American Augers / Trencor

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Ohio-based H&H Enterprises is a directional drilling contractor specializing in making difficult installations, most of them in hard rock.

These days, much of the company’s work is in energy shale fields of the Northeastern United States, making road, river and stream crossings on segments of pipeline routes where open-cut construction is not feasible or practical, says Jason Hockran, H&H vice-president/owner.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

A recent project to install more than 6,200 feet of electrical transmission lines in Orange Beach, AL, included multiple challenges, including two intersecting horizontal directional drilling (HDD) pilot holes beneath Wolf Bay inter-coastal waterway channel to complete a single crossing.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

When he took the telephone call, Jim Lee was busy preparing to leave town.

He was at home in the Jackson, MS, suburb of Brandon and would leave the next day for an extended trip that would take him to auger boring job sites in New York, Wisconsin and Canada. Such a schedule is routine for Lee, a field service technician for American Augers.

American Augers has introduced a new guided auger boring system -- the Model 48GM8000 -- designed to make bores in diameters from 48 to 60 inches to lengths of 1,000 feet, depending on site specific geological conditions.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

UPDATED: The Charles Machine Works (CMW), Perry, OK, has continued its aggressive underground industry expansion efforts with the pending purchase of American Augers and Trencor from Astec Underground, Loudon, TN, a subsidiary of Astec Industries Inc., Chattanooga, TN. The two companies entered into a formal agreement on Oct. 31, for a cash purchase price of $55 million. Both companies expect the sale to be completed by Dec. 31.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) as it relates to utility construction usually is dated from the late 1980s when the first compact drill units became commercially available.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

A huge auger boring machine -- said to be the world’s largest -- has been busy in Western Canada on projects with a variety of conditions.

HDD rigs from TT Technologies, Barbco, American Augers, Vermeer, Astec Underground and Ditch Witch.

Auger boring equipment from McLaughlin Group, American Augers, ICON Tunnel Systems/Bohrtec, Akkerman, Bor-It Mfg., The Robbins Company and Barbco.

Rock tools from Doosan, Vermeer, Melfred Borzall, INROCK, American Augers, Sharewell, Kennametal, Caterpillar, Ditch Witch, Ballantine, Underground Tools Inc., Bor-It Mfg., Kenco and Barbco.

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