks to a gift from Gayle Benson, owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.

The five-story, 343,000-square-foot building will be constructed at Ochsner Medical Center - New Orleans next …

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Port NOLA Awarded $73.8M USDOT Grant for Louisiana International Terminal

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) will receive $73.77 million from the federal government to assist in building the Louisiana International Terminal (LIT) project, which will provide an efficient gateway for the movement of cargo on the Mississippi River and the inland waterways of the …

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Eastern Oklahoma Project Receives National Industry Award at Oklahoma Transportation Commission Meeting

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include results of an Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) employee market study and an executive session related to Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive Director Tim Gatz’s performance and salary; receipt of a national industry award; …

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Crossland Construction Takes Home Two 2023 ABC of Oklahoma Excellence in Construction Awards

TULSA, OK — In 2023, Crossland Construction’s Tulsa Division was presented with two awards at the Associated Builders & Contractors of Oklahoma (ABC of Oklahoma) Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony. The teams’ work on the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) Administrative Center and Zink Dam Improvements projects earned them …

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Manhattan Construction Company Wins Two ABC of Oklahoma Excellence in Construction Awards and National Safety Honor

TULSA, OK — The Associated Builders & Contractors of Oklahoma (ABC) has honored Manhattan Construction Company with two Excellence in Construction (EIC) awards and the ABC Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Diamond Award. This is Manhattan’s 25th consecutive year to be recognized by ABC’s STEP Awards program, a safety …

Neel-Schaffer Named 2023 Employer of the Year by WTS Mississippi

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer announces it was named Employer of the Year for 2023 by the Mississippi Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS Mississippi).

“This prestigious award reflects the dedication of Neel-Schaffer’s employees who actively participate in WTS activities,” said Melinda McGrath, the Executive Vice President for Neel-Schaffer’s …

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Arkansas’ Beaver Water District Selects Black & Veatch to Lead Major Water Infrastructure Design

LOWELL, AR — Black & Veatch, a critical infrastructure solutions company, has been selected by Beaver Water District (BWD) in northwest Arkansas to begin the design for its Water Treatment Facilities Expansion Program with anticipated capital cost of $540 million. The expansion program is in direct response to significant …

Tennessee Unveils State’s First-Ever 10-Year Fiscally Constrained Transportation Project Plan

NASHVILLE, TN — The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) reveals its first-ever proposed 10-year fiscally constrained project plan, with the goal of better communicating with citizens and communities of the long-term investment strategy for infrastructure in Tennessee. The $15 billion fiscally constrained plan includes both the annual TDOT work program …

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Waukesha Pearce Industries Names New Full-Line BOMAG Americas Dealer in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA — BOMAG Americas announces Waukesha Pearce Industries, LLC (WPI) as the new dealer in Louisiana for the manufacturer’s full line of compaction, paving, milling, and recycling/stabilizing equipment. For decades, WPI has represented the BOMAG soil equipment line in parts of Texas. The new agreement expands WPI’s territory …

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Knotts Joins Neel-Schaffer as Director of Business Development - Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA — Neel-Schaffer announces that Chris Knotts, PE, F.ASCE, BC.WRE, has joined the firm and will serve as the Director of Business Development - Louisiana.

Knotts has nearly 40 years of civil engineering experience. He began his career in the private sector and for the last 26.5 …

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Selcer Named Neel-Schaffer’s H&H Discipline Lead for Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA — Neel-Schaffer announces that Leah Selcer, PE, has been promoted to the role of Louisiana Hydrology and Hydraulics (H&H) Lead. Selcer’s promotion aligns with leadership expansion in regional and state H&H operations as part of the firm’s five-year Strategic Growth Plan.

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Mississippi DOT Names New Members to Leadership Team

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces new members to its leadership team. Janie Bass, PE, will serve as Assistant Chief Engineer - Field Operations; Lee Frederick, PE, will serve as Director of Preconstruction - Engineering; and Trudi Loflin will serve as Director of Preconstruction …

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Mississippi DOT Promotes Glenn to Chief Engineer

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces the promotion of District 3 Engineer Earl Glenn to the position of Chief Engineer.

“This significant promotion is a testament to Earl’s exemplary leadership, unwavering dedication, and outstanding contributions to MDOT,” said MDOT Executive Director Brad White. “Throughout his …

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Progress Continues on Infrastructure Improvement Projects in Central Mississippi

NEWTON, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects across central Mississippi.

“Lots of progress is being made across the central area of our state, and many critical infrastructure improvement projects are wrapping up,” Simmons said. “This is the …

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Oklahoma Transportation Commission Meeting Gives Update on Bridge Program, Awards $128M in Projects

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include additional plans to address off-system, structurally deficient bridges; receipt of an industry award; and approving a resurfacing project between Union City and Mustang and a resurfacing and roundabout installation project on SH-82 northeast of Tahlequah.

Secretary …

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Kirby-Smith Machinery Hires Heisel as Used Equipment Sales Manager

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) announces the hiring of Matt Heisel as its new Used Equipment Sales Manager. In his new position, Heisel will manage KSM’s used equipment sales team and be responsible for growing the heavy equipment distributor’s used equipment business, which operates throughout the United …

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KDC Breaks Ground on Chase Operations Center in North Louisiana

RUSTON, LA — KDC and JPMorgan Chase celebrate the start of construction for the Chase Operations Center in Ruston, Louisiana. Sitting on five acres on Woodward Avenue, the $31 million operations center will be 50,000 square feet. The project is planned for completion in the second quarter of 2025.

“This …

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Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s Gilcrease Expressway Project Receives American Concrete Pavement Association Award

TULSA, OK — The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) selected the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s (OTA) Gilcrease Expressway project for an award in the Urban Divided Highways category, one of 14 awards categories for hundreds of nominated projects from across the country.

The Gilcrease Expressway project was delivered as one …

USDOT Announces $88.3M Loan for Louisiana to Build Critical Connector Project

BATON ROUGE, LA — The U.S. Department of Transportation announces that its Build America Bureau has provided a $88.3 million loan to the Louisiana State Bond Commission for the benefit of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) to build the LA 415 Connector, a new link between LA …

Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Breaks Ground on Mixed-Use Neighborhood Along the Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS, LA — River District Neighborhood Investors, LLC (RDNI) and the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority recently broke ground on New Orleans’ newest mixed-use neighborhood located on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Joined by anchor commercial tenant Shell Gulf of Mexico Operations, Louisiana Governor-elect Jeff …

ERDC Awards Taylor-Woolpert Joint Venture with $49M Research and Development Contract to Support Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory

VICKSBURG, MS — The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has tasked the joint venture of Taylor Engineering and Woolpert with providing research and development services for its Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The $49 million, single-award task order contract will support CHL projects that advance navigation, flood …

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Warlick to Lead New Health Care Team at HFA Architecture + Engineering

BENTONVILLE, AR — Steven Warlick, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP joins HFA Architecture + Engineering as a Vice President and leader of the firm's new health care team. With more than 24 years of industry experience, the Bentonville-based architect aims to grow and diversify HFA's health care portfolio, with a focus …

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Louisiana DOTD Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Atchafalaya Basin Bridge

BUTTE LAROSE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) recently held a press conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.

“Fifty years ago, on the heels of the highway interstate system, Louisiana opened traffic to the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge,” said DOTD Chief Engineer …

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Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Gulf Shoreline Stabilization Project Honored with 2023 OCEA Bronze Award

CAMERON PARISH, LA — The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s (CPRA) Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Gulf Shoreline Stabilization Project, a 4-mile lightweight aggregate core breakwater on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, earned the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Bronze Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

“CPRA was honored to …

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US-69/75 Corridor in Southeastern Oklahoma Completed

DURANT, OK — Representatives from the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce, Choctaw Nation, cities of Calera and Durant, and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), alongside local legislators and community leaders, celebrated a ribbon cutting for the US-69/75 corridor reconstruction spanning Calera and Durant. Gathered on the Rose Hill Bridge …

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Mississippi DOT Celebrates Five Years of Economic Boom from I-269 Project

JACKSON, MS — Since opening five years ago, I-269 has been a hub of economic development in north Mississippi. Running 26 miles from the I-55 intersection north of Hernando, to the Tennessee state line, I-269 was a $640 million strategic infrastructure investment.

I-269 completed the 60-mile connection from Hernando to …

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Neel-Schaffer's Bowman Wins Award from ACEC Mississippi

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer announces that David Bowman, PE, a Senior Vice President with the firm, has been selected as the 2023 Teddy Roosevelt Award winner by the Mississippi chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies.

The Teddy Roosevelt Award is given annually to an ACEC Mississippi …

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Hyundai Dealer Taylor Construction Equipment Expands in Mississippi, Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, MS — HD Hyundai Construction Equipment North America announces expansions in Mississippi and Kentucky to the dealership territory of Taylor Construction Equipment.

Taylor Construction Equipment, a Division of the Taylor Group of Companies, Louisville, Mississippi, joined the Hyundai North American dealer network in 2021, representing Hyundai from …

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Mississippi DOT Makes Progress on Southwest Mississippi Projects

MCCOMB, MS — Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in southwest Mississippi.

“I’m pleased to report that a very productive construction season has resulted in significant progress made on infrastructure projects in southwest Mississippi, with quite a few now …

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LEMOINE Partners to Safeguard Louisiana from Silent Environmental Threats

NEW ORLEANS, LA — In the heart of Louisiana, a state known for its rich cultural heritage and diverse ecosystems, a silent threat has lurked beneath the surface for decades: orphan wells. These wells, once used for oil and gas exploration, pose significant environmental risks if left unchecked. However, LEMOINE …

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Katzenmeyer Inducted into ASCE’s Ports & Harbors Committee

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Fenstermaker announces that Bill Katzenmeyer, PE, CFM, has been inducted into the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Ports & Harbors Committee. Katzenmeyer brings over two decades of experience in civil engineering, forensics engineering, water resources management, and more to the committee.

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W.J. Palmisano Expands Executive Team with Addition of Patel as Chief People Officer

NEW ORLEANS, LA — W.J. Palmisano (WJP) has expanded its executive team with the hiring of Nicole Patel as Chief People Officer. In this newly created role, she will work directly with Founder and CEO Wesley J. Palmisano and other leaders.

As Chief People Officer, Patel will oversee a broad …

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H&E Opens New Branch in Texarkana, Texas

TEXARKANA, TX — H&E Equipment Services Inc. (H&E) announces the opening of its Texarkana branch. The location on the Texas-Arkansas line makes it the company’s 24th rental location in the state of Texas, but it is the third branch to serve the Arkansas market, primarily in the southwestern area of …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Make Progress in Western Part of the State

YAZOO CITY, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintenance projects in western Mississippi.

“As Commissioner, I am pleased to report that our infrastructure projects are not just moving forward, but gaining momentum as we move towards the end …

RS&H's Tiedeman to Lead Infrastructure Business Unit's East Region

BALTIMORE, MD — RS&H announces that Janie Tiedeman, PE, has been appointed as the new East Region Leader for Infrastructure. With more than three decades of experience, she has spent the last 2.5 years as Maryland State Leader for RS&H, where she has been responsible for growing the firm’s …

Louisiana Governor Celebrates Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Beneficial Impact in Louisiana on Two-Year Anniversary

BATON ROUGE, LA — With the two-year anniversary of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, federal legislation has already resulted in more than $9 billion in funding for Louisiana projects.

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Louisiana, and my …

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Arkansas Highway Commission Announces Selected Alternative for Future Interstate 57 Corridor from Walnut Ridge to Missouri State Line

LITTLE ROCK, AR — The Federal Highway Administration issued a Record of Decision (ROD) identifying the Selected Alternative, or chosen route, for the Future Interstate 57 (I-57) corridor between Walnut Ridge and the Missouri State line, clearing the way for the next phase of project development.

The issuance of the …

Oklahoma Transportation Commission Receives Update on Federal Funding Legislation, Awards $94M in Projects

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include an update on the status of the federal funding continuing resolution; plans to address additional off-system, structurally deficient bridges; approval of an installation project for wrong-way counter measures on I-35; a resurfacing project in Midwest City; …

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Highway Improvement Projects Continue Across Northwest Mississippi

BATESVILLE, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces several construction and maintenance projects in northeast Mississippi.

“It is always encouraging to see the list of active and even recently completed projects,” said Commissioner John Caldwell, Northern Transportation District. “Our focus at the commission is to identify the …

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O'Neal Named New Director of Information Technology at Neel-Schaffer

BATON ROUGE, LA — Steve O’Neal joins Neel-Schaffer in the newly created position of Director of Information Technology, bringing 27 years of experience working with complex technology in large-scale organizations.

“Given the pace at which our firm is growing, the need for innovative IT strategies has become more crucial than …

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Page Named Chief People Officer at HFA Architecture + Engineering

BENTONVILLE, AR — Michelle Page was recently appointed to Chief People Officer at HFA Architecture + Engineering.

Page has been the Director of People + Culture at HFA for the past six years. However, she began her career at HFA in the Accounting Department in 2011. Page holds dual …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Make Headway in the Southeast Part of the State

HATTIESBURG, MS — Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in south Mississippi.

“Major projects that will have lasting effects on the people and economy of southeast Mississippi are making good progress after a productive construction season, and we expect …

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Cape Seals Power Pulaski County PCI Boost, Winning FP2's 2023 Sorenson Award

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Pulaski County, Arkansas, is the recipient of the 2023 FP2 Inc. James B. Sorenson Award for Excellence in Pavement Preservation, due to its innovative 2022 Road Improvement Project. The Sorenson Award is presented by FP2 Inc. to recognize superior pavement preservation and recycling practice, usually to …

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Turner Breaks Ground on Alliance Healthcare Services Crisis Wellness Center

MEMPHIS, TN — Turner Construction Company and Alliance Healthcare Services recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a Crisis Wellness Center in Memphis, Tennessee. This facility is poised to significantly elevate and expand mental health support services within the Memphis community.

The groundbreaking was attended by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Alliance Healthcare …

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The ARA Show 2024 Returns to New Orleans in February

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The ARA Show returns to The Big Easy when the world’s largest equipment and event rental trade show makes its way to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana from February 18-21, 2024. The American Rental Association’s (ARA) annual trade show will …

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Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Recognizes Completion of Due Diligence for New Mixed-Use Neighborhood

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The commissioners of the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority (the Authority) recently approved a measure authorizing River District Neighborhood Investors, LLC (RDNI) to begin the infrastructure work necessary to build a new mixed-use development adjacent to the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention …

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More Than $9B in Improvements Planned for Oklahoma Highways

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — More than $9 billion in upgrades are planned in the latest updates of both the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Eight-Year Construction Work Plan and Four-Year Asset Preservation Program.

Approved Monday by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission, the Federal Fiscal Year 2024-2031 Eight-Year Construction Work …

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Mississippi DOT Earns Seventh Perpetual Pavement Award

YAZOO CITY, MS — The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) announces the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has earned its seventh Perpetual Pavement Award: By Performance (PPA) for a 10-mile stretch of State Route 16 from U.S. 49 to State Route 433 in Yazoo County.

“What an honor it is to …

Louisiana Governor, DOTD Announce the Opening of the New I-10 West Flyover Ramp to MSY

BATON ROUGE, LA — Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announce that the newly constructed I-10 west flyover ramp to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at Loyola Drive in Kenner officially opened to traffic.

The opening of the new ramp marks …

Neel-Schaffer's Sloan Ziegler Wins National Young Engineer Award from ASCE

JACKSON, MS — Dr. Jennifer Sloan Ziegler, PE, Ph.D., ENV SP, CECP, of Neel-Schaffer was honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which awarded her with the 2023 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement.

Sloan Ziegler joined Neel-Schaffer in 2023 and serves as an Environmental …

Western Specialty Contractors Restoring/Waterproofing Facade of 200 West Capitol High-Rise in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Western Specialty Contractors - Little Rock, Arkansas, Branch is restoring the facade of the 200 West Capitol high-rise in Little Rock, Arkansas as part of the building’s ongoing maintenance.

Located at 200 West Capitol Ave and originally constructed in 1969, the 24-story office tower is located …

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HNTB Named Employer of the Year by WTS Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — HNTB Corporation, an infrastructure solutions firm, was recently named Employer of the Year by the Oklahoma Chapter of WTS International.

“We are extremely proud to receive this recognition,” said Gretchen Ivy, P.E., Central States Office Leader and Vice President. “Creating pathways for women …

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Archer Western and Alberici Break Ground on Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project

BELLE CHASSE, LA — Archer Western Construction and joint venture partner Alberici Corporation (Archer Western/Alberici Joint Venture) joined Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), as well as several federal and state leaders, to officially break ground and begin construction on the Mid-Barataria …

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JE Dunn and Georgia-Pacific Hold Topping out Ceremony for $425M Dixie Facility

JACKSON, TN — JE Dunn, Middle Tennessee’s largest general contractor, and Georgia-Pacific, a manufacturer and marketer of consumer products, held a topping out ceremony for the placement of the final structural beam at the project site of Georgia-Pacific’s new $425 million Dixie facility. The new 900,000-square-foot plant will be …

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Gagnier to Lead Health, Safety, Environment and Quality at WSP in the U.S.

MADISON, WI — Jennifer Gagnier joins WSP, an engineering, environment, and professional services consultancy, as Senior Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality (HSEQ) for the U.S.

In her new executive leadership role, Gagnier is accountable for the strategic direction, development, and management of all HSEQ frameworks, metrics, …

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Convention Center’s New Mixed-Use Development Taking Shape with Announcement of Class A Office Tower

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Joined by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Cypress Equities and Lauricella Land Company announce a lease agreement that will bring Shell’s Gulf of Mexico operations headquarters to a 142,000-square-foot multi-floor office building in the heart of the emerging River District neighborhood.

The lease agreement between Shell …

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$40M Roof Replacement Project Underway at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC) is replacing 1.9 million square feet of traditional roofing with a new, energy-efficient roofing system. The $40 million roof replacement project is part of a $557 million capital improvement plan and will be under construction until mid-2024. …

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Infrastructure Improvement Projects Move Forward Across Central Mississippi

NEWTON, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects across central Mississippi.

“Each of these projects show a vital investment into our infrastructure that will make our state a better place to live and work,” Simmons said. “I look …

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OTC Announces FHWA Grant, Asphalt Pavement Awards, and I-35 Corridor Study Progress at a Recent Meeting

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include receiving a Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Accelerated Innovation Deployment Demonstration Program grant for an I-35 bridge in northern Oklahoma, presentation of three Asphalt Pavement awards, a briefing on the progress of an I-35 corridor study …

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Kirby-Smith Machinery Promotes Cole to Executive Vice President, Sales

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) announces the promotion of Gavin Cole to Executive Vice President, Sales. Cole will now lead KSM’s commercial efforts across all segments of the business. He had previously served as Vice President of Sales, where he supported the sales efforts of Komatsu construction …

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Mitchell Named Head of Oklahoma DOT’s Local Government Division

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Matthew Mitchell has been named the Local Government Division Engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. He will be responsible for all interactions and projects partnered with local governments, including county roads and bridges, sidewalks, and bicycle paths. This position also implements the County Improvements …

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Ranck Joins Garver Aviation as Oklahoma Aviation Team Leader

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Matthew Ranck is no stranger to Oklahoma City or to the aviation industry. He was born in OKC, and throughout his childhood he benefitted from the TWA Unaccompanied Minor service, routinely flying between Oklahoma and Indiana, where a large part of his family lives, under the …

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FHWA, National Park Service Celebrate Completion of Roadway Safety Improvements Along Natchez Trace Parkway

TUPELO, MS — Officials from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and National Park Service (NPS) celebrated the completion of a 40-mile roadway rehabilitation and safety improvements project along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Alabama and Mississippi. The Parkway is one of the nation’s most visited national parks with 6 million …

Louisiana DOTD Receives $210M in Redistributed Funds from FHWA

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) recently received word that its request for $210 million in additional federal highway funding was approved due to successfully obligating the full amount of its federal funding during the 2022-2023 federal fiscal year. Last year DOTD received $97.87 …

Gov. Edwards, Louisiana DOTD Celebrate the Completion of First Phases of I-12 Widening Project in St. Tammany

MANDEVILLE, LA — Gov. John Bel Edwards, alongside Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Eric Kalivoda and state and local officials, celebrated the completion of the first two segments of the $169.8 million project that expands and revitalizes the I-12 corridor through the Northshore.

“I remember when we …

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HNTB Announces Haywood as Central Division President and Senior Vice President

AUSTIN, TX — Responding to ongoing growth and a robust U.S. transportation market, HNTB Corporation announces Scott Haywood as Central Division President and Senior Vice President.

“Under the leadership of Scott, ... HNTB will further strengthen partnerships with clients and communities in the Central ... Division," said Rob Slimp, PE …

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Highway Improvement Projects Continue Across Northwest Mississippi

BATESVILLE, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces several construction and maintenance projects in northwest Mississippi.

“We’re making progress, although we all want more, and we want it faster,” said Commissioner John Caldwell, Northern Transportation District.

“These projects are vital to our communities in northwest Mississippi, and …

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Burns & McDonnell Expands Program Management for Energy Providers in South Central Region

HOUSTON, TX — Burns & McDonnell announces the appointment of Noe Saenz to Leader of its program management group in Houston. The promotion will empower Burns & McDonnell to expand its program management offerings to energy providers throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

Saenz has an understanding of complex programs and …

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Officials Break Ground on Reunion Parkway in Madison

JACKSON, MS — Officials recently gathered in Madison to break ground on a local project that calls for the construction of 1.3 miles of new two-lane roadway from Parkway East to U.S. Highway 51.

Reunion Parkway will eventually connect I-55, U.S. 51, and Bozeman Road. It will provide an east/west …

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Louisiana DOTD Announces the New I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge is Moving Closer to Reality

LAKE CHARLES, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Eric Kalivoda announces that the state has selected Calcasieu Bridge Partners (CBP) for negotiations for the $2.1 billion Interstate 10 Calcasieu River Bridge public-private partnership project. DOTD received two proposals for the project …

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Garver Supports Building Pipeline for Women in STEM Through WFA Internship Program Sponsorship

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Garver continues to invest in the AEC industry, communities, and individuals with sponsorship of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (WFA) Tjuana Byrd Summer Internship Program, a 10-week, paid summer internship opportunity for women of color who are enrolled in Arkansas colleges and pursuing degrees in STEM, …

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Dotson Returns to Gresham Smith as Senior Vice President of Transportation

MEMPHIS, TN — Gresham Smith announces that Greg Dotson, P.E., has rejoined the firm as Senior Vice President in the Transportation market.

Dotson brings over 25 years of multimarket experience to the firm, including relationships with clients at the municipal and state level in West Tennessee. He has a …

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Kirby-Smith Machinery Hires Branum as Branding & Communications Associate

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) hires Julia Branum as its new Branding & Communications Associate in Oklahoma City. Branum will be responsible for the execution of KSM’s strategic marketing initiatives related to content, video production, social media, and communication.

Branum, a recent marketing graduate of Oklahoma Christian …

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Guernsey Grows Marketing and Business Development Team with Addition of Funk

OKLAHOMA, OK — Guernsey announces the newest addition to its team, Anne-Marie Funk, FSMPS, CPSM, as Director of Marketing and Business Development. Funk has worked in the architecture, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) industry for more than 30 years and has cultivated an extensive portfolio of clientele.

“We are thrilled …

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Manhattan Construction’s Pagano Named Society for Marketing Professional Services Fellow

TULSA, OK — Manhattan Construction Company announces that Natalie Pagano, Director of Marketing and Communication, has been named a Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Fellow. The SMPS Fellows Program honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the profession of marketing and business development in the architecture, engineering, …

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Buchanan Joins Garver’s Transportation Team in Tulsa

TULSA, OK — Seth Buchanan, who has spent more than a decade delivering transportation infrastructure improvements across Oklahoma, joins Garver as a Transportation Project Manager based in Tulsa. He will work with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA), and municipalities to plan, design, and …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Continue in Western Mississippi

YAZOO CITY, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in western Mississippi.

“It’s great to see so many infrastructure improvement projects nearing completion in my home region,” Simmons said. “Each of these projects show a vital investment into …

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Green Infrastructure Funding Represents Upcoming Projects Currently in Design Phases Throughout the U.S.

