Member Spotlight: May

Nortène began its activities in Brazil in 1981, pioneering the supply of plastic polyethylene screens, tarps for construction industry, and agricultural films. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Nortène has expanded and strengthened its share on Brazilian market. The company commercializes its products throughout Brazil and abroad and it is experiencing a period of continuous growth, by increasing its products portfolio and modernizing its quality laboratory. Nortene manufactures products for the following markets: construction, infrastructure, environmental engineering, industry, agribusiness, irrigation, mining, sugar/ethanol, warehousing and silage. Nortene produces HDPE or LLDPE geomembranes in blow or flat die machines, according with the project specifications. Its laboratories are accredited by GAI LAP and all the customers receive a complete quality certificate with technical information from each roll delivered. For more information on Nortene, please contact Mrs. Lima at or visit


FGI Announces New Officers and Board of Directors

(Urbana, IL, April 25, 2017) The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) inducted new Officers and a new Board of Directors during their annual membership meeting in Orlando, Florida on March 13, 2017 at the ASCE Geo-Frontiers Conference. The FGI’s membership meeting was attended by forty-seven (47) people and held in conjunction with the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Before introducing the new Officers and Directors, Timothy D. Stark, FGI Technical Director and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, acknowledged the service of the outgoing Officers and Board Members: Marlyn Waltner (Intertape Polymer Group, Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Jeremiah Boorsma (Accugeo, Bakersfield, California), and Dave McLaury (DemTech, Placerville, California). In particular, Tim recognized the FGI’s outgoing President, Andrew Mills (Layfield Group, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), for his instrumental ideas and initiatives for launching the FGI and establishing the successful membership and dues structure. Tim presented Andrew with a plaque in recognition of his service as the FGI President for three consecutive terms, i.e., six years.

The newly elected FGI Officers will serve a two-year term (2017-2019) and are:

• President – Patrick Elliott (Colorado Lining International, Parker, Colorado)
• Vice President – Laura Storey (Plastatech, Saginaw, Michigan)
• Treasurer – Ed Silva (Engineered Polymer Technologies, Hillside, New Jersey)
• Secretary – Jimmie Eloff (Owens Corning, Granville, OH)

The recently elected FGI Board of Directors also will serve a two-year term (2017-2019) and are listed below in alphabetical order:

• Dale Kemnitz (Leak Location Services)
• Gary Kolbasuk (Raven Industries)
• Ray Peebles (Cooley Group)
• Bill Shehane (Seaman Corporation)
• Duff Simbeck (Simbeck & Associates)

2017-2019 FGI Officers and Board of Directors. (L-R): Ed Silva (Engineered Polymer Technologies), Gary Kolbasuk (Raven), Pat Elliott (Colorado Lining), Tim Stark (Univ. of Illinois), Dale Kemnitz (Leak Location Services), Laura Storey (Plastatech), Jimmie Eloff (Owens Corning), Duff Simbeck (Simbeck & Assoc.), Ray Peebles (Cooley)

The FGI is dedicated to advancing the use of fabricated geomembranes through education, research, and technology transfer. The FGI is a consortium of manufacturers, fabricators/installers, designers, regulators, and material suppliers of fabricated geomembranes. For more information on the FGI, please visit

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