On the Job with Great Lakes Fusion

Bryan Marks, owner of Great Lakes Fusion in Durand, Mich., has worked in the landfill industry his entire life. His company specializes in HDPE pipe fusion and the installation of methane and leachate collection systems as well as excavation and drilling. We caught up with him and his crew recently at one of his many jobsites throughout the Midwest to learn more about his work and why he fuses pipe exclusively with McElroy machines.

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Fused piping system solves sinkhole dilemma

Problem: Underground leakage from a faulty 6” clay pipeline — estimated to be 100 years old — was causing sinkholes to form on one of Downtown Tulsa’s original brick-lined alleyways. The city was forced to close the alley which blocked public access and the only access nearby workers had to their company’s parking lot. The need to rehabilitate the street was urgent. Solution: The city’s Sewer Operations & Maintenance crew replaced the 6” clay pipe …

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McElroy Unveils Third Generation of TracStar® 500

TULSA, Okla. —Fifteen years ago, McElroy introduced the world’s first self-contained, self-propelled, all-terrain fusion machine in the TracStar 500. Now, McElroy is releasing the third generation of the machine. The new McElroy TracStar 500 Series 3 features major additions over previous models, including an indexer mounted heater and facer, economy engine throttle setting and hydraulic clamping. With the heater now included as an attached part of the machine, users no longer have to manually place …

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Tucson Employs HDPE to Halt Contamination in Record Time

Tucson, AZ — The city of Tucson Arizona was recently disrupted by the largest sewer bypass operation in the nation’s history. Over 20 miles of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe has been fused together in just four and a half weeks to bypass a ruptured sewer line. The 42-inch concrete mainline, which was built about 40 years ago, burst in several places and the resulting deluge caused three massive sinkholes in the downtown area. The repair …

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