A significant amount of funding is now available for green infrastructure projects. These types of projects promote environmentally friendly solutions to current problems, and the funding supports rain gardens, stormwater parks, permeable pavement, subsurface detention systems, tree planting, solar installations, and electrified school buses. Primarily, the projects are designed for …

ICONIC Consulting Group's Britton Named Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineers President

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Keith M. Britton, P.E., President and Founder of ICONIC Consulting Group, Inc., has been named the President of the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineers. Britton, who will be the first African American President, is proceeding Nicci Tiner, PE, PTOE, who was the …

Terracon Acquires PMI of Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Terracon, an employee-owned engineering consulting firm, announces it has acquired Pollution Management Inc. (PMI), an engineering and environmental services firm with locations in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Since its founding in 1988, PMI has provided a range of engineering, environmental, and field services to …

County Improvement Plan Adopted, Nearly $150M in Projects Awarded at Oklahoma Transportation Commission Meeting

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include adoption of the updated five-year County Improvements for Roads and Bridges Plan, a contract approval to move forward on reconstructing the I-35 and SH-9W interchange south of Norman, and the awarding of nearly $150 million in …

Kirby-Smith Machinery Announces Crossley as Regional Product Support Sales Manager for Northern Region

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) announces the promotion of Nick Crossley as Regional Product Support Sales Manager in KSM’s northern region, which includes Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Amarillo, Texas. The promotion occurred earlier this year ahead of the transition of David Kellerstrass to Vice President of Product …

ISG Takes Root in Rogers, Arkansas, With a New Office and Acquisition of Unit Architecture

ROGERS, AR — ISG, an architecture, engineering, environmental, and planning firm, announces its expansion into Rogers, Arkansas. The company also welcomes Unit Architecture and the design firm's Owner and Principal, Ryan King, AIA.

ISG Chief Executive Officer Lynn Bruns, PE, shared his enthusiasm for the impact the …

Peeples Assumes Command of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division

VICKSBURG, MS — Brig. Gen. Kimberly A. Peeples has taken command of the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) during a ceremony in Vicksburg. Major General William "Butch" Graham, the Deputy Chief of Engineers and Deputy Commanding General of USACE presided over the …

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $8.8M in Grants to Accelerate Innovation in Highway Projects as Part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces $8.8 million in grants for 10 projects in eight states and the District of Columbia to encourage the use of tools that can improve safety on bridges and in work zones. The grants, which can …

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Hyundai Launches Dedicated Compact Equipment Sales and Support Team in North America

ATLANTA, GA — Following the introduction of skid steer and compact track loaders, along with updates across its compact excavator lineup earlier this year at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, HD Hyundai Construction Equipment North America announces the formation of a new team dedicated to Hyundai compact equipment sales and support.

Hyundai has hired …

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H&E Opens New Branch in Port Allen, Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA — H&E Equipment Services Inc. (H&E) announces the opening of its Port Allen branch, its eighth rental location in the state of Louisiana. The branch is also the sixth new location H&E has opened across the country in the second quarter of 2023. The facility includes a …

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Federal, State, and Local Partnership Agreement for Southwest Coastal Louisiana Risk Reduction Project

LAKE CHARLES, LA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) of Louisiana have signed a partnership agreement for the $6.5 billion Southwest Coastal Louisiana hurricane and storm damage risk reduction and coastal ecosystem restoration project.

“Today’s announcement is transformative for the people …

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NANO Renovation Underway for New Orleans Fire Department Headquarters and Storm Shelter

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The City of New Orleans recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of the final construction phase for the New Orleans Fire Department’s (NOFD) new headquarters designed by local architecture and interiors firm NANO, LLC. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, NOFD Chief Roman …

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Oklahoma DOT Crews Recognized for Workplace Safety

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Safety and teamwork in highway work zones are critical to seeing that each worker makes it home at the end of the day. The men and women of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) work in all conditions and put their lives on the line to …

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Hyundai North American Dealer Network Adds Oklahoma Territory Construction Equipment

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas announces Oklahoma Territory Construction Equipment (OTCE) has joined its North American network of authorized dealerships.

The Oklahoma City-based dealership will represent the full line of Hyundai Construction Equipment products in Oklahoma City and surrounding counties, with future territory expansion under consideration.

Oklahoma …

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Kirby-Smith Machinery Promotes Phillips to General Manager, Pipeline Group

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) promotes Kris Phillips as its new General Manager, Pipeline Group. He will lead KSM’s efforts to fully support the equipment needs of pipeline contractors operating in the mainline, regional, and local pipeline construction industries. Phillips previously served KSM as a Major Account …

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Construction Underway on 842,043-Square-Foot Facility for American Aerospace Manufacturer

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Seefried Properties, a privately held real estate firm specializing in the development of industrial properties, along with capital partner and real estate investment manager, Truist Securities, announce construction is underway on a new warehouse facility on behalf of a major aerospace manufacturer. Situated on …

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DSC Dredge Adds Navy Veteran Casey as Project Manager

RESERVE, LA — Family-owned and Louisiana-based dredge manufacturer DSC Dredge announces Navy veteran, Keith Casey, as its new Project Manager. With over 20 years of experience in construction and project management, Casey brings a wealth of expertise as he directly manages all construction projects from its early development through …

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Freedle Named Emerging Leader by ACEC Arkansas

ROGERS, AR — Northwest Arkansas-based Transportation Project Engineer Luke Freedle, PE, was selected for the latest class of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Arkansas Emerging Leaders Program. Over the course of the six-session program, Freedle will join 16 other Arkansas engineers in expanding their leadership skills and …

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Lightsource bp Completes $460M Financing Package for Solar Projects

ST. LANDRY PARISH, LA — Lightsource bp has successfully closed on a $460 million multi-project financing package, which will support the construction and operation of a 368 megawatt (MW) portfolio comprised of two utility-scale solar projects in the United States. Power purchase agreements with renewable energy buyers were key to …

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Highway Improvement Projects Continue Across Northeast Mississippi

TUPELO, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces several construction and maintenance projects in northeast Mississippi.

"We've got a long way to go before we can say that we are catching up,” said Commissioner John Caldwell, Northern Transportation District. “We have much more maintenance and repair to …

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Construction Opportunities Abound for Health Care Facilities Throughout the US

Billions of dollars are available throughout the country for new health care facilities, and many of them will be designed to provide mental health services. The needs related to behavioral health are great in America, and the growing number of individuals waiting for services and support is escalating at alarming …

Louisiana Governor Praises Regional Planning Commission's Award of Feasibility Study to Support Louisiana International Terminal Transportation Infrastructure

BATON ROUGE, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards praised the award of a contract to study the St. Bernard Transportation Corridor, among other roadway improvements, to support the Louisiana International Terminal, a $1.8 billion container terminal planned by the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) in Violet, Louisiana. The new …

Columbia Port Commissions Receives $10.5M RAISE Grant

CALDWELL PARISH, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that the Columbia Port Commission has been selected to receive a $10.5 million federal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

This funding will be allocated to the …

Arkansas DOT Awarded $25M Federal RAISE Grant

LITTLE ROCK, AR — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant to the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT).

The RAISE grant funding will be used to reconstruct 3.5 miles of Highway 5 (Old Stagecoach Road) in Saline …

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USACE Begins Construction of Mississippi River Saltwater Barrier

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District recently began construction of an underwater sill across the bed of the Mississippi River channel to prevent further upriver progression of salt water from the Gulf of Mexico.

USACE awarded a contract to Weeks Marine for …

Federal, State, and Local Partners Sign Agreement for Port of Iberia, Louisiana Project

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD), and the Port of Iberia signed a partnering agreement to begin efforts to advance the Port of Iberia, Louisiana project.

“USACE is excited for the opportunity to partner with LaDOTD as well …

AED Announces Stoltz as New Senior Regional Manager

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) announces the addition of Nichole Stoltz as Senior Regional Manager. Stoltz is replacing Jonathan Porter, who has been promoted to Manager of Government Affairs and is now joining the AED government affairs team headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Stoltz is a graduate of …

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LEMOINE, Project Partners Set Record Pace for Orphaned Well Plugging in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA — In a recent press release, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Tom Harris announced 300 orphaned wells plugged with Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding in the last 4.5 months. LEMOINE Disaster Services is one of the two primary contractors for …

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H&E Opens New Branch in Monroe, Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA — H&E Equipment Services Inc. (H&E) announces the opening of its Monroe branch, its eighth rental location in the state of Louisiana. The branch includes a fully fenced yard area, offices, and a separate repair shop and is capable of handling a variety of construction and general …

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Western Specialty Contractors Hires House as Regional Business Development Manager Supporting Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas Branches

FORT WORTH, TX — Western Specialty Contractors announces the hiring of Ashton House of Fort Worth, Texas, as Regional Business Development Manager/Region 2 covering Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. In her new role, House is tasked with supporting the sales staff and developing business for Western’s branch offices in Dallas, Houston, …

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BOMAG Americas Expands its National, Regional Rental Sales Force

JACKSON, MS — BOMAG Americas announces a new National Accounts Manager plus recent additions to its regional rental sales manager (RSM) team. Having a sales manager dedicated to national and larger regional rental chains plus RSMs serving smaller territories allows BOMAG to enhance the level of sales support it offers …

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Ziegler Joins Neel-Schaffer as an Environmental Senior Project Manager

JACKSON, MS — Jennifer Sloan Ziegler, PE, PhD, ENV SP, CECP, M.ASCE, joins Neel-Schaffer as an Environmental Senior Project Manager. Based in Jackson, she will provide environmental and coastal engineering management and design services for clients across the country while also assisting in strategic business development pursuits of new …

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Magni Telescopic Handlers Appoints Taylor Machine Works as Authorized Dealer in Mississippi, Western Arkansas, and Select Louisiana Parishes

JACKSON, MS — Magni Telescopic Handlers announces Taylor Machine Works, Inc., a provider of industrial equipment and solutions, has joined its dealer network. This arrangement allows Taylor to offer the complete range of Magni’s telehandlers, including the Rotating Telehandler (RTH), Heavy Lift (HTH), and Fix Boom Telehandler (TH) models, …

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Mississippi DOT State Equipment Operators Roadeo Winners Announced

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently held its annual State Equipment Operators Roadeo at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.

Focusing on efficiency and skill, MDOT’s Roadeos provide employees with an opportunity to display their mastery of vehicle handling, trailer maneuvering, and heavy equipment precision. The event and …

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Fenstermaker's Foret Receives Coastal Stewardship Award

LAFAYETTE, LA — Fenstermaker announces that John D. Foret, Ph.D., Vice President of Environmental, is a recipient of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s (CRCL) 2023 Coastal Stewardship Awards.

CRCL is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 with a “primary vision to unite people in action to achieve a …

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Infrastructure Improvement Projects Continue Across Central Mississippi

NEWTON, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects across central Mississippi.

“These projects are a major investment into our infrastructure and show your tax dollars at work,” Simmons said. “As these projects move forward, safety and mobility will …

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Hyundai North American Dealer Network Adds Oklahoma Territory Construction Equipment

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas announces Oklahoma Territory Construction Equipment (OTCE) has joined its North American network of authorized dealerships. The Oklahoma City-based dealership will represent the full line of Hyundai Construction Equipment products in Oklahoma City and surrounding counties, with future territory expansion under consideration.

OTCE …

Louisiana DOTD Announces Major Project to Repair I-20 in Bossier City, Sections of Shreveport

BOSSIER CITY, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces a project to provide major repairs to a heavily traveled section of I-20 in Bossier City, as well as additional repairs along the I-20 corridor in Shreveport. The department officially awarded the contract to JB James Construction, …

Tennessee Governor Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony for PlusCAM Battery Material Production Plant in Jackson

JACKSON, TN — 6K Energy officially broke ground on the construction of the world's first sustainable multi-chemistry cathode manufacturing plant scheduled to open in Q3, 2024. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter, 6K CEO Dr. Aaron Bent, and 6K Energy President Sam Trinch were joined …

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USDOT Announces Loan of Up to $45M for Rural Two-Lane Advancement and Management Plan Project in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The U.S. Department of Transportation announces that its Build America Bureau has provided a $45 million low-interest loan to the Oklahoma Capital Improvement Authority (OCIA), on behalf of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) to improve rural road safety.

“A disproportionate share of traffic crashes occurs …

Manhattan Road & Bridge Company Acquires Jensen Construction Company (South Division) Assets and Project Contracts

TULSA, OK — Tulsa-based Manhattan Road & Bridge Co., Manhattan Construction Group’s heavy highway infrastructure subsidiary specializing in bridge construction, acquires the assets and select project contracts of Jensen Construction Co. (South Division). Jensen specializes in overwater bridge construction and is the oldest operating subsidiary of The Rasmussen …

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Bastion Named Office Leader for HNTB’s Gulf Coast Region

BATON ROUGE, LA — HNTB Corporation announces Dusty Bastion, PE, has been named Office Leader for the firm’s Gulf Coast offices. He succeeds former Office Leader Bryan Jones, who was promoted to HNTB Mid Atlantic Division President.

Bastion brings more than 15 years of experience managing complex infrastructure …

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Ditch Witch of South Louisiana Joins Takeuchi's Dealer Network

BATON ROUGE, LA — Takeuchi-US has expanded its North American dealer network with the addition of Ditch Witch of South Louisiana (DWSLA), located near Baton Rouge. This location now carries the full line of Takeuchi excavators, compact track loaders, and wheel loaders. They will also provide equipment rentals, replacement parts, …

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Ditch Witch of Louisiana Wins Crescent Club Award

BOSSIER CITY, LA — Ditch Witch of Louisiana, a provider of underground construction equipment and solutions, announces that the company has been awarded the Crescent Club Award for 2022.

"We are thrilled and honored to be the recipient of this award, which is a testament to our hard work, …

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Kirby-Smith Machinery Promotes White to General Manager, Road & Mineral Products

DALLAS, TX — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) promotes Matt White to General Manager of Road and Mineral Products. White brings over 13 years combined OEM and distributor experience to the role for road construction and crushing/screening equipment. He will be responsible for managing the Wirtgen Group family of products (Wirtgen, …

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Foley Lynx is like Hiring a Full-Time Service Technician for Cat Equipment

Foley Lynx is a support service that gives Foley Equipment customers access to a dedicated service technician right from their phone.

“The easiest way to explain it is to say it’s Siri for your equipment,” said Travis LaDuke, Lynx Consultant at Foley Equipment. “You have a question, and we …

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Stantec Tapped to Support Jackson, Mississippi, Water Improvements

JACKSON, MS — Stantec has been selected by JXN Water, LLC to lead the analysis and design of improvements to the water distribution system serving the residents of Jackson, Mississippi.

The project is part of a federal effort to address the ongoing water crisis that has plagued the city for …

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Mississippi DOT Makes Progress on Southwest Mississippi Projects

MCCOMB, MS — Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in southwest Mississippi.

“Significant progress is being made on infrastructure projects in southwest Mississippi with even more to come as construction season heats up this summer,” King said. “Bridge replacements, …

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Kirby-Smith Machinery Restructures Marketing Department

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) announces several changes to its marketing department. Cody Ward, Director of Strategy, Marketing, and M&A for KSM said that expanding the breadth and capabilities of the marketing team is essential to supporting the heavy equipment distributor’s current and future growth.

“This …

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Kirby-Smith Machinery Promotes Kellerstrass to Vice President, Product Support

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) promotes David Kellerstrass to Vice President of Product Support. Kellerstrass, who joined KSM in 2019, had previously served as General Manager of Product Support Sales. With the retirement of former Vice President Brad Campbell, he now takes over the leadership of …

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First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City Wins National Build America Award

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Manhattan Construction Company announces that Centennial Builders, a partnership between Manhattan Construction Company and Flintco, LLC, was awarded the Associated General Contractors of America’s Construction Risk Partners Build America Merit Award for Building New ($76-$125 Million) for the First Americans Museum (FAM) in …

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Oklahoma DOT Announces Smith and King as Leads for Procurement, Survey Divisions

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Two new Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) division leaders were recently announced at a meeting of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission.

Brad Smith was announced as the new Head of the Purchasing Division, and Jeff King as the new Chief of Surveys for the department.

An …

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DSC Dredge Announces Dugan will Succeed Dolan as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

RESERVE, LA — DSC Dredge announces the retirement of Kevin Dolan from his position as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (VP & CFO). Dolan has dedicated 15 years to DSC and during his time worked closely with President and CEO Bob Wetta as they developed DSC’s financial policies. As …

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Manhattan Pipeline Appoints McGee as Vice President of Customer Relations and Strategic Development

TULSA, OK — Manhattan Pipeline, LLC, Manhattan Construction Group’s pipeline construction subsidiary specializing in maintenance and integrity services, appoints Jennifer McGee as Customer Relations and Strategic Development Vice President. McGee will drive business growth, develop and manage customer relationships, and advise on strategic growth opportunities in the evolving …

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Mississippi DOT Opens State Route 76 (Corridor V) in Itawamba County

TUPELO, MS — A new section of Mississippi highway is now open to traffic. The newly constructed Corridor V, designated as State Route 76, is located in Itawamba County. The 9-mile four-lane highway connects State Route 25 to State Route 23 in Mississippi.

State Route 76 represents a critical link …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Move Forward in Western Mississippi Despite Tornado Damage

YAZOO CITY, MS — The aftermath of the March 2023 tornado in the Rolling Fork area left devastation in its wake. In the face of such destruction, Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintenance crews rose to the occasion and had roads cleared within hours, ensuring emergency services, relief efforts, and …

Louisiana DOTD to Replace 10 Rural Bridges Along LA 534 in Claiborne Parish

HAYNESVILLE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces a project to replace 10 rural bridges/structures along LA 534 and LA 534 Spur south of the Town of Haynesville in Claiborne Parish.

The $18.2 million project recently began with a closure on the first site, which involves …

Arkansas DOT to Cut the Ribbon on Newly Widened Highway 10 Corridor

PULASKI COUNTY, AR — Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) leadership and local dignitaries in Little Rock recently cut the ribbon on the newly widened Highway 10 (Cantrell Road) Corridor.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, the corridor will be officially dedicated as the Thomas B. Schueck Highway. Schueck served as …

Kinley Corporation Taps Industry Veteran Riggs as President of its Newly-Launched Services Group

TULSA, OK — Kinley Corporation announces the launch of Kinley Services, a new group that will serve as the parent organization of their recently launched division, Kinley Advanced Technical Services (KATS). The company has appointed industry veteran Michael Riggs as President of Kinley Services Group.

Riggs, who will be …

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Ditch Witch of South Louisiana Dealership Awarded 2022 Crescent Club, the Highest Dealership Honor

GEISMAR, LA — The Ditch Witch organization awarded Ditch Witch of South Louisiana — located in Geismar, Louisiana — with its highest dealership honor, the 2022 Crescent Club award.

This award recognizes the top Ditch Witch dealerships’ teams dedicated to providing customers the expertise, service, and products needed to help …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Move Forward in Southeast Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS — Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in south Mississippi.

“A large amount of infrastructure improvement projects are currently underway in Southeast Mississippi with even more on the horizon,” King said. “This work is great news for …

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McGrath Joins Neel-Schaffer as Central Region Manager

JACKSON, MS — Melinda McGrath, P.E., has been appointed as the new Central Region Manager for Neel-Schaffer, Inc. In this role, she will be responsible for managing more than 200 employees and overseeing the firm's 18 Mississippi offices as well as ongoing projects and pursuits in Arkansas.

With over …

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Neel-Schaffer Names McEwen as Central Region Hydrology/Hydraulics Discipline Lead, Foster as Engineer Manager

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer announces the appointment of Sarah McEwen, PE, CFM as the Central Region Hydrology and Hydraulics Discipline Lead and Zach Foster, PE as the new Engineer Manager of Neel-Schaffer’s office in Columbus, Mississippi.

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Mississippi DOT Receives Three Engineering Excellence Awards

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) received three Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Mississippi at their Annual Assembly in Madison. The Engineering Excellence Awards competition honors engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement, value, and ingenuity. …

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Mississippi DOT Announces District 5 and 6 Equipment Operators Roadeo Winners

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently held its annual Equipment Operators Roadeo for its District 5 and District 6 offices.

“Safety is always our focus. Everything we do is geared towards improving safety for the traveling public,” said Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District. “Roadeos …

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ACEC of Arkansas Honors Garver-Led Markham Street Jump Start Improvements Project

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Garver recently received the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Arkansas’ 2023 Engineering Excellence Award for the Markham Street Jump Start Improvements Project. The winners were announced at the ACEC’s Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The awards recognize Arkansas engineering projects that …

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DSC Dredge Announces the Promotion of Laiche to Vice President of Engineering

RESERVE, LA — DSC Dredge announces the promotion of Scott Laiche to Vice President of Engineering. This is Laiche's third promotion during his time at DSC and only two years since his most recent promotion to Director of Engineering.

“Scott has been with DSC for 11 years now and continues …

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Manhattan Construction Company Honored as Top Safety Leader by Associated Builders and Contractors

TULSA, OK — Manhattan Construction Company (Manhattan) announces it has earned a National Pinnacle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), presented at the 33rd annual Excellence in Construction Awards during ABC Convention 2023 in Orlando, Florida.

Manhattan won the Pinnacle Award for its forward-looking safety program. This is the …

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Manhattan Construction Company Awarded Three AGCOK Build Oklahoma Awards and Best of the Best Top Honor

TULSA, OK — The Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma (AGCOK) honors Manhattan Construction Company with three Build Oklahoma awards and the Best of the Best top honor for projects completed in 2022. The awards were presented to team members at the AGC of Oklahoma’s 83rd Annual Awards Banquet at the …

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Manhattan Construction Company Promotes Martin to Vice President of Operations

TULSA, OK — Tulsa-based national construction services firm, Manhattan Construction Company, announces the promotion of Jason Martin to Vice President of Operations. Martin will provide executive oversight of the company’s national safety leadership team and programs and as the operations leader for Tulsa. He previously served as Operations Manager …

Jimmie Davis Bridge (LA 511) Project Awarded to James Construction Group

BATON ROUGE, LA — Following the opening of price proposals for the Jimmie Davis Bridge (LA 511) design-build project in Bossier and Caddo parishes, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has thoroughly evaluated the cost proposal and has decided to award the contract to James Construction Group, LLC …

Mississippi Governor Signs Bills Investing Over $2B Toward Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements

JACKSON, MS — Governor Tate Reeves announces he signed House Bill 1642 and Senate Bill 3120, which invest historic levels of funding toward the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and infrastructure improvement projects across the state.

“This major investment by the state into our roads, bridges, airports, and other critical …

Neel-Schaffer Announces Acquisition of CE Group, Inc.

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer, Inc., has finalized the acquisition of CE Group, Inc., a civil engineering firm based in Pascagoula, Mississippi. This acquisition will allow Neel-Schaffer to broaden its clientele and services on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where it currently has offices in Biloxi, Gulfport, Hancock County, and …

UES Expands Geotechnical Expertise with Acquisition of Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt

LITTLE ROCK, AR — UES, a national engineering and consulting company, acquires Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt, a geotechnical engineering and materials testing firm headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Founded in 1964, Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt includes a professional and technical team based in the Little Rock …

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Louisiana DOTD Announces Project to Replace the LA 531 Overpass Over I-20 in Minden, Webster Parish

MINDEN, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces a project to replace a 63-year-old bridge along the I-20 corridor in Webster Parish. The LA 531 overpass in Minden will be removed and replaced as part of a $19.3 million project, which will ensure continued access to businesses …

Tennessee General Assembly Passes Gov. Lee’s Landmark $3.3B Transportation Bill

NASHVILLE, TN — The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) recently marked the legislative passage of the Lee administration’s Transportation Modernization Act, a landmark bill that will create a new strategy and invest $3.3 billion to accommodate Tennessee’s record growth, address traffic congestion, and meet transportation needs across rural and urban …

Louisiana DOTD Announces Project to Repair LA 3276 (Stonewall-Frierson Road) in DeSoto Parish

STONEWALL, LA — A heavily traveled connector route in Stonewall, DeSoto Parish is currently undergoing major improvements in the form of a $14.3 million repair project. LA 3276 (Stonewall-Frierson Road) connects US 171 and I-49 and services an average of over 9,000 vehicles per day.

The contractor, Earnest Contracting, LLC …

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Ven Named WSP USA Southeast Region Energy Lead

ATLANTA, GA — WSP USA, an engineering, environment, and professional services consultancy, hires Kung Ven as the firm's Energy Business Line Leader for its Southeast region.

In this role, Ven will manage the growth and performance of energy sector projects with a focus on generation, transmission and distribution, decarbonization, …

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Louisiana DOTD Celebrates Completion of $87.7M I-10 Widening Project from La. 328 to La. 347

BREAUX BRIDGE, LA — Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, along with state and local officials, held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of widening Interstate 10 from La. 328 to La. 347.

