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New North American steel mill, Steel Piling USA
Shunli USA and Meever USA announced a new domestic steel pile manufacturing facility, Steel Piling USA, located in Erie, Mich. Steel Piling USA is scheduled to begin production of steel pipe, steel sheet pile and fabricated wide flange beams during the second quarter of 2019.
Steel Piling USA is a joint venture between American, Chinese and European specialists in the global deep foundations industry. With extensive international experience, their motto is: Sharing a World of Experience. The partners bring unique qualities to the new company with worldwide experience, quality control, awards for innovative developments in the cold formed industry and an engineering team ready to provide solutions for any type of foundation project.
Steel Piling USA will manufacture a wide range of spiral welded steel pipe (DSAW), steel sheet pile and fabricated steel beams. All will be manufactured from 100 percent domestic steel to meet all domestic requirements. Steel Piling USA will offer complete fabricating services including welding interlocks to pipe and wide flange beams for combination wall systems.
Steel Piling USA will supply steel pile throughout the U.S. to distributors, contractors and government agencies.
Junttan USA Inc. announces new VP of sales and operations Tim Dutton joined Junttan USA Inc. in November 2018 as the new VP of sales and operations. He is responsible for Junttan USA, Inc.'s operations, sales and development of the organization, customer support and sales in the North American market.
With over 20 years of experience in the foundation and equipment industry, Dutton brings valuable knowledge to Junttan and strengthens the sales team. Dutton spent most of his career with drilling machines and vibro hammers in the U.S. market. He has also worked as a project manager for a foundation contractor.
Dutton will also play a key role in developing Junttan's new MPX Multipurpose Drilling and Piling rigs product line in the future.
Most recently, Dutton worked for PKF MARK III where he worked in estimating, as a field superintendent and a project manager. He specifically carried out work for the NJDOT Maintenance division, replacing deteriorating bridge fender systems along the New Jersey Inter-Coastal Waterway with state-of-the-art composite materials. All work was co-ordinated and carried out from a marine application on barges and boats with extensive pile driving and carpentry methods.
With Dutton's experience on piling and drilling equipment, as well as his technical background and field expertise, he will surely bring Junttan in the North American market to a new level, allowing for more capability to serve customers with dedicated Junttan services, spare parts and sales.

Aggregate Technologies expands to Baton Rouge
Aggregate Technologies Inc. (ATI) has expanded with the opening of a new office in Baton Rouge, La. The Houston-based specialty construction firm provides concrete cutting, hydrodemolition, pile cutting, core drilling and wall sawing to various industries in Texas and the Gulf Coast. The firm has relocated David Rogers, vice president, from the Houston headquarters to Baton Rouge to better serve customers in the Louisiana Gulf Coast region.
With a commitment to safety and innovative solutions, ATI most recently was awarded its fourth Excellence in Construction (EIC) Eagle award from Associated Builders and Contractors. The project was emergency demolition work on the I-69/Texas 59 San Jacinto river bridge after it sustained damage during Hurricane Harvey. Previous EIC awards were for the removal of precast concrete walls from downtown Houston and Texas Medical center high-rises, and for emergency wharf repair at the Port of Houston.
ECA Canada names Ray Kemppainen vice president
Ray Kemppainen has been promoted to vice president at ECA Canada Company, a distributor of specialty foundation equipment in Eastern Canada. He previously served as branch manager.
Kemppainen's history predates ECA Canada, which was formed on Dec. 31, 1999, when Equipment Corporation of America acquired Specialty Construction Machines (SCM). Kemppainen found work as an apprentice mechanic at SCM in August 1990. He was promoted to service and parts manager after demonstrating competency working on diesel pile hammers, vibratory hammers and compaction equipment.
ECA Canada diversified SCM's product line to include large and small diameter drilling equipment. Kemppainen returned and took on the role of drilling product support manager after a brief departure from ECA Canada from 2007 to 2009. He was promoted to branch manager for ECA Canada in September 2009.
"Ray has been an asset to ECA Canada and this promotion will position him to provide even greater value to our Canadian customers," said Jeff Harmston, ECA's vice president of sales and marketing. "We have the utmost confidence that he will strengthen and expand our foundation in this critical market."
Born and raised in Toronto, Kemppainen completed the heavy duty equipment mechanic course from 1989 to 1990 at Centennial College. Outside of work, his interests include travel, drag racing, photography and motorcycles.
Benesch opens office in San Francisco
Based on its expanding client base, growing team of veteran litigators and opportunities to serve more clients on the West Coast, Benesch Law, and AmLaw 200 firm, has expanded into San Francisco, Calif.
"Opening an office in San Francisco is the next logical step for Benesch," said Gregg Eisenberg, managing partner and executive committee member at Benesch. "Many of our clients are based in California and the legal landscape is energetic and exciting. It goes without saying that California is home to some of the best companies in the country. We want to be a part of that."
Leading the team on the ground in San Francisco is veteran commercial litigation attorney, Krista Enns. Joining Enns are litigation associates Jennifer Miller and Whitney Carlson.
Enns concentrates her practice on complex commercial matters. She has defended companies and individuals against allegations of securities fraud, insider trading and deceptive trade practices.
Miller's practices is concentrated on complex commercial litigation and represents clients from a variety of industries including energy, food, health, media and technology at both the trial and appellate levels.
Carlson focuses her practice on commercial litigation, intellectual property disputes and white-collar defense. Her commercial litigation practice is diverse including breach of contract, product liability, trade secrets and business torts.
"Our clients are increasingly focused on the quality of the individual lawyer who will be handling their case as opposed to the immediate name recognition of the overall law firm," Connolly said. "I've had the good fortune to work with this team previously. They are outstanding attorneys and have been very successful in California. We are thrilled to have them with us as Benesch begins its newest chapter."
Dissen & Juhn Company helps revitalize Chestertown marina
Chestertown's waterfront and public access to it are indelible parts of the town's identity and heritage. When the Chestertown Marina fell into disrepair after years of deferred maintenance, the Town of Chestertown purchased the marina in 2012, and began making plans for crucial revitalization, repair and redevelopment to ensure the sustainability of the marina as a public waterfront amenity.
"The Chestertown Marina plays an important role as the last working marina in the town," said Gil Dissen, president of Dissen & Juhn Company, the Stevensville firm that was hired to rebuild the marina. "The marina is the home port for the schooner Sultana and hosts a fleet of tall ships annually during Downrigging Weekend. The public boat ramp stands as the only deep-water launch site for 10 miles in either direction on the Kent County side of the Chester River, so this project held particular importance for the town."
Although restoring and redeveloping the Chestertown Marina is important in the context of public access, the project is part of a much larger 20-year vision for Chestertown's future, which involves the redevelopment of half-mile of waterfront in conjunction with multiple initiatives at Washington College.
"We've had past experience working with Dissen & Juhn," said Bill Ingersoll, Chestertown town manager. "We were fortunate enough to get them on this job. Dissen & Juhn Company is the Cadillac of marine contractors. We had such a great experience working with them."
Although the marina project was completed on time and on budget, there were numerous notable challenges throughout the project. Chief among them were both time and space. The project had to be completed in time for Downrigging Weekend. The event is one of the largest gatherings of tall ships in the mid-Atlantic region, bringing up to 5,000 tourists to Chestertown, annually.
Regarding space, the marina is located approximately 27 miles up the Chester River in an area that is heavily agricultural. Here, the river bottom is characterized by a thick layer of fine silt that originates in the farmland flanking the river on both sides. As silt deposits don't typically exhibit any structural properties, the steel pipe piles securing the floating docks to the river bottom had to be long enough to penetrate deep into the river bottom until they reached firm material. In some locations, the 12-inch and 16-inch steel pipe piles were 90 feet long.
The upcoming 2019 boating season will be the first full boating season for the new Chestertown Municipal Marina.
Morris-Shea launches deep foundation installation website

