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Hydroexcavation makes big splash at WWETT Show

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The 2015 Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show kicked off its 35th annual show on Monday with Education Day, drawing thousands of attendees.

The topic of hydroexcavation came up at the show right away Monday morning with Neil McLean hosting an educational seminar called “Hydroexcavation — Tools to Stay Current in a Changing Marketplace.”

Hydroexcavation is a growing industry and that was shown in the seminar with close to 200 attendees filling the room to hear McLean.

“It’s a very good business to be in,” says Ron Lindquist, owner of R&M Septic & Sewer in North Branch, Minnesota. “If I was young, I would have a big truck. It’s a coming industry.”

Instead of owning a big truck Lindquist has a small trailer-mounted vacuum unit he uses for trenching, but he says the discussion led by McLean was still beneficial to him.

“Probably my best customer is trailer courts. We’re digging under the homes a lot,” Lindquist says. “I got some very good ideas, and I’m going to talk to him more about nozzles and stuff.”

Scott Mitchum, owner of Sanders Brothers Construction in Charleston, South Carolina, was also taking part in the seminar and found the information valuable as his company is looking at doing more hydroexcavation work in the near future.

“We’re a site contractor, we have two pavement asphalt plants and we have our own utilities in house. We do water and sewer drain work and we’ve always subbed out vacuum trucks,” Mitchum says. “This time last year we got our first vacuum truck and now we’re up to three trucks and we’re looking at a dry-vac truck right now.”

More Trenchless

The WWETT Show will also feature several other trenchless technologies from pipe bursting products, trenching products and more.

Lindquist is going to be exploring the show floor when it opens Tuesday for products for his other business that deals with trenchless pipe repair.

“I’m going to be looking at all the different liner products and technology,” Lindquist says.

Show Floor Set to Open

For those contractors who are looking at moving into hydroexcavation or other trenchless technologies there are plenty of manufacturers showing off their products at this year’s WWETT Show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

The exhibition hall opens at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Hours for the show are Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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