“What you’re witnessing today is the return-on-investment of a commitment made …

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Mississippi DOT Announces Craft as Public Affairs Director

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces Will Craft, of Brandon, as Director of its Public Affairs Division. An experienced professional in public relations and governmental relations, Craft will lead MDOT’s division tasked with sharing Mississippi’s transportation story and communicating vital messages to the public.

“I …

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Guilbeau Steps into Chief Administrative Officer Role at Fenstermaker

LAFAYETTE, LA — C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates, LLC announces the first female executive in the history of the company. Angelle Guilbeau, Director of Risk Management and Compliance, has been promoted to Chief Administrative Officer.

Guilbeau joined the Fenstermaker family in 2020 as Risk Manager and quickly became an …

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LEMOINE Announces Acquisition of Macro Companies

LAFAYETTE, LA — LEMOINE, a Bernhard Capital Partners portfolio company and a full-service construction management and disaster recovery firm, announces that it has acquired Macro Companies, one of the largest emergency fuel and water suppliers in the world.

Operating for nearly 100 years, Macro Companies is a family-owned …

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Sakai America Announces Taylor Construction Equipment as New Dealership Partner in Mississippi, Kentucky, and West Tennessee

LOUISVILLE, MS — Sakai America, Inc. announces a new partnership with Taylor Construction Equipment as the authorized asphalt roller and soil compactor dealer for Mississippi, Kentucky, and Western Tennessee.

“We’ve never been more excited to welcome a new dealer to our growing network,” said Brad Belvin, Manager of Sales …

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Mississippi DOT District 7 Equipment Operators Roadeo Winners Announced

MCCOMB, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently held its annual Equipment Operators Roadeo for District 7 at the district office in McComb.

“The Roadeo is an excellent way to encourage our operators to meet the very highest standards in safety as well as reward their good work,” …

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Bernhard Promotes Skeen to Vice President of Marketing and Communications

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Bernhard announces the promotion of Lauren Skeen to Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Skeen joined Bernhard in March 2019 and has served as the Director of Marketing for the development division, where she led marketing strategy in support of the company’s Energy-as-a-Service transformation.

In her …

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Bernhard Announces 25-Year Energy Partnership with the University of New Orleans to Improve Campus Infrastructure

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Louisiana Energy Partners (LAEP), a partnership between Bernhard LLC and Johnson Controls Inc., and the University of New Orleans (UNO) announces a 25-year Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) partnership to renew UNO’s campus energy infrastructure, reduce campus Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions, and provide additional capital …

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Infrastructure Improvement Projects Continue Across Central Mississippi

NEWTON, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects across central Mississippi.

State Route 19 Expansion Progress in Neshoba County
The 4.6-mile expansion of State Route 19 from two to four lanes between Tucker and Philadelphia continues making headway …
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Garver Honored by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce with 2022 Business of the Year Award

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR — Over 800 members turned out for a night at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, where Garver was honored by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce with the 2022 Chairman’s Award as the Large Business Partner of the Year.

Founded in Little Rock …

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Highway Improvement Projects Continue Across Northeast Mississippi

TUPELO, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces several construction and maintenance projects in northeast Mississippi.

“As we continue to invest in infrastructure, we see miles of improvements,” said Northern District Commissioner John Caldwell. “Subsequently, we all see so much more that needs to be done. The …

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New Programs for Funding Assistance at the Local Levels of Government

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau has a new funding and resource program designed to help communities launch large projects. It is called Thriving Communities, and it was created by passage of the Appropriations Act. The program will provide an abundance of funding, assistance, and other resources …

Louisiana Governor Appoints Kalivoda as DOTD Secretary

BATON ROUGE, LA — Gov. John Bel Edwards names Dr. Eric Kalivoda as Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) to replace the recently retired Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D.

Kalivoda has served on the executive staff as the Deputy Secretary for the past 12 years. Prior to …

ABC Names Performance Contractors as 2023 National Contractor of the Year

BATON ROUGE, LA — Performance Contractors was recently named National Contractor of the Year by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Awarded at the 33rd annual Excellence in Construction Awards gala, this honor recognizes a single entity as an outstanding leader, innovator, and executor of projects in the industry.

Performance …

Louisiana DOTD and State, Local Officials Break Ground on Start of Leo Kerner Moveable Bridge Replacement Project

LAFITTE, LA — Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., along with state and local officials, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the first phase of a permanent replacement for the Leo Kerner Swing Bridge.

The LA 302/Bayou Barataria Moveable Bridge Replacement Project …

Lake Thunderbird IPR Pilot Program Honored by ACEC Oklahoma and WateReuse

NORMAN, OK — The Garver-led Lake Thunderbird Indirect Potable Reuse Pilot Program has recently been honored by two industry organizations. The collaborative effort between the City of Norman, Oklahoma, and Garver was named the top engineering project in the state by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of …

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Halff Unveils Brand Refresh

RICHARDSON, TX — Halff announces a refresh of its brand. An employee-owned engineering and architecture firm started by Dr. Albert H. Halff in Dallas in 1950, Halff has grown to 1,400 employees in 28 offices in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Halff also has seven Florida locations: Chipley, Crestview, …

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After More Than Seven Successful Leadership Years, Wilson Set to Retire from Louisiana DOTD

BATON ROUGE, LA — After more than seven years as Secretary and more than 16 years of executive service at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. announces his retirement. During his tenure as Secretary, the state invested nearly $5.5 billion in infrastructure projects …

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Mississippi DOT Recognized as LiDAR Drone Technology Leader

JACKSON, MS — Mississippi Transportation Commissioners recognizes the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) as a winner of the 2022 Digital States Survey Award in the Transportation category. The national award was given by the Center for Digital Government (CDG), which recognizes states that implement exceptional use of technology to improve …

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RIGID Constructors Completes Major Projects in 2021-2022, Positions Themselves for CPRA's 2023 Master Plan Bidding

LAFAYETTE, LA — RIGID Constructors, a Louisiana-based, privately held construction company, successfully completed several major shoreline protection projects in 2021 and 2022. Having protected over 56 miles of coastline through said jobs, the company is now well-positioned as a qualified candidate for the projects listed in the Coastal Protection …

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Haak Swears in as Arkansas DOT’s Newest Highway Commissioner

LITTLE ROCK, AR — David Haak recently swore an oath to his position as the newest member of the Arkansas Highway Commission in Texarkana. Close family joined Judge Cathy Hardin Harrison at the Miller County Courthouse to support the beginning of Haak’s tenure.

“I’m looking forward to the next 10 …

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WTS Arkansas Names Garver Employer of the Year

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Garver was recently named Employer of the Year at the inaugural WTS Arkansas Chapter Gala. With nominations made by WTS Arkansas members, the award recognizes outstanding contributions and support of the advancement of women and minorities in the transportation field.

Garver is involved in WTS, an …

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ASCO Acquires Oklahoma-Based OCT Equipment, Inc.

LUBBOCK, TX — Lubbock-based Associated Supply Company, Inc. (ASCO), a CASE Construction Equipment dealer, has acquired Oklahoma City-based OCT Equipment, Inc. (OCT) with locations in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Clinton, Oklahoma, expanding ASCO’s CASE territory.

The newly acquired locations continue to grow their footprint to a total of 27 locations, …

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Mississippi DOT Makes Progress on Southwest Mississippi Projects

MCCOMB, MS — Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in southwest Mississippi.

“Infrastructure needs in southwest Mississippi are wide-ranging, and I’m proud of the projects completed and progress made,” King said. “Additional funding on the federal and state level …

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Kirby-Smith Machinery Becomes Magni Telescopic Handlers' Dealer in Oklahoma and West Texas

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Magni Telescopic Handlers announces that Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. has become the Magni authorized dealer for Oklahoma and West Texas.

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. is a distributor of heavy equipment, industrial equipment, and cranes in the central United States, offering parts, rentals, sales, service, financing, product support, and …

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Takeuchi Hires Baldwin as Central Midwest Regional Product Manager

TULSA, OK — Takeuchi-US names Jeffrey Baldwin as its new Central Midwest Regional Product Manager.

Baldwin is now responsible for supporting all the company’s dealers and national rental accounts in the Central Midwest region, which includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. He will also train the region’s salesforce on …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Underway in Western Mississippi

YAZOO CITY, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintenance projects in western Mississippi.

“These projects — some of which were recently completed or nearing completion — are a major investment into our infrastructure system that will make Mississippi …

Doggett Machinery Services Announced as Authorized Wirtgen Group Dealer in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA — Doggett Machinery Services is the official Wirtgen Group dealer in Louisiana. Doggett will be the exclusive dealer for Wirtgen, Vogele, Hamm, and Kleemann equipment, parts, and service operating at the seven Doggett locations across the state — Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Broussard, Covington, Monroe, Shreveport, …

Waukesha Pearce Industries Purchases Komatsu Earthmoving Distributorship

HOUSTON, TX — Houston-based Waukesha Pearce Industries, LLC (WPI) has closed on its acquisition of H&E Equipment ServicesKomatsu earthmoving distribution business, which covers the state of Louisiana and five counties in southwest Arkansas. The acquisition includes H&E’s Kenner distribution facility and the assignment of H&E’s lease of the …

Neel-Schaffer Announces Acquisition of Calvert-Spradling Engineers

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer, Inc., announces the acquisition of Calvert-Spradling Engineers, Inc., a civil engineering firm based in West Point, Mississippi. The acquisition will allow the firms to advance client offerings and provide deeper resources in the Golden Triangle area of northeast Mississippi and throughout the Neel-Schaffer footprint. …

Louisiana DOTD Breaks Ground on LA 70 Widening Project in Ascension and St. James Parishes

ST. JAMES PARISH, LA — Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., along with state and local officials, celebrate the start of construction on the LA 70 widening project in Ascension and St. James Parishes.

This $53.2 million project will widen LA 70 from …

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NAPA Announces Finalists for Top National Award for Quality in Asphalt Paving

TAMPA, FL — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) recently announced the finalists of the 2022 Sheldon G. Hayes Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement at a ceremony during NAPA’s 2023 Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida. The award, bestowed annually since 1971, recognizes the country’s highest …

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Mississippi DOT Employees Recognized for Their Service

BATESVILLE, MS — During a recent awards ceremony, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) recognized employees in District 2, which covers 17 northwestern Mississippi counties, for their years of continuous service to the agency in various roles including maintenance, administration, and construction, among others.

Two employees, Ulmer Trey Bullock III …

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Fenstermaker's O’Neal Appointed to the Amite River Basin Commission

BATON ROUGE, LA — C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates announces Grants Market Leader, Gary O’Neal, CFM’s appointment by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to the Amite River Basin Commission (ARBC). O’Neal will lend his years of experience in hazard mitigation and floodplain management to the board.

The ARBC serves …

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Willhite Promoted to Central Region President at WSP USA

CHICAGO, IL — Joe Willhite has been promoted to Central Region President at WSP USA, an engineering, environment, and professional services consultancy. Willhite succeeds Rebecca Nolan, who recently assumed the role of WSP USA Chief Development Officer.

As Central Region President, Willhite is responsible for growth and oversight …

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Neel-Schaffer Promotes Legate to Construction Management Practice Leader

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer promotes Graham Legate, PE, DBIA, to fill the new role of Construction Management Practice Leader.

Neel-Schaffer’s staff of construction engineers and inspectors has grown to more than 100 across the company’s nine-state footprint. In this new role, Legate will be responsible for supporting all operations …

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HGA's President's Award Winners Honored

RUSTON, LA — HGA announces employees Doug Welsh, Susan Bagwell, and Steve Blackwelder as the most recent President’s Distinguished Awards recipients.

The President’s Award is the most prestigious distinction for an HGA employee. The award recognizes employees who exceed expectations and demonstrate a strong work ethic over an …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Underway in Northeast Mississippi

TUPELO, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces several construction and maintenance projects in northeast Mississippi.

“I always look forward to the construction season and drier weather returning so we can get more done,” said Northern District Commissioner John Caldwell. “Everyone be especially watchful in work zones …

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Terex Utilities Promotes Cammisa to Senior Director of Services

WATERTOWN, SD — Terex Utilities announces that Nick Cammisa has been promoted to Senior Director of Services, and will now lead the Terex Services team.

“Nick brings well-rounded experience to his role as Senior Director of Services from branch management, sales, and strategic account management, and is positioned to lead …

Neel-Schaffer, True North Announce Four New Officers in Mississippi and Louisiana

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer announces the promotion of four leaders in Mississippi and Louisiana to the position of Vice President.

“The company grew in many areas in 2022, and we are pleased to recognize these ... new Vice Presidents for their commitment to our strategic initiatives,” said Robert Walker, PE …

C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates' Director of E&P, McMath, Earns PLS Designation

LAFAYETTE, LA — C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates announces that Danielle McMath, PLS, in her 25th year with the firm, has earned her Professional License to Survey in the state of Louisiana. McMath becomes one of only six women currently licensed to survey out of the 674 Professional Land …

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Louisiana DOTD Announces Plans to Repair Interstate 10 Overpass in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces its plans to repair the Interstate 10 eastbound overpass at Interstate 49.

“After extensive planning with our consultant team, we have determined the best course of action to repair the I-10 overpass,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson …

Louisiana Governor Announces $1.8B Louisiana Port Expansion Project

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Gov. John Bel Edwards announces a historic public-private partnership between the state of Louisiana, the Port of New Orleans, and two global maritime industry leaders to build a $1.8 billion container facility on the Lower Mississippi River. The new Louisiana International Terminal (LIT) in St. Bernard …

Larson Design Group Announces Addition of Oklahoma City Engineering Firm ZRHD to Strengthen Federal Market Offerings

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Larson Design Group (LDG), a national architecture, engineering, and professional consulting firm, announces that ZRHD — an engineering consulting firm in Oklahoma City with expertise in the design of mechanical and electrical systems for federal, commercial, institutional, and industrial clients nationwide — will join the company. …

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $25M in Funding for Louisiana DOTD Project for Ferry Design and Construction

PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA — The U.S. Department of Transportation announces that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $273.9 million from the new Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program (Rural) to help communities around the United States complete transportation projects that will increase connectivity, improve safety and reliability, support regional economic growth, and …

Louisiana DOTD Provides Update on the LA 20 Bayou Chevreuil Bridge Replacement Project

ST. JAMES PARISH, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces an update for the LA 20 Bayou Chevreuil Bridge Replacement project in St. James Parish.

In order to facilitate traffic while construction is ongoing, a temporary detour bridge was built along the east side of LA …

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Introducing DEVELON, the Next Evolution in Construction Equipment Innovation

SUWANEE, GA — The familiar brand of orange construction equipment known as Doosan will now be called DEVELON throughout the world. Under the new brand name, the company will continue providing innovative products and solutions, further cementing its status as a global leader in construction equipment and solutions for the …

Thompson Pump Launches Partnership with Kirby-Smith Machinery in Central United States

TULSA, OK — Thompson Pump expands its distribution in the central United States with a new partnership. Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Company, a manufacturer of heavy-duty, diesel-powered bypass and dewatering pumps, announces its distributor’s agreement with Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc.

With this new partnership, Kirby-Smith, a distributor of heavy construction equipment …

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Bradley-Blewster & Associates Join Stantec’s Growing Buildings Practice

BATON ROUGE, LA — Global integrated design company Stantec announces the team from Bradley-Blewster & Associates has joined the firm’s Buildings practice.

Founded in 1980, Bradley-Blewster & Associates offer health care planning and design services for hospitals, medical office buildings, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, and residential care facilities. …

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Olsson Celebrates Topping Off of New Fayetteville Office

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — Olsson employees in Northwest Arkansas recently attended the beam raising and topping off ceremony for the company's new Fayetteville office building. The facility will accommodate Olsson's steady growth in Northwest Arkansas and allow the company to meet rising demand throughout the rest of the state.

“It’s really …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Progress in Southeast Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS — Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in south Mississippi.

“In 2023, you can count on seeing more infrastructure work being done in South Mississippi,” King said. “Thanks to additional resources, more MDOT projects have been approved …

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Commissioner Simmons Hosts Disadvantaged Business Event in Indianola

INDIANOLA, MS — Central Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons in collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Civil Rights Division, Intermodal Planning Division, and Systems Consultant Associates, Inc. hosted a networking dialogue for local business leaders and transportation officials in Indianola, Mississippi.

The meeting aimed to ensure Mississippi’s Disadvantaged …

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I-40 Douglas Boulevard Groundbreaking Ceremony Highlights Upcoming Construction Project Set for Early 2023

MIDWEST CITY, OK — Numerous dignitaries and community members gathered at I-40 and Douglas Boulevard in Midwest City to break ground on a more than $170 million interchange reconstruction project. The event also honored U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, for his years of service to the state and specifically for …

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Infrastructure Improvement Projects Continue Across Central Mississippi

NEWTON, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects across central Mississippi.

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A design-build project calling for the widening of the Interstate 59/20 bridges over State Route 19/39 and the bridge over 65th …
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WTS Mississippi Names Garver Employer of the Year

RIDGELAND, MS — Garver was recently named Employer of the Year by the Mississippi chapter of WTS, an international organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the transportation industry. With nominations made by WTS members, the award recognizes outstanding contributions and support of the advancement of women and …

Sunbelt Rentals Sets the Gold Standard for Recruiting, Employing, and Retaining Veterans

FORT MILL, SC — Sunbelt Rentals, an equipment rental company, has been recognized with three awards for its efforts to recruit and retain military veterans in North America and globally.

For the first time, Sunbelt Rentals has received the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE …

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Tennessee Civil Engineers Give the State’s Infrastructure a C Grade

NASHVILLE, TN — The Tennessee Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases the 2022 Report Card for Tennessee's Infrastructure, with 13 categories of infrastructure receiving an overall grade of a C, the same grade given by the section in its 2016 report. That means Tennessee’s infrastructure is …

New Report Gives Update on First Year of IIJA Transportation Projects in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a recent review of U.S. Treasury Department data through September 30, over 2,000 transportation projects in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee have been jumpstarted by federal highway and bridge formula funds during the first year of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

"A key takeaway …

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Harlan Joins the Fenstermaker Team as Surveyor I

BATON ROUGE, LA — C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates, L.L.C. announces Christopher A. Harlan, Jr., PLS, will join the company as Surveyor I. Harlan brings 18 years of experience in surveying across a wide variety of projects.

Harlan discovered his love of surveying early in his college career when …

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AWWA Southwest Section Honors Olsson’s Hammond

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — Olsson Fayetteville Office Leader Brad Hammond was honored by the Southwest Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for using his engineering skills to benefit the water supply field on a regional level.

The Southwest Section of the AWWA recently presented Hammond with the George Warren …

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Commissioner King Announces Retirement, Will Not Seek Reelection at Mississippi DOT

HATTIESBURG, MS — After serving as Southern District Transportation Commissioner since 2012, Tom King announces he will not seek reelection at the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). King is currently in his third term and serves as Chair of the Mississippi Transportation Commission. He will fulfill the remainder of his …

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Commissioner Simmons Hosts Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Infrastructure Network Dialogue in Jackson, Mississippi

JACKSON, MS — Central Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons in collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Civil Rights Division and Systems Consultant Associates, Inc. hosted a networking dialogue for local business leaders and transportation officials.

The meeting aimed to ensure Mississippi’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) have the knowledge, …

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Kinchen Named National Construction Director for Water Projects at Burns & McDonnell

KANSAS CITY, MO — Dave Kinchen has been named National Director of Construction for Burns & McDonnell water projects. He will have overall responsibility for strategic positioning and growth of water construction projects throughout all 50 U.S. states.

Kinchen has nearly 35 years of experience working for self-perform national and …

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JLG’s All-New E18 Vertical Mast Lifts Now Available

MCCONNELLSBURG, PA — JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and a global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and telehandlers, introduces an all-new vertical mast lift series to the market. The new JLG E18MCL model is well-suited for construction and industrial applications that require outdoor and indoor …

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Chickasaw Nation Breaks Ground on Destination Development OKANA Resort & Indoor Waterpark in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, along with tribal, state, and Oklahoma City leaders, participated in the official groundbreaking ceremony for OKANA Resort & Indoor Waterpark.

Situated along the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City and adjacent to the First Americans Museum, OKANA will be a $400-million …

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Manhattan Construction Company Wins Two ABC of Oklahoma Excellence in Construction Awards and National Safety Honor

TULSA, OK — The Associated Builders & Contractors of Oklahoma (ABC) has honored Manhattan Construction Company with two Excellence in Construction (EIC) awards and the ABC Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Gold Award. This is Manhattan’s 24th consecutive year to be recognized by ABC’s STEP Awards program, a safety …

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Trimble Changes Headquarters to Westminster, Colorado

WESTMINSTER, Colo. —Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced that the company has changed its headquarters from Sunnyvale, California to Westminster, Colorado.

Westminster is Trimble’s largest employment center in the U.S. and serves as a central business hub for several of Trimble’s core market segments including agriculture, construction and geospatial. In addition, …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Underway in Western Mississippi

YAZOO CITY, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintenance projects in western Mississippi.

“These projects are a major investment into our infrastructure system that will ultimately make our state a better place to live and work,” Simmons said. …

Louisiana Governor Celebrates One Year Since Passage of BIL, $4B in Infrastructure Funding for Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA — One year after President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), $4 billion in BIL funding has already been announced for more than 120 projects across Louisiana. The state is also expected to receive approximately $5.9 billion over five years in federal funding for highways and …

USDOT Announces Two Loans Totaling Nearly $41M to Help Louisiana Rebuild Rural Bridges and Provide Ferry Service

BATON ROUGE, LA — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces that its Build America Bureau has provided low-interest loans totaling $40.9 million to the Louisiana State Bond Commission for the benefit of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) for a ferry project and a bridge improvement program. …

Louisiana Governor, DOTD Kick Off Construction for Ambassador Caffery Interchange Project in Broussard

BROUSSARD, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards was recently joined by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn Wilson along with state and local officials to celebrate the start of the Ambassador Caffery Interchange, a future I-49 South project, in Broussard, Louisiana.

“Infrastructure is vital to the …

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Mississippi Governor and Local Officials Cut Ribbon on New Dock at Port Bienville

JACKSON, MS — Gov. Tate Reeves recently joined U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo, local officials, and industry representatives at Port Bienville Industrial Park for a ribbon cutting ceremony at a new maritime dock and railroad facility.

Known as the RESTORE Dock, the $8.8-million project included a 600-foot bulkhead with a 40-foot …

ASCO to Represent Hitachi Mining and Construction Products in Texas and Oklahoma

LUBBOCK, TX — Associated Supply Company, INC (ASCO), a provider of construction, agriculture, and material handling equipment, announces that it has been awarded the Texas and Oklahoma sales and service territory for construction and mining equipment by Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc. (HCMA).

With over 60 years of experience, ASCO …

SOCOTEC Acquires Architecture and Engineering Company, Trinity | ERD

NEW ORLEANS, LA — SOCOTEC Consulting, Inc., a provider of TIC (Testing, Inspection, and Certification), consulting, and advisory services with a strategic focus on building and infrastructure sectors, announces that it has completed the acquisition of Trinity | ERD, an architecture and engineering company specializing in building envelope …

Wheeler Bio, CRB Announce Kickoff of New Oklahoma City Manufacturing Facility Supporting Production of Life-Saving Therapies

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) Wheeler Bio and CRB — a global provider of sustainable engineering, architectural, construction, and consulting services to the life sciences industry — announce the start of construction on a GMP drug substance facility that will support innovators seeking agile, small …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Continue in Northwest Mississippi

BATESVILLE, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces updates to several maintenance projects in northwest Mississippi.

“There’s no shortage of needs in Northwest Mississippi. Keeping these and other projects on track will improve our overall transportation network,” said Northern District Transportation Commissioner John Caldwell. “Hopefully, these and …

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GBRIA Recognizes Performance for Excellence in Workforce Development

BATON ROUGE, LA — Performance Contractors was recently presented with the Award of Excellence at the 15th annual Craft Workforce Development Awards Banquet hosted by the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Association (GBRIA).

The Craft Workforce Development Awards are part of GBRIA’s initiative to help improve skills and promote best …

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WSP USA Promotes Rome to Central Region Development Director

DALLAS, TX — Nolan Rome has been promoted to Central Region Development Director at WSP USA, an engineering, environment, and professional services consultancy.

In his new role, Rome will work with regional, district, and national business line (NBL) leaders to identify new business opportunities and expanded, multidisciplinary service offerings …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Progress in Southeast Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS — Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in south Mississippi.

