Pile Driving Industry Retirees Honored in South Carolina

(Left to right: Michael McCormick, Don Surrency, John King, Sonny DuPre, John Skinner)

A 2022 objective of the South Carolina Chapter of PDCA and current president John King is to recognize the contributions of some of the region's important figures who spent impactful careers serving the Charleston market and helped shape the driven pile industry into what it is today. During its third quarter dinner meeting on August 18th, President King arranged for four retirees to receive The Harry Robbins Chapter Award. Three contractors and one supplier were introduced by a family member or close colleague and presented with a unique pile driving rig trophy to signify their contributions to the industry. Those recognized in August included Sonny DuPre who followed his father at the helm of Cape Romain Contractors, Michael McCormick who was a co-founder of Pile Drivers, Inc., John Skinner who retired after a long career at Parker Marine Contracting in 2021, and Don Surrency who was a leading representative at Koppers, Inc. for more than 30 years. PDCA thanks the four gentlemen for helping shape the modern, driven pile industry into what it is today.

In addition to the special recognitions, Chapter members and friends gathered at the Town & Country Inn & Suites in Charleston for a networking reception, buffet dinner featuring various southern cuisine favorites, a Chapter business update and a feature presentation from Kathy Harper of the PDCA national office in Orange Park, Florida. There, Kathy is the Manager of Education and Events; she provided dinner attendees with a 'behind the scenes' look at the evolution of such industry staples as the PDCA Annual Conference, DICEP, the PDCA Value Driven Webinar Series and Contractors Foundation Institute: Driven Pile Academy, among others. Members from the South Carolina Chapter are active in national level PDCA events and enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about their origin.

The capacity event attracted more than 60 attendees.

Kathy Harper from PDCA

A popular networking reception preceded the meeting.

PDCA South Carolina Chapter thanks the sponsors for the Quarterly Dinner Meeting! 

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Gulf Coast, South Carolina Chapters Both Host 8/18 Meetings

(L-R) Kathy Harper, PDCA and Dylan Andre, VP Gulf Coast Chapter
The pile driving industry will make a strong showing in the Southeastern U.S. on Thursday, August 18th as both the Gulf Coast and South Carolina Chapters of PDCA are hosting quarterly dinner meetings.First, the Gulf Coast Chapter continues the tradition of offering its third quarter member gathering in the eastern reaches of the expansive territory. Chapter leadership and numerous members will convene at the Gold Nugget Biloxi Hotel & Casino beginning at 5:45 PM through 8:00 PM. During the course of the event, attendees will meet for a networking reception, dinner and a program on the manufacturing of pre-stress piles by Gulf Coast Prestress Partners, who along with ICE-International Construction Equipment, are sponsors of the evening. We don't know if any unofficial, 'after meeting' activity will be taking place at the rousing destination!

Same time, different place, the South Carolina Chapter will gather at the familiar Town & Country Inn & Suites on Savannah Highway in historic Charleston, SC. In addition to a special presentation from Chapter President John King who will acknowledge some of PDCA legends who have impacted the industry in the region, he will also introduce Kathy Harper from the PDCA national offices in Florida. Kathy will speak about the live and virtual meeting and educational activity at PDCA. She wasn't deterred by 2020's pandemic, rather quickly pivoted to administer a successful webinar series that continues, near-monthly. Kathy works at the direction of the PDCA Education Committee and Associate Member Council to deliver programming.

If you are a member of one of these Chapters, make sure to join your colleagues on August 18th. If you are a member of both Chapters...well, make the best decision you can while facing this difficult choice!

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Texas Chapter Delivers Back-to-Back July Events

The PDCA Texas Chapter held two, major July events in consectutive weeks. To end the month, members gathered for a "Mixer" at Weights and Measures in Houston on the evening of July 28th. In addition to networking and refreshments, attendees were provided with a technical program for industry education on important, geotechnical engineering principles. Brandon Phetteplace, PE (pictured, left) of GRL Engineers, Inc. delivered a short program in which he outlined considerations for load testing and quality control of pile foundations.

Chapter President Brandon Bicknell (pictured, right) of Russell Marine LLC introduced Phetteplace after remarking on PDCA business as it relates to the international organization as well as the local Chapter.

The new, Houston-based group is just month into existence and has since held two networking events, adopted a formal logo, developed a LinkedIn page and launched a quarterly e-newsletter. Membership in the Chapter continues to grow each week. If you are not a member of the PDCA Texas Chapter, you are encouraged to enroll in the group, today. To join, please CLICK HERE to be directed to the enrollment form.

Here are some additional photos from the July 28th "Mixer" at Weights and Measures in Houston.

