JAG Companies, Inc. is excited to share that ECI Drilling International, LLC has consolidated operations with Huxted Tunneling, LLC to form one trenchless solutions company—Huxted Trenchless, LLC.

About Huxted Trenchless

Huxted’s experience, equipment, and certifications, in addition to an excellent reputation in the field, allow it to bid and perform a wide range of microtunneling and horizontal direction drilling projects.

Company Profile

Huxted Trenchless is an MBE certified microtunneling and horizontal directional drilling contractor based in Texas, serving North America. Huxted Trenchless combines the trenchless expertise of both Huxted Tunneling and ECI Drilling International. Combining over 65 years of trenchless history, our experience, knowledge, and proven capabilities are a vital part of Huxted Trenchless.

The microtunneling team has guided boring equipment capable of installing pipe from 24” to 120” in diameter, with significant experience working in ground conditions ranging from highly porous, soft sandy silt to lime rock. Huxted’s horizontal directional drilling capabilities include large diameter HDD for land or water crossings and shore landings.

Our Shared Vision:

The Most Sought After Infrastructure Expert.

Our Values, Focus and Vision are an integral part of our spirit and central to our continued growth and success. Business decisions will be consistent with our values and employee performance will be evaluated for consistency with our values. I expect us to embrace our Values, Focus and Vision and make them a part of our daily activities.

Roly Acosta
President/CEO

Reputation:
“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” – Benjamin Franklin.

  • Our reputation is of utmost importance and outweighs everything.
  • We do what is right, not what is easy.
  • We deliver high quality microtunneling projects with integrity.
  • We proudly represent the name on our hard hat every day.

Work Ethic:
“There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison

  • We outperform our competition because we are focused in our effort to plan the work and solve problems.
  • We are enthusiastic about every challenging microtunneling project we build.
  • Hard work might exhaust us, but we give our best effort because we care.

Team Accomplishment:

“Individual commitment to a group effort-that is what makes a team work, a company work.” – Vince Lombardi

  • We use “we” and not “I.” “We” signifies you are part of an organization larger than yourself. “I” implies you are only concerned about your self-interest.
  • We involve employees in decision-making. We ensure the entire team feels a part of the company’s growth.
  • We win as a Team and we lose as Team; we are committed to working as Team.

Key Personnel

Ray Post – Senior Vice President 

Ray has been involved with the tunneling and trenchless industry for over 25 years. He has a BS degree in Construction Engineering from Louisiana Tech University (home of the Trenchless Technology Center). Ray has worked on all sides of the construction industry, including contracting, engineering/designing, sales, and owner representation. He started his career with Iseki Inc., selling and leasing Microtunneling machines in addition to working with owners and engineers helping to develop the small and relatively unknown U.S. Microtunneling. Following this, he worked for contractors and engineering firms in various capacities. In addition to Microtunneling, Ray has experience in segment tunneling, rib and board tunneling and pipe jacking and the use of microtunnel, EPB, conventional and digger shields. He has bid and worked on microtunneling projects ranging in size from $500,000 to one billion dollars, and tunnels with diameters ranging from 10 inches to 21 feet and up to 26,000 feet in length. He has worked across the U.S. and Canada in various geotechnical conditions as a general contractor, subcontractor, and joint venture contractor (both as the managing party and as a member party). Ray holds contractor licenses in multiple states and is active in a wide variety of tunneling, microtunneling, trenchless, and contractor associations.

Dustin Brasher –  General Manager / Lead Estimator

Dustin began his Career in the HDD industry with ECI in 1999, completing projects throughout North America and Puerto Rico before pursuing his degree. After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Finance he returned to horizontal directional drilling. For the next 8 years Dustin traveled throughout North America, South America and Japan as a Guidance Engineer at Horizontal Technology Inc., completing HDD projects with a wide range of complexity for numerous contractors. After extensive traveling Dustin took the opportunity to rejoin ECI Drilling International, LLC (now Huxted Trenchless) as the Estimator/Engineer and Project Manager. His knowledge of HDD guidance tools, HDD drill designs and portfolio of completed projects assist Huxted Trenchless in providing various solutions targeting the increasing challenges within the Horizontal Directional Drilling Industry. Dustin currently serves as the Vice President/General Manager of Huxted Trenchless overseeing all facets of the company’s operations and strategic planning initiatives.

Greg Horn – Senior Engineer

Greg joined the HDD industry in 1992 spending the first 10 years in the field with ECI in supporting roles including Guidance Engineer, Project Coordinator and Project Manager before returning to work in the home office. With a working knowledge of all aspects in horizontal directional drilling, Greg utilizes his 27 years of experience including HDD design and estimating to bring projects from conception to completion. He has worked with numerous Owners, Engineers and Environmental Specialists on a variety of challenging projects using non-traditional applications, including the first offshore U.S. windfarm, military surveillance and the deepest underwater ocean camera installation.

