Monthly Archives: July 2016

Planning Ahead: A Potential Young Engineer Tests the Waters

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Moretrench was recently pleased to welcome Julia Benton to the Rockaway office.  Julia, an incoming high school junior, is considering a career in engineering and she was interested in learning more about what this involves in a hands-on working environment before making any decisions as to the right path for her.  Over the course of the day, she spent time with Senior Engineer Ken Wigg and several of Moretrench’s young project engineers and gained insight into their roles and responsibilities within the company.   “At the end of the day, I walked out of the building with advice for my future and answers to all of my many questions, “said Julia. “I now know without a doubt that engineering is the right path for me.”

Julia Benton (right) with Dewatering Project Engineer Rachel Kim.

Julia Benton (right) with Dewatering Project Engineer Rachel Kim.

Moretrench Hosts West Point Cadet Savage

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Moretrench recently hosted West Point engineering major Cadet Savage at the Rockaway, NJ headquarters for a three-week introduction to the company’s specialty geotechnical work.  Cadet Savage was selected to participate in the United States Military Academy’s Academic Individual Advanced Development (IAID) program, where cadets have the opportunity to work alongside public sector and private industry leaders during the summer, applying what they have learned in the classroom to real engineering and research problems.

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Under the guidance of Vice President Greg Ziegler, P.E., himself a West Point graduate, Cadet Savage visited multiple jobs sites to see various underground construction methods at work and undertook a range of tasks related to current dewatering and ground freezing projects.

“I am proud that West Point continues to produce leaders of character that exemplify Duty-Honor-Country.  Cadet Savage is a very intelligent and dedicated Cadet whom we were very fortunate to have as part of the Moretrench team this summer.”

                                                                                                Greg Ziegler

Helping Those Who Help Others

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Moretrench has a long history of supporting volunteer organizations in the local community.  Recently the company played a large part in helping the Rockaway Borough Fire Department attain its goal of erecting a lighted pavilion on Firemen’s Field with a $10,000 donation.

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Moretrench President and CEO Art Corwin officially opens the Firemen’s Field Pavilion.

The field is available for a variety of uses, and the pavilion will make it a more versatile and attractive venue for corporate, township and family functions.  The official opening took place on Friday, July 8th, at the start of the 40th Annual Rockaway Borough Fire Department Family Festival, with Moretrench President and CEO Art Corwin invited to cut the ribbon.  “At Moretrench, we believe in giving back and being actively involved in our community,” noted Art.  “It was our pleasure to be able to help our firefighters who do so much to help others.”

Moretrench and five other local companies are recognized on the pavilion’s commemorative plaque for their contribution to the construction fund.

Moretrench and five other local companies are recognized on the pavilion’s commemorative plaque for their contribution to the construction fund.

The Route to the Top: A President’s Perspective

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How does one reach the top of one’s chosen profession?   For a few, it may be just a case of  “the right place at the right time”.  For others, the catalyst that set them on the path may be a brief but telling conversation.  For most though, it’s a process of gradual progression underscored by hard work and long hours.  For Moretrench President and CEO Art Corwin, it was  all three.

The right place at the right time was a visit to California by his father who brought back for the young boy the neighborhood’s first Lego set, sparking an early interest in building structures. The conversation came some years later when, as a sophomore at SUNY Farmingdale, an astute professor steered the then would-be architect with solid math credentials but little in the way of drawing skills towards engineering.  The gradual progression…and the long hours and hard work… came when, as a new civil engineering graduate from  the Polytechnic University of New York and a junior staff engineer at Moretrench, he came under the watchful eye of President Robert Lenz who mentored him and guided his early career.

While all of these events were pivotal in their own way, Corwin credits his time at SUNY , and professors who took the time to teach rather than just instruct, as being the impetus that led him to where he is now.  Recently, he shared his memories with current Farmingdale students on the institution’s website.  You can read the full article here.