“We’re proud to see many major infrastructure projects come to completion this summer, especially two major drawbridge projects along the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” King said. “We’re dedicated …

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Neel-Schaffer General Counsel Everitt Named Trustee for ACEC Business Insurance Trust

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer, Inc., announces that General Counsel Ed Everitt has been named a Trustee for the Business Insurance Trust (BIT) administered by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

ACEC is the oldest and largest business association of engineering companies in the United States, comprising thousands of …

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Exyn Technologies and Trimble Collaborate on a Proof of Concept for a Fully Autonomous Surveying Solution for Construction

LAS VEGAS, NV — Trimble and Exyn Technologies, a pioneer in multi-platform robotic autonomy for complex, GPS-denied environments, announce a strategic collaboration to explore the use of autonomous construction surveying technology. The solution will integrate Boston Dynamics' Spot robot, the ExynPak powered by ExynAI, and the Trimble X7 total station. …

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Trimble and HP Collaborate to Explore the Use of Robotic Technology for Autonomous Indoor Construction Layout

LAS VEGAS, NV — Trimble and HP are collaborating on the integration of Trimble's latest robotic total station with HP's new SitePrint robotic layout solution. The solution focuses on transforming the layout process for indoor construction projects.

The announcement was made at the Trimble Dimensions+ Conference, where HP and Trimble …

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Trimble Construction Cloud Powered by Microsoft Azure Launches at Trimble Dimensions+ Conference

LAS VEGAS, NV — Trimble announces the launch of Trimble Construction Cloud powered by Microsoft Azure, an industry cloud to streamline construction projects. Trimble Construction Cloud was developed as part of Trimble's collaboration with Microsoft to advance technology adoption and accelerate the digital transformation of the construction, agriculture, and transportation …

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Mott Named to Garver Management Committee

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Growing up, Earl Mott tagged alongside his father as he worked on Garver’s Survey Team. That time spent learning the importance of working in the field helped prepare him for what has become a three-decade-long career at the firm — first as a Project Engineer …

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Impact Study for Convention Center Hotel Completed

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center announces that HVS Convention, Sports, & Entertainment has completed a hotel market study to determine the viability and advantages of a proposed Convention Center Headquarters Hotel. The goal of the project is to enhance the ability of the …

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Garver Named WTS Oklahoma Employer of the Year

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Garver was recently named Employer of the Year by the Oklahoma chapter of Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS), an international organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the transportation industry. With nominations made by WTS members, the award recognizes outstanding contributions and support of the advancement …

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20 Years and Counting: Construction Work Plan Continues to Guide Improvements in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Twenty years after the adoption of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s first Eight-Year Construction Work Plan, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission has approved its newest update.

The Federal Fiscal Year 2023-2030 Eight-Year Construction Work Plan contains $8.4 billion worth of critically needed transportation improvement projects designed …

Takeuchi Launches New Line of Hydraulic Hammers

ATLANTA, GA — Takeuchi has added seven sound-suppressed hydraulic hammer models to the Takeuchi Attachment Program, helping compact track loader and compact excavator owners accomplish more with their machines.

“Hydraulic hammers are invaluable attachments for breaking up asphalt, concrete, rocks, and other hard materials,” said Lee Padgett, Product Manager …

LiuGong North America Adds APEX Equipment to Dealer Network

ATOKA, OK — LiuGong North America welcomes APEX Equipment Inc. to its expanding dealer network. Based in Atoka, Oklahoma, the dealership covers a territory that spans from Oklahoma to Southern Arkansas and Northeast Texas. The APEX Equipment leadership team of Ryan Mitchell (President), Bryan Debban (Executive Vice President), and Rick …

Louisiana Governor Announces $270M in Bridge Projects to be Funded through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

BATON ROUGE, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards recently toured a locally owned bridge in East Baton Rouge with inspectors from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). The bridge was deemed deficient and load posted in January 2022. This bridge is one of over 500 off-system bridges eligible …

JLG Expands Authorized Service Provider Network to Support Customers’ Maintenance and Repair Needs

MCCONNELLSBURG, PA — JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and telehandlers, is expanding its network of Authorized Service Providers in the United States to provide equipment repair, warranty, maintenance, inspections, parts, and other support services nationwide to JLG customers. …

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Safe Site Check In and Procore Automate the Daily Log to Improve Labor Productivity and Safety

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Safe Site Check In, a construction management software company for jobsite productivity, announces an integration with Procore Technologies, Inc., a global provider of construction management software. Safe Site Check In quickly and accurately integrates field data into the Procore Construction Platform to help boost …

LiuGong North America Adds Crouse Equipment to Dealer Lineup

SHERIDAN, AR — LiuGong North America welcomes Crouse Equipment as a new construction equipment dealer. The Sheridan, Arkansas-based dealer is centrally located within the state.

As a LiuGong construction equipment dealer, Crouse will sell both excavators and wheel loaders. Crouse Equipment President Dean Crouse has conducted due diligence over several …

Louisiana Governor Announces Expansion of John Deere Thibodaux Plant to Create 70 Bayou Region Jobs

THIBODAUX, LA — Deere & Company, the global corporation that manufactures the John Deere brand of agricultural, construction, and forestry equipment, is investing $29.8 million to expand operations at its Thibodaux facility. The company will create 70 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $47,472, and will …

Six State-Level Departments of Transportation Join Equity in Infrastructure Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At an Equity in Infrastructure Project (EIP) event, the leaders of the departments of transportation of California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, and Michigan signed the EIP Pledge, which is aimed at leveraging infrastructure spending to build wealth in underserved communities. The event was hosted …

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Bonck Joins Neel-Schaffer as Urban Planner in Mississippi

BILOXI, MS — Neel-Schaffer, Inc., hires Pat Bonck to serve as an Urban Planner based in the firm’s Biloxi, Mississippi, office.

Bonck has more than 24 years of experience, including 2.5 with the City of Gulfport, Mississippi, Planning Office and 22 as the Planning and Zoning Director for Harrison …

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DCMC Partners Successfully Obligates $17M FEMA Funds for Lady of the Sea General Hospital

CUT OFF, LA — DCMC Partners, a LEMOINE company, recently supported Lady of the Sea General Hospital (LOSGH) in Cut Off, Louisiana, by helping them to secure over $17 million in FEMA funds to cover emergency costs in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. This funding includes over $14 million …

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Wilden Releases New 76 mm (3") Metal Equalizer Surge Dampener - Integrated SD Series

GRAND TERRACE, CA — Wilden, a brand of PSG, a Dover company, has extended its line of metal Equalizer Surge Dampeners - Integrated SD Series (ISD) with the addition of a new 76 mm (3”) model. Designed to integrate directly into the manifold of a Wilden metal air-operated …

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Garver, I AM STEM Program Partner to Introduce Local Students to a World of Possibility

LAWTON, OK — At Garver, employees believe that introducing young learners to the world of STEM is vital to the future of our communities. In helping to build a STEM pipeline, Garver is setting its communities up for success. That is why Garver partnered with I AM STEM to …

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Holder Named New ACEC Arkansas President

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Garver Director of Transportation Jerry Holder, PE, has been named President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas for 2022-2023, a position from which he will continue to support the advancement of infrastructure in the state of Garver’s founding more than a century …

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Foil Joins the Fenstermaker Team as Senior Planner

NEW ORLEANS, LA — C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates welcomes Devin Foil, AICP, CFM, to the team. Foil will bring years of experience in floodplain management, community planning, and climate adaptation planning to the team in his new role as Senior Planner.

After growing up all along the Gulf Coast, …

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Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Adopts Development Agreement with River District Neighborhood Investors

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Board (the Authority) recently moved to adopt a master development agreement with its development partner, River District Neighborhood Investors, LLC (RDNI).

At a recent Authority meeting, the board voted to approve terms for a mixed-use development of …

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Infrastructure Improvement Projects Making Headway Across Central Mississippi

NEWTON, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects across central Mississippi.

U.S. Highway 49 Project Wraps up in Rankin County
The 7.5-mile reconstruction and widening of U.S. Highway 49 from Florence to Richland was recently completed, expanding the …
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Kirby-Smith Machinery Promotes Brewer to Director of Human Resources

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) promotes Angela Brewer to Director of Human Resources. Brewer will be responsible for the strategic direction of Kirby-Smith Machinery’s HR operations. She previously served as the company’s Human Resources Manager.

Jeff Weller, Chief Operating Officer for KSM, said he believes Brewer …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Underway in Northeast Mississippi

TUPELO, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces several construction and maintenance projects in northeast Mississippi.

“MDOT has made substantial progress on many of our paving and bridge replacement projects this summer due to the dry weather,” said District 1 Engineer Matt Dunn. “With the number of …

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Biden-Harris Administration Sending States Nearly $60B from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for America’s Roads and Bridges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces that it has released $59.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2023 apportionments for 12 formula programs to support investment in critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and tunnels, carbon emission reduction, and safety improvements utilizing funding from President …

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Trimble and ABI GMBH Offer Trimble Ready Option for Piling and Drilling Machines

WESTMINSTER, CO — Trimble and ABI Maschinenfabrik und Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH announce the introduction of a Trimble Ready factory option for new ABI MOBILRAM-Systems and DELMAG Drill Rigs. ABI piling and drilling machines shipped from the factory will be ready for the installation of the Trimble Groundworks Machine Control System, which …

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Junttan Oy to Offer Trimble Groundworks Machine Control for Piling Machines from the Factory

WESTMINSTER, CO — Trimble and Junttan Oy announce the availability of Trimble Groundworks Machine Control System for Piling Machines as a factory option on Junttan Oy foundation machines.

Trimble Groundworks is a 3D machine control system that improves efficiency and reduces downtime with stakeless navigation, productivity and quality monitoring, and …

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Trimble Introduces Horizontal Steering Control, Automatic Screed Width Control for Vogele Asphalt Pavers

WESTMINSTER, CO — Trimble introduces the Trimble Roadworks Paving Control Platform version 2.10 with Horizontal Steering Control for Vogele Navitronic asphalt pavers. The addition of Horizontal Steering Control and automatic screed width control for Vogele pavers is another step forward in Trimble's path toward machine control autonomy.

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Louisiana Governor, DOTD Celebrate Substantial Completion of I-10 Widening Project

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA — Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., and other state and local officials celebrated the substantial completion of the I-10 widening project in Calcasieu Parish.

This $45.5-million project, which stretched from approximately I-210 to LA 108, …

Louisiana DOTD Announces Start of $136M Ambassador Caffery Interchange Project at U.S. 90, a Future I-49 South Project

LAFAYETTE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces the start of a $136.52-million project to construct a new interchange at La. 3073 (Ambassador Caffery Pkwy) and U.S. 90, a future I-49 South project.

The project will consist of the following work:

  • Construction of a fully access …

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $48.7M in Funding for Six Projects in Oklahoma

TULSA, OK — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announces that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $48.7 million to support six projects in Oklahoma from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help move forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and intermodal …

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Kirby-Smith Machinery Launches New Website Dedicated to Used Equipment

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) recently launched KirbyUsed.com, a website dedicated to the heavy equipment distributor’s used equipment offerings. The site features friendly navigation, search functionality, and intuitive page design, creating an improved user experience for KSM’s used equipment customer base worldwide.

The homepage of KirbyUsed.com …

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Ohland Begins Her Term as ASME President, Aims to Promote More Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

An active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since 1983, Karen J. Ohland has recently begun her term as the 141st President of the society. She is an ASME Fellow and the Associate Director for Finance and Operations at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Ohland has also …

GOMACO Appoints Harper as District Manager for the Southeast United States

ATLANTA, GA — Rodney Harper has been named District Manager for the Southeast United States. The appointment was made by Kent Godbersen, GOMACO’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. He replaces Vinnie Miller, who had managed the territory since 1975 and will be retiring from GOMACO. …

The Future is Now: Examining Construction’s Power Alternatives

At the center of any construction alternative power discussion is diesel. Diesel remains the go-to power on jobsites. According to the Diesel Technology Forum, 98 percent of construction's energy use in the United States comes from diesel.

But with global initiatives underway to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by …

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Neel-Schaffer Hires LeBlanc as Transportation Project Manager, Haddadian as Coastal Hydraulic Engineer

BATON ROUGE, LA — Neel-Schaffer, Inc., hires Gary LeBlanc, PE, to serve as a Transportation Project Manager and Sahar Haddadian, EIT, Ph.D., to serve as a Coastal Hydraulic Engineer, both based in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $63.1M in Funding for Five Projects in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announces that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $63.1 million to support five projects in Louisiana from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help move forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and …

Construction Workforce Shortages Risk Undermining Infrastructure Projects As Most Contractors Struggle To Fill Open Positions

Construction workforce shortages are affecting nearly all construction firms, undermining the industry’s ability to complete projects on time and on schedule and threatening the success of new federal investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, according to the results of a workforce survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America and …

Olsson Breaks Ground on New Office in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — To accommodate steady growth in Northwest Arkansas and rising demand throughout the rest of the state, engineering firm Olsson announces plans to build a three-story office building in the City of Fayetteville. Work recently began on the 36,000-square-foot office complex in the uptown area of Fayetteville. Construction …

Officials Cut Ribbon on Recently Expanded U.S. Highway 49 in Rankin County

JACKSON, MS — Officials gathered in Richland to cut ribbon on the recently expanded U.S. Highway 49 in Rankin County. Central Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons was joined by Gov. Tate Reeves to celebrate the completion of this massive infrastructure improvement project.

“This 7.5-mile stretch of improvements from Florence to Richland …

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Neel-Schaffer Names Walker as Chief Operations Officer, Taylor as Transportation Engineer

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer promotes Robert Walker, PE, to the position of Chief Operations Officer, and hires Jarrett Taylor, PE, as a Transportation Engineer, both based in the firm’s Jackson office.

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USDOT Announces up to $86.6M Loan to the Louisiana State Bond Commission for Infrastructure Projects in the State

LAFAYETTE PARISH, LA — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces that its Build America Bureau has provided a low-interest loan for $86.6 million to the Louisiana State Bond Commission for the benefit of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) to fund the I-49 S. Ambassador Caffery/US 90 …

Tennessee DOT, University of Memphis Partner to Support River Communities

MEMPHIS, TN — The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the University of Memphis (UofM) have partnered to establish the Tennessee Delta Alliance, a new organization supporting the communities of Lake, Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, and Shelby Counties. The organization will be housed in the university’s Center for Regional Economic Enrichment …

Drones are Benefitting Earthmoving Operations

MILWAUKEE, WI — Drones — the aerial eye of the jobsite — have become a very versatile tool for earthmoving operations. Among the benefits: increasing efficiency, productivity, and accuracy on jobsites. In addition, drones help reduce unplanned costs and rework throughout a project by providing a steady stream of jobsite …

Preventative Maintenance Tips for Backhoes

MILWAUKEE, WI — Preventive maintenance “is a very broad term,” said George MacIntyre, Product Manager at CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibitor CASE Construction Equipment. “It can be as formal as the critical practice of performing regular service, as prescribed by the manufacturer of the machine, throughout the machine’s life. Or it …

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Counties Across Oklahoma Benefit from Updated Road and Bridges Improvement Plans

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Improvements to infrastructure in the state’s 77 counties are coming after the Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved the $719-million County Improvements for Roads and Bridges plan during a recent commission meeting. Updated for State Fiscal Years 2023 through 2027, this program is designed by the state Legislature …

Kirby-Smith Machinery Hires Cage as Fort Worth Sales & Operations Manager, Ross as General Manager, Used Equipment

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) hires Nick Cage to serve as Sales & Operations Manager for its Fort Worth location and Bo Ross as its new General Manager of Used Equipment.

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Kirby-Smith Machinery Promotes Cole to Vice President of Sales, Hires Gaines as Vice President of Parts

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) promotes Gavin Cole to the role of Vice President of Sales and hires Wade Gaines as its new Vice President of Parts.

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Oklahoma Climbs to No. 5 in the Nation for Good Highway Bridge Conditions

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The results are in and Oklahoma’s state bridges continue to shine in a national ranking for good bridge conditions. Bridge reconstruction projects and repairs made in 2021 helped move Oklahoma up to No. 5 in the nation for the first time.

Oklahoma moved ahead of Texas …

City of Siloam Springs Completes Water Treatment Facility Project to Meet Water Demand for 2040

SILOAM SPRINGS, AR — The City of Siloam Springs and design-build partner Burns & McDonnell celebrated the completion of a $30-million upgrade to the City’s Water Treatment Plant with a ribbon-cutting. In the nearly three decades since Siloam Springs’ water treatment facility underwent its last major upgrade, the city’s population …

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McElroy Welcomes Duerr as New Purchasing Manager

TULSA, OK — McElroy, a designer and manufacturer of thermoplastic fusion equipment, announces the arrival of Eric Duerr as the company’s new Purchasing Manager.

“Since its founding, McElroy has remained committed to providing our clients with the highest-quality products, and that level of service begins with the sourcing process,” …

Mississippi DOT Projects Underway in Western Mississippi

YAZOO CITY, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintenance projects in western Mississippi.

“These projects are a major investment into the state’s infrastructure,” Simmons said. “We look forward to seeing these projects through that will greatly improve safety …

Mississippi DOT Projects Continue in Northwest Mississippi

BATESVILLE, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces updates to several maintenance projects in northwest Mississippi.

“MDOT has made substantial progress on many of our paving and bridge replacement projects this spring and early summer,” said D2 District Engineer Mitch Turner. “The weather has been cooperative so …

Work Anticipated to Begin in University Lakes Soon

BATON ROUGE, LA — Pending permit approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is expected soon, restoration work will then begin in University Lake near the intersection of East Lakeshore Drive and Stanford Avenue. As the equipment is being staged during this advance work phase, the project …

APTIM Recognized with 48 Safety Awards from the National Safety Council

BATON ROUGE, LA — APTIM recently received 48 safety awards from the National Safety Council (NSC). The awards honor APTIM’s company-wide commitment to safety and recognize its work on coastal restoration and resiliency in Louisiana, as well as program and construction management for the U.S. military.

“At APTIM, safety is …

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Bergeron Joins the Fenstermaker Team as Grants Manager

BATON ROUGE, LA — C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates, L.L.C. welcomes Tonia Bergeron, PMP, CFM, LEM, into the Fenstermaker fold. Bergeron will add her advanced skills in hazard mitigation and grants management to the Louisiana team as Grants Manager.

Prior to joining Fenstermaker, Bergeron spent 10 years with GOHSEP, building …

PALFINGER Announces Daneluz as New Vice President Sales & Service NAM Region

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA — Ismael Daneluz joins PALFINGER’s North American Region in the executive capacity of Vice President of Sales and Service. Daneluz will be responsible for developing strategic sales plans, based on the company’s goals, that will promote sales growth and customer satisfaction for the organization as well …

Mississippi DOT Projects Move Forward in Southeast Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS — Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in south Mississippi.

“Summer is peak construction season at MDOT, and we’re proud to see the progress being made on Mississippi’s highways,” King said. “We are always striving to improve …

Withers Joins Neel-Schaffer as Senior Bridge Inspector and Load Rating Engineer

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer, Inc., announces that Richard Withers, PE, has joined the firm and will serve as a Senior Bridge Inspection and Load Rating Engineer based in the firm’s Jackson, Mississippi, office.

Withers recently retired from the Mississippi Department of Transportation after 24 years of service, the …

Neel-Schaffer Holds Open House to Celebrate Move to New Jackson Office

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer, Inc., recently welcomed about 150 visitors during an Open House celebration to showcase the firm’s move to the Highland Bluff North building in northeast Jackson, Mississippi. Neel-Schaffer was founded in Jackson in 1983 by Hibbett Neel and Gorman Schaffer and remains committed to serving the …

Kohler Engines Approves Usage of HVO in the USA

KOHLER, WI — All Kohler diesel-fueled engines are approved to use HVO in the United States, in line with ASTM D975 standard. This confirmation comes just a few months after European compliance was announced. In February, in fact, Kohler had announced approval to use HVO for all its diesel engines …

Heavy Machines LLC Breaks Ground on their New Facility

MEMPHIS, TN — Heavy Machines LLC announces that they recently began breaking ground for a new location in Piperton, Tennessee. The facility will sit on a six-acre lot and will house both their corporate team and the staff and operations of their current Memphis branch. They recently hosted a groundbreaking …

Safety Culture in the Workplace: How Generational Differences Present Challenges, Opportunities

MILWAUKEE, WI — How do you create an effective safety culture in the workplace when you have an employee base that is so diverse?

It’s an important question for equipment manufacturers to ask and answer, and the latter can’t really be accomplished without a better understanding of what “culture” refers …

Louisiana DOTD, Elected Officials Celebrate Arkansas Road Widening and Roundabouts Project in Ouachita Parish

MONROE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. celebrated the Arkansas Road (LA 616) project, along with numerous elected officials, with a ribbon cutting ceremony in West Monroe, Ouachita Parish.

“This is truly the culmination of decades of tenacity and dedication toward …

Louisiana Governor, State, and Local Leaders Break Ground on Phase II of LA-1 Improvement Project

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., the LA 1 Coalition, and area leaders recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on Phase II of the elevated LA 1 corridor.

Phase II …

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Tips for Minimizing the Impact of Rising Fuel Prices

No one in the construction industry needs to be made aware of rising diesel prices over the past year. They have felt the pain. Through the first week in July, the average price of diesel fuel was nearly 70 percent higher than the year prior. There is no single magic …

Kirby-Smith Machinery Hires Brown as Oklahoma City Branch Manager

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) hires Colin Brown to serve as Branch Manager for its Oklahoma City location. The move marks a return to KSM for Brown, having served in roles as a Product Service Manager and Governmental Sales Representative for the Dallas branch during his first …

Mbroh Engineering Announces Expanded Transportation Services, Leadership Team Additions

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Mbroh Engineering has expanded the firm’s leadership team and transportation service offering. New employees Robert Powell, PE, PTOE, and Gary Harris have joined the Oklahoma City office, bringing civil engineering capabilities available to clients throughout Texas and Oklahoma.

Powell, Transportation Practice Lead, brings 12-plus years …

Shaw Named Garver’s Chief People Officer

ROGERS, AR — John Shaw joins Garver as Chief People Officer and will manage the company’s human resources efforts nationwide.

With almost three decades of human resources experience, Shaw brings broad knowledge from across the health care, banking, and construction industries. He also brings with him experience in talent acquisition, …

Leica Geosystems Launches New Safety Awareness Module in Leica ConX Cloud Solution

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, announces the launch of the new safety awareness module in the cloud-based collaboration platform Leica ConX. The integration of Leica Geosystems’ safety awareness solutions with ConX increases safety on construction sites by collecting and visualising data that enhances awareness, speeds up hazard response, …

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ACEC Honors Garver-Led Pathway to Hope Project

TULSA, OK — A Garver-led project was recently awarded a National Honor Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) during the 2022 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C.

The Pathway to Hope project marks the recent centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Garver worked alongside …

Arkansas DOT Cuts Ribbon on Highways 133 and 169 in Crossett, Arkansas

CROSSET, AR — Senator Ben Gilmore, State Representative Howard Beaty, Crossett Mayor Crystal Marshall, Director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) Lorie Tudor, ARDOT Deputy Director & Chief Engineer Rex Vines, and ARDOT Assistant Chief Engineer for Planning Jared Wiley recently celebrated the completion of almost four …

Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act into Law, $5B in Funding to Drive Low-Carbon Procurement in Buildings and Construction

The largest federal climate investment in U.S. history was made on August 16, after President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. The act aims to fight climate change and address record inflation.

The IRA includes policies that will invest in U.S. energy production, reduce carbon emissions, …

American Institute of Architects Elects 100th President, Dowdell to Become First Black Woman President in AIA History

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently made history when the delegates at the 2022 AIA Annual Meeting elected Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, NOMAC, NCARB, SEED, LEED AP BD+C as 2023 First Vice President/2024 President-elect. As the 100th AIA President, Dowdell will be the first Black woman and first Millennial President. …

More than 40 Industry Organizations Support Extending Buy America, Build America Act Waiver

When the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was passed back in November 2021, it expanded Buy America, Build America Act (BABAA) coverage to include certain construction materials used on federal-aid highway and transit projects. This was intended to strengthen Made in America requirements by ensuring projects use American-made iron, …

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Choosing Screen Media to Improve Production and Solve Screening Problems

With proposed infrastructure programs being discussed to offset the economic impacts of COVID-19, aggregate materials could see a spike in demand. This progression can lead to increased profits for mineral processing operations. However, maximizing efficiency to capitalize on this opportunity requires the right equipment. It is critical that operations evaluate …

Louisiana DOTD Celebrates Start of Construction on LA 44 Widening and Roundabout Project

ASCENSION PARISH, LA — Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. was recently joined by state and local officials to celebrate the start of construction on the LA 44/LA 941 widening and roundabout project in Ascension Parish.

