ST. LOUIS (September 15, 2009) — Steve J. Hirtz has joined the management team at SAK Construction LLC, a national pipeline rehabilitation and tunneling industries contractor headquartered in the St. Louis area. Based in St. Louis, Hirtz will serve as vice president of rehabilitation operations. SAK serves a variety of city, county and state agencies; industrial sectors; municipalities; and water and sewer cooperatives coast-to-coast.
Hirtz brings to SAK more than 25 years of experience in cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), tunneling, and other trenchless technologies. He previously served as general manager for a major pipe services firm in Missouri. In addition, Hirtz previously served in a number of operations and field management positions for a leading pipeline rehabilitation firm.
Founded in 2006, SAK Construction is led by industry veterans Jerry Shaw, president; Tom Kalishman, chairman; and Robert Affholder, vice chairman. The three SAK leaders are well known for their expertise in trenchless underground technology, including CIPP rehabilitation. Trenchless technology is particularly important today to rehabilitate the nation’s aging water and sewer infrastructure—including 52,000 water systems comprising nearly a million miles of underground pipe carrying America’s drinking water.
Recent SAK Construction projects include a 34,000-linear-foot CIPP sewer rehabilitation project for the City of St. Paul, Minn.; a 34,000-linear-foot CIPP sewer rehabilitation project for the City of Jefferson, Mo.; a 30,000-linear-foot CIPP sewer and manhole rehabilitation project in the Nameoki-area for Granite City, Ill.; and the 2,300-linear-foot, 96-inch diameter Coldwater Relief Tunnel in unincorporated St. Louis County for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD).