Top Stories - July 22, 2016


Raven Industries Launches New 2-Step Oxygen Barrier Silage Cover

Raven Industries' Engineered Films Division (NASDAQ:RAVN), an innovative manufacturer of polymer film and sheeting, announced the launch of a new 2-step oxygen barrier silage cover to the agricultural market, utilizing SealFresh™ and Dura-Skrim®.

SealFresh™ is a thin, 7-layer oxygen barrier film used as the first step in this 2-step silage covering system designed to prevent oxygen from reaching the feed while preserving valuable nutrients. SealFresh™ is the base layer placed directly against the pile, just below the primary exposed cover. The second step in this system utilizes Raven's tough Dura-Skrim® string-reinforced cover, designed to block UV rays and provide long-term durability. Raven also offers an alternative outer cover, called FeedPro-G, in a white/black non-reinforced option that incorporates recycled resins in the core layer as an economical solution.

SealFresh™ oxygen barrier is formulated to be flexible and conforming for easy installation — with an accordion-folded roll configuration to optimize deployment. SealFresh™ is designed to cling to the silage pile for peak fermentation conditions and stabilize the forage to reduce dry matter losses; this allows for maximum feed forage freshness.

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Profile Products Promotes Jim Tanner to President

Profile Products LLC, a provider of soil, water and vegetation management solutions used in diverse industries in 75 countries, announced the promotion of Jim Tanner to serve in the dual role of President and Chief Operating Officer. Tanner has held the COO post since 2013, previously worked for the company for 18 years, and takes the president’s reins from John Schoch, who remains Profile’s Chief Executive Officer.

As COO, Tanner’s responsibilities have included P&L management, strategic planning, new business development, and leadership of the company’s sales and marketing, customer service and logistics teams. He has also played a pivotal role in operations management and strategic business acquisitions. His tenure at Profile has included multiple executive sales and marketing positions with involvement in new product development, strategic partnership development, and the development and management of key customer and industry relationships.

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IECA Enters Cooperative Agreement with UNESCO

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One Board of Directors recently approved a cooperation agreement with UNESCO Bureau of Sciences for Latin America and the Caribbean through its International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO IHP-LAC). Recognizing a common interest in fostering scientific and technical cooperation for enhancing capacities to better manage erosion control, sediment transport and sedimentation processes both organizations chose to pursue this partnership.

Slated to last two years this cooperation agreement will include scientific exchange, the development of joint policy briefs and information materials, joint programs and activities to promote the improved understanding of sediment processes and methods for investigation and monitoring. Acknowledging a capacity building need for sustainable sediment management, this partnership will also pursue the organization of cooperative training events, conferences and other identified capacity building events.

Region One IECA is indebted to Dr. Pablo Garcia Chevesich, both an UNESCO project lead and an IECA member, who recognized the complementary missions of both organizations and brought this opportunity forward. Region One IECA Vice-President of International Development, Craig Benson, stated that, "It is envisioned that IECA’s Ibero-American Chapter members will play a significant role in implementing this agreement due to common language and culture in Latin America and the Caribbean. The first project under discussion is in Cuba.

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Cardno Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Professional infrastructure and environmental services firm Cardno is pleased to announce the appointment of Todd K. Wager as Chief Operating Officer, effective July 11th.

Reporting to Cardno’s CEO and Managing Director Richard Wankmuller, Mr Wager will be a key member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. He will support the CEO with the day-to-day operations, marshalling resources to create value for shareholders and driving a performance-based culture. He will be responsible for working with the leadership teams across the globe to effectively and efficiently implement the company strategy and specific business plans consistent with Cardno’s vision and values. He will also be responsible for streamlining business processes to drive organic growth as well as prioritizing customer, employee, and organizational requirements.

Mr Wager is a senior leader with more than 25 years of international experience. He joins Cardno after an accomplished career with a major competitor where he managed groups working on a range of infrastructure and environmental projects in the oil, gas, and water sectors. Mr Wager’s most recent position was Group President of the organisation’s Transportation Group, which followed his role as Group President of Government Services. Each of these groups were over AU $1.5 billion in size and global in their scope. His particular talent lies in devising innovative strategies to build high-performing businesses, and then working with global teams to successfully implement the necessary processes and programs.

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ADS Expands Manufacturing Footprint With New Plant

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE: WMS) (“ADS” or the “Company”), a leading global manufacturer of water management products and solutions for commercial, residential, infrastructure and agricultural applications, announced that it is scheduled to build a new pipe manufacturing plant in Harrisonville, MO, approximately 40 miles south of Kansas City, MO, to better serve growing customer demand in the region.

The 65,000 square-foot plant is scheduled to open during the first half of 2017 and will produce the company's single and dual wall, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene pipe. The facility will also operate its own fleet of dedicated delivery trucks and the full portfolio of ADS products will be available at the site including ADS N-12® HDPE pipe, HP Storm and SaniTite® polypropylene pipe, StormTech Chambers, INSERTA TEE® and other fittings, Nyloplast® Drain Structures plus geosynthetic fabrics and grids.

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StormTrap and Lafarge Announce License Agreement for Stormwater Solution

StormTrap®, a leading provider of stormwater management systems, and Lafarge Canada, Inc. announced that they have entered into a licensing and manufacturing agreement. StormTrap has granted an exclusive license to Lafarge to develop and commercialize StormTrap’s detention and retention products in Western Canada.

Lafarge’s stormwater portfolio is proud to add StormTrap detention and retention systems. This new addition joins Lafarge’s existing oil/grit separator and stormwater filtration products, providing a full range of stormwater solutions.

StormTrap stormwater systems are designed to control volumes and flows leaving a site. The systems store runoff in large underground concrete chambers for a given period of time before the runoff is released at a controlled rate, or stored for other uses such as irrigation. This helps mitigate many of the harmful effects of high volumes of stormwater runoff, such as erosion and flooding.

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