This $6.2-million project, which stretches from approximately I-10 …

Louisiana Governor and Congressman Announce Funding for Southern University Ravine Protection Project

BATON ROUGE, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards, along with Congressman Troy Carter, announces funding for the Southern University Ravine Protection project in East Baton Rouge Parish. Through a grant awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) …

Reaux Receives A.E. Wilder Award Presented by ACEC of Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA — Fenstermaker announces Vice President of Engineering Raymond Reaux, P.E., as the recipient of the A.E. Wilder Award, presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Louisiana (ACECL). Each year, this award recognizes a distinguished ACECL member for their continued contributions of both integrity and …

Graves Joins Neel-Schaffer as a Senior Project Manager in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA — Neel-Schaffer, Inc., announces that Phil Graves, PE, has joined the firm and will serve as a Senior Project Manager based in the firm’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana, office.

Graves recently retired from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development after 25 years of service, the …

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Yanmar Compact Equipment’s Largest Mini Excavators Provide Maximum Power in Tight Spaces

GRAND RAPIDS, MN — Yanmar Compact Equipment offers the ViO80-1A and SV100-2A, the largest models in their mini excavator line. The machines provide the performance, efficiency, technology, and reliability needed for tough jobs, allowing for maximum productivity in construction, landscaping, and utility applications. Both models feature Yanmar Compact Equipment’s four-year/4,000-hour …

Mississippi DOT Wins 2021 Perpetual Pavement Award

JACKSON, MS — The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) announces that the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has won a 2021 Perpetual Pavement Award: By Performance (PPA) for a 3.25-mile section of U.S. Highway 82 from Oktibbeha County Line to 0.5 miles east of Catalpa Creek Bridge in Lowndes County. Original …

Metroplan Invests in Arkansas Through Regional Greenways Project

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Metroplan embarked on an ambitious endeavor in 2020 when it announced a $55-million investment in a regional pathway network in central Arkansas. The money will help build more than 170 miles of planned multi-use paths connecting Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski, and Saline counties.

Metroplan is the planning …

Arkansas DOT Wins Three 2021 Perpetual Pavement Awards

LITTLE ROCK, AR — The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) announces that the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) has won all three Perpetual Pavement Awards for 2021. Arkansas and Washington State are the only two states to have received awards in all three categories.

In the "PPA: By Performance" category, ARDOT …

Mississippi DOT Projects Progress Across Central Mississippi

NEWTON, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects across central Mississippi.

U.S. Highway 49 Project Nears Completion in Rankin County

This infrastructure improvement project calls for the reconstruction of 7.5 miles of U.S. Highway 49 from Florence to …

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USDOT Announces up to $41.55M Loan for Significant Rural Road Safety Project in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The U.S. Department of Transportation announces that its Build America Bureau has provided a low-interest, long-term loan of $41.55 million to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) to finance 49 percent of the $85.97 million in eligible costs for the Rural Two-Lane Advancement And Management Plan …

Oklahoma DOT Predicts Major I-35 Traffic Concerns, Awards $66M in Contracts at Commission Meeting

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The traffic situation on I-35 in the Oklahoma City metro area and in Southern Oklahoma is expected to become unmanageable in the coming years without bold and immediate action, members of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission learned at their recent meeting.  

Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) Chief …

Oklahoma City’s MAPS 3 Convention Center Recognized as 2022 ULI Oklahoma Outstanding Public Initiative

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — ULI Oklahoma recognizes the MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Convention Center as its 2022 Outstanding Public Initiative during the 8th annual Impact Awards.

As the largest single project in the history of the City of Oklahoma City, the $293-million MAPS 3 Convention Center was completed in December …

BOMAG Americas Remembers Industry Leader, Long-Time Team Member Bert DeJong After his Passing

RIDGEWAY, SC — It is with deep sadness that BOMAG Americas announces the passing of Bert DeJong, a company leader and industry veteran for more than 30 years. DeJong is well remembered for being smart, honest, and fair and an industry pioneer, who helped drive success for both rental …

Vacuworx Appoints Tipton Executive Vice President, COO

TULSA, OK — Vacuworx announces that Robert Tipton has joined the company as Executive Vice President and has been appointed as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Tipton joins the team with decades of knowledge in production and supply chain management, including executive leadership credentials and more than 20 years of …

Mississippi DOT Projects Continue in Northeast Mississippi

TUPELO, MS — Commissioner John Caldwell, Northern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintenance and construction projects in northeast Mississippi.

“These projects in northeast Mississippi along with others in northwest Mississippi will help significantly,” Caldwell said. “[Soon], we’ll add nearly a dozen more as we …

US Traffic Fatalities Surged 19 Percent from 2019 to 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. surged by 19 percent from 2019 to 2021. Traffic fatalities began to increase dramatically in 2020 even as vehicle travel rates plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Traffic fatalities continued to increase in 2021 as vehicle travel returned to …

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Phase I of University Lakes Restoration Project Moves Forward

BATON ROUGE, LA — Gov. John Bel Edwards and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, joined by fellow University Lakes Project partners, announce that Phase 1 of the University Lakes Project is now fully funded. Construction will begin this summer, led by Sevenson Environmental Services. The governor and mayor-president shared public …

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Louisiana DOTD Wins Environmental Leadership Award

BRIDGE CITY, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) District 02 received the 2022 Environmental Leadership Award from the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs for its efforts in pollution prevention. The award was given to Scott Boyle, DOTD District 02 Assistant District Administrator of Operations. …

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Michael C. Liptak, Co-Founder of ALL, Dies at 91

CLEVELAND, OH — The principal architect of the heavy lift equipment rental category and driving force behind The ALL Family of Companies has passed away. Michael C. Liptak was 91. Together with his wife, Marvine, and brothers Lawrence and Jake, Michael founded ALL Erection & Crane Rental in Cleveland, Ohio, …

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Tiner is First Woman to be Named President of AACE

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — Since its formation on July 1, 1980, the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering (Academy) has provided support for students and faculty in the University of Arkansas Civil Engineering (CVEG) department. In the intervening four decades, the Academy members have contributed nearly $1.1 million for student scholarships and …

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University of Arkansas Breaks Ground on Institute for Integrative & Innovative Research (I3R)

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — The University of Arkansas recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the Institute for Integrative & Innovative Research (I3R), designed by HGA, in collaboration with Hufft. Construction is officially underway for I³R, a flexible facility that will advance the research prominence of the University of Arkansas.

The …

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Stevenson Joins Neel-Schaffer as Firm’s New Director of Safety and Health

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer, Inc. announces that Matt Stevenson, CSM-C, has been hired as the firm’s new Director of Safety and Health.

Stevenson has 17 years of experience managing safety and health programs and/or providing safety consulting services for a variety of industries. He served the last six years …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Continue Moving Forward in Southwest Mississippi

MCCOMB, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues making improvements to highways in southwest Mississippi.

“All of these projects are geared towards one main goal: improving driver safety. Safety remains MDOT’s top priority,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District.

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Telematics Expert Gives Industry Outlook

Most construction jobs run on tight timelines and margins, and to keep everything running on schedule and within budget, fleet managers use telematics to give visibility into their equipment’s location and operating condition any time of the day or night.

Telematics has been around for quite a while, however, it …

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Gaines Joins HNTB as Senior Project Manager in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Avis Gaines, PE, joins HNTB Corporation as a Senior Project Manager in the New Orleans office. Gaines brings over 15 years of project management experience across all project delivery phases including planning, design, and construction.

As a key member of HNTB’s Gulf Coast civil works …

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Oklahoma Transportation Commission Announces I-35 to be Widened to Six Lanes; $71M in Contracts Awarded

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include an update on the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) effort to secure a federal loan to speed up rural two-lane highway improvements, a recap of April’s Work Zone Safety Awareness activities, and recognition of three …

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Louisiana DOTD Celebrates Construction of LA 1 Intracoastal Bridge Replacement Project

PORT ALLEN, LA — Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., was recently joined by local officials to celebrate the beginning of construction on the LA 1 Intracoastal Bridge replacement project in West Baton Rouge Parish.

This $57.7-million project will replace the current southbound …

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Hyundai Construction Equipment Adds Forsythe Tractor to Growing North American Distribution Network

SHREVEPORT, LA — Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas recently expanded its North American distribution network with the addition of Forsythe Tractor & Equipment LLC, in Shreveport, Louisiana, as an authorized Hyundai compact equipment dealer. Forsythe Tractor has been in business for a half a century.

“I have been working in …

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Construction Salaries are on the Rise According to NCCER 2022 Construction Craft Salary Survey

Skilled craft professionals continue to earn high wages, according to NCCER’s 2022 Construction Craft Salary Survey. More than 135 commercial, industrial and residential construction companies across the U.S., representing over 337,000 employees, participated in the survey. The individual craft areas reported provide average annual salaries, not including overtime, per …

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Labor Shortage is a Universal Issue in the Construction Industry

The ever-growing labor shortage is a universal issue, affecting nearly every business sector that relies on the availability of a workforce. It’s an issue that was happening before the COVID-19 pandemic and has persisted.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, there are 11.3 million job openings in the U.S., …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Underway in Western Mississippi

YAZOO CITY, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces updates to several maintenance projects in western Mississippi.

“These projects show your tax dollars at work,” said MDOT Central Commissioner, Willie Simmons. “As we enter mowing, maintenance, and construction season, motorists are reminded to slow down and be …

Sakai America Announces Changes in Sales Team

ADAIRSVILLE, GA — Sakai America, Inc. announces two changes within the sales department. Nick Zessack will transition from a Sales Support position to the Southeast Regional Sales Manager role. Zessack will continue to work out of the Adairsville, Georgia, head office, but will be the primary contact for Sakai heavy …

Performance Contractors' Favre Honored as 2022 Louisiana Legend

BATON ROUGE, LA — Art Favre, Chairman of the Board of Performance Contractors, was honored as one of seven recipients of the 2022 Louisiana Legends Award. Hosted by Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the Louisiana Legends Awards Gala highlights outstanding Louisianans who have distinguished themselves in a variety …

ASCE Student Symposium Draws Students from New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico for Civil Engineering Design and Construction Competitions

HOUSTON, TX — The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2022 Region 6 Student Symposium recently took place at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. At the event, nearly 500 civil engineering students from 25 universities in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico put their academic and project management …

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Governor Reeves Announces Infrastructure Investments Made Throughout Mississippi

JACKSON, MS — Governor Tate Reeves announces the signing of multiple pieces of legislation, appropriating hundreds of millions of dollars for major infrastructure improvements across the state. The investments include road and bridge repairs, drinking water improvements, and more. Reeves also discussed a range of line-item vetoes that he had …

Understanding and Protecting Against Mold on Jobsites

Most hazards you’ll find on a construction site are big and generally obvious. It might be the inherent danger of certain power tools, the possibility of an electric shock, or the potential for a fall. Because workers recognize these hazards, they can take steps to avoid or minimize them.

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Louisiana Governor Celebrates Completion of Bayou Chene Floodgate

ST. MARY PARISH, LA — Gov. John Bel Edwards recently joined the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the St. Mary Levee District for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Bayou Chene Floodgate. The permanent structure will prevent Atchafalaya River backwater flooding from impacting …

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Central Power Systems & Services Expands its Doosan Presence in Kansas and Oklahoma

GARDEN CITY, KS — Doosan Infracore North America is partnering with Central Power Systems & Services to add new locations in Garden City, Kansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The new Garden City location expands the company’s reach in Kansas, joining the Colby, Great Bend, Wichita, and Salina stores. Central Power Systems …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Continue Moving Forward in Southeast Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues making improvements to highways in southeast Mississippi.

“MDOT’s goal, no matter the project, is geared towards improving safety and increasing Mississippians’ quality of life,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “These are just a handful of the projects …

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Hudnall Replaces Neel as Neel-Schaffer's President and CEO

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer announces that Joey Hudnall, PE, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the firm, effective immediately. Hudnall replaces Hibbett Neel, PE, who co-founded the firm in 1983. Neel will remain active with the company, continuing to serve as the Chairman of the …

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New App Forecasts Future Liquid Asphalt Prices Lowering Financial Risk for Asphalt Producers and Highway Contractors

KENNESAW, GA — Liquid asphalt must compete with other products that are refined from crude oil, and energy prices are currently soaring due to inflation. Imagine bidding today’s cash price and the cost of the hedge instead of guessing at some future price. The solution is a new app that …

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ACEC of Arkansas Honors Three Garver Projects

LITTLE ROCK, AR — At the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Arkansas Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, three Garver-led projects were honored for demonstrating a high degree of achievement, value, and ingenuity.

The Northwest Arkansas Conservation Authority (NACA) Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Conceptual Engineering Report won the …

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K-Tec and Ashland Acquire Metalcraft Scrapers

LOUISVILLE, GA — K-Tec Earthmovers and Ashland Industries, providers of pull-pan scraper earthmoving products, announce the acquisition of Metalcraft of GA, Inc., a heavy equipment manufacturer. This acquisition provides a facility presence in the Southeastern U.S. along with expanded product offerings from the Metalcraft brand. The Metalcraft facility, …

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New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center $557M Capital Improvement Plan Progresses

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC) Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which will transform the facility and support the destination in being more competitive, is progressing. Conceptual renderings show the “immersive interventions” under consideration, including the addition of a third level with flexible, multi-purpose …

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Hyundai Expands its Dealer Network with Three New Taylor Construction Equipment Locations

NORCROSS, GA — Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas — which earlier this year expanded its dealer network with the addition of Taylor Construction Equipment locations in White House and Maryville, Tennessee — announces the addition of three new Hyundai-authorized Taylor locations, one in Mobile, Alabama, and one each in the Mississippi …

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Oklahoma DOT Launches Work Zone Safety Campaign; Awards Nearly $130M in Contracts

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include unveiling of a spring work zone safety awareness campaign by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA), an update on federal transportation funding following recent congressional action, and consideration of programming items …

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Kirby-Smith Hires Ward as Director of Strategy and Corporate Development

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery (KSM) hires Cody Ward to serve as its new Director of Strategy and Corporate Development. Ward will be tasked with the research and implementation of long-term growth strategies for the heavy equipment distributor.

“We had the good fortune to discover Cody through one of …

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OSU Institute of Technology WEDA Technician Program Achieves AED Foundation Accreditation

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The AED Foundation (AEDF) announces the accreditation of the Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA) Technician program at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT). This program is one of AEDF’s flagship colleges and serves a wide region throughout the Southeast.

“We are pleased that OSU Institute …

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US-90 Project Earns Grand and People’s Choice Awards from ACEC of Mississippi

PASCAGOULA, MS — The Garver-led safety and construction design for US-90 was recently honored with both the Grand Award and the People’s Choice Award during the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Mississippi Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA).

The Mississippi Department of Transportation selected Garver to conduct a comprehensive …

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LEMOINE Holds Topping Out at LSU Health Shreveport’s Center for Medical Education and Wellness

SHREVEPORT, LA — LEMOINE celebrates a construction milestone at the LSU Health Sciences project in Shreveport, Louisiana, with the topping out of the Center for Medical Education and Wellness. In building construction, topping out is a builders’ rite held when the last beam is placed atop a structure.

The center …

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Hunt Named President of HDR's Global Water Program

TAMPA, FL — HDR names Erin Hunt, P.E., to succeed Glen Ellmers as President of its global water practice, upon Ellmers’ retirement in June. For the past three years, Hunt has served as Area Manager for HDR’s operations in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. In her new role, she will …

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Stephen Joins Manhattan Construction as Education and Development Specialist

TULSA, OKLAHOMA – Manhattan Construction Company, a national construction services firm, announces the appointment of Eric Stephen as an Education & Development Specialist. Stephen will support the development and management of Manhattan’s online learning portal, and people development systems including the applicant, performance, and talent management systems.

"We are …

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Louisiana DOTD Holds Groundbreaking for U.S. 167 Project

TURKEY CREEK, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) recently joined local and state officials for a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction for the U.S. 167 road preservation project. This $4.9-million road preservation project will overlay a 9.22-mile section of U.S. 167 from La. 13 to …

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Transportation Advocates Gather to Mark TRIP's 50 Years of Serving the Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Transportation advocates gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the 50th anniversary of TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit. Delayed by a year due to COVID-19, TRIP is celebrating five decades as the only national organization devoted exclusively to generating news and social media coverage of …

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H&E Opens New Branch in El Dorado, Arkansas

BATON ROUGE, LA — H&E Equipment Services Inc. (H&E) announces the opening of its new El Dorado rental branch, its second in the state of Arkansas. The 5,000-square-foot facility sits on 4.5 acres with a fully fenced yard area, offices, and a separate repair shop with six service bays. It …

LEMOINE Appoints Comeaux as President of Infrastructure

BATON ROUGE, LA — LEMOINE announces that Rudy Comeaux has been appointed to President of Infrastructure with continued support to the civil, concrete, and municipal sectors. Previously serving in the role of President of Infrastructure, Seth Lemoine is transitioning to Chief Operating Officer (COO).

These transitions within the organization come …

APWA Board Selects Pugh as New President-Elect

KANSAS CITY, MO — With just a handful of months to go before a new president heads the American Public Works Association (APWA), the association board has selected a new President-Elect, long-time active member Keith Pugh, PE, PWLF. Previous President-Elect Dan Hartman had to step down from his role, …

Tennessee Governor and Commissioner Release Transportation Improvement Plan for 2023-2025

NASHVILLE, TN — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Interim Commissioner Joe Galbato release TDOT’s annual three-year transportation program, featuring just over $3.6 billion in infrastructure investments for 58 individual project phases in 34 counties across the state.

The program emphasizes the repair and replacement of …

Foley Joins the Fenstermaker Team as Ocean Springs Office Manager

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS — C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates welcomes Paul Foley, P.E., as Office Manager of the brand-new Ocean Springs office. Foley brings 13 years of experience in project management, hydrology, water resources engineering, surface transportation, public works, mentorship, and relationship building to his new role.

Prior to …

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Halff Awarded Joint Venture Contract with FEMA

RICHARDSON, TX — Halff Associates, Inc. (Halff), a member of the AECOM-led Compass Production and Technical Services Joint Venture (Compass PTS JV), has been awarded a contract to provide production and technical architecture and engineering services for the Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) Program by the U.S. …

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Michel Joins the Fenstermaker Team as Engineer

BATON ROUGE, LA — C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates, L.L.C. welcomes Logan Michel, P.E., to the team. Michel will add his skills in transportation design and project management to the Baton Rouge office in his new role as Engineer.

Prior to joining Fenstermaker, Michel worked as an Engineer Intern …

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Leslie Joins Fenstermaker as Senior Engineer

BATON ROUGE, LA — C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates welcomes Robert Leslie, P.E., CFM, to the team. Leslie brings 30 years of experience in environmental engineering, hazard mitigation, and more to the Water Resources team in his new role as Senior Engineer.

Prior to joining Fenstermaker, Leslie spent decades …

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Mississippi DOT Announces District 6 and 7 Equipment Operators Roadeo Winners

HATTIESBURG, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) held its annual District Equipment Operators Roadeo for District 6 at the Forrest County Multipurpose Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and for District 7 at the MDOT District 7 Headquarters in McComb, Mississippi.

Focusing on efficiency and skill, MDOT’s roadeos provide employees …

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Officials Break Ground on U.S. Highway 82 Bypass in Greenville

JACKSON, MS — Central Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons recently joined officials to break ground on a major transportation infrastructure construction project in Washington County.

The project provides for the construction of approximately nine miles of four-lane highway known as the U.S. Highway 82 Greenville Bypass from State Route 1 to …

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Neel-Schaffer Wins Grand Conceptor, ACEC Mississippi's Top Award

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer announces that a bridge and retaining walls project it completed last year has received the 2022 Grand Conceptor Award from the Mississippi chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC/MS). The award was announced during the 2022 Annual ACEC/MS Assembly Engineering Excellence Awards dinner.

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Haygood Named 2022 Mississippi Engineering Society Young Engineer of the Year

JACKSON, MS — Reid Haygood, PE, of Neel-Schaffer was announced as the 2022 Young Engineer of the Year by the Mississippi Engineering Society (MES).

Haygood received the award during the awards luncheon of the MES Winter Meetings at the Sheraton Flowood Refuge Hotel & Conference Center in Flowood, Mississippi. …

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HNTB Names Ivy Central States Office Leader

KANSAS CITY, MO — HNTB Corporation names Gretchen Ivy, PE, as Central States Office Leader, overseeing offices in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa. A Vice President based in the firm’s Kansas City office, Ivy brings more than two decades of experience in delivering innovative projects and policy guidance to …

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Oklahoma Transportation Commission Plans for Electric Vehicle Charging Program; Awards nearly $100M in Contracts

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include the next step toward designation of an historic Route 66 bicycle route, a report on the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) road-clearing efforts during recent winter storms, updates on federal funding, and a new program …

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Motorists Now ‘On Broadway’ After I-235/I-44 Opening Celebration

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Transportation officials recently raised the curtain on the last major act that will significantly impact traffic at the I-235/I-44 interchange, which puts motorists back “On Broadway” after three years of construction.

The celebration with Gov. Kevin Stitt, Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz, the Oklahoma Department …

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HDR Earns 2022 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards for Project in Louisiana

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — An HDR project in Louisiana received a 2022 Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The state-winning projects advanced to the national ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards competition, which culminates with the announcement of national award winners at the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Underway in Northeast Mississippi

TUPELO, MS — Commissioner John Caldwell, Northern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintenance projects in northeast Mississippi.

“A number of projects at various stages of construction and completion should be great indicators of the importance we are placing on our road maintenance,” Caldwell …

Why Ongoing Safety Programs are Critical

Most companies understand that safety is an important part of today’s workplace, but they may not realize why ongoing safety programs are critical to their organization’s well-being.

Some companies view safety as a “check the box” kind of activity, believing that once they’ve addressed safety topics, they’ve done what they …

Officials Unveil First Look at ACCESS Oklahoma Turnpike Plan

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Gov. Kevin Stitt and Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz recently presented ACCESS Oklahoma, a $5-billion, 15-year long-range plan, to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) Board of Directors.

ACCESS Oklahoma, which stands for Advancing and Connecting Communities and Economies Safely Statewide, is a comprehensive, long-range planning process …

Louisiana DOTD Announces Project to Widen Portion of I-20 in West Monroe

OUACHITA PARISH, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces a major project to widen a section of I-20 in West Monroe, Ouachita Parish.

The project will add one lane in each direction on I-20 from LA 3249 (Well Road) to the LA 34 interchange (Stella Mill), …

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Louisiana DOTD Celebrates Completion of La. 42 Widening Project

PRAIRIEVILLE, LA — Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. was recently joined by state and local officials to celebrate the completion of the La. 42 widening project in Ascension Parish.

This $27.48-million project, which stretches 3.7 miles between U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) and La. …

ABC and AFSP Announce Partnership to Address Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Associated Builders and Contractors and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention announce a collaborative partnership to address mental health and suicide prevention throughout the U.S. construction industry.

The goals of the partnership are to improve the mental health of construction workers through effective suicide prevention education, intervention, …

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Takeuchi Welcomes Wenzel as Southeast Regional Business Manager

ATLANTA, GA — Takeuchi-US names Eric Wenzel as its new Southeast Regional Business Manager (RBM). Wenzel will be responsible for managing all sales activity in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. His duties will include dealer development and recruitment, inventory control, forecasting, promotions, and the support of national and direct accounts. …

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Mississippi DOT Announces New Chief of Staff, State Safety Engineer, Roadway Design Director, and Assistant Chief Engineers

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently announced the promotions of Jeff Ely, Mark Thomas, Chris Nail, Colby Willis Kimmel, and Jim Willis.

Ely was promoted to the position of Chief of Staff. He has been with the agency since 2002.

“I …

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Officials Break Ground on Interstate 59/20 Improvements in Meridian

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation's Central Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons recently joined officials to break ground on several Interstate 59/20 improvements in Meridian.

The project provides for the widening of the Interstate 59/20 bridges over State Route 19/39 and the bridge over 65th Avenue, the removal …

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Power Equipment Announces Promotion of Andy Moon to President

KNOXVILLE, TN — Power Equipment, a member of the Bramco family of companies, announces the promotion of Andy Moon to President following the retirement of Chris Gaylor at the end of February 2022. This promotion is effective, March 1, 2022. In his new role, Moon will continue to lead …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Move Forward in Southwest Mississippi

MCCOMB, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues making improvements to highways in southwest Mississippi.

