Murren named CFO, Soule named President at Ennis-Flint
Ennis-Flint, Thomasville, NC, has named Michael Murren Chief Financial Officer and Matt Soule President, Americas.
Murren, who has 30 years’ experience in the financial area, will manage the financial aspects of Ennis-Flint’s organization and will be based out of the Thomasville, NC headquarters.
Soule, who previously held the role of CFO, will focus on managing the day-to-day activities of the North American operations. Building upon his comprehensive financial knowledge, Soule will also play a key role in strategic planning and development as Ennis-Flint, manufacturer and supplier of pavement marking materials, continues global market expansion of offering world-class products and services to the traffic safety industry.
Both Michael Murren and Matt Soule will report directly to Steve Vetter, CEO.
NiteHawk Open House Raises Money for Disabled Vets (2 photos w/ caption)
A June 11 Open House at NiteHawk Sweepers, part of the Alamo Group, introduced more than 150 people including contractors, vendors, local politicians and city/county board members to the manufacturer’s new 28,000-sq.-ft. complex (above, left). The 1.7-acre facility, which is twice the size of the original location, will serve as the company headquarters and will manufacture Raptor and Osprey sweepers as well as alternative fuel systems. NiteHawk used the open house opportunity to raise money for Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org) by selling special NiteHawk/DAV apparel. In front of the camouflage sweeper (which raised $1500 for DAV) are (from left) Tracy Day, President, NiteHawk Sweepers; Bob Anderson, President, Davidson-Macri Sweeping; Robert Lougee, DAV; Bill Centers, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, retired; Ron Robinson, CEO and President, Alamo Group; Jeff Leonard, Vice President, Alamo Group. The new NiteHawk facility is located at 19713 58th Place S., Kent, WA.
Pavement Awards Deadline is October 1!
Entries are still being accepted for the 2016 Pavement Awards, sponsored by Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction, according to Amy Schwandt, publisher. She said awards will be presented in the following categories:
- Alan Curtis Industry Service Award
- Pavement Contractor of the Year Award
- Pavement Sweeper of the Year Award
- Pavement Hall of Fame
- Pavement Parking Lot Paving Award
- Pavement Paving Award (non-parking lot)
- Pavement Sealcoating & Striping Award (Large Job)
- Pavement Sealcoating & Striping Award (Small Job)
- Pavement “Good Neighbor” Award
The 2016 Pavement Awards recipients will be announced at the 2016 National Pavement Expo in Charlotte, Jan. 27-30.
For more details, including specific evaluation criteria, and to enter visit www.ForConstructionPros.com/PavementAwards. Deadline for entries is October 1.
Commercial Drone Usage Rules on to next step
The comment period has closed on a proposed Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The framework is designed to maintain flexibility to accommodate today's aviation system and future technological innovations.
The FAA's proposed safety rules are for small UAS (under 55 lbs.) conducting non-recreational operations. The rules limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. The rules also address height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits designed to minimize risk to other aircraft as well as people and property on the ground.
Proposed operating limitations include:
- A small UAS operator must always see and avoid manned aircraft. If there is a risk of collision, the UAS operator must be the first to maneuver away.
- The operator must discontinue the flight when continuing would pose a hazard to other aircraft, people or property.
- A small UAS operator must assess weather conditions, airspace restrictions and the location of people to lessen risks if he or she loses control of the UAS.
- A small UAS may not fly over people, except those directly involved with the flight.
- Flights should be limited to 500 feet altitude and no faster than 100 mph.
- Operators must stay out of airport flight paths and restricted airspace areas, and obey any FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs).
A 60-day comment period ended in April.
Geomembrane Installation Guidelines Available
The International Association of Geosynthetic Installers (IAGI) has made available current guidelines for installing geomembranes.
The three guidelines, developed by IAGI along with The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI), are designed to provide a minimum set of standards for site installation and can be found at www.iagi.org.
The Guideline for Installation of Factory Fabricated Lightweight < 0.64 mm (25 mil) Thickness Geomembranes is an installation guideline for factory fabricated fabric-supported lightweight geomembranes (< 0.64mm or < 25 mil in thickness as measured by ASTM D5199, D751 or D1777).
The Guideline for Installation of Factory Fabricated Heavyweight > 0.64 mm (25 mil) Thickness Geomembranes is an installation guideline for factory fabricated fabric-supported heavyweight geomembranes (> 0.64 mm or > 25 mil in thickness as measured by ASTM D5199, D751 or D1777.)
Guideline for Installation of Factory Fabricated Compounded 0.25 to 1.52 mm (10 - 60 mil) Thickness Unsupported Geomembranes is an installation guideline for factory fabricated compounded unsupported geomembranes of 0.25 to 1.52 mm (10 - 60 mil) thickness. The geomembranes covered in this guideline include the following polymers: Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene (CPSE); Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and alloys of PVC with other polymers; alloys with Ethylene Interpolymer Alloy (EIA); alloys with nitrile or other types of rubber; blends and alloys with other compatible polymers; Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM).