SELINSGROVE, Pa. – When officials at the Ashtabula County Port Authority in northeast Ohio discovered on New Year’s Eve 2017 that they had a leak in a 36” cast-iron water main that provides cooling and chiller lines for a nearby industrial park, they had no way of knowing what it would take to fix the broken line quickly. First, they called Ashtabula-based Union Industrial Contractors, Inc. for help.

“On Sunday, December 31, we were called for an emergency water leak repair at the former FirstEnergy Plant C, an Ashtabula Port Authority-owned plant along Lake Road that supplies millions of gallons of raw water daily to area industries,” said Ryan Cochran, president of Union Industrial Contractors “The repair was to fix a catastrophic break on a 36” clean-in-place water line that was buried about 30 feet underground. The rupture measured six feet long and two feet wide.”

The excavator and bridge contractor reached out to its usual waterworks vendors in search of the materials it needed to perform the repair. Unfortunately, securing two new sections of 36” class 53 ductile-iron pipe, a 36” x 45” mechanical-joint elbow fitting, two mechanical-joint long-pattern sleeves and six 36” Megalug® mechanical-joint restraints in time to perform the repair by the client’s January 4 goal didn’t seem feasible. The soonest one of the company’s regular vendors could deliver the materials to the customer’s job site was January 9.

On Tuesday, January 2, Cochran called LB Water. Jim Haworth of the company’s Stoneboro facility took the call.

“I told him, ‘No problem. We’ll have all your materials there on Thursday’,” said Haworth. “And this is where LB Water’s commitment to customer support kicked into high gear.”

Haworth said it is LB Water’s commitment to provide superior customer support and maintain a deep inventory of diverse parts – as well as the company’s close relationships with its Mid-Atlantic customers – that combined forces to help Union Industrial Contractors meet the water authority’s tight deadline.

“We had only two days to get this material to the job site,” said Haworth. “Our Stoneboro Manager, Tyler Novak, contacted no fewer than five other LB Water locations, and we even enlisted the help of one of our key customers to make it happen.”

“Our crews worked around the clock to repair the line,” said Cochran. “And LB Water worked around the clock to get us the pipe and fittings we needed to repair the leak. They gathered the materials and delivered them to the job site by January 4 – within two days of our original discussion. They even provided on-site advice with some of the materials. Due to the complexity of the project and condition of the old system components, we discovered that we needed a way to restrain the existing clean-in-place piping. So, on Sunday, January 7, LB Water delivered additional materials to make the appropriate connections. On a Sunday!”

“The fact that LB Water was able to meet the customer’s original deadline — when other waterworks vendors could not — demonstrates just how committed we are to supplying the materials our customers need, whenever and wherever they need them,” said Haworth. “We not only gained a new customer in Union Industrial Contractors, but we also earned the respect of Aqua Ohio, the Ashtabula Port Authority, and the City and County of Ashtabula,” said Haworth.


About LB Water

LB Water is a solutions-based provider of waterworks-infrastructure products to cities, counties, municipalities, private water and sewer authorities, and contractors throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its products include water-metering technologies, water infrastructure, sanitary and storm sewer systems, specialty products, and environmental (erosion and stabilization) solutions. It is a 100-percent, employee-owned organization. Founded in 1970 by Lehman B. Mengel, the company employs 200+ people at eight locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

Miss Utility is hosting a FREE class regarding ITIC – ticket processing
and mapping

Come learn about the best approach to completing the ticket and using
available mapping tools on ITIC;
– Web User access, and their differences
– Using the many ticket ‘auto’ field selections
– Accurately completing each ticket field
– Mapping Tools
– Finding your work site on the map
– ITIC ticket Headers
– Processing subsequent ticket types (i.e., Updates, Corrections,
– Search and Status  – processing Ticket Check Discrepancy and
Dispute notices


DATE:   April 10, 2018 – CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED
TIME:   8:00am to about 10:00am
PLACE:  Miss Utility Cal Center, 7223 Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Conference
Room (side entrance) Hanover, MD 21076
PARKING: Miss Utility – lower and upper lots and along Parkway Drive in
front of building. No construction vehicles/trucks/trailers on Miss
Utility parking lots
REFRESHMENTS:  Light refreshments prior to class
OTHER:  Electronic devices NOT needed for this class. Educational and
promotional materials provided.
QUESTIONS: Contact Kelli Martin at;

Traffic Safety Supplies Announces a fabulous day of great food & drink, door prizes  and special discounts – JUMP START YOUR SPRING!  For more details:  TSS OPEN HOUSE 2018

Firm Expanded from Six Attorneys in 1978 to a Leading Construction Law Firm with National and International Expertise

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 29, 2018 – Law firm Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP is celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing legal services to clients. On January 28, 1978, the firm began modestly with six lawyers specializing in construction, government contracts, and surety law. Over the years, the firm has added offices in Irvine, Calif., Seattle, Chicago and Miami, in addition to its original office in Virginia. While continuing to specialize in the above practice areas, the firm also represents clients in the areas of commercial litigation and creditor’s rights.