“All of these projects are geared towards one main goal: improving driver safety. Safety remains MDOT’s top priority,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District.

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Tulane University and Bernhard Announce Partnership to Optimize Energy Infrastructure and Improve Resiliency

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Bernhard and Tulane University recently announced a 30-year Energy-as-a-Service partnership that includes large-scale and immediate improvements to campus infrastructure and the construction of a 1-megawatt solar generation facility that will produce 10 percent of the university’s total electricity needs at its uptown campus. The upfront improvements …

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U.S. 11 Bridge in Louisiana Set to Open by End of March

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is scheduled to open the U.S. 11 Bridge by the end of March. The rehabilitation project included concrete and structural repairs, grid deck replacement, painting, installation of a new fender system, and the rehabilitation of electrical and mechanical systems …

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Liebherr Appoints Gerhardt as New Managing Director of Liebherr USA, Co

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Dr. Tim Gerhardt, a business executive within the Liebherr Group joins Liebherr USA, Co. as one of the new Managing Directors for the U.S. operations. Gerhardt shares Liebherr USA, Co. executive responsibilities with Kai Friedrich, Managing Director for Liebherr USA, Co. and Divisional Director …

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Oklahoma Transportation Commission Awards $100M in Contracts at Monthly Meeting

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include updates on federal and state transportation funding and awarding $100 million in contracts. Commissioners awarded contracts for projects on several county roads in Grant County, US-169 in Tulsa County, I-35 in Murray County, SH-51 in Cherokee …

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Cook Joins Nabholz as Regional Quality Director

ROGERS, AR — Nabholz announces Mike Cook has been hired as the new Regional Quality Director for its Central and Southwest construction operations. This region includes the company’s Northwest Arkansas, Southern Missouri, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City projects.

Nabholz hired their first Quality Director in 2010, with the goal to further …

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Additional Transportation Funding Provided by the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act Allows for Needed Improvements to US Roads, Bridges, and Transit

WASHINGTON, DC — Despite the increase in transportation funding provided by the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in November 2021, the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems remain significantly underfunded and will require increased investment for needed improvements and repairs. Fees on highway users continue …

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President Biden and USDOT Announce $1.2B for Highways in Rural Appalachia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Biden and the U.S. Department of Transportation announce more than $1.2 billion for the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) toward the timely completion of designated corridors in 11 states in the Appalachian region.

Under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, annual funding for the ADHS will increase …

APTIM Announces Relocation to New Headquarters at The Water Campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA — APTIM announces that its Baton Rouge office will relocate to new headquarters at The Water Campus, a 35-acre research and business complex residing along the Mississippi River. The company expects to move into the new space in Fall 2022.

APTIM is based in Baton Rouge and …

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Louisiana DOTD, SASHTO Award Louisiana Engineering Students with Scholarships

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), in conjunction with the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC) and the Southeastern Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (SASHTO) announce the recipients of 10 scholarships. These $1,000 scholarships were awarded to 10 students from four Louisiana universities who …

Johnson Named Oklahoma Transportation Director of Project Delivery

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz names Rick Johnson as Director of Project Delivery for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT). In this position, Johnson will create consistent construction policies and processes and develop unified planning and project management activities.

Johnson started his career with ODOT in …

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K-Tec, Ashland Earthmoving Equipment Manufacturers Acquired by Kinperium Industries

ASHLAND, WI — Kinperium Industries (Kinperium) announces it has acquired K.A. Group, consisting of K-Tec Earthmovers (K-Tec) and Ashland Industries (Ashland). Kinperium partnered with the owners and management of K-Tec and Ashland to acquire a majority stake of the company. K-Tec & Ashland are manufacturers of pull-pan earthmoving scrapers …

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ODOT Selects New Interchange Design for I-35 and SH-9 West in McClain County

GOLDSBY, OK — Following input from the public and stakeholders, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) announces its preferred design for reconstruction of the I-35 and SH-9 West interchange near Goldsby in McClain County. The project will now move forward to the next phases of development, which include more detailed …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Move Forward in Southeast Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues making improvements to highways in south Mississippi.

“Dozens of projects are moving forward throughout southeast Mississippi, and each one of them is geared toward improving safety and increasing Mississippians’ quality of life,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. …

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Neel-Schaffer Adds Faggard as Senior Project Manager, Hardin as Project Manager

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer, Inc., announces that Gabe Faggard, PE, has joined the firm and will serve as a Senior Project Manager and Korey Hardin, PE, SI, has joined the firm and will serve as a Project Manager.

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Officials Break Ground on Sela Ward Parkway in Meridian

JACKSON, MS — Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons recently joined actress and Meridian native Sela Ward to break ground on the Sela Ward Parkway improvement project in Meridian.

The project will repave 22nd Avenue/Sela Ward Parkway, construct new sidewalks on both sides of 22nd Avenue, and upgrade the traffic signals and …

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Acrow Bridge Restores Critical Route for Louisiana Residents Impacted by Hurricane Ida

JEFFERSON PARISH, LA — Acrow, an international bridge engineering and supply company, recently supplied a modular steel bridge to provide passage between the communities of Lafitte and Barataria in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Acrow’s bridge is serving as a temporary replacement for the Kerner Swing Bridge, which was destroyed by …

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Baldwin & Shell Construction Appoints Gosser as New President and CEO

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Baldwin & Shell Construction Company Board of Directors names Bobby Gosser as President and CEO of the company. Gosser’s board appointment, from President of the Central Arkansas Division to President and CEO, has been part of the company’s succession plan for several years.

“I’ve felt for …

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OTC Meeting Celebrates Transportation Milestones, Recognizes Boise City Highway Project with National Award

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include reports on the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) major accomplishments and milestones in 2021, updates on the state budget outlook, and presentation of an industry award for quality highway construction in Boise City.

Secretary of …

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Hyundai and First Choice Farm & Lawn Support Tornado Cleanup Efforts in Tennessee

SAMBURG, TN — Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc. partnered with First Choice Farm & Lawn, one of its dealers, headquartered in Union City, Tennessee, to assist with cleanup efforts in nearby Samburg, Tennessee, which incurred heavy tornado damage from the same series of December storms that left devastation across …

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Tennessee Concrete Pavement Project Receives 2021 Excellence in Concrete Pavement Award

SAVANNAH, TN — The Southeast Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA-SE) announces that a Tennessee concrete project has been recognized as the winner of the American Concrete Pavement Association’s (ACPA) 2021 Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards.

Taking home Gold in the Reliever & General Aviation Airports category …

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Multiple Architects Honored with AIA Design Awards

TULSA, OK — Crossland Construction announces that multiple architects and projects have been honored with American Institute of Architects (AIA) design awards.

KKT Architects and The Discovery Lab in Tulsa, Oklahoma, received the AIA of Oklahoma Merit Award for Excellence in the Craft Category and the AIA of Eastern Oklahoma …

Stantec Signs Agreement to Acquire Texas-Based Cox|McLain Environmental Consulting, Inc.

AUSTIN, TX — Global engineering and design firm Stantec has signed an agreement to acquire Cox|McLain Environmental Consulting, Inc. (CMEC), a 70-person, full-service environmental consulting firm that provides comprehensive environmental and cultural resource compliance services. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition is a continuation of Stantec’s …

Louisiana Airports Set to Receive Nearly $35.7M

BATON ROUGE, LA — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration recently announced first-year airport funding awards. In all, $2.89 billion will be made available to airports around the nation. The money can be invested in runways, taxiways, safety, and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit connections, …

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Announces Over $241M in Grants for America’s Ports

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS — The U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary announces the award of more than $241 million in discretionary grant funding for 25 projects to improve port facilities in 19 states and one territory through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

These grants demonstrate rapid …

Proven Ways to Increase Worker Awareness of Safety Issues

Companies develop safety programs for reasons that may seem obvious: they want to prevent injuries of all kinds, so workers don’t suffer the physical effects and both workers and companies don’t endure negative financial or operational impacts. In addition, safety programs can also minimize the potential for damage to facilities …

Power Equipment Announces Bourne as New Sales Manager for Central and Southern Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Power Equipment, a Bramco company, announces Brian Bourne as the new Sales Manager for Central and Southern Arkansas. Bourne is responsible for leading the Little Rock, Arkansas, sales team in the promotion and sale of new, used, and rental equipment within that market.

“Brian comes …

McDonald of Neel-Schaffer Selected for Madison County Executive Leadership Class

MADISON, MS — Neel-Schaffer announces that Graduate Engineer Chamar McDonald was recently selected by the Madison County Business League & Foundation (MCBL&F) to participate in the 2022 Madison County Executive Leadership Class.

McDonald is a long-time resident of Madison County and a graduate of Madison Central High School. He joined …

USDOT Announces up to $26.9M in Financing for the LA 3241 Project in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces that its Build America Bureau (the Bureau) has provided a direct Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan in the amount of up to $26.9 million under the Rural Projects Initiative (RPI) for the Louisiana Department of …

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Officials Cut Ribbon on Railroad Crossing Upgrades in Copiah County

JACKSON, MS — Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons recently joined Rep. Gregory Holloway, Supervisor Perry Hood, Supervisor Daryl McMillian, Crystal Springs Mayor Sally Garland, and other officials to cut the ribbon on several upgrades made to a Copiah County railroad crossing.

The Alonzo railroad crossing, otherwise known as Hartley Lane, is …

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O’Connor Elected to 2022 AEM Board of Directors, Construction Equipment Sector Board

LIVERMORE, CA — Topcon Positioning Systems President and Chief Executive Officer, Ray O’Connor, has been elected to the 2022 Board of Directors of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). O’Connor has also been elected to the Construction Equipment (CE) Sector Board, where he previously served from 2014 through 2018. …

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OTC Addresses Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Awards $108M in Contracts at Commission Meeting

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include the status of the recently approved federal infrastructure bill, approval of speed limit revisions on I-35 south of Moore, digital message sign installation on the entire I-35 corridor, and I-44 bridge rehabilitation near Sheridan Road in …

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Kirby-Smith Hires Cook as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Construction Group

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery (KSM) continues to build its executive team with the addition of Joel Cook as its new Executive Vice President and General Manager (EVP-GM), Construction Group. Cook will be responsible for strategic direction, operational management, and overall leadership of the heavy equipment distributor’s construction group, …

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Fecon Announces Seeliger as New Southwestern Regional Sales Manager

PONCA CITY, OK — Fecon announces the addition of Carl Seeliger as a Regional Sales Manager for the southwest region. In his new role, Seeliger will assist distributors and other sales channel partners in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana in the sales of all Fecon products including …

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Efficiency-Driven System Puts Folsom Tree Service Ahead of the Competition

The difference between a successful tree-care company and an unsuccessful one is often determined by their ability to offer customers fast, affordable, and quality service.
Jeremy Folsom, Owner of Folsom Tree Service in Benton, Arkansas, found a way to deliver these three elements and today, his business one of …

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FHWA Selects Stantec-Led Joint Venture for Construction Management and Inspection Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD) has selected the Stantec-Volkert-JMT Joint Venture to lead a five-year, $80-million shared capacity task order contract for construction management and inspection services. In this role, the team will support EFLHD in administering …

Heritage Petroleum and Allied Oil & Supply Announce Merger

EVANSVILLE, IN — Heritage Petroleum and Allied Oil & Supply announce a merger of their two-family businesses broadening not only their geographic coverage, but their company-wide capabilities.

“I am thrilled to connect with the vast customers, sales team, and the operational excellence Allied provides with a broader customer base offering …

Palmisano LLC, Construction Firm Based in New Orleans, Rebrands Itself as Impetus

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Palmisano, LLC has decided to rebrand as Impetus.

“We realize that the construction industry needs to evolve in order to continue its legacy of hard work and partnership," said Founder Wesley Palmisano. "For our new identity, we searched for a name that embodies our ethos; …

Recognizing and Addressing Worker Stress on Jobsites

Stress has been a part of human lives from the beginning. In the past year, we’ve seen additional attention placed on stress and its effects thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and highly publicized statements from top athletes and celebrities. Because stress can have a profound effect on the well-being of …

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Jones is New Office Leader for HNTB’s Gulf Coast Region

BATON ROUGE, LA — Bryan Jones, an infrastructure and client service professional, has been named HNTB Corporation’s Office Leader for the Gulf Coast offices.

Most recently, Jones was Deputy Office Leader for the region. He assisted the Office Leader and leveraged the role to lead and manage department …

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Enid Kaw Lake Water Supply Program Achieves Another Significant Milestone

ENID, OK — The City of Enid, Oklahoma, is celebrating the beginning of a new era of sustainable water. Dignitaries from across the state gathered recently for a ceremonial groundbreaking of a new Water Treatment Plant in Enid, Oklahoma, which will serve as a key element to the Enid Kaw …

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Durden, Maestri, Selected by ACEC Arkansas as Emerging Leaders

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — Northwest Arkansas-based Garver Project Engineers Brandon Durden, PE, and Chris Maestri, PE, were selected for this year’s class of the ACEC Arkansas Emerging Leaders Program.

“I look forward to the opportunities that this program will unlock,” Maestri said. “As an Arkansas native, I see it …

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EnSafe Receives Top Category Honor in ACEC of Tennessee Engineering Excellence Awards

KNOBEL, AR — EnSafe earned the top category honor in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Tennessee’s Engineering Excellence competition. Winners were announced at the ACEC annual awards banquet held in Nashville. The Grand Award presented to EnSafe was in the category of Water Resources for a …

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Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Welcomes Park as President

NORCROSS, GA — Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc. (HCEA), announces the appointment of Stan Park as President of the company. A 27-year veteran of Hyundai, Park previously held various field and executive-level leadership roles, most recently as the Vice President of Marketing and Dealer Development.

“Stan is a pillar of …

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Oklahoma Transportation Commission Awards $95M in Contracts at Monthly Meeting

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include the introduction of a safety campaign regarding severe weather preparation, approval of transportation interagency agreement, and the awarding of contracts for projects such as the widening of US-270 Northwest Passage connecting Woodward and Oklahoma City, resurfacing …

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Kirby-Smith Hires Mull as Manager of Supply Chain

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) announces the hiring of Cherish Mull as its new Manager of Supply Chain. Mull will provide process leadership and transformation of the heavy equipment distributor’s supply chain operations and will be responsible for supply chain strategy and oversight of all procurement, pre-contract, …

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Kirby-Smith Machinery Hires Olmeda as Remarketing and Used Equipment Manager

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM) continues to add talent to its growing used equipment department with the hiring of Jesse Olmeda as Remarketing and Used Equipment Manager. Olmeda will be located in Oklahoma City and report to Director of Remarketing and Used Equipment David Mehrtens.

Olmeda …

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Preferred Alternative Announced for Future I-35 Interchange at SH-74/Grant Street in Purcell

PURCELL, OK — Following input from the public and stakeholders received earlier this year, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and City of Purcell announce their preferred alternative for a new I-35 interchange to be constructed at SH-74/Grant Street on the north side of Purcell in McClain County. The project …

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With U.S. Vehicle Travel Nearing Pre-Pandemic Levels, Freight Bottlenecks Slowing Shipments, and New Federal Transportation Funding Reaching States, Additional Investment in U.S. Freight Network will be Needed to Improve Supply Chain Reliability

WASHINGTON, DC — As vehicle travel returns to pre-pandemic levels and federal transportation funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) begins to reach states, it will be critical that states make additional investments to improve the efficiency and condition of the nation’s freight network to minimize supply chain …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Continue in North Mississippi

BATESVILLE, MS — Commissioner John Caldwell, Northern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintenance projects in northwest Mississippi.

Bridge Replacements in Tate County
A $52.5-million project to replace four bridges on Interstate 55 at Hickahala Creek is underway in Tate County. The project includes …
Louisiana to Receive Nearly $6B from Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that the state is slated to receive nearly $6 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) after the United States House of Representatives passed the bipartisan bill, which was passed by the U.S. Senate this past …

Fecon Adds Vermeer Texas-Louisiana as Forestry Mulcher Dealer

IRVING, TX — As part of the controlled roll out of the recent global distribution agreement, Fecon LLC announces the addition of Vermeer Texas-Louisiana. With 13 dealership locations throughout Texas and Louisiana, the company provides a line of mulching equipment that incorporates Vermeer and Fecon mulching technology.

Vermeer Texas-Louisiana …

Louisiana DOTD Announces Major Project to Repair I-20 in Bossier City, Sections of Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces a project to provide major repairs to a heavily traveled section of I-20 in Bossier City, as well as additional repairs along the I-20 corridor in Shreveport. The project has an apparent low bid of $82,564,848.20.

The project …

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Design Concepts Selected for I-10 City Park Lake Bridge

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has selected a preferred design for the I-10 bridge over City Park Lake in Baton Rouge and a preferred design for monument towers, which will accentuate the bridge. The selected designs are bridge Option C — the “arched …

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Dynapac North America Names Roush President/General Manager

CHARLOTTE, NC — Dynapac announces the appointment of Jamie Roush to President/General Manager of Dynapac North America.

Roush is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in the equipment industry. Roush has been with Dynapac North America since the transition in 2017 and held various management positions at …

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US-81 Bridge Opening Highlights El Reno’s Highway History

EL RENO, OK — The City of El Reno and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently recreated a historic moment by opening the US-81 Rock Island bridge to traffic nearly 75 years to the day of the original bridge’s dedication.

El Reno Mayor Matt White and Secretary of Transportation …

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ALL Names Stephens New General Manager of Geismar, Louisiana, Branch

GEISMAR, LA — “Some kids played with Malibu Barbie. I played on a crane parked in my backyard.”

That is how Kasey Stephens explains her introduction to “living the crane life,” a lifetime love of the crane business, which has culminated in her being named the new General Manager of …

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Intersection that Connects East and West County Line Roads in Jackson is Officially Open

JACKSON, MS — East and West County Line Roads are officially connected. The long-awaited phase of this project was recently completed when Congressman Bennie Thompson joined with officials from the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the City of Jackson, and Tougaloo College to cut the ribbon and MDOT opened the …

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Besse Joins the Fenstermaker Team as Engineer

LAFAYETTE, LA — C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates welcomes Grant Besse, PE, to the company. Besse will be lending his skill set in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, analysis and reporting, development design, and project management to the engineering team in his new role as Engineer.

Prior to joining Fenstermaker, …

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Garver's Martin Receives Honors from AWEA and Arkansas Shovelers

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Arkansas Water Team Leader Jerry Martin, PE, recently received two distinguished honors at a meeting of the Arkansas Water Environment Association (AWEA), one of which was being elected AWEA Vice President. As AWEA Vice President, Martin will assist in overseeing the statewide nonprofit, which increases …

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H&E Relocates with Rental Focus in the Little Rock Area

LITTLE ROCK, AR — H&E Equipment Services Inc. (H&E) announces the relocation of its Little Rock branch to 11618 Otter Creek South Road, Mabelvale, Arkansas. The newly renovated 6,450-square-foot facility sits on 1.77 acres with a fully fenced yard area, offices, parts warehouse, and a repair shop with six service …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Continue Moving Forward in Southwest Mississippi

MCCOMB, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues making improvements to highways in southwest Mississippi.

“Each of these projects are all geared towards one main goal: improving driver safety. Safety remains MDOT’s top priority,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District.

Ongoing Lottery-Funded Projects Throughout the District …

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Nearly $8B in Upgrades Heading to Oklahoma Highway System

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Due to an influx of federal grants and additional state funding, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is maximizing new dollars to plan for more than 1,600 critically needed highway construction and safety projects in the next eight years.

With more than 300 new projects added …

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Kirby-Smith Selects Kunin as Vice President of National Accounts

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Following the promotion of John Arapidis to President and CEO of Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. (KSM), the heavy equipment distributor has found a successor for Arapidis’ previous role, recently naming Mike Kunin as Vice President of National Accounts.

Kunin will be responsible for the management and continued …

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SMH Group Announces Partnership with Kirby-Smith Machinery

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — SMH Group US announces that it is adding Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. to its dealer network for Atlas material handlers.

"We are excited to add such a major dealer to the network," said Tom Hickson, General Manager of SMH Group.

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. was established in …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Underway in Western Mississippi

YAZOO CITY, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintenance projects in western Mississippi.

“These projects show your tax dollars at work,” Simmons said. “As crews work to complete these projects, motorists are reminded to slow down and be …

Rolin Construction Wins Diverse Business of the Year Award from National Construction Association

ATMORE, AL — Rolin Construction was named as the 2021 Diverse Business of the Year award winner by the Associated General Contractors of America, association officials recently announced. The association also awarded Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Awards, sponsored by Willis Towers Watson, to Austin Commercial, Gilbane Building Company …

Gov. Edwards and Louisiana DOTD Announce Apparent Low Bidder for Second Phase of LA 1 Corridor Project

LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announce that the second phase of the LA 1 corridor project has been let. James Construction Group, LLC. presented the apparent low construction bid of $463.6 million.

“I am excited to see this …

Contractor from Louisiana Receives 2021 ARTBA National Contractor Safety Award

LIBERTYVILLE, IL — A transportation construction company from Louisiana was recognized for its outstanding employee safety program during the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Annual Convention, held in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Barriere Construction Co. from Metairie, Louisiana, won in the 500,000 to 1 million personnel hours category. …

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AECOM to Provide Architecture and Engineering Services for Kennedy Space Center and Other NASA Facilities

MERRITT ISLAND, FL — AECOM announces that it has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to provide architecture and engineering services as part of its Southeast Regional Architect and Engineering (SERAE) program. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ), multiple-award contract has a shared program ceiling of …

Closing a Critical Gap In Utility Safety: Identifying Serious Injury and Fatality Potential

Most utility companies have stepped up their safety efforts in recent years, and the decline in safety events and minor injuries provides positive proof that safety programs are an effective way to protect workers.

However, there’s a disturbing trend underlying this success: despite all the progress in worksite safety, the …

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Next Gen Demolition

A nation’s buildings stand as a visual representation of its history. In New England, that history is written in stone and red-brick facades overlooking century-old neighborhoods. Recent trends are bringing people and businesses back to these urban centers, forcing developers and city managers to find ways to reimagine spaces to …

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Terex Trucks Becomes Rokbak

Articulated hauler specialist Terex Trucks rebrands as Rokbak and announces its vision for an exciting new future. The Scottish manufacturer unveiled the new brand at a digital launch event on September 1, attended by dealers, customers, media, and Volvo Group colleagues from around the world.

Rokbak is the new name …

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The Impact of BIM on Construction Projects

BIM (building information modeling) is an intelligent 3-D model-based process that gives architecture and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage projects.

Forgoing the traditionally siloed architecture, engineering and construction disciplines using BIM can develop more integrated workflows to improve collaboration through the …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Continue Moving Forward in Southeast Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues making improvements to highways in south Mississippi.

“Dozens of projects are moving forward throughout southeast Mississippi, and each one of them is geared toward improving safety and increasing Mississippians’ quality of life,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. …

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Townsend Joins Fenstermaker as Engineer in Lake Charles, Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, LA — C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates welcomes Shalin Townsend, PE, into the firm. Townsend will be adding her advanced skills in civil and traffic engineering to the team in her new role as Engineer.

Prior to joining Fenstermaker, Townsend worked for six years with the Calcasieu …

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Arkansas Highway Commission Chairman Moore Named Distinguished Alumnus

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) recently honored Arkansas Highway Commission Chairman Robert S. Moore Jr. at a luncheon on campus.

University President Dr. Ben Sells welcomed attendees with remarks about Moore, followed by a presentation of the Ouachita Baptist University Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service to …

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Smith Named to Class XVI of Leadership Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR — The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce announces that Garver External Communications Team Leader Anita Smith has been chosen for the 16th class of Leadership Arkansas, a program aimed at developing a wide-ranging network of individuals who can meet and overcome challenges facing the state.

In explaining …

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OTC Announces Improvement of State Bridge Ranking; Acceleration of Two-Lane Highway Improvements; $42M in Contracts Awarded

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include an announcement of the state’s continued bridge progress; discussion of safety issues, such as rail crossings; and a vote to authorize the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) to pursue a state bond sale and secure federal …

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Guernsey Hires Holman as New Design Team Member Enhancing Client Visualization Services

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Guernsey, a design and engineering firm, hires Keith Holman, AIA, LEED GA, CDT, to its team of architects. Holman will work closely with client and project teams to integrate graphic visualization technologies that benefit clients as part of the collaborative architecture group.