Irondale, Ala.-based Morris-Shea is marking the company's 50th anniversary with the launch of a new website that presents the full scope of the contractor's deep foundation and earth retention capabilities.
Comprehensive information about all of Morris-Shea's geotechnical techniques can be found on the new website. Foundation applications are presented with galleries of jobsite construction photographs and technical data. Additionally, information about specialty construction techniques such as secant walls and restricted access jobsites is also available. Visitors to the site can also read about the company's design/build and site investigation capabilities.
MorrisShea.com includes technical information about recent signature projects for Disney, Google and YouTube, along with reprints of news articles from leading industry publications relating to these projects. Photographs of the contractor's equipment fleet are also presented throughout the new website.
The site links to interesting construction videos at the Morris-Shea YouTube channel. MorrisShea.com also offers easy access to potential careers; a list of current job offerings and an online employment application are available at the site.
PDCA recognizes engineering student achievement
Through its efforts to maintain the visibility of pile driving in the deep foundations industry, PDCA co-operates with professional organizations representing the engineers who are often responsible for determining the recommended foundation method in building projects. Likewise, PDCA works with civil engineering departments at colleges that offer such curricula. In addition to serving as a professional resource to collegiate faculty, PDCA considers it important to engage the emerging classes of geotechnical practitioners who will soon be designing deep foundation projects when they graduate and join the profession.
A new initiative of PDCA is to involve more students in the association and ensure that pile driving continues to be recognized by civil engineers as a viable, and when applicable, the preferred method for a deep foundation installation.
Engineering students have frequent opportunities to highlight their work before the industry professionals; many trade show and exhibition events feature student-centric activities such as model displays, poster contests, case studies and design competitions. During engineering exhibitions where PDCA participates as a co-operating partner, the association recognizes the students who are involved in activities that feature their work.
During the March GeoCongress (annual conference for civil engineers hosted by the GeoInstitute), a major component was the 2019 National GeoChallenge Student Competition. This enabled college students to compete against each other in five categories of geotechnical projects. To recognize the accomplishments of the five teams who earned first place designations, PDCA proudly extends complimentary, one-year Association Memberships. The winning students who are some of PDCA's newest members include:
Tanya Walkenbach, University of Kansas; first place GeoShirt competition, under the advisement of Dr. Jie Han.
Danielle Gardner, Natasha Vipond, Seth Anderson and Rebecca Blocker, Lafayette Colleg; first place GeoVideo, under the advisement of Dr. Michael McGuire.
Kristin Ulmer, Virginia Tech, first place GeoPoster competition, under the advisement of Drs. Adrian Rodriguez and Russell Green.
Anh Tran and Ana Errigo, University of Arkansas; first place GeoPrediction, under the advisement of Dr. Richard Coffman.
Jesse Solis, Vanessa Antunez, Angel Martinez and Cindy Deligiannis, California State University, Fullerton; first place GeoWall competition, under the advisement of Dr. Pankaj Bhattarai.
"PDCA intends to make certain that the engineering leaders of tomorrow will understand that the driven pile continues to be a dependable, cost effective and often safest solution for the deep foundation of a building, bridge or other structure," said Scott Callaway, president of PDCA. "We are excited to recognize the innovation and enthusiasm displayed by the next generation of geotechnical engineers."

Posted in PileDriver Magazine. Tagged as Edition 3, 2019.

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