Top Stories - May 24, 2016


Kurt Kelsey Named ASTM International Chairman

Director of Technical Services for American Excelsior Company, Kurt Kelsey, was recently named Chairman of Subcommittee D18.25 on Erosion and Sediment Control Technology for ASTM International.

This Chairmanship comes with a two-year term, with a potential for re-appointment.

Jerry Bohannon, Earth Sciences Division Director for American Excelsior Company, said, "This is a great honor for our company, as it confirms our commitment to the industry. With this appointment, we can help ensure that proper testing and performance measures are validated, allowing the industry to verify if tested products meet or exceed their reported claims."

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HMI Receives Presidential Award For Export Successes

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented HMI, Hamilton Manufacturing, Inc. with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Accepting the award for HMI was CEO, Christy Hamilton, President, Tom Eames and Vice-President, Matt Smith.

“HMI has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with HMI’s development of new products for export markets. The company’s participation in international trade missions and trade shows was also particularly notable. HMI’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient.

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. Secretary Pritzker honored 123 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

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IECA Names Dwayne Stenlund, Environmental Connection 2016 Presenter of the Year

International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) awards its Environmental Connection 2016 Presenter of the Year to Dwayne Stenlund, CPESC for his presentation “Developing Best Management Practice Guidance Matrix Decision Trees,” which had over 50 attendees and presented on two days at conference.

“I am pleased to be the winner of this respected award. My presentation helped participants understand the performance limits of BMPs for developing an accurate and complete SWPPP and how to implement successful BMP program delivery outcomes,” says Stenlund.

“The class program, drawn from many of my experiences, was developed to help professionals develop an example matrix of one family of standard practice with scaling outcome expectation, where cheap is not the best, review several completed matrices and apply this knowledge using developed BMP decision matrices,” concludes Stenlund.

Stenlund is a certified professional in erosion and sediment control. He has worked in this capacity for the Minnesota Department of Transportation for almost 20 years and is involved with design, construction and maintenance using old and new ecologically and sustainable based technologies to solve difficult soil and stormwater quality problems. Stenlund has presented extensively over the United States on stormwater management techniques, and yearly at the International Erosion Control Association Conference. He has a Master’s from the University of Minnesota in plant biology and extensive work environmental constructability of road and bridge projects.

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SOLitude Lake Management Named to Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Fantastic 50 List

SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, is pleased to be named to the 2016 Fantastic 50 list, presented by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Recognized as the 45th fastest growing company in the Commonwealth of Virginia, SOLitude was honored at a dinner reception in Chantilly, Virginia on Thursday, April 28.

The Fantastic 50 list recognizes fifty of the fastest-growing companies headquartered in Virginia. Companies are judged on four-year total growth rates (2011-2014) and results are verified by Dixon Hughes Goodman, one of the top 20 public accounting firms in the nation. Now in its 21st year, the Fantastic 50 program is the only annual statewide award recognizing Virginia’s fastest growing business.

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