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February 11th is National Inventor’s Day USA

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MoretrenchHistoricWellpointHere in the USA, National Inventor’s Day is celebrated annually on the birthday of Thomas Edison, “The Wizard of Menlo Park” and inventor of the first commercially viable light bulb.  And here at Moretrench we have our very own inventor to honor –our founder Thomas Francis Moore.  While Moore’s invention did not impact the world, as Edison’s did, it had a profound effect on the construction industry.

Moore was just 12 years old when Edison made his light bulb breakthrough in 1879. Moore’s own “light bulb” moment came some years later in 1924. By this time, he was manufacturing and leasing conveying excavators for utility trenching from premises in Rockaway, New Jersey.  When one of his machines encountered locally notorious Bull’s liver silts, Moore set about resolving the problem himself, first experimenting in his kitchen sink at home and then field testing.  The result was the first practical wellpoint, which revolutionized the underground construction industry and marked the beginning of Moretrench becoming a nationally recognized leader in geotechnical contracting.  And it all began with one man, a vision, and determination –  and who understood, as Edison once said, that “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”.

NYC’s Second Avenue Subway Now a Reality

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NYC, Second Avenue Subway, MoretrenchAlmost 100 years in the making, New York’s Second Avenue Subway opened on New Year’s Eve.

Moretrench is proud to have played a part in the first phase of this long anticipated extension, undertaking a number of diverse contracts.  These include dewatering  and groundwater treatment  for excavation of the 800-ft-long launch box;  ground freezing to overcome mixed faced conditions along the twin tunnel alignment;  jet grouting to close windows at the intersections of secant pile and slurry wall excavation support;  rock grouting to stabilize shallow, fractured rock cover above a hard rock TBM receiving shaft; and compensation grouting to stabilize the rubble foundations of existing multi-story buildings in concert with excavation for new deep sewers as part of the station construction.

The newly opened section runs for 1.8 miles and is anticipated to carry approximately 200,000 passengers daily.  When completed the Second Avenue line will run 8.5 miles along Manhattan’s East Side.

*Article reprinted with permission of Tunnel Business Magazine.


Moretrench’s Rapid Response Capability Earns Delaware River Bridge Repair Contract

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Delaware River Bridge, Emergency Repair, Micropiles, Temporary Support System
The Delaware River Bridge, which carries 42,000 vehicles daily between the New Jersey and Pennsylvania turnpikes, has been closed since January 20th when a significant crack in a truss member beneath the deck was discovered during final painting inspection. The bridge was immediately shut down, and Moretrench was one of several geotechnical contactors contacted the next day by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to provide the micropile foundation systems proposed for support of eight temporary steel jacking towers that will stabilize the bridge during repairs.

“We demonstrated that we had the resources to do the work and were able to mobilize immediately,” said Project Manager Yaser Taheri, P.E.  “We were awarded the job on the 23rd and were on site the next day.”

The fast-track operation calls for six, high capacity micropiles installed at each jacking tower location to depths of between 120 and 140 feet.  The towers will tie directly into the foundation system. Moretrench has mobilized three drill rigs and five crews and has been working around the clock since Day 1.  “We are installing micropiles at several locations simultaneously,” said Taheri. “Despite difficult drilling through variable geology, we are comfortably within schedule.”

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At this time of year, Colorado is a mecca for skiers, but even if that’s not your thing there are still two good reasons to visit in February!

24TH ANNUAL MICROTUNNELING SHORT COURSE – UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER – FEBRUARY 6-9, 2017: Presented by international experts, this informative short course has trained more than 3,400 professionals in the latest in emerging technologies. Moretrench Senior Vice President & Chief Engineer Paul Schmall will discuss “Dewatering and Ground Freezing for the Construction of Microtunneling Shafts”.  You can learn more about the short course at

SME 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXPO – DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 19-22, 2017:  Industry professionals from across the world will gather to share innovative ideas, best practices and cutting-edge research.  The 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo will provide a forum for more than 100 sessions along with more than 650 exhibiting companies. Make sure you stop by Booth 941 and talk to ground freezing expert Joe Sopko for the latest news on the freezing for tunneling front.  For more information and registration details, visit



Moretrench’s Wayne Fjotland Promoted to Vice President

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Fjotland head shot high res_editedMoretrench is very pleased to announce that Wayne Fjotland has been promoted to the position of Vice President.  Wayne has more than 36 years of focused geotechnical construction experience.  He began his career working for Spencer, White and Prentis and Raymond International, joining Moretrench in 2001, and is a founding member of Moretrench’s Geotec operations.

In addition to serving Moretrench in a corporate capacity, Wayne will continue his role as Regional Manager, overseeing the company’s geotechnical operations in the greater New York Metro area, New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania. He continues to improve and modify the company’s equipment and field operations to meet emerging technologies and challenges across the geotechnical spectrum.

“Wayne is a seasoned leader with extensive experience in all aspects of geotechnical construction.  He truly is the most creative person that I have worked with in this business.  I feel fortunate that I have the opportunity to work with him for so many years and I look forward to working with him for many years to come” – Thomas J. Tuozzolo, P.E., Senior Vice President, Moretrench.

Building the Future: Moretrench Hosts Morris County Vo-Tech Students

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The continued growth of any company is based on finding the right people for the job.  For a geotechnical contractor like Moretrench, that means not just engineers and field crews but also shop personnel –the all-important people “behind the scenes” whose job it is to keep the field crews supplied with the equipment and materials they need to get the work done.  Shop Manager Craig Sofio recognized that finding the future technicians of Moretrench had to begin early…and he didn’t have far to look.

“I graduated from Morris County School of Technology, a vocational high school local to Moretrench’s office” said Craig. “I approached our HR department and Joanne Muccione reached out to the school.  Joanne and I ended up doing presentations there to approximately 50 students in total, grouped according to their schedules.”

