Global Expansion:South America
Armed with expert growth in Pipeline Integrity, Horizontal Directional Drilling, and Telecom Construction, Mears expands operations to South America with offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
To tackle larger, more complex projects, Mears joins forces with Quanta—the largest infrastructure provider (power, telecom, pipeline solutions) in North America.
Family Business:Traditional Values
Founder Herb Fluharty hands the reigns to son, Scot Fluharty, as President & Chief Executive Officer of Mears.
Herbert L. Fluharty Training & Testing Facility
Mears dedicates state-of-the-art 15,000-square-foot NACE-approved training facility—Herbert L. Fluharty Training & Testing Facility—specially designed for rig-testing and pipeline integrity training.
Record SettingPipeline Drill
Mears completes a record-setting drill—7,357 linear feet, 24-inch steel pipeline under the Elizabeth River—as part of the Hampton Roads Crossing for a major gas company in Virginia.
Gas Distribution Construction Services
As a leading underground solutions provider, Mears expands its reach by partnering with some of the largest gas distribution utility companies in North America thanks to garnering operations of several Quanta Services sister companies.
Mears receives the NACE Distinguished Organization Award for outstanding contributions in the field of corrosion science, engineering or a major technological contribution in either field.
Training the Bestin the Industry
Quanta Services opens The Lazy-Q Ranch training facility in La Grange, Texas for: hands-on instruction from master trainers focusing on safety, skill development and certifications as well as custom-solution pipeline training for challenging projects.
Leading the Waywith Innovation –No-Set™
Mears develops No-Set™ with a unique, quick-acting, thixotropic, non-cementitious, thermal grout to completely occupy annular spaces between casings and conduits. No-Set™ was implemented on a major electrical project in Florida.