Welcome to the Great Lakes Trenchless Association.

“The more that we collaborate, lean, and support each other, the stronger our industry will become and more opportunities will present themselves.”
John F. Hendershot, President

Horizontal directional drilling commonly referred to as HDD is a non-invasive trenchless technology. HDD allows the placement of underground utilities in limited-access, developed or restricted areas. Such areas include highways, freeways, parking lots, landscaped areas, streams and rivers or ravines. Because the method is non-invasive, restoration in these situations is greatly reduced, if not eliminated. This contributes to an environmentally safe project and can lead to project savings and enhanced public acceptance.

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Speaker of the House Says Prevailing Wage Repeal Is Off The Table

Repealing prevailing wage in Michigan has been a top priority for several legislative Republicans this year and in years past. The Michigan Senate passed a repeal of the prevailing wage laws a little over a year ago, but the measure hasn’t been taken up in the House.

Training the Next Generation of HDD Operators

When working underground, training is paramount, unfortunately the industry is facing a shortage of qualified operators who can do the work. Ask HDD contractors, they will tell you there is not a shortage of work in North America, but there is a shortage of operators to do the work. This hampers a company’s ability to add additional crews and in turn purchase new equipment.