May 23, 2013 – Springfield Plastics, Inc. (SPI) is celebrating its 35th year of manufacturing, marketing and distributing drainage pipe to farmers and commercial contractors. SPI, based in Auburn, Ill., is a Midwest manufacturer that has created plastic pipe solutions for people in the agricultural, residential/building, commercial and highway markets since 1978. The company was started by a group of local investors headed by Roy Baker, Wayne Baker and Glen Brandt. Wayne Baker retired in 1997 and his son, Steve Baker, took over the operations. The company continues its support for the farm drainage industry while gradually branching out into other areas associated with its product lines. In addition to celebrating its 25th anniversary, this is the 13th consecutive year SPI has received certification for use of 100 percent virgin resin in drainage pipe. “Serving our customers for 35 years is quite a milestone. We thank our loyal customers and continue to strive to be the best solution for your drainage needs,” Steve Baker, president, said in a press release.
May 13, 2013, New York – The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) has announced 23 on-farm research, outreach, and technical assistance projects that are currently underway in several counties, including a focus on enhancing agricultural environmental stewardship with the use of tile drainage systems, reports the Madison County Courier. | READ MORE
We are living in an era of constant learning. New technology is popping up, research projects are being conducted, and there is an endless need to network and self-educate to stay on top of your game. It’s hard to find time to dedicate to education – especially as the spring and summer months approach. Rob Burtonshaw, a British drainage contractor, hit the nail on the head when he said, “As drainage contractors, we often work with our heads down and forget about the bigger industry picture.”
April 30, 2013, Sault St. Marie, Ont. – An agricultural engineering analysis and development strategy for agricultural tile drainage is underway in the Algoma District of Ontario, according to Local 2 Sault Ste. Marie. | READ MORE
April 23, 2013, Nebraska – The Nebraska Land Improvement Contractors Association (NLICA) members met in Kearney, Neb., on Jan. 17 for their annual convention to elect a new president and new council members, and to award those who previously have served for their years of dedication and excellence to the association. Norma Lashley made history, becoming the first woman president of the association. Lashley said that during her presidency she plans to increase state membership and expand the educational programs that are designed to give contractors a better understanding of their industry. Lashley gave previous president of the NLICA Jim Wemhoff a past-president pin during her inauguration. Jim and Reta Bodwell were named Contractor and Mrs. Contractor of the year. The couple’s business, Bodwell Construction Inc., has been a part of the NLICA since 1985. Tim Haakenstad was given the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Dedicated Service Award for his many years of service to the conservation field. He has been with the NRCS for 33 years and has experience working in many different parts of the agency. The Associate Excellence Award went to DK & B Construction Specialties in recognition of 23 years of helping sponsor and support the NLICA’s conventions. Dean Rasmussen was presented the Natural Resources District (NDR) Outstanding Leadership Award for his commitment to the field of conservation and years of service to the NDR. The NLICA’s new council members include Ray Clooney as vice-president, Matt Pruss as Area I director and Steve Kriewald as director at large.
April 16, 2013, Winkler, MB – AccuPipe Inc., which started operations in Winkler, MB, in 2011, is set to begin selling and distributing Prinsco products.AccuPipe was founded by Chris and Charlotte Unrau, who also own and operate Precision Land Solutions. The pair say the new collaboration with Prinsco will enable AccuPipe and Precision Land Solutions to fully meet the needs of their clients with HDPE pipe and fittings. AccuPipe will begin warehousing and distributing Prinsco products immediately, keeping stock at their Winkler location.“We are excited to partner with Prinsco to help meet the needs of our clients, and to bring our mutual passion for landimprovement and sustainable water management to emerging markets in Western Canada,” Chris Unrau of AccuPipesaid in a press release.
April 5, 2013, California – Studies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture that examined the long-term sustainability of degraded water reuse have demonstrated that irrigation wastewater can be used to revive non-productive saline and sodic soils in California's San Joaquin Valley. The USDA has full details on the study. | READ MORE
April 4, 2013 – Mitko LLC has been named the mid-states dealer for RWF Bron add-on drainage plows. This new partnership will see Mitko LLC immediately offer sales, parts, and service on Bron add-on plows. Located in New Hampton, IA, Mitko LLC (formerly B and J Construction) has been involved in sales and service for the drainage industry for more than 40 years. For more information on Bron add-on plows, contact Larry Heying at Mitko, at 641-394-3141, or visit www.mitkollc.com.
April 2, 2013, Quebec – Soleno is investing $4 million to update one of its production lines in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC.The company says the updated production line will help consolidate existing jobs while creating new business opportunities in the future. Soleno is also transferring an existing production line in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to its factory in McAdam, NB, with a goal of increasing production capacity in the Atlantic provinces and creating new jobs and business opportunities.The facilities will be updated and transferred over the coming months.
April 1, 2013, Ohio – Baughman Tile Company, Inc., a manufacturer of corrugated polyethylene (HDPE) pipe and fittings, is celebrating its 130th year in business.
April 1, 2013, Sibley, IA – Timewell Drainage Products is expanding with the addition of a new manufacturing facility in Sibley, IA. The company says the expansion will allow Timewell’s agricultural division to better serve Northern Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. The new facility will initially manufacture three feet through 15 feet single-wall drainage tile for the agricultural market.The new plant will open this spring. “Crews are hard at work prepping the existing building for the delivery of our production equipment,” said Darren Wagner, Timewell's agriculture sales manager, in a press release.In addition to their corporate offices in Timewell, IL., the company also operates a manufacturing plant in Western Kentucky.
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