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Moretrench Celebrates Employee Ownership Month by Bridging the Gap

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On October 13th, Moretrench employee owners took to the road to share the celebration of Employee Ownership Month with their field personnel.

On October 13th, Moretrench employee-owners took to the road to share in the celebration of Employee Ownership Month with their field personnel.

 

There are approximately 10,000 Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) in place in the U.S., with the majority covering the manufacturing, construction and engineering industries. A recent survey performed by the Employee Ownership Foundation, stated that 93% of their respondents agreed that ESOP implementation was “a good, overall decision for the company”, and almost two-thirds noted that the ESOP has helped increase productivity.

Moretrench became 100% employee-owned in 1999 and as a result, the ESOP has had an overwhelmingly positive effect on the company, creating broad-based ownership among all employees, and fostering an environment in which employee-owners understand their roles in helping the company succeed.

October is Employee Ownership Month, which is a tribute to the incredible spirit of employee ownership, and gives an opportunity for ESOP companies across the U.S. to educate employee-owners and the public about the tremendous benefits of ESOPs. Moretrench proudly celebrates their pride in employee ownership, not only this month, but also each and every day. “Throughout October we are recognizing and celebrating our ESOP membership and what it means to us, both as individuals and as a corporation”, mentioned Ken Wigg, Senior Engineer and Chairman of Moretrench’s Employee Ownership Committee. “This year, one of our goals as a Committee is to start bridging the gap between our office and field staff, and to give our superintendents and union personnel a better awareness about Moretrench being employee-owned and the culture it brings.” Moretrench has planned a series of events throughout October to assist in achieving this goal.

For more information about employee ownership at Moretrench, visit here.

Moretrench Runners Turn Out for the 2017 Tunnel to Towers 5K

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The Tunnel to Towers 5K began in New York City in 2002 in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter who, on hearing of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, immediately strapped on his 60 lbs. of gear and ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel  and the streets of Manhattan to the twin towers  to do what ever he could to save lives.  In doing so, he sacrificed his own life when the South Tower collapsed.  In all, 343 New York firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers lost their lives at Ground Zero, along with thousands of civilian personnel.

The annual commemorative event, which saw 1,500 runners take to the streets that first year, has grown  to more than 30,000 entrants, and similar events are being held all over the United States and across the world.  This year’s event was held on Sunday, September 24th.  Moretrench was represented by Project Engineer Anthony Gallo, HR Generalist Joanne Muccione,  Marketing Assistant Liz Latuja, Staff Engineers Aaron Schoen, Demitri Zoubroulis, Max Schisler, and Ellen Kalnins.

The mission of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to honor all military personnel and first responders who have made the supreme sacrifice.  Profits from the event are distributed among various charities.

Moretrench Fills Tractor-trailer for Hurricane Harvey Relief

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On Monday, September 18th,  a 53-ft tractor trailer left Moretrench’s Rockaway, NJ, headquarters and headed for Houston laden with more than 25,000 lbs. of food as well as well as water, linens and tool.  The company’s weeklong “Fill the Truck” campaign was spearheaded by Shop Manager Craig Sofio in cooperation with Anty Trucking and Rigging, and drew support from the individuals and families in the community as well as local area suppliers and businesses, along with Rockaway Police and Fire Departments.  An army of Moretrench volunteers worked to accept, organize and load donations throughout the week.

Craig himself accompanied the truck, which stopped first at Furr High School, a designated distribution center in one of the hardest hit areas, to deliver food, water and linens before going on to Houston Habitat for Humanity to offload five pallets of much-needed tools, supplies and safety equipment.  The final stop before heading home was to the Houston Food Bank to deliver the remaining 14,000+ lbs. of food.

Along with organizing this relief campaign, Moretrench, as a whole, was able to contribute monetarily.  With the help of the company’s Matching Gift Program, an additional $15,000 was donated to Habitat for Humanity and the Houston Food Bank.

Moretrench is a 100% employee-owned company.  Part of our mission is as employee-owners is “..to participate as a valued member of the community” and to share our good fortune with those in need.  In this, we are blessed to be a part of a supportive and generous network of businesses and individuals.  Our thanks goes out to everyone who helped us meet our goal. We could not have done it without you.

GeoOttawa 2017

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GOVisit Moretrench at Booth #222 during GeoOttawa 2017
October 1-4 | The Shaw Centre | Ottawa, Ontario

The theme for this year’s annual Canadian Geotechnical Conference is “70 Years of Canadian Geotechnics and Geoscience.” In addition to the technical program and plenary sessions, the conference will include a complement of local tours and short courses.

Moretrench Director of Ground Freezing, Joe Sopko, will be on hand at Booth #222 to discuss the advantages of ground freezing in difficult subsurface conditions and to answer any questions you may have.Until then, read about our emergency response work on the Port Mann Water Main Supply Tunnel in Vancouver, BC, where we used liquid nitrogen ground freezing deep below the Fraser River to allow safe entry to accomplish mid-run repairs for the tunnel boring machine.

Learn more about our ground freezing capability, as well as a full range of our geotechnical services, here.   

Remembering Derek Maishman, P.E.