John Langford – Operations Manager

John began his career in Operations in 1990 when he joined the US Army as an Operations Specialist for the 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment). As a member of the USASOC (United States Army Special Operations Command). John traveled throughout the world planning and conducting missions for the Joint Operations Command. After 9 years in the US Armed Services John decided to pursue a career in Horizontal Directional Drilling. For the next 10 years John traveled throughout the Americas and Taiwan as a Guidance Engineer at Horizontal Technology and Driver Pipeline.

In 2009 John took the opportunity to move back into the Operations field by accepting the position of General Manager for Driver Pipelines HDD Division. As the General Manager, John was responsible for the oversight of 11 HDD rigs and 50+ employees. John currently serves as the Operations Manager for Huxted Trenchless, where he is responsible for overseeing all drilling operations, job production, equipment maintenance and safety. His 29 years of operational experience both in the military and the construction industry assist Huxted Trenchless in providing comprehensive solutions to our clients from construction to completion.

Scott Murray, P.E. – Project Executive

Scott has been involved with the Horizontal Directional Drilling industry for over 20 years. He has a BS degree in Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business. Scott is a Professional Engineer, proficient in multiple disciplines, including civil, mechanical, and electrical. Scott has a strong focus on large and complex Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) projects and has completed many high-profile drills around the county. Most notably, drilling a new water and sewer line to the Statue of Liberty and installing the landfall conduit for CVOW – Virginia’s first offshore wind farm. Scott’s HDD experience includes working as a prime contractor and leading several successful Design Build projects. Skilled in executive management, project management, estimating, design, and business development, while also sharing his knowledge by presenting technical papers on HDD at numerous conventions.

Microtunneling:

Microtunneling is a process that uses a remotely controlled, guided Microtunnel Boring Machine (MTBM) that provides continuous face (ground and water) support combined with the pipe jacking technique to directly install product pipelines underground in a single pass with limited man access. This process avoids the need to have long stretches of open trench to install pipe, which causes extreme disruption to the community. In the U.S., microtunneling has been used to install pipe from twelve inches to twelve feet in diameter. In the U.S. the definition for microtunneling does not necessarily include a size, but, a method. Microtunneling is currently the most accurate pipeline installation method. Line and grade tolerances within one inch are typically achieved.

Microtunneling was developed by the Japanese in the early 1970’s to install sanitary sewer pipes and replace the use of open/exposed sewers in urban areas without major disruption to the urban community. The first microtunneling project in the U.S. occurred in south Florida in 1984.This was a 600 foot crossing with 72″ pipe under I 95 and the FEC Railroad. Although originally designed for gravity sewer pipe installation, microtunneling installations include a variety of utilities including sewer, water, oil/petroleum, electrical, etc for the underground crossings of highways, railroads, runways, rivers, and environmentally sensitive areas. This process has also been used to install intakes and outfalls for power, water and sewer plants, etc. Microtunneling is also used in the pipe arch technique of supporting large underground openings with an arch or roof made up of small tunnels.

Horizontal Directional Drilling:

Huxted Trenchless provides clients with an alternative to conventional pipe installation methods with the use of horizontal directional drilling.

Not only is horizontal directional drilling safer than the conventional methods, but it also reduces a project’s impact on the community, the environment, and the existing infrastructure. Over the years, the team has successfully installed product lines at a number of different locations, such as urban neighborhoods, protected sensitive beaches by using the shore approach method and have crossed rivers and environmentally sensitive wetlands with minimal impact to the project’s area.

Safety is Our #1 Priority

We are committed to achieving an accident free workplace. Proactive involvement, personal responsibility, personal accountability, and continuous individual improvement are expected of all employees, subcontractors, vendors and clients. Safety is of utmost importance in the planning of all microtunneling projects, and every one of our employees embrace his/her role in successfully implementing our Safety Program.

We are committed to achieving an accident free workplace. Proactive involvement, personal responsibility, personal accountability, and continuous individual improvement are expected of all employees, subcontractors, vendors and clients. Safety is of utmost importance in the planning of all work, and every one of our employees embrace his/her role in successfully implementing our Safety Program.

We are committed to achieving an accident free workplace. Proactive involvement, personal responsibility, personal accountability, and continuous individual improvement are expected of all employees, subcontractors, vendors and clients. Safety is of utmost importance in the planning of all work, and every one of our employees embrace his/her role in successfully implementing our Safety Program.

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