Pipeline Contractor Improves Capabilities

Today polyethylene pipe (PE) is used in 90% of all gas line construction and is gaining acceptance in the water industry. An Oklahoma contractor with experience in both industries is pushing PE pipe installation to new limits with the help of a piece of equipment that lays coiled pipe. Utility Management and Construction Company (UMCCo) located in Ochelata, Oklahoma has been installing gas lines for over fifteen years and is now also gaining a reputation …

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Original TracStar Fusion Machine Improved

McElroy Manufacturing, Inc. (MMI) has recently redesigned and improved the fusion machine that revolutionized the industry of polyethylene pipe fusion. The new TracStar 500 Series II Fusion Machine adds strength and versatility to the original TracStar 500. In 1997 MMI unveiled the world’s first self-contained, self-propelled, all-terrain hydraulic fusion machine — the TracStar 500. The mobility of the track system, removable jaw assembly and elimination of a third party generator are features the operators of …

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HDPE Solves Earthquake Damage Problem In Washington State

Olympia, WA, is not the ideal setting for a major construction project. The city is located on the shores of South Puget Sound, with the rugged Olympic Mountains rising in the distance across Capital Lake and the dome of Washington State’s capitol soaring above the town. However, when an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck Olympia and the greater Puget Sound on Feb. 28, 2001, a good portion of the city quickly became a …

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Innovative Water Operation Solves Problem

Beaumont, Texas — The city of Beaumont Texas was recently faced with the problem of preventing contamination of their raw water source while at the same time protecting the delicate environment of the wetlands that surround their water canal. City officials put on their creative, problem-solving hats and embraced offshore techniques to accomplish both objectives. The innovative operation is drawing attention from other parts of the country that have similar problems. Beaumont draws its raw …

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