Member Spotlight: August

Plastatech Engineering, Ltd., a state-of-the-art calendaring, knitting, laminating and coating facility, was formed in 1988 in Saginaw, Michigan. Plastatech manufactures geomembranes that are highly effective at containing and controlling materials, runoff, chemicals, spills and more. Plastatech specializes in extruded, calendered and PVC-based films, single-ply membranes, knitted fabrics and laminates. Using the expertise gained in manufacturing exposed membranes, Plastatech has expanded its product lines to include both reinforced and non-reinforced geomembranes. Plastatech’s FGI liaison is Laura Storey, Business Development Manager, who can be reached at or (800) 892-9358. Please visit to learn more about this exciting leader in the fabricated geomembrane industry!


FGI Performs Geomembrane Durability Study

More than 20 years ago, the founders of the PVC Geomembrane Institute (PGI) and the succeeding entity, the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) set out to test materials that were in actual field use. They wanted to exhume numerous samples for testing on a periodic basis without ruining the integrity of the installed primary liner system. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MnDNR) became a partner, and at a MnDNR settling basin near the town of Hibbing, Minn., the long-term durability study was initiated in 1995.  The ongoing project’s main objective is to investigate the 30-year durability of PVC geomembranes and PVC chemical fusion and hot wedge welded seams.

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Steve Koski (L) and Austin Dusek (R), both with the Minnesota DNR, and Prof. Tim Stark (center), University of Illinois, holding one of the geomembrane samples cut from the longer sample that still remains on the bottom of the sedimentation basin under 6 inches of sand cover.


Apply Now: 2017 Engineering Innovation Award for Fabricated Geomembrane Installations

Program Overview:
The Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Award is to provide recognition to engineer(s) who have creatively used fabricated geomembranes to successfully fulfill a client/owner’s needs including, technical requirements, scheduling and budget.

Today’s engineers are working to solve environmental issues on a global scale. FGI’s Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Award competition pays tribute to exemplary engineers who utilize fabricated geomembranes to creatively to solve a problem on an important project.

How the Program Works:
An engineer, regulatory person, owner, installer or contractor can submit a project for award consideration. The award application must be filled out and the permission form to publish project details must be signed. A distinguished panel of three judges representing a cross section of industry, government, academia and media, will evaluate the submissions and rank them based on engineering excellence, uniqueness and innovation.

This program is open to all engineers and designers.

Project Safety Requirements
No project that has a safety-related fatality on the project is eligible to be considered for this award. This provision includes the prime contractor and all sub/trade contractors.

2017 Deadline:
The deadline for submitting an application is: February 15, 2017.

To download application, please click here.

FGI Welcomes Two New Manufacturer Members: Nortene and Filmtex

The FGI is pleased to welcome its two newest manufacturer members, Filmtex ( and  Nortène (  Headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nortène specializes in the manufacturing of geomembranes for the construction and agricultural industries.  The FGI liasion is Mrs. Lima, who can be reached at  Filmtex is headquartered in Bogota, Columbia, and specializes in the manufacturing of decorative coatings, packaging films and pharmaceutical packaging.  The FGI liaison is John Jairo Beltran, who can be reached at  Please help us welcome Nortène and Filmtex to the FGI!!!!