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West Duluth mud to restore Superfund area ecosystem

August 16, 2010

The work at the St. Louis River/Interlake/Duluth Tar Site was featured in two recent articles of the Duluth News Tribune. aether dbs has been managing the clean-up effort at this site for the past four years. Please click here to read the full article, or check out the project background article.       

HHS and Ely Energy combine to form aether dbs

July 22, 2010

HHS was very proud last month to announce the acquisition of Ely Energy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Together as one new company, aether dbs, we offer clients full service design/build solutions and engineered modular systems for air, water, energy, infrastructure, and environmental projects. Please check back with us here or visit in the interim as we develop our new website,  

Update on HHS' 2010 WEDA Presentations

April 19, 2010

The theme of WEDA's 2010 Midwest Chapter Meeting was “The Importance of Dredging to The Environment and The Economy.”  Our own Tim Harrington, PE and Mark Loerop, PE presented two recent dredging projects directly related to the theme of the conference.  The presentations were well recieved well with many questions asked regarding the challenges experienced during site activities.      

Tim Harrington presented on the ash recovery at Kingston Fossil Plant in Kingston, TN. Tim discussed the river dredging to recover fly ash that had been deposited instantaneously when a dike failed, and the importance of opening the main channels of the river to avoid additional hazards to the surrounding environment. Click here for Tim's presentation.

Mark Loerop presented on the St. Louis River/Interlake/Duluth Tar (SLRIDT) Superfund Site 2010 Tallas Island Compensatory Mitigation Winter Dredging Project in Duluth, MN.   Mark discussed the dredging of an area to compensate for fish and habitat loss due to remedial activities (dredging/cover/capping), and the re-establish the pre-existing area known as Tallas Island.  Click here for Mark's presentation.

HHS in World Dredging Magazine

April 15, 2010

The Tallas Island winter dredging work of the St. Louis River/Interlake/Duluth Tar (SLRIDT) site was featured in a World Dredging article - Volume 45, Nos. 9/10. HHS has provided Construction and overall Project Management for SLRIDT for the last 4 years, with the project scheduled to end later this year. Click here to read more.


HHS will present at the WEDA Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting

March 31, 2010

HHS has extensive dredging experience, and will be giving two presentations at the 2010 Western Dredging Association's Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting in Chicago. Mark Loerop, PE will be discussing the 2009-2010 winter dredging at Tallus Island in Duluth, MN. Tim Harrington, PE will talk about our recent involvement at the TVA ash clean-up project in Kingston, TN.



Stop by and see HHS at the IWWSG Vendor Night

March 9, 2010

HHS will have a booth at the Industrial Water, Waste & Sewage Group's Annual Vendor Night and dinner. The event is March 24, 2010 and will be held at the Union League Club of Chicago. We look forward to seeing you there. Check out for more information or to make your reservation.

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HHS Expands to South Central U.S.

February 26, 2010

Charles H. White, PMP, has joined the Hard Hat Services team as the Regional Manager for the South Central United States. We look forward to providing services for our clients in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Click here to read more.

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Hard Hat Services and Orbit Energy HSAD presentation

February 5, 2010

Amidst a flood of wind turbines, solar panels, carbon capture, and emmissions control technology, HHS provided something a little different at the EUEC conference in Phoenix this week. Tom Blair of Hard Hat Services teamed with Reese Howle of Orbit Energy to present "High Solids Anaerobic Digestion - a Component of the Renewable Energy Portfolio." The HSAD technology offers a way to process food, paper, green, animal, and agricultural wastes into energy and compost, leaving no waste byproduct. Click here for the full powerpoint presentation.

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Hard Hat Services will be attending EUEC

January 8, 2010


Stop by and see Hard Hat Services at booth #424 at the Energy and Environmental Conference (formerly Electrical Utilities Environmental Conference) in Phoenix, Arizona February 1-3, 2010. In addition, on the 2nd Tom Blair will be presenting "High Solids Anaerobic Digestion - a Component of the Renewable Energy Portfolio" with Reese Howle of Orbit Energy.

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koubaHHS is a part of Milwaukee Commerce

November 19, 2009

Hard Hat Services was featured as a new member in the November 2009 Milwaukee Commerce Newsletter published by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC). Click the photo for the pdf or click here for a web link.

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Step Up!Hard Hat Services Sponsors Step Up!

May 13, 2009

Hard Hat Services is a proud corporate sponsor for the Step Up! for Autism Walk to benefit Little Friends, Inc. Little Friends, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Based in Naperville, Little Friends, Inc. operates 13 programs including three alternative schools, family support and consultation services, vocational training programs, community-based residential services and the Little Friends Center for Autism.

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Hard Hat Services Presents at AIST

May 4, 2009AIST

Hard Hat Services attended the annual conference, and was proud to have two engineers contribute papers this year. Rod Christensen, PE, presented "A Design Approach for Sizing a Cooling-Loop System." Kefeng Zhu presented "Design Approach for Removing Oil, Grease, and Fine Particles from Rolling Mill Contact and Non-Contact Water." Please contact HHS if you would like more information on these presentations.

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Hard Hat Services Acquires Kouba Engineering

September 22, 2008

Hard Hat Services is pleased to announce the acquisition of Kouba Engineering of Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Kouba Engineering provides Engineering and Consulting for Industrial and Municipal Water and Wastewater applications both domestically and internationally.

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Industrial Wastewater

July 2008

This Industrial Wastewater article by Hard Hat Services President, Thomas A. Blair, outlines the problem of creating a water balance in order to improve plant efficiency and cost effectiveness.

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January 16, 2008

On behalf of our client, XIK, Hard Hard is proud to announce that the SLRIDT Community Workgroup was recently selected to receive the St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee's 2007 Milton E. Pelletier Environmental Stewardship Award. This award is given annually to organizations that have made outstanding contributions to enviromental stewardship in the St. Louis River area.

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November 26, 2007

For the second year in a row Hard Hat Services has earned a spot on a ZweigWhite Hot Firm list. Ranking at #107, Hard Hat is among the top 200 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the US.

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Restoring a RiverNovember 1, 2007

Hard Hat Services was featured in the November 2007 issue of Pollution Engineering. A case study on Hard Hat's recent work at the Saint Louis River/Interlake/Duluth Tar Site in Minnesota was highlighted as the magazine's cover story. Click on the picture to read the whole story...

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Business Development CookbookSeptember, 2007

A case study on Hard Hat Services was presented in the ZweigWhite A/E Business Development Cookbook, outlining our business development strategy, marketing goals, and our own unique approach to building our business from the inside out.

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August 20, 2007

Hard Hat Services has earned a place on the inaugural Inc. 5,000 list, celebrating the fastest-growing private companies in America. Click the link below to learn more about the Inc. 5,000.

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New HiresMay 16, 2007

Hard Hat Services is growing forward. With the arrival of three new professionals, Hard Hat has added more than 62 years of combined experience. Click the link to the right to find out more...

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March 2, 2007

Hard Hat Services' John McDonough accepted the EBJ Business Achievement Award in San Diego.

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January 30, 2007

Hard Hat Services has recieved a Silver Medal Business Acheivement Award from the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) for rapid revenue growth in the environmental market.

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July 10, 2006

For the first time Hard Hat was chosen as one of the top 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the US.

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January 25, 2006

Hard Hat Services and Harrington Engineering and Construction have joined together to provide additional services to our industrial clients, focusing on marine dredging and remediation.

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January 5, 2006

As a full-service contractor, Hard Hat Services announces the addition of experienced professionals as part of year 2005 growth.

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