Mower safety training program available

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has produced an industrial/agricultural mower safety training program that provides employers with a tool to improve and evaluate employees' knowledge of safe operating practices. Components include a training video, guidebook, and machinery safety manuals. Selected materials are available in Spanish. For more information, visit www.aem.org.

Grounds management group calls for entries

The Professional Grounds Management Society is looking to honor the nation's top public works grounds management programs with its Green Star Awards. The program is designed to recognized grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, complementing other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction. The deadline for entries is Aug. 5, 2005. For more information, visit www.pgms.org.

Drinking water treatment certification guide available

NSF International, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., has released the Certification Guide for Drinking Water Treatment Systems and Components. The guide provides a complete overview of the NSF certification process, from detailed steps required to achieve specific certifications to the many options available in approaching certification. For more information, visit www.nsf.org.

New state binder spec database launched

The Asphalt Institute and Tampa, Fla.-based PRI Asphalt Technologies Inc. have collaborated to develop a state binder specification database. Each document (available as a PDF) summarizes the respective asphalt binder specifications for each of the 50 state highway agencies. A few additional agencies also are provided. A standardized format is used to list specification methods and criteria, PG-plus tests and requirements, typical grades, exclusions, and the agency's Web site, where specifications can be found. Visit www.asphaltinstitute.org for more information.

CONEXPO Asia, World of Concrete Asia announced

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers and Hanley Wood, LLC have agreed to co-locate two construction industry trade shows in China, with the first event scheduled for Beijing in May 2006. The co-located expositions will be titled CONEXPO Asia and World of Concrete Asia. Hanley Wood, which publishes this magazine, also produces the annual World of Concrete exhibition conference. For more information, visit www.worldofconcrete.com.

Stormwater Management, Vortechnics merge

Vortechnics Inc., Scarborough, Maine, and Portland, Ore.-based Stormwater Management Inc., two providers of stormwater treatment systems, have merged. The companies now operate under the direction of one management team: David R. Miley has been named CEO of the newly combined company, and David Pollock is chief operating officer. The new company will be headquartered in Scarborough.

Parking and transportation event announced

Parking garage design, construction, lighting, and security will be a major focus at the Parking Industry Exhibition, held in conjunction with Intertraffic North America, Sept. 27-29 at the Baltimore Convention Center. In addition to seminars, round-tables, presentations, and more than 300 exhibits, the event will include tours of parking facilities under construction or recently completed, affording attendees the opportunity to witness first-hand a variety of state-of-the-art construction and design techniques and technologies. For more information, visit www.parkingtoday.com/pie.

Colorado public works project recognized

The city of Golden, Colo., has been honored by the Colorado chapter of the American Public Works Association for its Asset Management System for General Public Works in a Small Community. “The recognition that we have received from this program is beneficial not only for us as employees, but to our peers,” said Carrie Vogt, administrative technician for the city. “It also shows other communities that we are taking a proactive approach and we are happy to share what we have done with them.”