Don Rigby

Don Rigby

Vice President, Marketing & Education
281.956.3141 Office
281.384.9438 Mobile

Jul19

Avanti Supply Chain Partner Builds Quick Momentum with Urethane Injection Grouts

Don Rigby - August 01, 2017 - Views 1481

Avanti Supply Chain Partner Builds Quick Momentum with Urethane Injection Grouts

It all started November 23, 2016 - a breakfast meeting was planned at a local diner. Russ Peterson (ASDCO Branch Manager), Dan Wells (ASDCO Business Development and Jacob Swanson (Avanti Regional Manager) met for the first time.

Russ was crystal clear - "Here's who we are and how we're different:"

  • We make Customer Service our #1 priority.
  • We know our customers, our products, and pride ourselves on having inventory in-house.
  • We stock what our customers need in five geographically optimized warehouses in MN, WI and ND.
  • We are NOT a commodity shop; We solve problems and provide solutions.
Nov15

Sweating Your Assets

Don Rigby - November 15, 2016 - Views 1134

Sweating Your Assets

You’re a Collection System Manager for a municipality or sewer district and worry every day.  You expect your system to operate at peak performance, but you know otherwise and the evidence after a rain event is telling.  You can measure extraneous flow to the WWTP. 

Sep08

Coffee with Tony Conn—Equal Parts Confidence & Caffeine

Don Rigby - September 08, 2016 - Views 1507

Every time I speak with Tony Conn - City of Naperville Collection and Pumping Supervisor -  my grout first beliefs are validated.  It was casual phone conversation and my coffee cup was full, but it was Tony that was energized, confident, and firm in his convictions about municipal grouting. 

In the spirit of WHAT’S NEXT, a theme for the documentary webcast scheduled for 9/22 with Trenchless Technology - Re-Living 50 Years of Municipal Sewer Grouting and WHAT’S NEXT - I asked Tony Conn what’s next for the City of Naperville, IL?  I’ll simplify and summarize with the following bullet items:

Apr29

Dealer Profile: Georgia Underground Superstore

Don Rigby - April 29, 2016 - Views 1371

On April 28, Chris Hamilton and Don Rigby paid Georgia Underground a visit. Purpose? Part service, part exploratory, part wonderment.

In Q1 2016, Georgia Underground racked up a 256% increase in business. Darn right we were curious, but not surprised with the answer. According to Brenda Armbrust, "Projects - more injection grouting projects and our customers know two things: Controlling groundwater means Avanti, and Georgia Underground keeps it in stock.

Jan20

Sewer Leak Identification: Electro Scan Compliments CCTV for Inspection

Don Rigby - January 20, 2015 - Views 3158

Sewer Leak Identification:  Electro Scan Compliments CCTV for Inspection

Public enemy #1 for managers of sanitary sewer collection systems is infiltration. Groundwater and soil fines enter into mainlines, manholes, laterals, and lateral connections through joints and defects. According to the EPA, nearly half the water entering treatment plant operations is clean groundwater - a direct result from lack of maintenance. CCTV has long been the most reliable technology for inspecting non-man entry underground assets, but experts agree, visual proof is not 100% conclusive. Enter: Electro Scan.

Aug28

Direct from Municipal Contractor: Manhole Rehab with AV-100 Outsmarts Water Intrusion

Don Rigby - August 28, 2014 - Views 3023

Customer call backs can be painful. And for one contracting company in Florida their call-backs were just that. It started seven years ago when they chose to align themselves with Brand X (who shall remain nameless) because of a lower price point. After high volumes of call-backs, they moved to Brand Y and then Brand Z, but continued to have unacceptable call-backs. Let’s be real – the manhole rehab business is tricky. In fact, the contractor had to call upon a competing resource to fix problems, and sure enough, this contractor was aligned with Brand A – A for Avanti.

Jul29

Preserving the Underground Infrastructure at Miami-Dade

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Preserving the Underground Infrastructure at Miami-Dade

Communities large and small face a delicate balance of improving their underground sanitary sewer collection system and reducing flow to their treatment plant while being good stewards of the rate-payer and protecting quality of life. The intrusion of groundwater and soil files are sabotaging system efficiencies causing the plant to treat twice the volume, increasing sanitary sewer overflows, and polluting our clean water systems.

Dec14

Chemical Grouting Tips

Don Rigby - September 10, 2012 - Views 3470

Never lose man hours over the simple stuff!

  1. Have extra Zerk® couplers onsite in case you gum one up.
  2. Line your grout buckets with thick mil garbage bags. This makes clean up easy, saves the pail, and prevents the grout from being contaminated.
  3. Get a socket wrench to install packers. It really speeds up their installation.
Jul31

EDUCATION - The Way Forward

Don Rigby - July 31, 2012 - Views 3323

A unique partnership exists between 3 companies working as 1 to serve communities large and small. By educating Public Works departments why maintenance & repair operations are the first to prioritize versus the first to cut and save, communities are reducing costs, saving operating capital and minimizing wasteful spending. Tall order? Not when your underground sewer systems are in good working order.

Ground water infiltration into sanitary sewer systems cause municipal and county governments to manage up to 50% more flow into their treatment facilities than necessary. Since the cost to treat is higher than the cost to repair, common sense suggests Proactive Repair & Maintenance pays dividends.