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Wolf Bay Crossing Project PowerSouth’s Wolf Bay Crossing Project in Orange Beach, Ala., is a multi-faceted example of challenges and innovation in HDD and complex installation of large-scale underground electrical transmission lines subject to specifically engineered thermal grout requirements. The installation — which is now the longest of its kind in the United States — […]

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Midwest Mole Turns 30

The trenchless technology market has come a long way in the past 30 years. In fact, 30 years ago the term “trenchless technology” was not commonly used in the industry lexicon. At that time, there were no professional societies directly related to the market, very little research and educational efforts, and a handful of manufacturers […]

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Midwest Mole Moves to New Facility

Midwest Mole Inc., an Indianapolis-based contracting firm specializing in trenchless technology, will move into a new facility located in Greenfield, Ind., which is approximately 10 miles east of its existing headquarters. Occupancy was to be completed by April 13. “My father Len and I purchased our current office and shop back in 1990, and it […]

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Survey of the North American Pilot Tube Industry

In 2011, researchers at Arizona State University completed a survey of pilot tube microtunneling (PTMT) contractors across North America. The survey was developed in consultation with equipment manufacturers, industry consultants and contractors working with the technology. The intent of the survey was to fill an existing knowledge gap related to the business side of the […]

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New Technologies Expand Capabilities of Auger Boring

If trenchless technology in North America is in its adolescence, then it can be said that auger boring is the grandfather of all trenchless methods. While trenchless methods such as cured-in-place pipe, horizontal directional drilling and microtunneling didn’t come about until the 1970s and later, auger boring had long been an established method for installing […]

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Backreaming Through Rock

Taking on a challenge is nothing out of the ordinary for the experienced trenchless installation experts at Midwest Mole. Since its founding in 1982, the Indianapolis-based contractor has earned a reputation for installation innovation, overcoming obstacles and defying the odds. So, these trenchless pros didn’t hesitate to take on another challenge despite the recognition that […]

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Obituaries: Len Liotti

Midwest Mole founder Leonard (Len) Liotti, 77, of Apollo Beach, Fla., passed away on Nov. 23. Liotti was retired from Midwest Mole, an Indianapolis-based trenchless technology and tunneling company he founded in 1982.  His son Dan Liotti is now president. Liotti was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and graduated from Purdue University’s School of Civil Engineering […]

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Installation Honorable Mentions

Enbridge Alberta Clipper & Southern Lights Michels Directional Crossings installed 33 crossings in five months for the 36-in. Alberta Clipper and the 20-in. Southern Lights pipeline projects. Work began near Leonard, Minn., and made its way to Superior, Wis. Michels installed 47,600 ft of 36-in. pipe, with installations varying from 1,300 to 5,200 ft for […]

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Where Is Mortimer?

Mortimer, the famed sewer rat, was offered up once again for the Education Auction at the No-Dig Show in Chicago. In a joint venture, Mortimer was purchased by Dan Liotti of Midwest Mole and Ray Post of Michels Corp. The joint venture brought the largest bid to date and gives Mortimer the chance to spend […]

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NASTT Auction Raises a Record $52,000

The Ninth Annual Educational Fund Auction was held May 3 and raised a record-setting amount: $52,000. The auction raises financial support for NASTT’s 11 student chapters while attendees have a great time bidding on amazing items. Since 2002, the auction has raised more than $364,000. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers once again served as the official auctioneers […]

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