“I was …

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Haneborg Joins Manhattan Construction Company as Director of Business Development

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Manhattan Construction Company, a national construction services firm, appoints Brooke Haneborg as Director of Business Development for the Oklahoma City region. Haneborg will be responsible for overseeing new business acquisition and strategic account management.

“Brooke brings a successful track record in serving clients, problem-solving, and …

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New I-40 Interchange Opens, Gives Yukon New Access

YUKON, OK — A new interstate interchange will provide greater access to goods and services on the west side of Yukon.

Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby and Tim Gatz, Oklahoma Department of Transportation Secretary of Transportation and Oklahoma Transportation Executive Director, joined Yukon City Council members and community members to …

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Horizontal Directional Drilling Operator Training Pays Dividends

For over a decade, the team at Rays Electrical Services in Elgin, Illinois has worked diligently to earn the reputation of being a quality residential and commercial electrician for the greater Chicago area. Since Ray Sakolari opened the company in 2008, he’s made a commitment to employees, customers, and family …

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Preventing Heavy Equipment Theft

Heavy equipment theft of everything from forklifts, skid steers, and trucks to bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, and wheel loaders can be a serious issue for business owners, whether at the rental yard or jobsite. Stealing batteries, catalytic converters, and entire vehicles can be a relatively low-risk, high-reward opportunity for thieves unless …

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For Workforce Wearables on Construction Sites, Comfort and Mobility Must Go Hand In Hand With Assistance

A few years ago, I worked with a warehouse stocker named John who had injured his back and was looking to get back to full duty. His job was important to him because he had a family to support, which included taking care of an adult son with special needs. …

Derek Alley Succeeds Sam Alley as Chief Executive of VCC Construction

LITTLE ROCK, AR — VCC Construction announces that Derek Alley will succeed the company’s Co-Founder, Sam Alley, as its new Chief Executive. Sam will continue to serve as the firm’s Chairman moving forward focusing on strategic initiatives.

Under Sam's leadership, the 34-year-old construction firm grew from one office in …

XNA Reconstruction Named Grand Conceptor by ACEC of Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR — The Garver-led Taxiway B Reconstruction Project at Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) has been named the top engineering project in the state by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Arkansas. Also known as the Grand Conceptor Award, the honor was announced at …

Mbroh Opens Oklahoma City Office, Adds Transportation Service Offering

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Company capabilities for Mbroh Engineering, Inc., have expanded with the opening of an office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The new location coincides with Mbroh’s expansion into transportation services through the addition of two key hires: Ernestine (Ernie) Mbroh and Denotria Davis.

“We are excited …

Manhattan Construction Company Named Accredited Quality Contractor by ABC

TULSA, OK — Manhattan Construction Company announces that it has been named an Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) by Associated Builders and Contractors, the 18th year it has earned the credential for its commitment to corporate responsibility. Only 229 of the nation’s merit shop construction contractors earned the credential in …

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Construction Retrofit Opportunity

Construction professionals have a golden retrofitting opportunity as commercial facilities expand their precautions against viruses: an effective new type of “germicidal” LED fixture that can be quickly and easily installed in existing structures. This specialized, enclosed LED fixture draws in air and irradiates it with ultraviolet light (UV), significantly improving …

Safer Approaches for Excavating Around Underground Utilities

Few things bring construction projects to a sudden halt quite like the surprise discovery of a gas pipe, electrical line, sewer tile, or water pipe. While digging a trench, the backhoe crew makes an unfortunate discovery. If they’re lucky, they spot the problem before any damage is done, or are …

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Manhattan Construction Company Announces the Promotion of Cuddihee to Senior Vice President of Field Operations

DALLAS, TX — Manhattan Construction Company, a national construction services firm, announces the promotion of Jim Cuddihee to Senior Vice President of Field Operations. Cuddihee will provide executive oversight of the company's safety and quality programs, project team performance, project management, and craft education programs. Cuddihee previously served as …

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Folds Of Honor

Fourteen years ago, as Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney’s flight home from his second tour of Iraq was landing, he heard the pilot announce that the remains of a deceased military service member were on board. He watched as the twin brother of the fallen corporal escorted the flag-draped coffin to …

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Optimizing Self-Cleaning Screen Media to Reduce Blinding and Plugging

In the aggregate industry, efficient screening is critical to achieve not only high production but also accurately sized product for particular applications and projects. However, two of the most common production bottlenecks – screen blinding and plugging – must be minimized to run an effective, profitable operation.

Blinding occurs when …

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Power Equipment Appoints Komatsu Dealer in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Power Equipment Company, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, will be appointed the authorized Komatsu distributor in Arkansas, effective mid-September 2021, expanding their presence in the state. The territory will be served by existing authorized Komatsu branches in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Springdale, Arkansas.

Power Equipment is …

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Taylor Becomes New Dealer of Bell Articulated Dump Trucks and Tracked Carriers in Tennessee and Mississippi

LOUISVILLE, MS — Taylor Machine Works, Inc., a manufacturer of heavy industrial lift trucks and distributor of multiple lines of allied products, is partnering with Bell Trucks of America, Inc. to become the Bell Articulated Dump Trucks and Bell Tracked Carriers dealer in the states of Tennessee and Mississippi. …

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Garver Names Lawson New Chief Financial Officer

NEW ORLEANS, LA — With the recent hire of Chief Financial Officer Kyle Lawson, Garver is gaining a multitalented financial professional to help lead the company further into its second century of business.

Lawson, who will be based in Garver’s New Orleans office, comes to Garver with more than …

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Liebherr USA, Co. Announces Friedrich as New Managing Director

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Liebherr welcomes Kai Friedrich as Managing Director of Liebherr USA, Co. and Divisional Director of Construction Equipment.

In his role as Managing Director, he will provide leadership and guidance necessary to oversee and implement the corporate and strategic plans for the nine product segments under Liebherr …

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OTC Commission Meeting Adopts Updated Five-Year Plan for County Projects, Awards $91M in Contracts

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include adoption of the updated five-year County Improvements for Roads and Bridges (CIRB) plan, a report on ongoing federal funding discussions in U.S. Congress, and an update on the next phase of the modernization effort involving three …

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Lowry Joins Guernsey as Mechanical Engineer

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Guernsey announces Melissa Lowry, PE, as the newest Mechanical Engineer to come on board with the design and engineering firm. Lowry brings corporate experience to the growing team of architects and engineers at the company. She will assist with all aspects of multi-project responsibilities for …

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Kirby-Smith Machinery Announces Arapidis as New President and CEO

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc., a distributor of heavy equipment and cranes in the central United States, announces that John Arapidis has been named President and CEO. Ed Kirby, the company’s Co-Founder, President, and CEO of nearly 40 years will step back from his current position …

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Rokbak Revealed: The New Name for Terex Trucks

Rokbak is the new name for Terex Trucks, with the new brand representing the continuation of its strong hauling heritage with a future-focused vision. Throughout the last four decades, the company has never wavered in its promise to customers to deliver powerful and reliable articulated haulers — and that …

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US Rep. Hern Visits Tulsa Equipment Manufacturers, Tulsa Rig Iron and Vacuworx

TULSA, OK — The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Tulsa Rig Iron, and Vacuworx hosted United States Congressman Kevin Hern for two I Make America events in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The events highlighted the importance of American equipment manufacturing and celebrated the men and women who work to build a …

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How Innovative Technology Can Support the Response to the Infrastructure Damage Caused by Wildfires

As California concludes another hot, dry summer, the state faced another historic wildfire season. Not only are residents subject to unhealthy levels of smoke and significant property destruction as a result of the wildfires, but they must also face damage to public infrastructure caused by the fires or other related …

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Heavy Equipment Dealers Increase Profitability with GPS Tracking

Heavy equipment dealers’ profitability depends on efficiently renting out their assets and keeping it in good working order for the long term, whether that involves tractor trailers, semi-trailers, or moving trailers; buses or RVs; backhoes, bulldozers, cranes, excavators, scrapers, graders, dump trucks, or all-terrain forklifts.

To maximize profitability, dealers need …

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Why Smart Roads are Just as Important as Autonomous Vehicles

There’s no doubt that self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles (AVs), are much safer than the average person-manned vehicle. In fact, more than 90 percent of serious crashes are due to human error, which means autonomous vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce the number of collisions and save lives.

However, …

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Weekly News and Year-Round Value

When David Gordon joined the Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) as Executive Director in December 2020, he focused on one main goal.

“As we continue to grow our membership, we have to continue providing year-round value,” he said. “Our mission is to help our members be more profitable and successful …

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BIM Industry Standards Create Predictability and Cost Efficiency

The adoption of technology in the construction industry in 2020 hit a record high, outpacing even the most aggressive forecasts and there are no signs of this momentum slowing. In fact, the annual Global BIM Industry Report has projected the global building information modeling (BIM) market will grow from $4.5 …

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CTS Maintenance Tips to Extend Equipment Life

Landscapers and dedicated green industry professionals know that the key to success lies in their machines. Whether operating a ride-on trencher or walk-behind machine, it’s the performance parts – the chain, teeth and sprockets (CTS) – that often determine the productivity of an operation. In other words, when faced with …

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Six Tips for Selecting the Right Traveling Axle Trailer

Finding a level surface with plenty of room to load a trailer on today’s congested jobsite is challenging. Towing and recovery operators have it even worse – struggling to move dead equipment, often singlehandedly, while also contending with traffic, poor visibility and soft shoulders. Operators in the towing and recovery, …

I-10 Widening Project Wins Operations Excellence Award

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that it is the recipient of the 2021 America’s Transportation Operations Excellence Award. This award was presented to DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., at the annual Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) …

Laiche Named Director of Engineering for DSC Dredge, LLC

RESERVE, LA — Scott Laiche has been promoted to Director of Engineering for DSC Dredge, LLC.

“Scott has been with DSC for nine years and has been a vital part of the growth of our engineering department,” said William J. Wetta, EVP and Chief Technology Officer with DSC. …

Budgeting Ahead for Safety is Critically Important

When companies try to predict costs for projects, they tend to concentrate on visible items such as materials. All too often, less tangible items – such as worker safety – become an afterthought and may not be budgeted adequately.

There are two primary ways in which safety affects the bottom …

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Nabholz Announces New Hires and Promotions for Leadership Positions

CONWAY, AR — Nabholz announces Regional President Jake Nabholz will step into the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2022. Current CEO Greg Williams, who jointly serves as Chairman of the Board, will retain his Chairman role. The changes were approved by a unanimous vote of Nabholz’ …

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Adolfson & Peterson Construction Names Pender New President of Gulf Sales

DALLAS, TX — Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP), a national construction management firm and general contractor, welcomes Will Pender as President of its Gulf States region.

With more than a decade of construction leadership experience and a portfolio that includes several major metropolitan projects, Pender will drive strategic business operations …

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Clark of Neel-Schaffer Appointed to Mississippi State Board of Registered Professional Geologists

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer Geologist Krista Clark, RPG, was recently appointed by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves to serve a four-year term on the Mississippi State Board of Registered Professional Geologists.

The six-member board oversees state-sponsored licensing, testing, and continuing education for Professional Geologists in Mississippi.

Clark is a Registered …

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Entergy Louisiana, Burns & McDonnell Mobilize Construction of 16.3-Mile Waterford to Vacherie Transmission Line in Southeast Louisiana

KILLONA, LA — After overcoming a few years of unavoidable, unrelated challenges, Entergy Louisiana and Burns & McDonnell have begun helicopter operations to construct the utility’s 16.3-mile, 230-kV Waterford to Vacherie transmission line.

By significantly upgrading local power delivery infrastructure to a higher rating, the critical project will address future …

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Samuel Named Chief Legal Officer of Bernhard

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Bernhard announces that Melissa Samuel has been named the company’s Chief Legal Officer (CLO). Since joining Bernhard in 2018, Samuel has worked with the Executive Leadership Team on a myriad of legal and operational matters designed to advance key initiatives and position Bernhard for continued growth. …

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Oklahoma Benefits from Two Federal Highway Grants; $65M in Contracts Awarded

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include updates on federal transportation legislation being considered by the U.S. Congress, a recent report on the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges program administered by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), and presentation of a final …

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HGA Earns National Engineering Award for Lithium Pilot Plant

SMACKOVER, AR — HGA’s engineering and design team collaborated with Standard Lithium and was named a national honor finalist in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Awards for 2021. The Smackover, Arkansas, lithium extraction pilot project won an Honor Award in the association’s overall category.

The …

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SmithGroup's Design Concept for New Gilcrease Museum is Revealed

TULSA, OK — Gilcrease Museum unveiled the concept design for an entirely new facility that reimagines the museum from the ground up. The 83,500-square-foot building is designed by SmithGroup, an integrated design firm, to allow the museum to improve the visitor experience and better exhibit and care for their …

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Electrical Safety Awareness for Non-Electrical Contractors

Electrical safety awareness isn’t just for electricians. Believe it or not, non-electrical workers actually run the largest exposure to electrical hazards. Without the electrical training that licensed electrical professionals receive, one careless mistake can turn into a big accident – or worse.

By paying attention to the small details, you …

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The Risks of Not Knowing Who’s On Your Job Site

The pandemic has driven general contractors (GCs) to diligently record who is at their job sites and headquarters. This primarily includes workers, subcontractors, developers, realtors, and property managers. With so many different people coming onto a job site and staying anywhere from 30 minutes to several weeks or months, it …

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The Simple Keys to Vacuum Excavation Success

Vacuum excavators are one of the fastest growing machine segments in the underground construction industry. Originally popularized by their role in daylighting existing utilities on directional drilling jobs, these machines are now being used for irrigation installation, landscaping, and even nursery tasks.

One reason for this growth is that vacuum …

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Tier 3 Nozzles Optimize Sewer Crew Efficiency and Profitability

For contractors responsible for sewer, storm and sanitary line cleaning, hose nozzles are an essential tool that directs pressurized water to clear out obstructions such as silt, sludge, grease, mineral buildup, and tree roots as part of required maintenance or to prepare pipes for re-lining. In this way, the nozzle …

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Instant Concrete Moisture Measurement Ensures Construction Quality and Speed

In the construction industry, the quality of cast-in-place concrete foundations, superstructure, slabs, stairs, and architectural features, along with the speed of project completion, can largely depend on getting moisture measurement right – and the same is true with the masonry mortar used to build brick, block, or stone walls.

Water …

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Proper Care Pays Off Over Time

It’s become a fact of life: When you need to work for extended periods of time in high, hard-to-reach places, you turn to mobile elevated work platforms, or MEWPs (also known as aerial work platforms). Over the years, two of the most popular MEWPs – scissor lifts and boom lifts …

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Integrated Precision

Hitachi continues to provide customers with efficient, reliable and durable equipment featuring advanced technology – the newest being factory-integrated Solution Linkage 2D and 3D Grade Control.

“We gave a sneak peek of Hitachi’s grade control technology at CONEXPO-CON/AGG last year,” said Justin Steger, Solutions Marketing Manager, Site Development and …

US LBM Completes Acquisition of American Construction Source

BUFFALO GROVE, IL — US LBM, a distributor of specialty building materials, has completed its previously announced acquisition of American Construction Source (ACS) from Angeles Equity Partners, LLC and Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.

‪‪‪‪‪‪With the addition of more than 70 locations in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, …

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Universal Engineering Sciences Acquires Geotechnology, Inc.

ST. LOUIS, MO — Universal Engineering Sciences (UES), an engineering and consulting company specializing in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections, and environmental consulting, has acquired Geotechnology, Inc., a provider of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences; exploration; geotechnical engineering; underground consulting services; …

The Crosby Group Announces 2021 Rigging for the Troops Campaign

TULSA, OK — The Crosby Group, a manufacturer of rigging, lifting, and material handling hardware, announces its Rigging for the Troops program for the third quarter of 2021. The Crosby Group will donate a portion of its U.S. sales to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, up to $25,000. …

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Bilotto, Bridges Promoted to Southern States District Leadership Roles

ATLANTA, GA — Claudia Bilotto and Daniel Bridges have been appointed to key southeast regional leadership positions in the Southern States District of WSP USA, an engineering and professional services consultancy.

Bilotto, who most recently led the Georgia Transportation business for WSP, will lead the entire Southern States District …

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Hobbs Named Executive Vice President of H&E

KNOXVILLE, TN — As part of the stated strategy to accelerate growth in the pure play rental business, H&E Equipment Services announces the return of industry veteran David Hobbs to the company as Executive Vice President. In his role, Hobbs has managerial responsibilities for the company’s existing operations at all …

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I-20 Mississippi River Bridge Rehabilitation Project in Madison Parish is Complete

MONROE, MS — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces the completion of a major project to rehabilitate the Mississippi River bridge on I-20 that connects Madison Parish to Vicksburg, Mississippi. All lanes are currently open in both directions on the bridge.

The $30-million project began in January 2019, …

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Mach Reappointed to Oklahoma Water Quality Management Advisory Council

NORMAN, OK — For a second time, Garver Oklahoma Water Team Leader Mary Elizabeth Mach, PE has been appointed to sit on Oklahoma’s Water Quality Management Advisory Council (WQMAC). Citing her “extremely valuable” command of issues and subject matter relative to water, ODEQ Executive Director Scott A. Thompson recently made …

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Oklahoma Transportation Commission Gives Update on State Budget, Awards Nearly $118M in Contracts

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include updates on funding for transportation in the Fiscal Year 2022 state budget, briefing on federal infrastructure funding discussions in U.S. Congress, and presentation of a beautification partnership award and of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s …

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Woodard Set to Serve as HGA’s Chief Financial Officer

RUSTON, LA — Hunt, Guillot & Associates (HGA) announces that Matt Woodard has assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer, in which Woodard will provide leadership to the accounting and finance functions for HGA. Woodard and his team will supply the business units of HGA with information and analysis that …

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Making the Right Choice with Terex Trucks

Terex Trucks comes from a strong hauling heritage: with over 70 years of experience in building robust, reliable and tough articulated haulers, the Motherwell, Scotland-based manufacturer knows how to design machines that are trusted by customers to deliver a powerful performance in all conditions. Its two models, the 30.9-ton payload …

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Cooke Joins Takeuchi as Midwest Regional Product Manager

THOMPSONS STATION, TN — Takeuchi-US hires Shann Cooke as its new Midwest Regional Product Manager. Cooke will now be responsible for supporting all of the company’s dealers and national rental accounts in the Midwest region, which includes the states of Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. He will …

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Thunder Creek Fueling Efficiency in the Big Woods for H2Dig LLC

Tucked away amongst wide swaths of agricultural fields and small, rural communities the Big Woods private waterfowl preserve is being developed by H2Dig LLC. The company specializes in premium outdoor recreational development and oftentimes is working in remote areas without great access to service stations, fuel, or equipment maintenance …

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Thunder Creek Fueling Efficiency in the Big Woods for H2Dig LLC

Tucked away amongst wide swaths of agricultural fields and small, rural communities the Big Woods private waterfowl preserve is being developed by H2Dig LLC. The company specializes in premium outdoor recreational development and oftentimes is working in remote areas without great access to service stations, fuel, or equipment maintenance …

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IEDA Welcomes Phelan as New Marketing Director

WESTCHESTER, IL — The Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) hires Kim Phelan as its new Marketing Director. An association publishing professional, Phelan has a history in the construction equipment industry and the rental business. For 15 years, she has created or curated written and live content on business subjects ranging …

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Why Tank Chances?

Water is an essential component of any construction or roadbuilding project. From dust control to site prep and compaction, thousands of gallons of water are required every day. How it is hauled and applied can significantly impact overall productivity and safety. Though water tanks appear basic, certain factors can have …

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Hooklift vs Cable Hoist, What’s the Best Choice for Me?

When it comes to loading containers or truck bodies onto a truck chassis, regions around the world have traditionally opted for different equipment. The North American waste and recycling market usually favors the cable hoist, while the hooklift has been more prominent internationally.

One trend that all customers are impacted …

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NETA Shares Outlook for the Work Truck Industry

The work truck industry includes some of the largest motor vehicle businesses in the world supplying truck chassis (incomplete vehicles) that will be completed by upfitters, using specialized bodies and equipment. These companies are all part of the complex process of producing work trucks, which starts with vocational fleets ordering …

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Succeeding with Standardization

For fleet owners looking to standardize their operation, selecting a trailer manufacturer might feel more like picking a favorite sports team than a strategic move to maximize hauling equipment investments. To some extent, it is. Teams with dedicated fans play smart and deliver results year after year. Similarly, original equipment …

Safety When Working On Geothermal Energy Projects

As debates about global warming get more intense and energy prices climb, there is growing interest in the advantages of geothermal energy. Such energy involves using heat generated by the Earth itself to condition spaces and generate electricity. While geothermal energy has not caught on in a big way in …

Decoteau Joins Neel-Schaffer as Water Resources Engineering Manager in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA — Neel-Schaffer, Inc., announces that Jeff Decoteau, PE, PMP, has joined the firm in the newly created position of Water Resources Engineering Manager. In this role, Decoteau will help Neel-Schaffer grow its Water Resources group across the company’s nine-state footprint.

Based in the Baton Rouge …

McKim & Creed Acquires GSA Consulting Engineers, Inc. and Expands into Louisiana

GONZALES, LA — McKim & Creed, an engineering and surveying firm, announces that it has acquired GSA Consulting Engineers, Inc., an engineering firm in Gonzales, Louisiana. McKim & Creed has offices in Houston, Dallas, and Austin.

GSA provides planning, engineering, and permitting services for water and wastewater facilities, …

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Mississippi DOT Wins 2020 Perpetual Pavement Award

HATTIESBURG, MS — The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) announces that the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has won a 2020 Perpetual Pavement Award (PPA) for a 5.8-mile section of four-lane MS 63 in Jackson County, originally constructed in 1977. This is MDOT’s fifth PPA and first since 2009.

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White Named Executive Director of Mississippi DOT

JACKSON, MS — By unanimous consent, the Mississippi Transportation Commission (MTC) has voted to appoint Brad White as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) beginning July 1, 2021.

White currently serves as Chief of Staff for Governor Tate Reeves. He has previously served as Chief of …

DSC Dredge, LLC Expands Leadership Team with Hiring of Lasseigne and Cruz

RESERVE, LA — DSC Dredge, LLC, a company in the dredge manufacturing industry, announces the appointment of two key new hires to their corporate leadership team in early 2021.

Justin Lasseigne joins DSC as Corporate HSE Manager, with the core responsibility of overseeing DSC’s HSE program for all three …

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Enid Kaw Lake Water Supply Program Ready for Construction

ENID, OK — After more than five years of planning, design, and coordination, the Enid Kaw Lake Water Supply Program is shovel-ready. With environmental clearance and funding in place, water rights authorized, and easements secured, construction is set to begin on the new, sustainable surface water supply planned to meet …

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Heavy Equipment Underground Waste Disposal Systems

Heavy equipment dealers, rental companies, and service centers with underground waste disposal systems – floor drains or sinks in service bays that connect to a septic system or dry well (i.e.- catch basins) – are regulated by the EPA.

During normal vehicle repair and maintenance, fluids such as engine oil, …

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Utility Inspection Systems and Their Benefits

It is obvious that knowing the condition of underground sewer and water infrastructure is necessary to properly maintain essential services, and today’s CCTV (closed circuit television) inspection systems visually identify structural and maintenance issues like cracks, broken or collapsed pipe, infiltration, grease, and roots, as well as other issues.

Mainline …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Progress Across Central Mississippi

NEWTON, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects across central Mississippi.

U.S. Highway 49 Reconstruction in Rankin County
Crews are making headway on the reconstruction of approximately 7.5 miles of U.S. Highway 49 from Richland to Florence. Phase …
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Oklahoma Transportation Commission Meeting Highlights Bike and Pedestrian Safety, I-35 and SH-9 West Project

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent video teleconference meeting include announcement of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) bike and pedestrian safety education effort, preview of the upcoming milestone celebration of eastern Oklahoma’s freight waterway, and detailed discussion of a planned interchange project at …

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Oklahoma Transportation Cabinet Innovation to be Overseen by Seymour

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Joni Seymour was selected to serve as Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) for the Oklahoma Transportation Cabinet Agencies, which include the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, and Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.