Photo Credits for "Mixer": Kyrsten Garcia

The week prior to the "Mixer," the PDCA Texas Chapter was one of several partners with JD Fields & Company, Inc., which held The Houston Ports Seminar: Design & Construction of High Modulus Port Marine Geostructures on July 19th at the Fields' local offices. The half-day seminar featuring seven technical presentations from various stakeholders in the industry enabled attendees to earn up to 3.5 PDH's.

Several PDCA members were among the seminar presenters, including Dean Abbondanza and Alwyn McDowall of JD Fields, Temi Kusemiju of Lloyd Engineering, Inc. Adeel Malik and Kyle Plaisance of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Chris Lowe and Garrett Hogancamp of GeoQuip, Inc.

Scenes from the July 19th seminar:

Photo Credits: JD Fields & Company LinkedIn page

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Scenes From the Northeast Chapter, 7th Annual Sporting Clays

The 2022 edition of the PDCA Northeast Chapter Sporting Clays event is in the books, and the winner of the 'Sun's Out, Guns Out' Award went to Danielle Chiolo of Nucor Skyline! No, this was not an actual award at the July 22nd outing which took place at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay, PA, however Danielle did earn hardware as Best Female Shooter, as presented by Matt Scerbak, Chapter Promotions Officer and representative from Associated Pile and Fitting.

Several dozen marksmen and women from throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and beyond participated in the seventh annual event that featured food, fellowship and competitive shooting on one of the region's most unique courses. Teams of four followed the trail through various shooting stations and kept score on their performance at each. At the end of the competition, participants gathered for networking, lunch and refreshments and applauded various award winners from the day. (A full list was not yet available at the time this was published.)

The PDCA Northeast Chapter thanks all food and shooting station sponsors for their generosity and all participants for making the trek to the rural hamlet just north of Philadelphia for the clay shooting adventure. The Chapter invites you to consider competing in this event next year, watch PDCA for future announcements. 

(Photo Credits: Bobby Ramic, Frank Peters)

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Texas Chapter Sets July 28th Event, Launches Quarterly Newsletter

Did you miss the March 'Mixer' from the PDCA Texas Chapter, but want to participate in future events?
Mark your calendar because on July 28, 2022, the PDCA Texas Chapter is hosting a 'Mixer' in central Houston. Members and others in the Texas pile driving industry will gather at Weights & Measures at 2808 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. In addition to a networking opportunity, the event will also feature a presentation of interest to the professionals involved with the construction of driven pile-based deep foundations. More details, as well as registration information, will become available on this website and to subscribers of PDCA Texas Chapter emails.

What? You're not on the PDCA Texas Chapter email list?
Stay on top of news and information specific to the driven pile industry in Texas. The PDCA Texas Chapter invites you to subscribe to the email list which will ensure you receive important announcements and invitations to group activity. Additionally, the Chapter has launched a Quarterly Newsletter dedicated to advancing the driven pile in Texas. Check out the first Quarterly Newsletter sent to Chapter members and other subscribers in June 2022. If you would like to receive the Newsletter and other announcements from the PDCA Texas Chapter, click the button below to become a subscriber:

So, you want to become a member of the PDCA Texas Chapter?
If you are a pile driving professional in Texas or maintain business ties to the Lone Star State, consider supporting the driven pile industry, specifically in this important market. Members gain access to localized educational opportunities, a key network of contractors, suppliers and geotechnical engineers, and opportunities for leadership in the regional and global pile driving industry. Your support ensures that the driven pile maintains a strong and respected standing in the Texas marketplace for years to come.


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Northeast Chapter: 7th Annual Sporting Clays, July 22nd

Are you a recreational, or even competitive shooter? Coming July 22, 2022 to Coplay, PA is the 7th Annual Sporting Clays shooting event from the PDCA Northeast Chapter. Contactors, suppliers, civil engineers and other stakeholders in the pile driving industry throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas gather each year for this event featuring networking, fellowship and fun.

Registration is now open for the event which begins promptly at 8:00 AM EDT at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays (2750 Limestone Street, Coplay, PA 18037) and lasts through 3:00 PM. Shooters will descend into the scenic course featuring shooting stations for competitors of varying abilities. The event concludes with a lunch for all participants, during which awards will be presented for exciting challenges they encountered throughout the course. 

PDCA members are encouraged to attend this exciting event; click the button below to reserve your spot at the PDCA Northeast Chapter: 7th Annual Sporting Clays:


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Register now for Northeast Chapter's '7th Annual Sporting Clays'

The PDCA Northeast Chapter will host the 7th Annual Sporting Clays event on Friday, July 22, 2022, at the spectacular Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay, Pennsylvania.  Come join us for some exciting sporting clay action and take the opportunity to reconnect with your friends and associates in the pile driving industry. With 15 different sporting clays presentations, you will compete for the highest score.