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Derek Maishman, P.EThe Moretrench family regrets to announce the passing of ground freezing specialist Derek Maishman, P.E., on September 17, 2017.  He was 88 years old. Derek  came to  Moretrench  in  1976  following  a  distinguished  career  with UK-based Forakay, Ltd, where he ultimately served as  Chief  Engineer with responsibility  for  all  of  the  company’s  ground  freezing  operations in  the UK,  USA  and  Canada.  At Moretrench, he was instrumental in establishing the company’s  freezeWall  subsidiary,  since merged  with the parent organization, and providing the technical expertise and experienced-based insight that formed  the  cornerstone  of  our  present day operations.

Over the course of his career with Moretrench, Derek  was responsible for the design and implementation  of many notable projects in challenging subsurface conditions and shared his experience with the underground construction community through published papers, conference and seminar presentations, and as a contributing author to authoritative books.  Although he retired from full-time employment in 1997, he continued  to serve as a consultant to Moretrench into his 80s.

 “Derek’s wealth of knowledge was critical to Moretrench’s early success in the ground freezing arena. He essentially laid the foundation for our work.  It is a tribute to his considerable early contributions that we continue to be a leader in this field.  Our condolences go out to his wife Enid at this difficult time.” 

Art Corwin
Moretrench President & CEO

Moretrench’s Schmall and Landry to present at the In Depth Coal Ash Impoundment Closure

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Moretrench’s Vice President and Chief Engineer Paul Schmall, Ph.D., P.E. and Chief Dewatering Engineer Gregory M. Landry, P.E. will present at EUCI’s In-Depth Coal Ash Impoundment Closure Course.

During this 2-day workshop, industry leaders from multiple closure service providers will share their experience with industry attendees to  provide them with a more comprehensive understanding of the processes and steps involved in impoundment closure. The program includes a range of related aspects including geotechnical work, dewatering, stability issues, civil design, groundwater monitoring. construction processes and contractor selection.

Referencing the extensive dewatering, soil stabilization and water treatment experience earned through the closure of over a dozen ash ponds, Schmall and Landry will discuss the behavior and responsiveness of ash to drainage methods, the wide range of techniques that can be used, associated water treatment methods, the geotechnical investigations necessary, geotechnical verification and monitoring, and new advances in the technologies.

Moretrench Safety – It’s in Our Hands

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“It’s in Our Hands” was the theme for this year’s annual Safety Day at Moretrench. Under the overall direction of Corporate Safety Director, Gregory Lewis, the focus was to have employees recognize that practicing good hand safety procedures in the workplace is crucial for their careers as well as for their overall quality of life. More than a dozen different jobsites were visited by company executives to help promote this themed event.  “A special thank you goes to everyone who has helped make this happen,” said Lewis. “Participation by our entire work force, despite hectic schedules, made it a very successful undertaking.”

Moretrench Proudly Makes a Commitment to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

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Working with local area organizations is very much a part of Moretrench’s corporate culture, especially during a time of crisis, and the very reason why they have made a commitment to help Hurricane Harvey victims. The devastation that continues down in Texas is heart wrenching and tragic. Many people will continue needing support to get back on their feet in the days to come.

Moretrench is combining their efforts with trucking vendor, Anty Trucking and Rigging, and launching a weeklong campaign to fill a 53ft truck with the appropriate items needed. The truck is ready to go, sitting outside their headquarters (pictured above) at 100 Stickle Avenue, Rockaway, NJ 07866. Collection will begin on Monday, September 11, 2017 and continue through Friday, September 15, 2017, between the hours of 7am and 6pm.

Moretrench continues to partner with local communities, churches and other houses of worship to support their quest to “Fill the Truck!”. If you are interested in donating, you can find a list of needed items here.

Once the truck is filled, Moretrench will be trucking the items down to Texas themselves, along with Anty Trucking and Rigging, and delivering them directly to local food banks and churches in the affected areas of Houston.

For more information, please contact Moretrench directly.

ASDSO’s Dam Safety 2017

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Dam Safety 2017 LogoVisit Moretrench at Booth# 1114 during ASDSO’s Dam Safety 2017
September 10-14 | J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country

Dam Safety 2017 is the leading conference in the United States dedicated to dam and levee safety engineering and technology transfer. The conference will once again bring together nearly 1,000 individuals dedicated to advancing the dam and levee safety community and offers three full days of educational programming, networking, specialty workshops, field trips, an exhibit hall with over 100 exhibitors and sponsors, and so much more.

Our experts will be on hand to show how our dewatering, pressure relief, and grouting expertise and experience can assist you in your next dam remediation project.

Make sure to ask about our rapid response capability in case of emergencies.

Moretrench Chief Dewatering Engineer Reveals the Secret to Dewatering

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While the tunneling industry has done a good job of embracing the concept of the geotechnical baseline report (GBR), this positive development is undermined to a certain extent by a general misunderstanding of what constitutes a challenging vs. easy dewatering condition.  Written by Chief Dewatering Engineer Greg Landry, P.E., this informative article describes how a deeper understanding of the interaction between the dewatering system and the site geology can lead to improved geotechnical baseline parameters relating to dewatering.

You can read the full article here.