The Infrastructure Industry in the Wake of COVID-19 and the Impending 2020 Presidential Election

Shockwaves from the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing nationwide shutdowns are still being felt in every industry across the U.S. But as many states begin to slowly reopen their businesses, many are wondering what’s next for the American economy and the future of public health. While nobody has the answers to those questions just yet, Vortex Companies feels that it’s important to take stock of the current state of our industry and the changes that have been made in 2020

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B.J. Kerstiens Promoted to Regional Vice President for Vortex Companies Quadex Lining System® Division

HOUSTON, Aug. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Industry leading trenchless infrastructure solutions provider, the Vortex Companies, has promoted B.J. Kerstiens to Regional Vice President of the Quadex Lining System division (QLS). His main responsibilities will be managing the overall business from the QLS perspective, supporting the sales team and estimating to project coordination, scheduling and licensee support. “Anytime we can promote within is a big win for us. It’s a testament to the success of our culture and career development initiatives,”

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The Ted Berry Company Name Changing to Vortex Services

HOUSTON, July 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Ted Berry Company, acquired by Vortex Companies in February of 2019, has officially changed its name to Vortex Services as part of Vortex’s long-term branding and consolidation strategy. Located in Livermore, Maine, Ted Berry has been providing industrial and municipal trenchless infrastructure solutions throughout the northeast since 1972. “Ted Berry’s name and reputation have always been second to none, which makes it harder to make a name change like this,” said Mike Vellano,

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Vortex Companies Promotes Candace Strother to Lead Diversity and Inclusion

Trenchless infrastructure industry leader embracing change to promote equality within the organization and the industry HOUSTON, June 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In light of recent world events surrounding racial and social injustice, the Vortex Companies is excited to announce that it has promoted Candace Strother to the newly created position of Director of Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, she will lead Vortex’s efforts to promote diversity in the workplace through training and education, creating an inclusive environment and promoting

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Shaping Inclusion into Vortex from the Ground Up

A note from Mike Vellano, CEO:  I wanted to personally introduce Candace Strother as our new Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Vortex. Admittedly this is new territory for us, and I believe that if we’re going to commit to promoting diversity and building a program designed to embrace this extremely important issue, then we need to make sure we’ve got the right person in place to help Vortex complete this vision. When I met Candace over a year ago, I was immediately impressed with

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Leading Through a Crisis and Protecting Your Most Valued Assets: Employees

Mike Vellano, President & CEO, the Vortex Companies Back in January, when the world first heard reports of the novel coronavirus and its potential of reaching pandemic proportions, did we really believe we would still be battling its spread today? Did we really believe that it would have such a devastating economic impact across the globe? Did we really believe there would be upwards of 13 million cases and over half a million deaths recorded so far? I think the

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Vortex Companies Launches New Website, Improves Customer Experience

HOUSTON, July 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Vortex Companies announced the launch of its new website, vortexcompanies.com, a testament to the company’s growth that showcases its trenchless infrastructure services and trenchless rehabilitation products. The new website features an upgraded, streamlined design and is meant to provide a better user experience for customers seeking information about Vortex and its capabilities in providing trenchless technology solutions. “As both our product and service divisions continue to growth, it’s critical that our website maintains

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Ensuring Worker Safety During COVID-19

Author: Matt Timberlake – EVP, Corporate Development Safety. You hear and see this word a lot from companies across the nation—and even the world. But simply saying an organization is safe doesn’t translate to action. Participating in safety stand downs or the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month are great reminder events, but for safety to truly be part of a company’s culture, it has to be woven throughout everything every person does, from management to field workers. COVID-19 has shined an incredibly bright light on health and safety

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Vortex Companies Launches Crew Care™ Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitizer

The company’s materials division is now manufacturing and delivering the much needed cleansing and sanitizing product. (Houston, TX — April 8, 2020) The COVID-19 pandemic has created shortages of many critical care items such, as hand sanitizer. Out of concern for its own employees, customers and front-line healthcare worker safety, Vortex Companies is producing its own Anti-Bacterial Soap and Hand Sanitizer and will begin shipping it to its own crews this week. Branded Crew Care™, the hand sanitizer is the

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Stimulus Bill / Essential Business / CISA – Effect on Industry

First, A Message from Vortex Companies CEO, Mike Vellano We’re excited to announce a new resource for customers and industry colleagues: the #InTheVortex Blog. Authored by the Vortex leadership team, the articles shared on our website blog will cover a variety of topics, including industry updates, ‘state of the industry’ opinions, new regulation and policy news, discussions on new technology and so much more. While we all lead busy lives, having a place to engage with each other and hold

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