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Due to the continued success of its piling and geotechnical operation in the UK, Barker Ross is expanding to supply piling specialists globally.

“We are recognized as the leading recruitment company for piling and geotechnical positions, with top to bottom coverage in the UK,” said Billy Berridge, head of the Barker Ross piling division. “Now we are confident we can use our expertise to develop a truly global network of piling specialists and fill roles in markets which are currently experiencing a boom, such as Canada, Europe and the Middle East.”

Antony Rowe, managing director of Barker Ross Recruitment, further explains. “This is an area we have had a great deal of success in as we have really focused on it. Getting to know both candidates and client companies really well means we can be the first in line to fill both temporary and permanent vacancies.”

The piling and geotechnical sector has seen significant skills shortages, particularly as activity in civil engineering increases, due to a lack of dedicated training in the industry overall.

“There are perhaps only two to three thousand skilled piling operatives in the UK and most are in the later stages of their career,” said Berridge. “As a result, demand continues to outstrip supply, and this will only get worse as experienced pilers retire. To help alleviate the shortage, we have – for some time now – been offering to meet the cost of certification for those with the right skills but lacking current documents to enable them to work in the industry. In addition, developing our network globally will also help us fill positions more easily in all markets, as we can draw from a larger base of candidates.”

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Located in Conroe, Texas, BAUER Manufacturing Inc. – the BAUER Group’s production hub in the Americas – met the requirements for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 and American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification Q1 for the manufacture, service, repair and re-manufacture of drilling rigs and related accessories, and is now officially ISO and API certified.

ISO 9001:2008 quality management system certification recognizes effective implementation of documentation and records management; management’s commitment to customers; establishment of clear policies; effective planning and implementation and strong resource management; efficient process control, measurement and analysis; and continuous improvement.

As an API Spec Q1 registered organization, BAUER Manufacturing Inc. emphasizes to its customers that it will meet or exceed industry standards.

“BAUER Manufacturing Inc. considers total customer satisfaction and production of consistently high-quality products essential for its business. Our attention to quality, customer service and our dedicated and skilled work force will support BAUER Manufacturing Inc. in the construction sector, and [allow us] to become a reliable provider of superior products and services to the oil and gas industry,” said BAUER Manufacturing’s CEO, Thomas Jarboe.

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Independence Tube Corporation is proud to announce it has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification at their manufacturing divisions in Chicago and Marseilles, Ill. and Decatur, Ala. through registrar SAI Global.

The road to ISO 9001:2008 certification for Independence Tube included divisional initial assessments and gap analyses, Quality Management Systems, Document Management Systems and Corrective and Preventative Action Systems development, internal audits, management system reviews and closure of all divisional quality system corrective actions, prior to registration audits at each division with SAI Global.

The ISO 9001:2008 certification recognizes that the policies, practices and procedures of our company ensure consistent quality in the product and services we provide. Clients can be confident Independence Tube is dedicated to maintaining the highest efficiency and responsiveness in achieving our ultimate goal – guaranteed client satisfaction.=

Courtesy of Hammer & SteelKeeping in line with California’s penchant for exceptional public transportation systems, the counties of Sonoma and Marin have begun joint construction of an area transit system, and Hammer & Steel, Inc. has been commissioned for providing steel sheet piling for the job. Labeled SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit), phase I of the project calls for the replacement of sixty 100-year-old rail lines from Santa Rosa to San Rafael, to be completed by 2016.

Part of the project requires the construction of a new bridge across the Petaluma River. For the bridge portion of the project, C.C. Myers and Ghilotti Brothers formed a joint venture and were awarded the work.

Over 325 tons of steel sheet piling were used for the con- struction of two temporary cofferdams, combining PZC 18, PZC 26 and PZ 35 to finish the job. The first cofferdam will be in place for approximately one year, with the second cofferdam staying in place for two years.

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