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Seaman Corporation traces its origins to a basement workshop in Canal Fulton, Ohio that was equipped with two sewing machines and fueled by Norm Seaman's dedication to create fabrics that could set a new world standard for versatility and performance. Today, Seaman Corporation has turned that dream into a reality with modern corporate headquarters, product development laboratories and a primary manufacturing facility in Wooster, Ohio. In addition, the company also has a state-of-the-art weaving and coating facility in Bristol, Tennessee. Each discipline within the company is committed to maintaining the founding principles, setting the highest standards for quality, innovation and customer service. Seaman Corporation fabrics are used in high performance roof systems, geomembrane liners, truck tarps, architectural structures and recreational products. For more information on Seaman Corporation, please visit their website at www.seamancorp.com or contact Bill Shehane at bshehane@seamancorp.com.

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FGI Presents Second Annual Engineering Innovation Award

FGI PRESENTS ENGINEERING INNOVATION AWARD TO Ronald K. Frobel & Associates and S&ME, Inc.

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) presented its second annual Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Award during its 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. The 2017 Engineering Innovation Award was presented to Ronald K. Frobel & Associates and S&ME, Inc. for the Columbus Upground Reservoir Project. This is the largest geosynthetics lined reservoir in the United States, covering 843 acres. More than 37,000,000 square feet of fabricated polypropylene geomembrane, as well as 37,000,000 square feet of 10 ounce non-woven geotextile were used for the liner system on the base of the reservoir. The reservoir contains 475 fabricated geomembrane panels; each panel measures approximately 125 by 250 feet, with an area of about 31,250 square feet and weighing nearly 6,250 lbs. The FGI Engineering Innovation Award provides recognition for engineer(s) who have creatively used fabricated geomembranes to successfully fulfill a client/owner’s needs including, technical requirements, scheduling, and budget.

Jason Ross (left) of S&ME, Inc. accepts the 2017 Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Award from Timothy D. Stark, FGI Technical Director.

Photograph showing installation of fabricated geomembrane panels

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 www.fabricatedgeomembrane.com.

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 www.fabricatedgeomembrane.com.

FGI Technical Director Named to IGS-NA Board of Directors

Tim Stark, Technical Director of the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI), was recently named as a Board of Director for the North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS-NA). The mission of the IGS–NA is to provide leadership in advancing geosynthetics education and research to attain their appropriate and widespread use as engineering materials. As the learned society for geosynthetics in North America, our members are engineers, educators, manufacturers, regulators, and researchers, collectively dedicated to creating opportunities for sharing new knowledge and developing a better understanding of geosynthetics.

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