Trenchless Technology Podcast

About the Trenchless Technology Podcast

The Trenchless Technology Podcast is hosted by Trenchless Technology managing editor Sharon M. Bueno. The goal of the Podcast is to keep you in tune with the world of trenchless and bring insight and perspective on the latest issues and goings-on. We are jumping into the Podcast by bringing you news on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the trenchless technology industry.

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Sharon M. Bueno, managing editor of Trenchless Technology talks to John Fluharty, chair of the Power & Communications Contractors Association (PCCA) and a longtime member of the HDD contracting community, getting his perspective on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the fiber-to-the-home market in relation to the HDD market.

Click this link to read “HDD and Fiber Installations in the COVID Era,” Sharon’s story featuring Fluharty, Lisa R. Youngers, president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association and Tucker Dotson, director of sales at Ditch Witch, as well as a board member for the Fiber Broadband Association.

Toro Co.’s Rick Rodier joins the Podcast to discuss acquisitions. He shares how the integration process is going between Toro Co. and Charles Machine Works, as well as the impact acquisitions have on the trenchless industry.

Follow this link to read the story referenced at the end of the podcast.

2020 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year Siggi Finnsson joins the Trenchless Technology Podcast. We discuss how he got into the trenchless world and how HDD locating has evolved over the last 25 years. He also shares his thoughts about short- and long-term impacts the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the trenchless industry.

Follow this link to read Siggi’s Person of the Year story.

On this episode, AEM president Dennis Slater offers insight on the short- and long-term effects the COVID-19 pandemic will have on equipment manufacturers. He also talks about a recent AEM survey with CEOs and their opinions on the supply chain.

This episode features guest Jason Lueke, national practice leader of trenchless technology at Associated Engineering, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Jason offers a look at how COVID-19 is impacting the trenchless industry in Canada, as well as how his firm continues to do business during this global and economic crisis.

Episode 3 of the Podcast features Vermeer CEO Jason Andringa, calling in from Pella, Iowa. Jason shares how COVID-19 has impacted Vermeer operations, as well as perspective on manufacturing overall. He also discusses how/why the company began producing much-needed face shields for the healthcare industry.

Episode 2 of the Podcast has NASSCO executive director Sheila Joy joining us, sharing how COVID-19 has impacted NASSCO operations. She also tells us what she is hearing from her membership and how NASSCO is helping them navigate through working during the pandemic. She also discusses the importance of the decision by the EPA and Homeland Security to designate water and wastewater as “critical infrastructure.”

Episode 1 of the Podcast features Michael and Silvia Caputi with Epoxytec, who are pitching in to help their community during this time of global health crisis. Known in trenchless circles for epoxy coatings, the Hollywood, Florida, company has repurposed its manufacturing facility to churn out much-needed hand sanitizer, primarily for the first responders, healthcare workers and municipal workers. This is their story.