September Newsline: PA invests in water; US-Mexico sewage scuffle; heavy equipment theme park opens

September 2010 Vol. 65 No. 9

Veolia Water will manage approximately 117 city of Buffalo employees who will remain city employees. The city will continue to own all water assets and maintain rate-setting authority.

Included in Veolia’s plans are improvements in Call Center operations, investment in customer service software, the creation of a new Underground Asset Management program, and development of a new comprehensive maintenance program to drive a higher level of service to residents.

In Memoriam
Joseph G. Fabick died at his home in Elm Grove, WI, on July 22 at the age of 82. Fabick was the founder of FABCO Equipment Inc, the Caterpillar dealer for Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. He served as president and chief executive officer of the company from its inception in 1982 until his retirement in 2002 when his son, Jere C. Fabick, acquired principal ownership of the business.

A native of Missouri, Fabick grew up on and around Caterpillar machines. His father was a tractor dealer in St. Louis, which later evolved to become the first Caterpillar dealerships in the world when the Caterpillar Tractor Company began operation in 1925. Fabick spent summers as a dozer and scraper operator and after graduating from high school, he joined the family dealership full time. Years later after marrying and beginning a family, Fabick earned his college degree from St. Louis University.

Fabick and his wife, Gloria, were married 47 years marriage before her passing in 1996. They raised three daughters and five sons.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Fabick’s memory to Wings of Hope Inc. (www.wings-of-hope.org) 18590 Edison Ave., Chesterfield. MO 63005.

C.S. “Buddy” Hardwick, Jr. passed away July 22 in Florida. Hardwick was senior vice president of Price Gregory International Inc. and was a member of the Pipe Line Contractors Association board of directors in 1996.

Hardwick graduated from Louisiana Tech with a degree in engineering in 1968 and served as a pilot for the U.S. Navy from 1968-1971. He began a career in the oil and gas industry in 1971.

Hardwick is survived by his wife, Cookie, of 42 years; son Jason (Kelly); daughter Susan (Ryan); sister Nell; and five grandchildren.