In the newly created CINO position, Seymour will work with every business unit across …

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Oklahoma Transportation Funding has Allowed for Improvements, but Challenges Remain

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — While the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been able to make significant improvements to state-maintained roads and bridges, additional progress may be stalled due to a lack of reliable funding. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state, and federal levels could improve road …

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AGC of Oklahoma Honors Cantera Concrete Company and Manhattan Construction with Build Oklahoma Awards

TULSA, OK — The Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma (AGCOK) has honored Cantera Construction Company with two Build Oklahoma awards and has honored Manhattan Construction Company with four Build Oklahoma awards and with the Best of the Best top honor. AGCOK’s awards program represents the best of the best commercial …

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Congressionally Requested Report Finds That Most of Interstate System Needs to be Reconstructed and Modernized, Requiring More Than a Doubling of Current Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the U.S. Interstate Highway System reaches 65 years old, it is congested, carries significant levels of travel — particularly by large trucks — and lacks adequate funding to make needed repairs and improvements. America’s most critical transportation link will need to be rebuilt and expanded to …

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Vacuum Excavators Help Maryville Municipality Expand and Maintain Its Underground Infrastructure

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the City of Maryville, a suburb of Knoxville, Tennessee, is going through a growth spurt. With a population of nearly 30,000 people and climbing, the town has experienced a big spike in utility development within the last two to three years. …

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Cutting Inefficiency, Not Corners

Demolition, like every industry, is constantly evolving. To keep ahead of the curve, contractors seek out the machines and methods that increase productivity while decreasing the physical toll on workers.

Concrete sawing is viable option for fast, effective removal. However, savvy contractors are finding that adding remote-control demolition robots to …

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Improving Efficiency in Roadbuilding

Let’s face it, road widening, aggregate placement, backfilling, and other road construction tasks have always been messy, backbreaking operations. Busy road construction seasons, limited budgets, and a number of other elements have constrained equipment innovation for decades. This has left road crews in the dust, relying heavily on traditional methods …

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Eight Factors to Consider When Selecting an Exosuit for Your Workers

A construction site can be a bad back waiting to happen.

Whether it’s a brick mason, concrete finisher, roofer, or any other necessary occupation for a job site, workers are at risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) because of the nature of the job – the awkward postures, repetitive lifting, …

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Top Three Technologies That Drive Preconstruction and Streamline the Build

There’s been considerable excitement and energy around machine control and autonomous operations in the construction space in recent years. And rightfully so – big machines that can grade a site to centimeter tolerances on the first go without operator assistance is worthy of celebration.

But what about the tools and …

Governor Edwards, Officials Break Ground on College Drive Exit in Capitol Region

BATON ROUGE, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., were joined by state and local officials to celebrate the beginning of construction on the new I-10 College Drive exit in East Baton Rouge Parish.

This $52.3-million design-build project will …

Komatsu Introduces Expanded Range of Hydraulic Breakers

CHICAGO, IL — Looking for a hydraulic breaker attachment that is simple to use, powerful, and compatible with your Komatsu excavator? Take a look at the high-performance efficiency and unique variable energy technology incorporated into Komatsu’s expanded line of JTHB-G and JMHB-H hydraulic breakers.

Designed and tested for compatibility with …

Sakai America Names Talley New Midwest Regional Sales Manager

CHICAGO, IL — Sakai America has added Linden Talley as a Regional Sales Manager to their heavy equipment sales team, focusing on soil and asphalt rollers. He will work with new and current Sakai dealers in the Midwest United States. Talley will cover the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, …

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Iowa Mold Tooling Celebrates 60 Years

GARNER, IA — Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc. (IMT), an Oshkosh Corporation company, is commemorating its 60th anniversary by celebrating its team members and the local community.

IMT products have now been a part of the building supply, construction, tire service, public works, mining, railroad, rental, and propane markets for …

HDR Selected as HDD Design Engineering Consultant for Port Arthur Pipeline Louisiana Connector and Texas Connector Projects

HOUSTON, TX — Port Arthur Pipeline, a subsidiary of Sempra LNG, selected HDR as horizontal directional drill detailed design and geotechnical engineering consultant for its proposed Louisiana Connector and Texas Connector pipeline projects.

The proposed Louisiana Connector project is expected to be a 42-inch-diameter, 131-mile pipeline, while the Texas Connector …

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Terex Trucks Articulated Haulers Are Strong Performance for Recycling Centers

As the circular economy ramps up, waste management facilities are gaining in importance. To optimize their operations, these sites need productive, cost-efficient machinery. Delivering high performance, fuel efficiency and excellent productivity, Terex Trucks articulated haulers are well-suited to meet the demands of recycling and resource management facilities.

Every year, Terex …

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Phase I Kicks Off on University Lakes Restoration Project

BATON ROUGE, LA — In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sasaki is working on multiple projects that will have long-lasting benefits for the environment and for the community. In addition to working on Greenwood Community Park Master Plan and Implementation, Sasaki is also beginning work on the University Lakes Restoration Project, which …

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West County Line Road Improvements Project Nears Completion

JACKSON, MS — A construction project launched 22 years ago is now close to being completed in Jackson, Mississippi.

“It’s taken a lot of patience and a lot of persistence,” said Hibbett Neel, PE, President and CEO of Neel-Schaffer, the Engineer of Record for the project that will …

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Altman Named Acting Director of Mississippi DOT

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Transportation Commission (MTC) names Jeffrey C. Altman, PE, Acting Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). Altman assumed the role following the retirement of MDOT Executive Direct Melinda McGrath after 36 years of state service.

“It was with great reluctance that we …

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Mississippi Transportation Commission Awards Contracts Throughout the State

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Transportation Commission recently awarded contracts for maintenance projects throughout Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will oversee the 11 projects, which will maintain and enhance transportation infrastructure across the state.

“These projects will make our highways safer and make Mississippi a better place to …

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Southern Power Acquires the Glass Sands Wind Facility

MURRAY COUNTY, OK — Southern Power, a U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company, announces the acquisition of its 15th wind project — the 118-megawatt (MW) Glass Sands Wind Facility — from Steelhead Americas, Vestas’ development arm in North America.

“We are proud to announce this new addition …

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Oklahoma DOT Kicks Off Work Zone Safety Initiative, Final Segment of Tulsa’s Inner Dispersal Loop to be Improved

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent video teleconference meeting include the kick off of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s (OTA) work zone safety awareness initiative, a report on ongoing work to address pavement conditions following the recent harsh winter, …

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Pivotal Machines

Skid steer and compact track loaders are pivotal machines on any jobsite, offering compact convenience and robust power to operators of all skill levels. With the ability to tackle a variety of jobs and applications, adding the versatility of an attachment can make all the difference in the capabilities of …

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Hitachi Construction Machinery Announces Two New Programs to Increase Productivity

Hitachi Construction Machinery recently announced two new programs aimed to help customers increase productivity and cost-savings. Dedicated to providing customers with efficient, reliable, and durable machines, Hitachi Construction continues to provide the latest technology and product offerings to help customers get the most out of their Hitachi machines.

Grade Control …
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Construction is Complete on Tinker AFB’s New KC-46A Maintenance Hangar

TINKER AFB, OK — Walsh Construction and joint venture partner Alberici Constructors have completed a 130,000-square-foot two-bay maintenance hangar at Tinker Air Force Base. Designed by Burns & McDonnell, the hangar is configured for general, corrosion control, and fuel maintenance operations for the U.S. Air Force's KC-46A Pegasus aircraft. …

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Turn One Machine into a Multi-faceted Workhorse with Stand-on Skid Steer Attachments

As we transition into the warmer months, demand for a variety of landscape, hardscape, tree care, utility installation, and overall construction-grade tasks begin to rise. While stand-on skid steers have been used primarily as loaders in the past, they are becoming more popular in a wider array of jobs in …

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Six Tips to Optimize Compact Track Loader Forestry Performance

Spring is just around the corner and that means land clearing contractors will be out in full force. While many jobs can be fulfilled using a standard compact track loader (CTL) with a simple bucket, overgrown areas with thick brush and trees require heavier-duty forestry attachments. And powering these attachments …

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Big Iron, Attachments, and Technology Come of Age

For many highway and heavy contractors, it’s not only the machines used on-site that drive project productivity – it’s also the attachments.

From buckets, hammers, and cutters to rippers, brooms, and grabbers, these heavy equipment accessories are designed to enhance the use of big (and little) iron while driving productivity …

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The Right Attachment for the Job

Telehandlers are a popular choice for a wide range of material handling applications on job sites due to the variety of attachments they can be equipped with. The versatility of these machines allows operators the ability to perform a variety of job site tasks. Unlike forklifts, which rely on a …

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Rise of the Machines

Change has always been a constant in the construction and demolition industry. Contractors, workers and project managers pushing for safer, more productive solutions have transformed the modern jobsite from a buzzing hive that relied predominantly on manual labor to a streamlined operation dominated by hard-hitting machines.

In today’s competitive market, …

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Equipment Evolution

Demolition and recycling equipment is evolving and is going to change quickly in the next five to 10 years. Manufacturers are leading this effort with input from their customers.

Advances are happening in wireless technology, microchips, machine learning, artificial intelligence, automation, cameras, sensors, touch screens, and batteries. These technologies are …

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The Sound of Silence

Like the air we breathe, sound is an important, yet often overlooked, part of our daily lives. And, just as air quality and its effects on health have become an important part of the safety conversation, the negative effects of sound exposure on employees and the public are a growing …

Louisiana Joint Transportation Committee Approves DOTD Priority Programs

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that the Joint Transportation, Highways, and Public Works Committee has approved priority programs for highways, aviation, ports, and flood control for fiscal year 2021-2022. These programs identify infrastructure projects around the state anticipated to let during FY 21-22. …

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Getting on Top of Tower Safety

Communications towers have long been a part of the landscape, but if you think you’re seeing many more of them, you’re not mistaken. The rapidly increasing demand for wireless communication and private communication networks has triggered a significant increase in the construction of towers.

The growing presence of towers means …

National Trench Safety to Merge with Trench Plate Rental Company

HOUSTON, TX — National Trench Safety (NTS) and Trench Plate Rental Company (TPRC), two pure-play providers of trench safety solutions in the U.S., announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge. The combined company will be majority-owned by Tailwind Capital. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. …

Equipment Manufacturers Report Positive Outlook for 2021

MILWAUKEE, WI — As the industry emerges from a full year under the COVID-19 cloud, a clear majority (88 percent) of equipment manufacturers report a positive outlook for 2021, according to a new survey released by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. More than half (55 percent) of the respondents …

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Five Tips for Maintaining Low-Level Access Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

Even though preventive maintenance can be the single most crucial factor in keeping an equipment fleet operating in peak condition, while lowering a machine’s total cost of ownership, it is easy to have an “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. Especially in lean years, maximizing each piece of …

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Multiple Road Projects Continue Moving Forward in Southern Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues making improvements to highways in south Mississippi.

Intersection Improvements on U.S. Highway 90 in Jackson County
Work continues on an intersection improvement project on U.S. 90 from Pascagoula Street to Chevron Drive in Jackson County. This $11.9-million project was awarded …
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Minnich Manufacturing Adds Darragh Company to Dealer Network in Mid-South Region

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Minnich Manufacturing, a manufacturer of concrete dowel pin drills, concrete vibrators, and vibrator monitoring systems, adds Darragh Company to its dealer network in the mid-South region. Darragh Company has 11 locations, and the full line of Minnich products are available to all markets.

“We are …

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National Trust for Historic Preservation Awards HBCU Grants

LITTLE ROCK, AR — The National Trust for Historic Preservation has awarded grants to eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through its Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative. In its inaugural year, this initiative empowers HBCUs to preserve and leverage their historic campuses, buildings, and landscapes. DLR Group partnered with two …

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Road Projects Move Forward in Southwest Mississippi

MCCOMB, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues moving forward with multiple projects throughout southwest Mississippi.

“MDOT’s goal remains the same for every project throughout Mississippi: improve safety,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “Whether it’s an overlay or a bridge repair, we want to ensure …

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Oklahoma DOT Awards $68M in Contracts at Commission Meeting

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent video teleconference meeting include a report on the state’s transportation response to the major winter storm in February and its effect on the highway system, the ongoing modernization initiative involving the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), Oklahoma Turnpike …

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Olsson Names Jason Cobb Oklahoma City Office Leader

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Jason Cobb, who has more than two decades of engineering experience in Oklahoma, has been named the Leader of Olsson’s office in Oklahoma City.

Cobb spent 22 years with a national engineering and architecture firm based in Oklahoma City, where he most recently led …

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NIRSA Honors HOK-Designed Recreation Center in 2021 Outstanding Facilities Awards

OXFORD, MS — The University of Mississippi’s South Campus Recreation Center has been recognized by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) as a 2021 Outstanding Facilities winner.

The annual awards recognize new buildings, renovations, and expansions that demonstrate excellence in architectural design, function, and creativity while elevating the higher education …

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Performance-Based Smoke Detection Reduces Cost and Enhances Safety

Today, the owners of a growing number of non-standard building designs like museums, arenas, stadiums and structures with atria or large open spaces are turning to performance-based design for substantial cost savings and enhanced safety while maintaining architectural concerns.

As an International Code Council (ICC) accepted alternative, performance-based design allows …

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Olsson Inspectors Help Keep Oklahoma Turnpike Safe

TULSA, OK — Olsson’s system for annually inspecting hundreds of bridges on the Oklahoma Turnpike takes precise scheduling, attention to detail, and professional dedication. Most days, it runs like a Rolex. But when an emergency strikes, the schedule goes out the window while Olsson's dedication kicks into an even …

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Getting the Most From Compact Track Loaders

Compact track loaders are an increasingly vital part of contractors’ businesses. The sheer versatility of these machines allows them to thrive in a variety of working conditions, and – thanks in part to growing attachment diversity – CTLs can be used for more applications than ever. A strategic purchase of …

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Getting the Most From Compact Track Loaders

Compact track loaders are an increasingly vital part of contractors’ businesses. The sheer versatility of these machines allows them to thrive in a variety of working conditions, and – thanks in part to growing attachment diversity – CTLs can be used for more applications than ever. A strategic purchase of …

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Enhancing Safety in the Heavy Equipment Rental Industry

Renting heavy machinery has become increasingly popular in the construction and mining industries with many companies now opting to rent instead of purchase equipment. In fact, market analysts predict that the heavy equipment rental industry is set to grow by 11 percent over the next three years as construction companies …

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Enhancing Safety in the Heavy Equipment Rental Industry

Renting heavy machinery has become increasingly popular in the construction and mining industries with many companies now opting to rent instead of purchase equipment. In fact, market analysts predict that the heavy equipment rental industry is set to grow by 11 percent over the next three years as construction companies …

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How to Maximize Bridge Repair Productivity with Hydrodemolition Attachments

For decades, road and bridge repair contractors have relied on the power and precision of hydrodemolition robots to increase efficiency for concrete removal and surface preparation applications. Traditional methods of bridge deck repair took hours of manual labor using handheld water jetting equipment or handheld pneumatic tools. By switching to …

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Towers of Tomorrow

Despite COVID-19’s tumultuous toll on urban living, there will come a day when normalcy returns to large metropolitan areas. Human beings are resilient; they will continue to work, learn, live, and play following economic downturns and unprecedented times that temporarily rid cities of normal activity. Downtowns have a future, and …

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Using Technology to Solidify a Unified Team Culture in 2021

Whether it’s on the front lines of a battlefield, a supply chain or a construction site, culture is a fundamental aspect of human existence. Culture keeps us bonded to groups of people – whether it’s within the context of our families, our communities or even our workplaces – and allows …

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CPRA Releases Draft Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Plan

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) releases a draft version of the agency’s annual spending plan for Fiscal Year 2022, which runs from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. The Integrated Ecosystem Restoration & Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana: Fiscal Year 2022 Annual …

Thorough Accident Investigations Require Seven Steps

While there’s a big difference between investigating a workplace incident and finding someone to blame for it, companies frequently confuse the two concepts. When something goes wrong, they work hard to identify those at fault, and that’s where the investigation ends.

Most workplace incidents are not that clear-cut. An individual …

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Curry Supply Welcomes Nelson as Regional Sales Manager in the Southeast

ATLANTA, GA — Curry Supply Co. announces its investment in the Southeast territory with the introduction of Georgia resident, Steve Nelson, as Regional Sales Manager. In this role, Nelson will utilize his industry knowledge and experience to serve as the dedicated Curry Supply representative for clients located in North …

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Freese and Nichols Names Payne as New Executive Vice President

FORT WORTH, TX — Freese and Nichols, Inc., promotes Jeff Payne, PE, a longtime manager with nationally recognized leadership experience, to Executive Vice President as the company prepares for succession changes. As a new members of the Executive Team, Payne oversees South Central Operations, which covers Texas and …

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Thurman Recognized by AASHTO for 25 Years of Service

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Environmental Director was recently recognized by a national organization for her service to the transportation industry. Kim Thurman received the 25-Year Award of Meritorious Service from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

“For over 25 years …

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Freese and Nichols Hires Bernard to Lead Stormwater Pump Station Projects

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Freese and Nichols, Inc., hires Lewis Bernard, PE, an experienced Mechanical Engineer, to lead stormwater pump station projects and help expand the flood protection solutions for clients along the Gulf Coast and Southeastern United States.

Bernard has led diverse design teams on multi-million-dollar projects …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Continue Across Central Mississippi

NEWTON, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects across central Mississippi.

Interstate 20 Bridge Replacement in Jackson
The bridge replacement project on Interstate 20 eastbound between Terry Road and Gallatin Street in Jackson remains underway. The new bridge …
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Smith Named General Manager of Ditch Witch Division

PERRY, OK — Kevin Smith has been named the General Manager of the recently formed Ditch Witch Division of The Toro Company. Smith is tasked with bringing the businesses of Ditch Witch, Subsite Electronics, American Augers, and Trencor into one organization whose products will be sold primarily through the …

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Freese and Nichols Names Hatley as New Executive Vice President

RALEIGH, NC — Freese and Nichols, Inc., promotes Tricia Hatley, PE, a longtime manager with nationally recognized leadership experience, to Executive Vice President as the company prepares for succession changes. As a new member of the Executive Team, Hatley oversees the firm’s operations in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Georgia, …

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Louisiana DOTD Announces Project to Replace Cheniere Lake Spillway, Bridge in Ouachita Parish

WEST MONROE, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that construction to replace both the Cheniere Lake spillway and attached bridge on LA 3033 in West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, is anticipated to begin on February 1, 2021.

There will be a total road closure on LA …

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Enid Kaw Lake Water Supply Program Passes Major Milestone

ENID, OK — Residents of the City of Enid, Oklahoma and surrounding areas are one step closer to benefitting from a new, sustainable surface water supply planned to meet the future demand of citizens in Enid and Northwest Oklahoma.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Tulsa District recently approved …

Rooney Joins Board of Directors of Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Erin Rooney was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) for a two-year term. CRCL is the first statewide nonprofit dedicated to coastal restoration in Louisiana and an advocate for coastal issues at the local, state, and federal …

Garver Acquires Oklahoma-Based Firm, Cabbiness Engineering

NORMAN, OK — Garver and Cabbiness Engineering have each created reputations as trusted firms that consistently deliver solutions to pressing infrastructure challenges. That remains the case, only now they will do so together as Garver announces the acquisition of the Norman, Oklahoma-based firm.

The partnership will combine the Cabbiness staff …

HGA Announces Senior Leadership Changes

RUSTON, LA — HGA recently announced numerous changes to its senior leadership team as the company continues to look to the future with a comprehensive business plan and path of succession.

“I believe in the importance of a strong, values-based culture, and the ability to attract and retain the best …

Using Good Catches to Increase Worker Ownership of Safety

There’s an old adage that says, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s applicable to many situations, but especially so when it comes to workplace safety. Safety professionals have long recognized the value of prevention, and the well-known Heinrich model clearly illustrates that value. For every …

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Neel-Schaffer Announces Six New Vice Presidents

JACKSON, MS — Neel-Schaffer, Inc. announces that six new Vice Presidents have been named: General Counsel Ed Everitt, Telecom Manager Albert Wilson, and Engineers Glenn Ledet, PE, Kris Lightsey, Ph.D., PE, Connie Standige, PE, and Chris Trebisky, PE, PLS, PP.

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Officials Cut Ribbon on Museum Trail

JACKSON, MS — State and Jackson officials recently gathered for a ribbon cutting for the Museum Trail, Jackson’s first paved scenic pathway that connects downtown with LeFleur’s Bluff State Park.

“We are thrilled to open up this roughly two-mile scenic pathway that includes a pedestrian bridge through the heart of …

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Construction of MAPS 3 OKC Convention Center Complete

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Construction of MAPS 3’s $288-million Oklahoma City Convention Center is complete after more than a decade of planning. The facility is debt-free and elevates the OKC’s capacity for hosting meetings and conventions.

“The timing of the Convention Center’s completion is bittersweet,” said MAPS Program Manager …

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Federal Bill Brings Funding Certainty and COVID-19 Relief, Transportation Milestones Highlighted at Oklahoma DOT Meeting

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s recent meeting include updates on recently-approved federal legislation providing transportation funding and establishing a commission to celebrate the Route 66 Centennial, as well as recognition of state transportation highlights and milestones in 2020. Engineering contracts were approved for the …

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Olsson Names Cramer Senior Director of Operations, Mersch Takes Over as Regional Leader

OVERLAND PARK, KS — Sterling Cramer is promoted to Senior Director of Operations for Olsson, an engineering and design firm that serves clients throughout the United States. Cramer was previously leader of the firm’s region that covers offices in Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Arkansas.

In his new role, Cramer will …

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Equipment Incorporated Adds Three New Locations, Expands Service in the South

SUWANEE, GA — Heavy equipment companies in the South now have greater access to Doosan machines, parts, and service. Equipment Incorporated has expanded with three new dealer locations. The new Equipment Incorporated dealerships add to the company’s existing locations that serve customers across Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

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Sustainable Construction Waste Management and LEED

There was an estimated 600 million tons of construction and demolition (C&D) waste generated in the United States in 2018 alone, which is more than double the amount of Municipal Solid Waste (i.e. normal garbage). Concrete accounted for the largest portion of this C&D waste (67.5 percent), followed by asphalt …

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Biden Nominates Pete Buttigieg as U.S. DOT Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). The former two-term South Bend, Indiana, mayor (2012 to January 2020) was a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year. He withdrew from the race and endorsed Biden …

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Mississippi DOT Projects Continue in Western Mississippi

YAZOO CITY, MS — Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintenance projects in western Mississippi.

Cable Barrier Installation on Interstate 55
The installation of median cable barrier on I-55 in Carroll, Copiah, and Holmes counties is nearing completion. The $4.7-million …
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Finding a Snow-Worthy Track Loader

What’s better for clearing snow, a skid steer or a compact track loader? The common perception is that a wheeled machine would fare better, and it’s often true with many track loaders. It’s why many compact track loaders are parked for the winter while their wheeled counterparts keep working. However, …

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Elon University Puts Vacuum Excavator to Work in a Wide Range of Applications

Traditionally, vacuum excavators have been used by contractors for daylighting buried utilities, minimizing disruption to the impacted area, and leaving behind a negligible mess. Today, the benefits of soft digging – the process of using a combination of suction and high-pressure water and air to remove dirt and other materials …

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Four Strategies for Construction Companies to Rebound from COVID-19

It has been almost a year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, and unfortunately, we don’t have an answer as to when life will go back to normal, or even what the “new normal” will look like. Disruptions in the hard-hit construction industry – such as supply chain shortages and …

Burns Cooley Dennis, Inc. Announces Acquisition of SoilTech Consultants

JACKSON, MS — Burns Cooley Dennis, Inc. (BCD), has agreed to acquire the business of SoilTech Consultants, Inc., an affiliate firm of Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

BCD is a geotechnical and materials consulting firm headquartered in Mississippi, with corporate and CMET campuses in the Jackson area and branch locations in Hattiesburg …

Have You Fallen for These Common Safety Myths?

Safety sounds like a simple concept, but when it comes to workplace safety, that isn’t always the case. As our professionals interact with companies and workers in many industries, they frequently hear things that may sound plausible, but that really aren’t true. We’ve collected several of the most common here. …

U.S. DOT Launches New Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation recently launched a new demonstration program to establish several Regional Infrastructure Accelerators (Accelerators), which will expedite delivery of transportation infrastructure projects through finance and delivery methods. The department’s Build America Bureau (the Bureau) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity to solicit applications …

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Mississippi DOT Maintenance Projects Continue in Northwest Mississippi

BATESVILLE, MS — Commissioner John Caldwell, Northern Transportation District, announces updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintenance projects in northwest Mississippi.

Bridge Replacements in Tate County
A $52.5-million project to replace four bridges on Interstate 55 at Hickahala Creek is underway in Tate County. The project includes …
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