David Zill Joins THRACE LINQ’s Geosynthetics Team

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Thrace LINQ’s geosynthetics team is growing, this time with the addition of industry veteran David Zill. He brings more than two decades of experience in sales and management. He’ll serve as Thrace LINQ’s Western Regional Manager – Geosynthetics. Zill’s hiring is part of a re-energized approach for the larger Thrace Group to the marketplace. In late 2016, for example, the Thrace Group added vetera... »

New Appointments for Andreas Lake and Brian Sparks with Thrace

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The Thrace Group continues its development through optimizing the roles for key personnel. Andreas Lake has been appointed to a newly created position as Group Development Director for the Technical Fabrics division. Brian Sparks, who previously served as a VP of Sales and Business Development, will replace Lake as the General Manager of the Thrace LINQ. Thrace LINQ is a supplier of woven and nonw... »

HUESKER Acquires NBW Mining in Australia

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For 20 years, Australia-based NBW Mining has supplied HUESKER Minegrid® into longwall mining applications. Now, NBW Mining is joining the HUESKER family. HUESKER Synthetic GmbH, the international headquarters for the global HUESKER corporation, has announced the acquisition of its long-time Australian mining market partner. “This is a great opportunity for HUESKER and NBW Mining to combine our str... »

Thrace Group Adds Lothspeich as Director of Engineering – Geosynthetics

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Steve Lothspeich has been announced as the new Director of Engineering – Geosynthetics for Thrace Group companies Thrace Linq, Thrace NG, and Lumite. Lothspeich is a veteran of the geosynthetics field, with a substantial engineering and leadership background in technical sales and marketing, geosynthetic product and system development, and consulting. The move is part of a reinvigorated approach t... »

Solmax Adds Doyin Adesokan as Technical Manager

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International geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax has announced the addition of Doyin Adesokan, B. Eng. MSc. as its new Technical Manager. She brings to the company deep global experience in civil engineering, having held positions in Africa, Europe, and North America. Adesokan is registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan and has previously  worked f... »

Jerry L Hatfiled Wins IECA 2017 Technical Paper Award

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The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) has announced the winner of the 2017 Most Distinguished Technical Paper award: Dr. Jerry L Hatfield. Hatfield is a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His paper, “Enhancing Soil Begins with Soil Biology and a Stable Soil Microclimate,” will be presented at Environmental Connection 2017, 21 – 24 F... »

Chapter Activities Lead IGS News 32-2

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The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) had trouble fitting all of its content into IGS News, Volume 32, Issue 2. The 62-page, just-released digital publication includes chapter updates, event stories, case studies, profiles, and more. IGS Chapter activities are certainly the standout. DOWNLOAD A COPY OF IGS NEWS V32, ISSUE 2 (PDF) “The chapters are getting more active,” writes IGS Vice Pres... »

Geosynthetic Institute Announces 2016 – 2017 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has announced the winners of the 2016 – 2017 GSI Fellowships. The annually awarded research grants are giving out, in consultation with the GSI Board of Directors, to master’s and doctoral level applicants studying geosynthetics. GSI’s program issues numerous awards, each of USD $5,000, during the fellowship awards cycle. Candidates with a vision of longer-term res... »

Jim Tanner Takes the Reins at Profile

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Jim Tanner is no stranger to the inner workings and business development success of Profile Products LLC. He has spent 18 years at the company, being part of its exceptional growth in providing in soil, water, and vegetation management solutions.  The company has announced that Jim Tanner has been named President. In his new role, he will also continue to serve at the company’s Chief Operating Off... »

Steve Weiterman Joins Titan Environmental USA

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Another growth announcement from Titan: the company has added Steve Weiterman as Project Manager, Specialty Applications for Titan Environmental USA LLC. He brings more than 16 years of experience in geosynthetics to his role. “Titan USA is extremely pleased to have such a qualified leader with exceptional product and system knowledge,” the company wrote in a July 5 release. “Steve is a very valua... »

Kuhn to Lead TRI Geotechnical / Interaction Division

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TRI Environmental, Inc. (TRI) has announced the expansion of Jeffery Kuhn’s role. Effective May 23, Jeffrey Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E. will be the new Director of the TRI Geotechnical / Interaction Division, which provides interface friction testing, a wide variety of soils and rock testing services, and interaction tests, including pull-out, direct shear and large-scale connection testing. Dr. Kuhn ... »

TenCate Promotes Beth Wilbanks and Melissa Medlin

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Strong companies are often characterized by stability among key staff. Following its history of internal team development and promotion, TenCate Geosynthetics has announced the promotions of Beth Wilbanks and Melissa Medlin. Beth Wilbanks is an 18-year veteran of TenCate. She will now serve as Director of Product Management, following a successful tenure as Group Quality Manager. In her new role, ... »

