Top Stories - February 28, 2017


Two Great Brands Grow Together as ECBVerdyol and Verdyol Plant Research are pleased to announce the merging of their operations, resulting in the launch of a single, more customer focused brand, ECBVerdyol.

“ECBVerdyol represents the bringing together of two strong organizations, and an incredible depth of established products”, said Mark Myrowich, CEO, ECBVerdyol. “As a unified company, we’re able to provide one central point of contact for our customers and collectively build upon our reputation as one of the most innovative companies in the Erosion and Sediment control industry.” said Myrowich.

Founded in 2001 by Myrowich, produces erosion control blankets, Stenlogs, Rifle M100 Staple gun and Factor T staples from its Riverton, Manitoba manufacturing facility for distribution throughout North and Central America. Verdyol was formed in Switzerland in 1971, and was responsible for developing the first patent on a cotton and agriculture fiber hydromulch. acquired the rights to the Verdyol name in North America in 2004, with the acquisition of Verdyol Plant Research. Verdyol manufacturers Biotic Earth, the leading biotic soil amendment that provides a proven biotic soil enhancement to poor soils.

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Advanced Drainage Systems Acquires Plastic Tubing Industries (PTI)

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (“ADS”) (NYSE: WMS), a leading global manufacturer of water management products and solutions for commercial, residential, infrastructure and agricultural applications, announced that it has acquired the assets of Plastic Tubing Industries (PTI), a manufacturer of HDPE pipe and related accessories, for $9.5 million. The transaction is expected to be accretive to ADS’ net income and adjusted EBITDA in the first full year.

“We are very excited to announce the acquisition of the PTI assets, which further increases our customer base and capacity in the growing Southeast region of the United States,” said Joe Chlapaty, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “PTI is a highly complementary business, carries a strong brand and has exceptional customer loyalty dating back more than 40 years. We welcome the PTI team to the ADS family.”

With the acquisition, ADS will increase its manufacturing footprint in Georgia and Texas, while adding production capacity to the existing ADS manufacturing facilities in Florida, to better serve growing demand in the region. PTI had sales of approximately $11 million for the year ending December 31, 2016.

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DC Water and the WEF Announce Inaugural National Green Infrastructure Program Certifications

DC Water and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announce the issuance of the first certifications under the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). The NGICP is designed to verify that the inaugural group of 62 certificants have successfully demonstrated competency in the foundational knowledge, concepts, and terminology required to perform tasks related to green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection, and maintenance.

“We are preparing a workforce for the jobs we know are coming to support green infrastructure projects here in the District of Columbia and across the nation,” said George Hawkins, CEO and General Manager of DC Water. “Armed with the training and skills this program provides, this first group of certificants will blaze a trail that many more will follow.”

As a part of the pilot phase of the program, the inaugural NGICP exam was administered on December 13, 2016 at seven locations nationally: Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Md., Rockville, Md., Harrisburg, Pa., Pittsburgh, Pa., Fairfax, Va., and Milwaukee, Wis. Both the exam and the first award of certifications are major milestones for the program, which was announced as a collaborative effort between DC Water and WEF in February 2016.

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Louis Berger Exceeds Milestone to Credential 100 Sustainable Infrastructure Professionals

Louis Berger, a global professional services firm, has surpassed its goal to train and credential 100 of its professionals in the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision® Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) program.

The corporation has accredited 132 ENV SPs across Louis Berger and its affiliate companies, BergerABAM and Klohn Crippen Berger. An ENV SP is an ISI-credentialed practitioner trained to use the Envision rating system to address sustainability across the life-cycle of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects.

“Our commitment to build a robust team of Envision accredited sustainability professionals reflects the strategic priority at Louis Berger to expand best-in-class sustainability and resiliency practices throughout our projects and in the communities where we work,” said Tom Lewis, U.S. operating company president and sustainability executive champion at Louis Berger.

Louis Berger’s global commitment to train its employees in the use of the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system is a testament to the company’s commitment to sustainability. The company recognizes that Envision helps project teams plan, design, construct and operate more resilient and sustainable infrastructure. This leads to stronger communities that are better equipped to deal with the effects of climate change and other variables that can impact infrastructure over the long run.

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