How Mercedes F1 and Academics Quickly Produced Life-Saving Breathing Aids

With the coronavirus pandemic spreading to nearly every country in the world, the number of hospital patients needing respiratory support is becoming unprecedented. It’s not easy for manufacturers to quickly make huge numbers of extra ventilators so there is likely to be an imbalance in supply and demand for the necessary equipment to provide this support. To alleviate this problem, a team of engineers from UCL and Formula One engine maker Mercedes-AMG HPP have been working flat out to manufacture large numbers of a continuous positive airway pressure device. This machine, similar to those commonly used to treat sleep apnea, can support patients with severe breathing problems, freeing up ventilators for the most critically ill. As with all things coronavirus related, speed is of the essence. The team has pulled off the task of moving from reverse-engineering an original product and producing a new design, through testing and regulatory approval to full-scale production in under 10 days.

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Comfort Systems USA Announces Acquisition

Business Wire | February 01, 2024

Comfort Systems USA, Inc. today announced that it has closed its previously announced transaction to acquire Summit Industrial Construction, LLC (“Summit”) headquartered in Houston, Texas. As previously disclosed, Summit is a specialty industrial mechanical contractor offering engineering, design-assist and turnkey, direct hire construction services of modular systems serving the advanced technology, power, and industrial sectors. Summit’s capabilities encompass a wide range of modular and site-based construction, including process piping, equipment setting, large pipe rack trestles, and related steel erection and specialty concrete work. Summit is a trusted supplier to some of the world’s largest advanced technology, power and industrial companies and is currently deployed on several major chip fabrication projects. Initially, Summit is expected to contribute annualized revenues of approximately $375 million to $400 million, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization of $35 million to $40 million. In light of the amortization expense, Summit is expected to make a neutral to slightly accretive contribution to earnings per share in 2024 and 2025. Brian Lane, Comfort Systems USA’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are delighted to announce the closing of our agreement to acquire Summit, an extremely capable provider of modular and other complex mechanical services. Summit brings a stellar reputation as a modular technology leader in growing end markets, including multiple ongoing and large semiconductor projects. We are happy to welcome Summit’s wonderful leadership team and excellent production and craft workers across many states, and we are confident Summit will continue to innovate and grow as a part of our network of world-class contracting companies. We are grateful that Summit has chosen to become part of Comfort Systems USA.”

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Day & Zimmermann Awarded $985M Tennessee Valley Authority Non-Nuclear Maintenance Contract

PR Newswire | January 05, 2024

Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) announced today that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has awarded its Maintenance and Construction division a contract to perform maintenance and modification (M&M) services for all of the utility's hydroelectric dams, gas, coal, and pumped-storage hydroelectricity facilities. D&Z will also perform scaffolding, coatings, insulation, asbestos abatement, and lead abatement work. The $985 million contract spans five years with the option to renew for an additional five years. Mobilization will be completed by the end of January. "As the nation's leading maintenance and modifications provider to the power industry, D&Z is best positioned to deliver innovation, a cost-effective and flexible delivery model, and safe and reliable, quality services to TVA," said John McCormick, president of D&Z's Maintenance and Construction division. "With our more than 25 years of experience working with TVA, we've grown to be part of the fabric of the region. We're honored to further lend our expertise and ultimately serve the people of the Tennessee Valley." D&Z has extensive experience and a strong partnership with the union building trades in and around the Valley, which helps the company optimize its resource pool in the area. The contract award underscores D&Z's ability in finding the right quantity and quality of craft professionals to help meet TVA's current and future needs. "As a strong utility partner, D&Z is vested in the Tennessee Valley's prosperity—its people, its community, and its energy needs. We hold long-standing relationships with union labor leaders at the local levels and have a proven track record of safety and developing skilled craft professionals and leadership," said Jason Dunaway, president of Day & Zimmermann's union operations. D&Z has a history of community outreach across the Tennessee Valley and a deep-rooted system of local diverse suppliers. In April 2022, TVA named D&Z its 2022 Prime Supplier of the Year through TVA's Diversity Alliance Program. D&Z has instituted an enterprise-wide supplier diversity initiative with defined diversity standards and processes and administers an employee recognition campaign that rewards employees financially for identifying and developing diverse suppliers. D&Z's Maintenance and Construction division helps customers in power, government, and industrial markets lower their total cost of ownership and do their best work better by delivering safe, first-time quality maintenance, construction, engineering, and specialty services.

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Construction Partners, Inc. Completes Acquisitions in Alabama and Georgia

PR Newswire | January 03, 2024

Construction Partners, Inc, a vertically integrated civil infrastructure company specializing in the construction and maintenance of roadways across six southeastern states, today announced that it has acquired SJ&L General Contractor, LLC, a hot-mix asphalt and sitework company headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, and Littlefield Construction Company, a soil base, surface treatment and sitework company headquartered in Waycross, Georgia. Fred J. (Jule) Smith, III, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "A key component of our growth strategy is to actively expand service capabilities within existing markets. Both the SJ&L and Littlefield acquisitions expand our services offerings in existing markets while also adding valuable crews and equipment." Smith continued, "The greater Huntsville metro area and Interstate 65 corridor continue to experience tremendous growth, and we look forward to integrating the SJ&L team with our existing operations at our Alabama platform company, Wiregrass Construction Company. As a combined organization, we can now offer turnkey services spanning the construction value chain on both private and public project opportunities within this market. Likewise, our Georgia platform company, The Scruggs Company, entered the Waycross market just a few months ago through the establishment of a greenfield hot-mix asphalt plant. Now having acquired Littlefield, we are even better positioned to capitalize on a robust surface treatment market and to offer a full range of infrastructure services from a strategic location that can reach from the Port of Brunswick on the Atlantic coast into south-central Georgia. We are pleased to expand both of these crucial growth markets and proud to welcome the employees of SJ&L and Littlefield into our continually growing CPI family."

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VOLLERS, Inc. Enhances its Portfolio with the Strategic Acquisition of LAYOUT, Inc.

PR Newswire | January 02, 2024

VOLLERS, Inc. (VOLLERS), the holding company that owns or partners with quality construction services brands such as Vollers Excavating, HVI Services, Aspen Landscaping and Assuncao Brothers, Inc., proudly announces the acquisition of Layout, Inc. (Layout), one of New Jersey's most recognized construction survey firms. This acquisition broadens VOLLERS' array of services in the construction industry through its distinct and operationally independent entities. Brendan Murray, current President of VOLLERS, will expand his leadership role by assuming the role of President at Layout. Giuseppe Messina Jr., from VOLLERS, has been appointed as Vice President of Survey at Layout. James Flores, from Layout, has been appointed as Director of Project Management. "Success in construction is not just about project completion; it's about fostering a culture of efficiency, innovation, and excellence. We're not just building projects, we're building companies that lead the construction industry," states Brendan Murray. "Adding Layout, Inc. to the VOLLERS family of companies enriches our mission and enhances our service offerings across the entire construction community." Layout comes to VOLLERS as a robust business with a strong history of managing complex and substantial infrastructure projects in the region. The synergy between VOLLERS and Layout promises significant value for clients, combining VOLLERS' world-class management capabilities with Layout's surveying expertise to meet evolving market demands with industry-leading effectiveness. "I am very honored to be given the opportunity to bring these two well-respected organizations together," says Giuseppe Messina Jr. "I look forward to leading a diverse and talented team in our unwavering commitment and dedication to providing top-tier service in the Survey industry."

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