Monthly Archive for May, 2012

ISSA Names Micro-Surfacing Inc. 2012 President’s Award Winner

During its 50th Annual Convention, the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) announced Micro-Surfacing Inc., St. Louis, MO, as the 2012 President’s Award winner for its successful completion of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission’s I-270/I-70 project. The St. Louis metropolitan-area traffic safety project was the largest interstate micro surfacing project completed in the four-state area of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.

To address the safety skid issue created by the four-year-old Novachip surface that was beginning to polish, the project included the surface treatment of more than 100 lane miles of urban highway with traffic volumes from 100,000 to 140,000 vehicles per day. Type II micro surfacing was applied to 18 miles of urban interstate ranging between six and eight lanes, including nine miles of I-270 from I-170 to the Mississippi River and nine miles of I-70 from I-170 to East Grand Avenue. The project began less than a month after the bid was submitted and employed mostly local subcontractors for the pay items that included milling, asphalt and concrete patching, hot-mix asphalt concrete (HMAC) overlays, rumble strips, traffic control and striping items. Micro-Surfacing Inc. was able to overcome summer traffic control and coordination obstacles that were further magnified by work hour restrictions, nearly 100-degree air temperatures and 120-degree pavement temperatures, consecutive ramp closure restrictions on 86 separate on/off ramps and lane closure restrictions during St. Louis Cardinal game nights.

By mid-July, Micro-Surfacing Inc. had finished the patching work and began applying micro surfacing treatments following the Missouri Standard Specification book, which calls for a two-pass, 30-pound total application of asphalt emulsion micro surfacing on 746,937 square yards of  roadway. To improve friction, air-cooled blast furnace slag aggregate was used. One or more crews worked 70 nights between June and October to complete the project on time and under budget with no accidents or work-related injuries.


“In these hard economic times when money is in short supply to maintain our road and bridges, a quality micro surfacing application is a way to lengthen the life of our pavements in a cost-effective manner,” stated Dave Bauer, Missouri Department of Transportation Regional Engineer. “I believe that Micro-Surfacing Inc.’s quality work will preserve these pavements for years to come.”

Micro-Surfacing, Inc. ( is a joint venture of Tom Ritschel and Bob Byrne. Bob has a successful 30-year-old hotmix paving company, Byrne and Jones, based in St. Louis, Missouri. Tom has been a leading slurry seal contractor based in Peoria, Illinois since 1967. He has served as president of the industry’s International Slurry Surfacing Association, as his father Jerry Ritschel did before him.

ISSA’s annual President’s Award is presented in recognition of contracting achievements, which exemplify the highest quality of workmanship, and compliance with the best standards of practice. Roadway projects submitted for consideration are judged on the merits of utility, appearance, schedule completion, customer satisfaction and safety.

Founded in 1963, the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) is a nonprofit association dedicated to the interests, education and success of slurry and micro surfacing, chip sealing and crack treatment professionals and corporations around the world. For more information about ISSA and its practices, visit

Kleer Lumber, Inc. Announces New Distributor

Kleer Lumber, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Biewer Lumber as its newest Kleer authorized distributor in the Midwest, servicing dealers throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.  Kleer manufactures free foam cellular PVC building products including trimboard, decking, mouldings, sheets, adhesives and fasteners.

Effective immediately, Biewer Lumber sales representatives will be tasked with building and strengthening relationships with new dealers across the Midwest, educating them on the benefits of stocking Kleer products for resale to their builder and contractor customers.

“We are very confident in Biewer Lumber’s ability to represent Kleer products in the Midwest markets,” stated Jack Delaney, senior vice president of Kleer. “With their proven lumber industry experience and reputation, we feel they are another great distributor to represent our brand.”

For more than 45 years, Biewer Lumber has been delivering high quality building products to customers across the Midwest. The company’s businesses include four sawmills, three pressure-treated lumber facilities and several distribution facilities throughout the region.

For more information about Kleer Lumber, Inc. and its distributors, visit For up-to-date company and industry news, connect with Kleer on Facebook and Twitter.

About Kleer Lumber, Inc.

Kleer Lumber, Inc. is an industry-leading American manufacturer of free foam cellular PVC building products located in Westfield, Mass.  Its flagship product, Kleer®Cellular PVC Trimboard, features pre-consumer recycled content certification from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS).  Kleer Lumber also offers PVC decking, mouldings, sheets and accessories including adhesives and fasteners. Kleer products are available through an extensive dealer network designed to serve the residential and commercial building and remodeling markets with a premium level of service and a commitment to cellular PVC building materials.  More information on Kleer Lumber can be accessed at

AEM Commends Congress, President on Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) congratulates Members of Congress and President Obama for passing the Export -Import Bank Reauthorization of 2012 and signing it into law.

