Agru America Opens Large Diameter Pipe Facility in Charleston

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One of the most eye-catching items in the exhibit hall at Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 (March, Orlando) was a large diameter pipe section. The product was stationed at Agru America’s booth. Now, the company has released details on its new manufacturing center in Charleston, South Carolina. The site is serving the growing international demand for next-generation large diameter pipe products, with a ... »

Active LFG Collection Design with ClosureTurf®

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Agru America has published its fourth technical webinar. The topic for the latest educational offering is Active LFG Collection Design with ClosureTurf®–an Engineered Final Cover System. ACTIVE LFG COLLECTION Presented by Chris Richgels, P.E. and in partnership with Watershed Geo, which developed the ClosureTurf system, the 50-minute recorded session addresses topics such as: Infiltration Hy... »

Agru America Ups Its Geosynthetics Manufacturing Capacity

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Over the past few years, Agru America has extended its product lines, with new introductions and enhancements to established brands. Now, the company has moved into its next phase of growth, supported by new geosynthetics manufacturing capacity, with a focus on geomembranes. Capacity has been added to Agru’s Georgetown, South Carolina and Fernley, Nevada production centers, which now enables signi... »

Geosynthetics for Waste Ash Landfill Closure – Two Projects

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For a landfill closure project in Massachusetts, Covanta Energy put an end to constant slope repair with a stable, cost-effective, geosynthetic closure technology. By Agru America and Watershed Geo – With more than 60 acres of closed landfill space to manage, Steve Melloni, Covanta Energy’s Regional Landfill Manager, has a lot on his plate. Most of his closed waste-to-energy ash landfills are trad... »

The Lighter Side of Geomembranes

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Geomembrane installations often cover substantial areas. Landfill cells pose enormous footprints. Oil and gas pits, industrial processing ponds, and wastewater containment ponds are large installations too, and each year they tend to be built a little larger. The scaling up of these facilities is not just a matter of achieving better operational economics for the facility owner; it’s also because ... »

GCLs Continue to Influence Barrier Designs

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The use of geosynthetic clay liners–GCLs–in engineered barrier systems has broadened substantially. Part of this growth has been fueled by a long record of successful performance. And, as with other geosynthetics, the growth has also been supported by numerous manufacturing and design advances. These have enabled GCLs to be far more application and site-specific today. GCLS & BENTO... »

Geosynthetic Lining Systems in Fish Farming

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In the oceans, overfishing has threatened several species of fish with extinction. To help preserve more sustainable fish populations in the wild, several countries have made fish farming—aquaculture—an essential industry. Some of the most commonly farmed fish are tilapia, carp, salmon, and catfish. In Norway, salmon farms are an important economic branch of the country’s aquaculture industry. Con... »

Agru Announces Managerial Changes with Grace, Eichelberger

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Agru America, Inc. has announced two important managerial moves in support of its growing geosynthetics business. Melissa Grace, who has been with the company since 2012, has been named Business Unit Manager for Agru’s Fiber and Textiles Business Unit. Chris Eichelberger, a 15-year veteran of the industry, will expand his role as VP-Technical Marketing to include oversight of the company’s complet... »

Paul Barker Retires from Agru America

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After 50+ years in the engineering field, a career in which he witnessed and contributed to the rise of geosynthetic technologies, Paul Barker is retiring. His professional path brought him to Agru America in 1997, where he has been instrumental in the company’s growth. On 31 August 2015, he will leave his position as Senior Vice President and Officer. In a release, Agru America President Robert J... »

Chris Eichelberger Joins Agru America

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For the past seven years, Chris Eichelberger has served as a business development director and vice president of one the biggest geosynthetics installation and environmental companies in the United States. As of March 2, however, Eichelberger has taken on a new role: as Vice President of Technical Marketing for Agru America, Inc. Agru is one of the largest manufacturers of geomembranes, with a sub... »

VIDEO: A Profile of ClosureTurf™ at US Landfills

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Beginning with an interview from the Potola Landfill in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, a new video from Watershed Geosynthetics focuses on the innovative ClosureTurf™ barrier system. The system utilizes geomembrane (from Agru America) and synthetic turf to create a natural-looking cover. As shown in the video and through testimonials from across the country, landfills and local agencies are... »

In Memoriam: Agru Founder, Alois Gruber Sr.

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The Gruber and Haager families, as well as all Agru Company employees worldwide, are saddened to announce the death of their father & founder, Mr. Alois Gruber Sr., on June 23, 2014. Mr. Gruber was born on March 28, 1925, and grew up in Steinbach an der Steyr, Austria. He trained in metal works with the company Pressl Steinbach. During WWII, he served in the armed forces and was held in captiv... »

ClosureTurf™Landfill Installation Wins SWANA Award

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GEORGETOWN, SOUTH CAROLINA – For its use of ClosureTurf™, an innovative alternative cover system, the Saufley Field Landfill in Pensacola, Florida recently received a national award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The Escambia County project was honored with a Silver Award for Landfill Remediation due to the use of this system over the landfill’s 22 acre site. The applic... »

INTERVIEW: Agru America Enters the GCL Market

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Nathan Ivy, Technical/CSR Coordinator at Agru America, Inc., has worked in the geosynthetics field for 20+ years. His company, which is one of the world’s largest geosynthetics manufacturers and very well known in the barrier market, is launching a line of geosynthetic clay liners (Agru GeoClay™). Geosynthetica’s editor Chris Kelsey traded thoughts with Ivy on the years the company has... »

Agru President Receives Economic Development Honor

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GEORGETOWN, SOUTH CAROLINA – The South Carolina Department of Commerce recently presented Robert Johnson, President of Agru America, Inc., with The Ambassador Award, presented by Governor Nikki Haley to private sector executives who have made exceptional contributions to community and state economic development during the previous year. Robert Johnson joined Agru America in 1996, when the co... »

PROJECT: Koralm Tunnel Liner, Austria

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By AGRU – With a total length of 130 km, the Koralm railway, anchored by the extraordinary Koralm Tunnel, links the Austrian cities of Graz and Klagenfurt. It is an important part of the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor, which connects the Baltic and Adriatic Seas. As such, the Koralm railway is a major transport infrastructure project, not only for Austria but Europe as a whole. The new high-speed ... »

Barker Celebrates 50 Years in Geosynthetics

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When Paul Barker and his wife Diana abruptly married and moved to Africa so he could begin his career in what became the field of geosynthetics, he had expected it to be a short contract. Two years, perhaps five. Now, 50 years later, he’s still involved. Barker was recognized for this extraordinary anniversary during Geosynthetics 2013 (Long Beach, California, April 1-4). The Geosynthetic Ma... »

TenCate, ACE and Agru Recognized by the 2011 International Achievement Awards

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The 2011 International Achievement Awards from the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) have been announced. Thirty-three categories are included in the annual IAA competition. The winners are usually announced during the IFAI Expo Americas event (which is currently wrapping up in Baltimore). In the Geosynthetic Projects categories, TenCate Geosynthetics, Ace Geosynthetics and Agru ... »

Atlanta-based ClosureTurf(TM) Helps Landfills Go Green

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The solid waste industry has "gone green." Facing increased regulations, tighter budgets and community pressure, landfills are looking to reduce their environmental impact. One opportunity is through the use of ClosureTurf™, a ground-breaking closure system that has helped many landfills increase long term performance while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint by up to 75% »