Drainage Contractor

Top 10 stories of 2014

December 18, 2014  By Brandi Cowen

Dec. 18, 2014, Simcoe, ON – As we get ready to ring in the New Year, Drainage Contractor is counting down the top stories of 2014.

Here’s what you’ve been reading about over the past year:

10. The aging workforce
America’s workforce is changing. Baby boomers, defined as those born between 1946 and 1964, are now reaching the age where retirement is just around the corner. What is the impact of aging on worker health and safety?

9. Precision Land Solutions hosts LAND 2014
Approximately 120 people joined the Precision Land Solutions team at the company’s second annual LAND event on Friday March 21 for a day of learning about what’s new in land improvement, asking questions of the experts, networking with those in the industry and enjoying dinner on the company.


8. Untapped opportunity
While drainage technology has been improving the productivity of farmland clear across the continent, the Cisne soils of south-central Illinois have stubbornly resisted progress. But the Wendte family has proven more persistent than even the land itself.

7. A&E celebrates move and anniversary with open house
A&E Construction Supply, Inc. hosted an open house on March 14 at the company’s new location on the western fringe of Mankato, Minn., in celebration of their move to Mankato from Truman in spring 2013, and of the company’s 40 years of business.

6. An opportune problem
Every couple of months the headlines report weather records being broken or set. This might be a blip or a pattern, but the weather is headline news like never before, and many believe climate change is the cause. I believe that drainage contractors should greet it as an opportunity.

5. Observations on drainage system management
From the perspective of a family company that’s been in the agriculture tiling business since 1947, Larry Jarosinski of Angelica Tile recalled history, shared experiences and offered advice at the recent seminar on tile drainage of agricultural lands.

4. Drainage is focus of solar project
Drainage impacts have become the latest focus of the Land Use Board’s review of a controversial proposal to cover part of a New Jersey farm with ground-mounted solar panels.

3. Spell Capital acquires plastic drain tile maker
GAF Manufacturing LLC, maker of HDPE drain tiles, fittings and pipe accessories for the agricultural drainage industry, has been acquired by Minneapolis-based Spell Capital.

2. Cape Cod golf courses to receive improvements
Two Massachusetts golf courses will receive a comprehensive enhancement plan, including drainage improvements, this fall.

1. Mulcher head delivers fine mulch for ground cover
The St. George Company, through its SGC Attachments division, is distributing the Seven E series line of carbide hammer mulchers for hydraulic excavators.

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