“In 40 years we’ve grown from a boutique law firm to twice being named the Leading Construction Law Firm in the United States by Chambers & Partners and developing a substantial international practice,” says Robert Fitzgerald, name partner. “As we enter our fifth decade, Watt Tieder has more than two dozen partners with 20-plus years of legal experience in the construction, surety and government contracts industries, and we look forward to continuing our strong relationships with our clients and our legacy of excellence.”

About Watt Tieder
Watt Tieder has represented clients in courts, arbitration and in administrative forums throughout the United States and internationally. The firm and many of its lawyers have been honored by such publications as Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Legal 500. The firm has twice been recognized as the top construction law firm in the United States by Chambers and Partners.

Invitation For Subcontractors & Suppliers To Bid
On Walter Reed Residential Project, Due Jan 18th

Paradigm Contractors, LLC is accepting bids on behalf of Urban Atlantic for the Walter Reed residential project, referenced as WVU, scheduled to start construction the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2018.
The project will be podium type construction with two levels of below grade parking and concrete wood framing above.  Quotes will be received from qualified subcontractors in the following disciplines: concrete, gypcrete, masonry, aluminum railings, misc. metal, rough/finish carpentry, wood stairs, millwork, waterproofing, traffic coating, building insulation, roofing, exterior trim / hardi siding, caulking, interior prehung doors, hollow metal doors and frames, overhead doors, vinyl windows, storefront/curtain wall, metal panels, drywall, flooring and tile, paint, bath accessories, fireplaces, trash compactors, appliances, site furnishing, casework, stone countertops, window coverings, swimming pool, elevators, trash chutes, fire protection, plumbing, water meters, HVAC, excavation, temporay dewatering, paving accessories, asphalt paving, site concrete, landscaping/irrigation, pavers, wet utilities, and dry utilities,
CBE contractors and suppliers are encouraged to participate. Bids will be accepted through 1/18/18.  If you are interested in bidding or finding out more about his project, contact Cristina Morales at


MDOT’s Office of Minority Business Enterprise conducts a free monthly workshop for firms interested in applying for certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) and/or Small Business Enterprise (SBE).

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Headquarters
7201 Corporate Center Drive
Ground Level
Hanover, MD 21076

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EST)

Each ticket is valid for one admission, each individual attending must register independently.

To Register: Click HERE

For additional information visit MDOT Website at

For questions, email or call (410)865-1269.

**Once this event is sold out, tickets and registration will no longer be available**

**Security Policy: All visitors must present a valid Driver’s License or U.S. Passport in order to gain access to the building.

Statement from OSHA Regarding Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries reports there were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, a 7-percent increase from 2015. The fatal injury rate also increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016.

More workers lost their lives in transportation incidents than any other event in 2016, accounting for about one out of every four fatal injuries. Workplace violence injuries increased by 23 percent, making it the second most common cause of workplace fatality. Today’s report also shows the number of overdoses on the job increased by 32 percent in 2016, and the number of fatalities has increased by at least 25 percent annually since 2012.

Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA, issued the following statement regarding the report:

“Today’s occupational fatality data show a tragic trend with the third consecutive increase in worker fatalities in 2016 – the highest since 2008. America’s workers deserve better.

“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is committed to finding new and innovative ways of working with employers and employees to improve workplace safety and health. OSHA will work to address these trends through enforcement, compliance assistance, education and training, and outreach.

“As President Trump recognized by declaring opioid abuse a Nationwide Public Health Emergency, the nation’s opioid crisis is impacting Americans every day at home and, as this data demonstrates, increasingly on the job.

“The Department of Labor will work with public and private stakeholders to help eradicate the opioid crisis as a deadly and growing workplace issue.”

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

OSHA News Release:
Contact Name:

Eric Holland

Phone Number:
Release Number:

Notice from PEPCO:


Effective January 1, 2018

PEPCO will no longer sell materials for service connections or work in public space.

If you have any questions, PEPCO advises you to contact your Distribution Engineering Representative for the list of new suppliers.

Montgomery County: 301.670.8700

Prince Georges County: 301.967.5800

District of Columbia: 202.331.6237

JESCO will be hosting Demonstration Days, featuring the brand-new John Deere 345G Excavator, as well as the following equipment:

Excavators-The new 345G,  350G, 245G, 135G, 85G, Dozer’s 450K, 650K Smart Grade, 700K Smart Grade, Wheel Loader’s 544K,  CTL’s 333G, Bomag BMP 8500, BW141, BW177 and MORE!


When:   December 14 and 15    9am-2pm

Where: Operating Engineers School, Local 37.     5021 North Point Blvd,  Baltimore  MD  21219


Door Prizes for ALL attendees!

To pre-register:  go to and click on Demo Day banner