The U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank), which supports hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs by providing export credit and insurance to more than 3,000 mainly smaller American companies, plays a vital role in helping American workers and businesses compete overseas.

“Funding from Ex-Im Bank not only helps U.S. manufacturers grow but also has generated more than $3.4 billion for the American taxpayer since 2005,” stated AEM President Dennis Slater.

Ex-Im Bank’s lending regulations stipulate that the vast majority of bank transactions must go to small businesses. In fact, 87 percent of the bank’s transactions have gone to small businesses, and Ex-Im Bank provided more than $6 billion in financing and insurance to small businesses in Fiscal Year 2011 alone.

AEM notes that Ex-Im Bank’s commitment to assisting small businesses is crucial, as large financial institutions are often unwilling to provide financing and credit into emerging markets for smaller transactions. “I’ve spoken with many small U.S. manufacturers, and obtaining financing and credit continues to be a problem negatively impacting growth,” Slater said.

“If U.S. manufacturers are going to compete effectively in the global marketplace, access to credit and insurance must be available to all businesses regardless of how big or small, to help ensure 21st century prosperity and growth,” Slater added. “AEM firmly believes that when U.S. workers and businesses are allowed

IPMA The International Pavement Management Association Open Registrations June 1, 2012

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We’ve had such an incredible response to our June trailer videos that we HAD to give you another one!  The views and comments have been rolling in, the pavement management community is primed and truly ready for the IPMA revolution.  Sure, there are certainly brilliant minds at work in the specific avenues of the pavement management industry, but very few individuals have the experience to tie pavement distress evaluation,  in-place asphalt recycling and pavement preservation together.  WE ARE HERE TO CONNECT THE DOTS!!!

Volvo Rents Acquires Action Equipment Rental, Expands New Mexican Footprint

Volvo Rents, a worldwide provider of small- to medium-sized construction equipment, announces the expansion of its operations in New Mexico with the acquisition of Action Equipment Rental, a three-location construction equipment rental company with stores in Alamogordo, Las Cruces and Silver City.

Through such acquisitions, Volvo Rents has added 49 stores in the past 18 months and now has 120 outlets in North America, including four in New Mexico. The company’s other New Mexico store is located in Peralta.

“We are excited about continuing to introduce our products and services to New Mexicans, providing them with a range of alternatives to meet their construction equipment needs,” said Mike Crouch, Vice President of Business Development for Volvo Rents. “New Mexico provides a great opportunity for Volvo Rents as we continue to grow our business and increase the distribution of our comprehensive line of essential equipment.”

The acquisition comes following a recent forecast released by the American Rental Association (ARA) expecting overall North American equipment rental industry revenue to increase at least 6.9 percent in 2012 to total $33.5 billion at year end. The ARA’s five-year forecast calls for continued annual growth in rental revenue to reach a total of $53.1 billion by 2016.

“While some of the expected rental revenue growth will come from increased demand as the construction industry recovers, the benefits of renting equipment have been magnified in today’s marketplace, resulting in more attention and more customers adopting the rental concept to meet their needs for equipment to complete projects and jobs,” Crouch added.

In addition to Volvo Rents’ expanding line of Volvo compact equipment – such as backhoe and skid steer loaders, compact wheel loaders, compact excavators and compaction equipment – the rental centers carry a comprehensive line of essential equipment and tools for the construction, commercial, industrial and homeowner markets. The focus is on daily, weekly and monthly rentals.

Action Equipment Rental was founded in 2005. Its founder, Joseph Muench, will remain with Volvo Rents as a Consultant.

“Of all the consolidators that approached us over the last couple of years, none of them possessed a culture and core value that lined up with ours. That is until we were contacted by Volvo Rents,” said Muench. “Volvo Rents’ well-established reputation as a service oriented company dedicated to servicing the homeowner and contractor alike run parallel with our

existing business model and made becoming part of the company an attractive and easy decision. I am confident that both our employees and customers are in great hands.”

While store hours will remain Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 24-hour service is available every day of the week.

For more information on each of the new stores, visit, and

Gary Stansberry of The Stansberry Firm represented Action Equipment Rental in the transaction.