A continental breakfast will start our day along with registration that will begin at 8:00 AM.  We have all the fixens' for lunch that will be served at the conclusion of the sporting clays shoot.

Don't own a gun? No problem!  Gun rental and shot gun shells are included in your registration fee.  If you are bringing your own gun, it needs to be a 12GA gun with a barrel length of not less than 24". No pistol grips and no collapsible stocks.

There will be a resource table available at the event so please bring information about your company, products, and services to display and share with participants.

For more information, to register as a participant, or sponsor the event, please click the button below:

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DEADLINE July 1: Students apply for Pacific Coast Chapter scholarship today

2021 Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship Recipients: (L-R): Karen Siqueiros, Erick Medina, Andrew Ballinger, Sophie Robinson, Zhixiang Jesse Chen

Do you know a high school senior or current college student who will be enrolling in, or resuming full time study at an institution of higher education for the academic year beginning Fall of 2022? If so, encourage him or her to apply for the scholarship that the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter offers to students who are pursuing careers in the construction sector. Specifically, the student's academic field must be related to the pile driving industry (can include safety, engineering, accounting, IT, etc.) The applicant must be a Pacific Coast resident.

Time is running out - all applications must be submitted to Chapter personnel by July 1, 2022. For more information or to obtain the 2022 PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship Application with submission instructions, please click the button below:

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Industry Retirees Recognized as 'Legends' During SC Chapter Dinner

L-R: Mike Elliot and Jim Duffy with son Charles Duffy, hold up trophies the Chapter presented them for their years of contribution to the industry.

The PDCA South Carolina Chapter has identified several key players in the pile driving industry who are retired but were critical in its earliest days to shaping PDCA into what it has become today. During each of the Chapter's 2022 quarterly dinner meetings, it is recognizing these individuals and presenting them with a special PDCA trophy. Chapter President John King stated that 'it's important for some of the younger guys to see and meet the guys that built this organization. We should continue to celebrate them while they are still here to join us for an occasional dinner or event."

During the May 12th dinner meeting, Chapter founder Harry Robbins was first on the agenda, tasked with giving a short presentation on two individuals who have been champions to pile driving in the Charleston region; Mike Elliott who recently retired from Equipment Corporation of America after 50 years in the pling machinery business and Jim Duffy who retired 18 years ago from Soil Consultants, Inc. in Charleston after a notable career as an engineer who worked for optimization and QC/QA of prestressed concrete piles.

Also during the Chapter event, Board Member Scott Nigels (below) of Palmetto Pile Driving who delivered the evening's program, used a wheel barrow to cart in to the meeting facility, a variety of props that he used to supplement his presentation. The materials are commonly used to manufacture pre-cast/pre-stressed concrete pilings, a subject on which he gave an overview covering the history, best practices, and quality control/quality assurances for the concrete piles.

Three attendees (below) at the dinner event were randomly selected as winners of PDCA Bucks during a drawing of business cards that happens each meeting and awards those whose names are drawn, with $50 coupons good for purchases at The PDCA Store, an online retail property of PDCA which contains a variety of logo swag, as well as various other industry resources.
Joseph Cook of Thomas & Hutton
Candi Stegall from Parker Marine Contracting
Jeff Harmston of ECA

The May dinner meeting brought about 50 members of the pile driving industry to Charleston's Town and Country Inn & Suites where attendees enjoyed networking, the famous fried-chicken dinner, relevant programming and general fellowship. The group will congregate next for the third quarter Chapter meeting scheduled for August 18th at the same location.
The PDCA South Carolina Chapter thanks the presenters, attendees and sponsors who made this quarterly dinner possible.

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Pacific Coast Chapter Raises $29K at 2022 Scholarship Shoot

On April 29, 2022, the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter gathered for its annual Scholarship Shoot at Birds Landing Hunting Preserve near Oakland, CA. Nearly 150 shooters participated in the event, generating $29,000 in scholarship funds that will be awarded to West Coast students pursing deep foundations careers. 

The annual gathering of the pile driving industry on the U.S. West Coast took place on a picture-perfect, spring day. Attendees enjoyed lunch and fellowship following their participation in the shooting course. The Chapter even handed out special awards for those who stood out for their shooting accuracy, and in one case, inaccuracy. Those awardees included:
Brian Evans, Pat Karinen, Dick Hatfield, Dave Rhodes, Robert Perata, Rod Dubois, and Joe Karinen. The Duck & Cover honoree was Jeff Parkhurst. Congratulations to all!


PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter thanks the following sponsors who helped make the 2022 Scholarship Shoot a success:

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