In Memoriam: Rafael Rocha

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The geosynthetics field has lost one of its champions in the Americas. On April 8, consulting engineer and educator Rafael Rocha passed away. Rocha was a constant fixture at geosynthetics events in North America and an avid supporter of technology transfer and the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). For more than 20 years, he worked hard to improve the availability of training seminars thro... »

Dwayne Stenlund Wins Environmental Connection Presenter Award

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The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) has announced the winner of its Environmental Connection 2016 Presenter of the Year award. Dwayne Stenlund, CPESC has been honored for his presentation “Developing Best Management Practice Guidance Matrix Decision Trees.” The talk was presented twice and with strong audience support during the annual Environmental Connecti... »

GSE Environmental’s Boyd Ramsey Honored by IGS North America

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During the GeoAmericas 2016 conference in Miami (April 10 – 13), GSE Environmental‘s Boyd Ramsey was honored by the International Geosynthetics Society North American Chapter (IGS North America) for his educational outreach leadership. Ramsey is the Technical Director Asia-Pacific for GSE and an active member of numerous industry-related professional societies. The IGS Chapter Service Award ... »

Goddard Named Chair of ASTM D35 on Geosynthetics

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Industry veteran Jim Goddard has been named Committee Chair of ASTM D35 on Geosynthetics. He has served a member of D35 for nearly 30 years. He has previously been recognized by D35 with an Award of Merit (2009) for his record of activity. Goddard has worked as a consultant for the past six years, following a well-regarded career, most notably as chief engineer of Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS). ... »

Mid-Term Elections Lead IGS News 32-1

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The first 2016 issue of IGS News from the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has been released. The issue includes some prominent support of the Society’s first major regional conference of the year—GeoAmericas 2016—and reminds members of the forthcoming mid-term elections for the IGS Council (2016 – 2020). The IGS has worked hard over the years to promote more equal representat... »

Thrace LINQ Adds Market Development Manager

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Summerville, South Carolina-based Thrace LINQ has added Matt Buck as a Market Development Manager in construction and industrial markets for its spunbond nonwoven products. Buck brings more than a decade of experience to the role. Thrace LINQ’s geosynthetics include paving fabrics, silt fence, erosion control materials, nonwoven geotextiles for environmental and civil engineering projects, and agr... »

In Memoriam: Prof. Masami Fukuoka, IGS Japan Founder

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The global geotechnical engineering field has lost a champion and friend. Prof. Masami Fukuoka passed away on 27 January 2016. He was a founding member of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and helped establish the IGS’s first chapter (Japanese Chapter of IGS). He was awarded Honorary Member status by the IGS in 1989, becoming the first member to achieve the honor. News of Prof. F... »

HUESKER Targets Mining Sector, Forms New Partnership

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For more than 20 years, HUESKER has been involved in the mining sector. Recently, however, the company has felt that the market for geosynthetics in mining has not been as well tended as other sectors by the geosynthetics field as a whole. “The mining industry is being underserved,” says HUESKER CEO Sven Schröer. “[We want to] provide the mining industry, their trade partners, di... »

A Re-Energized Propex GeoSolutions Hits the Road

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After forming two new sales groups—Geotextile Sales and Erosion Control & Specialty Solutions—Propex GeoSolutions continues to reinvigorate its business. The company has announced a more ambitious face-to-face presence at industry shows. This includes three stops in February: American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) Winter Meeting – Tampa, Florida, February 2 – 4 Golf Industry Show (GIS) – San Die... »

Sharan Wilson Named Executive Director of IECA

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The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) has announced its new Executive Director: Sharan Wilson. She succeeds Russ Adsit, who led the association for eight years. Wilson comes to IECA with an extensive background in leadership, including 20+ years in the telecommunications industry and just under a decade as an executive director in the non-profit  sector. “I am honor... »

New Sales Structure for Propex GeoSolutions

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Propex GeoSolutions has announced a dual-function sales structure with a market-focused, efficiency approach. Two distinct teams have been create, with one dedicated to a Geotextile sales line and the other to Erosion Control and Specialty Solutions. Ray Bruno, National Sales Leader, has been named the lead of the Geotextile Team. Their product markets will include the Propex GeoSolutions lines wo... »

Geosynthetica Adds Andre Lacerda as Sales Executive

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Geosynthetica and its publisher, Minerva, have added Andre Lacerda, MBA to serve as Sales Executive. Lacerda, an international business expert with more than a decade of experience in global business expansion, works out of Minerva’s headquarters in Jupiter, Florida. Lacerda will lead sales growth for Geosynthetica.net.br and its English-language sister publication (Geosynthetica.net), the g... »

JOBS: Production Planning and Quality Assurance Manager

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Maccaferri, Inc. seeks a Production Planning & Quality Assurance Manager with experience or aptitude in plant management functions to join its global production team. The position will report to the company’s Williamsport, Maryland manufacturing facility. This individual, in cooperation with other key manufacturing personnel, will be responsible for implementing and managing production plannin... »