Meever USA expands southeastern U.S. salesforce
Exciting things are happening at Meever USA.
"2019 has been a growth year for Meever USA," said Jeroen Koelewijn, president of Meever USA. "We have added new people, product lines and services. Meever USA has expanded its southeastern USA salesforce with the additions of Sarah Honeyman and Dawn Kieffer, who bring more than 31 years' experience to the operation."
Honeyman has been appointed southeast territory sales manager and Dawn Kieffer is now the southeast territory rental manager.
Meever USA will be opening a southeastern U.S. service facility in the Jacksonville, Fla. area to stock and support rentals and sales of new and used steel sheet pile, including reconditioning and fabrication. The new location will allow Meever USA to expedite deliveries, and provide more accurate and personal service to all of its southeast USA customers.
In addition, Meever USA is pleased to announce its association with Steel Piling USA. Steel Piling USA is a new facility dedicated to manufacturing domestic steel sheet pile, domestic spiral weld pipe and heavy wide flange beams in Erie, Mich. Steel Piling USA was established in 2018. This is a unique joint venture between American, Chinese and European specialists in the global deep foundation industry. The new manufacturer offers years of international and domestic professional experience in all aspects of the steel piling industry.
Meever USA has developed and is distributing a new and unique "bracing system." The bracing system can be custom-designed, providing safe, efficient, economical solutions for all size trenching and cofferdam projects.
Recent appointments at Steel Piling USA include Roderick Olds as Midwest territory sales manager and Paul Jaquillard as West Coast territory sales manager.
Morris-Shea completes deep foundation for Ascend Apartments Birmingham high-rise
Morris-Shea, a geotechnical contractor headquartered in Irondale, Ala., has completed installation of driven H-piles for the deep foundation of the new Ascend Apartments in downtown Birmingham. The 17-story residential building's mixed-use design includes 198 student occupancy units, ground floor retail space, a second story parking garage and a rooftop swimming pool. Morris-Shea installed 261 high-capacity H-piles as a value engineered alternate to the original specification for drilled shafts with rock sockets. The original foundation design raised budget concerns that impacted the project's feasibility.
The Morris-Shea team completed H-pile load testing and production pile installation in only 20 workdays. Subsurface conditions varied considerably from pile-to-pile with dolomite rock pinnacles and crevices requiring piles be driven to depths as shallow as 40 feet and as deep as 120 feet. Morris-Shea installed high-capacity 12-inch by 74-foot H-piles with a 200-ton working load, rather than typical 12-inch by 53-foot H-piles with a smaller 50-ton load. The high-capacity piles were driven in 60-foot lengths to rock refusal with a PVE 50 rig using a five-ton hydraulic hammer. The contractor performed a static load test to 400 tons prior to commencing installation to verify load capacity.
The Ascend Apartments jobsite sits atop the Knox Group Formation, a subsurface mineral deposit dominated by Copper Ridge dolomite. The H-piles are installed through residual clays to refusal at the dolomite bedrock. The depth of the piles is highly varied due to cavities and fracturing commonly found in this type of subsurface.
Motocut moves to a new location
MotoCut Ltd. is growing and moving to new larger premises to better serve its customers. The company has been at its current location since 2012, but due to recent growth, will relocate to Menotie 1, Ylöjärvi in Finland.
The new, larger facility will provide more production space, which is scalable, and an improved meeting and training environment with plenty of free parking. The location in Ylöjärvi next to city of Tampere is within easy reach less than two hours by train from Helsinki and even more conveniently accessible by air, thanks to Tampere's flight connections. Tampere is located in southern Finland, some 170 km northwest of Helsinki, capital of the Finland.
MotoCut's new address is:
MotoCut Ltd.Menotie 133470 YlöjärviFinland
ECA names service managers in U.S. and Canada
Equipment Corporation of America (ECA), a distributor of specialty foundation equipment, has named several service managers at its branches in the United States and Canada.
Chris McCune has been promoted to service manager at ECA Pittsburgh after working as a service technician at the branch since 2016. McCune's goal is to mentor younger employees and current technicians to help them follow the same successful path he followed.
Peter Kassaris has been promoted to service manager at ECA Canada Company. Through hard work and dedication, he was promoted to the senior technician role within 15 months of being hired. Kassaris had already amassed eight years of experience in the foundation construction industry when he came to ECA Canada in September 2017. He aims to build the best service department in the Canadian foundation construction industry.
Trey Carver has been promoted to service manager at ECA Florida. He began his career in 2006 as an equipment technician at Pile Equipment. Carver joined the team as a technician when ECA purchased the Florida-based company in 2015. He worked his way up from technician to foreman, and in four short years, was promoted to service manager of ECA Jacksonville in February 2019. Carver strives to maintain strong customer relations through professionalism and exceptional customer service, and aspires to build a strong, self-sufficient service department capable of handling any potential issue ECA's customers might encounter.
Kevin "Buddy" Austin began his career in 2006 as a drilling rig operator in the foundation construction industry and has since been promoted to service manager at ECA Washington. He joined ECA in 2011 as a service technician and quickly advanced into ECA Washington's lead technician role. Austin's motivation, professionalism and dedication to both customers and fellow employees resulted in his promotion to service manager. His 13 years of experience, focused on building and maintaining relationships with ECA's customers and vendors, will help ensure the future of the company and its employees.
Rich Weinstein joined ECA Philadelphia as service manager in April 2019. He came to ECA with 17 years of experience in operations, service, parts and warranty management. With his comprehensive experience, Weinstein aims for the service team to be even more responsive, resulting in less machine downtime and a better overall experience with ECA. He also plans to spend more time in the field and visiting customers to develop a deeper understanding of their needs.
Derek Brodnax joins Service Steel Warehouse
Derek Brodnax has joined the Service Steel Structural and Foundations steel sales team.
Brodnax has a business background obtained at the Stephen F. Austin State University. He combines this with a wealth of industry experience from over 10 years with STI and in structural sales with Service Steel.
In addition to sales and project management, Brodnax has had extensive training in CAD, galvanizing, quality assurance, purchasing, developing reports, project plans and scheduling. He is also proficient in reviewing bid proposals and preparing competitive bid solutions.
Brodnax will be responsible for developing all foundations steel solution sales in the southern states of the U.S., particularly Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Reach out to Derek via email at or phone him at 713-675-2631.
Migratory bird evaluations by ECS Limited
With bird nesting season in full swing, the Mid-Atlantic Environmental team at ECS Limited has been providing dozens of migratory bird evaluations in short succession. Due to the high volume and rapid turnaround time required for these surveys, the group doing the surveys was the "Bird Rapid Response Team (BRRT)."
Most birds in North America are protected under several environmental conservation acts, such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Federal Endangered Species Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, as well as state regulations. The ECS team supports clients by providing guidance on complying with these regulations and helping avoid impacts to these species through the design and building process.
If a client is working on a project that requires migratory bird and other protected species monitoring and finds a bird nesting in the area, they would need support. ECS goes to the site, finds the nest, identifis the bird species, notes if the nest is active and determines where the birds are in their breeding season. If the nest is active, ECS advises clients as to what sort of work they may be able to perform and estimate when the nest would be declared inactive. ECS can also perform stress monitoring for birds during construction activities, even if the nest is not located on an artificial structure.
The BRRT can travel anywhere in the United States and mobilize to produce a deliverable within days for clients in order to minimize the disruption to their project.
ECS can also perform these services for animals that not are birds, including turtles, marine mammals (seals, dolphins, whales, etc.) for in-water work and more.

Posted in PileDriver Magazine. Tagged as Edition 4, 2019.

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