May 22, 2020

Industry News Roundup

The latest in storm water industry news

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QUIKRETE Companies Celebrate 80 Years

The QUIKRETE Companies turns 80 on May 22, 2020! This milestone celebrates the journey from fledgling building materials supplier in Columbus, Ohio to the largest manufacturer of pre-blended, packaged concrete and cementitious products in North America.

“Following the vision of our founder, Gene Winchester, The QUIKRETE Companies remains true to its roots as the innovator of pre-blended materials that make building, repair and home improvement projects efficient, consistent and profitable,” said Will Magill, CEO of The QUIKRETE Companies. “Building on an unmatched network that allows us to provide products anywhere within 24 hours, we’ve diversified and strengthened our portfolio, manufacturing capabilities, quality control, technical expertise and geographic footprint to best serve the marketplace. This approach and a dedicated team of associates has allowed us to live up to being ‘What America’s Made Of’ for 80 years.”


Storm Water Webinar Series

Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners are hosting a storm water webinar series to complement the annual storm water conference. The 2020 Ohio Storm Water Conference has been moved to Aug. 26-28, 2020 due to COVID-19.

TCWP will be hosting webinars every other Wednesday from May through August from 9 a.m-11 a.m. You can register for multiple sessions at once through the website. Click here to register today!

Each session earns 2 CEUs and costs $25. All sessions include speakers/topics related to storm water practices, restoration, and engineering, according to press release.

According to the press release, the schedule is as follows: 

May 13: Todd Weik, Squires Avenue and City Hall - A Case StudyJoe Reitz, BMP Storm Water Management on Private Property

May 27: Bob Hawley, Reducing Yellow Creek Erosion with storm water management and stream restoration Andy Stepnick, Using Modified BMP’s to address nuisance drainage problems in Toledo

June 10: Jeff Rowe, Ohio Comparative Storm Water Rate Study - The costs of handling storm water have increased which requires municipalities to reconsider what they charge for storm water fees. Jeff Rowe, COVID-19 and Financial Impacts

June 24: Scott Dierks, Storm Water Green Infrastructure, v.2.0 - An Ecosystem Approach. David Wituszynski, Ecological Benefits of Newly Installed Bioretention Basins

If you have questions or need more information, please email Kate Chapel at [email protected].


PPI Announces Winners of Projects and Members of the Year Program

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) announced the winners of its Projects and Members of the Year program during its annual meeting held on May 5, 2020. A Project of the Year and a Member of the Year were selected for each of the five PPI divisions: Building and Construction, Drainage, Energy Piping Systems, Municipal and Industrial plus Power and Communications.  The meeting was conducted on-line due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, reported the press release.  

“This year was a little different for us because it was the first time we could not physically congratulate each winner,” said PPI President David Fink in the press release. ”But just as in years past, the nominated projects in each of our five divisions were remarkable and the winners exceptional. It was a healthy competition, and that must be very satisfying to the winners.”

The association’s annual awards program recognizes projects and members for exceptional contributions to the industry. The submissions in the association’s divisions are reviewed, evaluated and voted upon by the PPI members.

The PPI winning projects and members are:

PPI Building & Construction Division Project of the Year

  • Vancouver International Airport Geoexchange System, Vancouver, Canada
  • PPI Member Company: Versaprofiles, Saint-Lazare-de Bellechasse, Canada  

PPI Drainage Division Project of the Year

  • Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal, North Charleston, South Carolina
  • PPI Member Company:  Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., Hilliard, Ohio

PPI Energy Piping Systems Division Project of the Year

  • Henderson Municipal Gas (HMG) PA 12 Gas Pipe Installation, Henderson, Kentucky
  • PPI Member Company:  Teel Plastics, Inc.,  Baraboo, Wisconsin 

PPI Municipal & Industrial Division Project of the Year

  • Colsman Tunnel Sewer Sliplining, Centennial, Colorado
  • PPI Member Company:  WL Plastics, Ft. Worth, Texas  

PPI Power & Communications Division Project of the Year

  • Alliant Energy Private Fiber Optic Network, Madison, Wisconsin
  • PPI Member Company:  Teel Plastics, Baraboo, Wisconsin

PPI Member of the Year Winners

Building & Construction Division Member of the Year: Jim Paschal, Aquatherm, Lindon, Utah  

Paschal has been chair of the PPI’s Polypropylene Pressure Pipe Steering Committee since its inception in 2017.  

Drainage Division Member of the Year: TJ Leason, Pacific Corrugated Pipe Company, Newport Beach, California

Leason is concluding his term as Management Committee Chair where his leadership broadened membership engagement on many levels.  

Energy Piping Systems Division Member of the Year: Dell Doyle, Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan

Doyle has continually helped the division gain new members, and in 2019, due to his efforts, seven companies joined. 

Municipal & Industrial Division Member of the Year: Mary Houston, Pipeline Plastics, LLC, Westlake, Texas

Houston has served PPI and the Municipal and Industrial Division for many years on task groups, committees and chair positions.  

Power and Communications Division Member of the Year: Tom Stewart, Dura-Line

As the Power and Communications Division’s Research and Development Committee Chair, Stewart has been instrumental in the smooth transition between staff engineers. 

Plastics Pipe Institute Lifetime Achievement Award: George Zagorski

Zagorski, who recently retired from PPI-member company Blue Diamond Industries, served on the PPI Board of Directors from 2011 to 2017 as vice chair, chair and past chair.  

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