The students then visited Moretrench and listened to presentations by Project Manager Matt DeGregoris and Vice President and Northeast Geotech Regional Manager Wayne Fjotland about how the engineering department, field  and shop interrelate before touring the shop itself.  Welder Rudy Petrocco, Shop Foreman Peter Tirado and Head Mechanic Warren Weglinski all talked to the group about their responsibilities and work to conclude the day.

“The idea behind it was that planning for the future should start early…and that applies to Moretrench’s future growth as well as the students’ careers,” said Craig.  “The entire program, both school visits and trip to Moretrench, was a tremendous success.  The most frequent question asked at the end of the day was ‘When can I start?’ and we even received two resumes before the students boarded the bus!”

Head Mechanic Warren Weglinski discusses his job with visiting Morris County Vo-Tech students.

Head Mechanic Warren Weglinski discusses his job with visiting Morris County Vo-Tech students.

Moretrench Makes the Holiday Season a Little Brighter for a Local Animal Shelter

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Pets are integral to the lives of many of us, but for many other dogs, cats and other small animals, a shelter is the only home they have.  Shelters depend on donations to feed, house, and keep their animals healthy pending adoption.  This holiday season, the Moretrench family in the Rockaway office came together to help an area shelter in their work. Employees submitted a photo of their own pet, together with a small donation. A slideshow was compiled that was shown in the Moretrench office foyer and enjoyed by both pet-owners and non-pet owners alike. And the net result was a $500 donation to the Mount Pleasant Animal shelter, a 100% donation -funded, no-kill organization serving the local area.

If you would like to know more about how you can support Mount Pleasant animal shelter, please visit or you may wish to find a similar facility in your area and make this season a little brighter for those who work year-round to save and re-home abandoned animals.2016_12_15_14_27_35_mt_pleasant_shelter_google_search

Moretrench Interns Awarded GCA Scholarships

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Moretrench congratulates former summer engineering interns Jesus Loya of the University of Delaware, Matthew Pizzico of James Madison University, and Andrew Chegwidden of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, on receiving $3,500 scholarships from the General Contractors Association of New York. GCA of NY awarded 31 scholarships this year to students at 18 different institutions. Selection of the awardees was based on recommendations from industry practitioners familiar with the applicant and the applicant’s personal responses to a questionnaire.

Scholarships such as those GCA of NY awards go a long way to allowing students to concentrate more fully on their studies during the semester which in turn opens up internship opportunities for students who achieve the grades to sample the “real world” of construction under the guidance of practicing engineers. The experience gained can be the deciding factor in a career choice. “At Moretrench I was exposed to a variety of different types of work, from landfill remediation to ground freezing” said Andrew. “I felt I was a real part of things, doing real work.” So much so, that Andrew accepted a Fall semester co-op opportunity with Moretrench and will join the company as a staff engineer on graduation.



“Eager and excited to start” is how GCA of NY scholarship recipient Andrew Chegwidden, shown here in the field and in the office, describes his future job with Moretrench.

“Eager and excited to start” is how GCA of NY scholarship recipient Andrew Chegwidden, shown here in the field and in the office, describes his future job with Moretrench.

Moretrench Welcomes Jonathan Bennett, P.E.

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Moretrench is pleased to welcome Jonathan Bennett, P.E., as Business Development Manager for the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Jon has 25 years of experience focused primarily on deep foundations, earth retention and other geotechnical construction specialties, as well as extensive business development experience.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University, Masters degrees from George Washington University and West Virginia University, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Jon regularly shares his knowledge and expertise with the engineering community at large through professional organization committees and boards. A consummate professional, he brings the highest levels of dedication and service to each client, making it his mission to provide the optimal solution for the site-specific geotechnical challenges.

“We are extremely pleased to have Jon on board.  He brings a tremendous amount of experience, expertise, and relationships to Moretrench.  He can handle any responsibility, from design to estimating to project management. He is also a fantastic cultural fit: he is a team player, a real collaborator, and a pleasure to work with.  He is always concerned about doing the right thing, both for the client and the company.  With Jon’s capabilities, we can all look forward to tackling some really challenging work!”  

Paul C. Schmall, Ph. D., P.E.

Vice President, Chief Engineer

Moretrench President Art Corwin inducted into National Academy of Construction

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Moretrench is very pleased to announce that President and CEO Arthur B. Corwin, P.E.  has been inducted into the National Academy of Construction (NAC).  The ceremony took place at the Annual Meeting in Napa, CA on October 20th, 2016.  Art was one of 30 new members selected from a strong field of 300 nominees.

Founded in 1999, the NAC’s mission is “…to identify and elect leaders from business, government, academia, and connected professions who have made significant contributions to the construction industry…and for the members as a whole to provide unique perspectives and services to issues of national importance.”  The Membership Committee employs a rigorous selection process that emphasizes extraordinary leadership, exceptional achievements, and lasting improvements to the construction industry over many years and many projects.

For many NAC members, this is not their first significant honor, and Art is no exception.   A lifelong Moretrench employee, he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in 2003 and Chief Executive Officer in 2007, in which capacity he continues to provide the dynamic leadership that has placed Moretrench in the forefront of the industry.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and his contribution to the industry was further recognized by his election as President of The Moles organization in 2012 and receipt of the Moles Member Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction in 2016.

Art has also long been committed to charitable works, particularly in his local community, and remains active in his alma mater. He was named Man of the Year by Homeless Solutions Inc. in 2013 and in 2015 he was chosen as Farmingdale State College (SUNY) Alumnus of the Year.

Please join with all of us at Moretrench in congratulating Art on his induction into the NAC.