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NAPA Honors Asphalt Industry Leaders for Operational Excellenc

Awards Program Celebrates Safety Innovations, Ecological Operations, Community Involvement, and Marketing Practices

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) honored the winners and finalists of its 2016 Operational Excellence Awards at a special ceremony today (July 17) during the association’s Midyear Meeting in Chicago.

“NAPA members strive for excellence beyond constructing high-quality asphalt pavements. The five categories of the Operational Excellence Awards — Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation, Community Involvement, Ecological, Outstanding Brochure, and Outstanding Website — recognize a company’s commitment to operations that make them good contractors, good industry ambassadors, and good neighbors,” stated NAPA Chairman Dan Gallagher.

The 2016 winners and finalists honored during the ceremony include:

Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation Award Winner:
• Lakeside Industries Inc. of Issaquah, Wash., for The Super Bowl of Safety employee

safety program
Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation Award Finalist:

• Payne & Dolan Inc. of Waukesha, Wis., for its mobile app

Community Involvement Award Winners:

  • The Mid-Central Division of Rogers Group Inc. of Gallatin, Tenn.
  • The Community Team at Silver Star Construction Co. Inc. of Moore, Okla.

    Community Involvement Award Finalists:

    • The Road to a Better Community at Barrett Paving Materials Inc. of Watertown, N.Y.
    • Simon Contractors Cares at Simon Contractors of Cheyenne, Wyo.

      Ecological Award (Existing Plant) Winner:

• The Lane Construction Corp. of West Columbia, S.C., for West Columbia Facility Ecological Award (New Plant) Winner:

• Pike Industries Inc., an Oldcastle Materials Co. of Belmont, N.H., for HMA P-

Ecological Award (Existing Plant) Finalist:
• Barrett Paving Materials Inc. of Watertown, N.Y., for the Watertown Drum Plant

Outstanding Brochure Award Winner:
• Gallagher Asphalt Corp. of Thornton, Ill. For “Diamond Commendation Brochure”

Outstanding Website Award Winner (State Asphalt Pavement Association):
• Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa of Ames, Iowa, for www.apai.net.

The Operational Excellence Awards honor leaders in the asphalt pavement industry for innovation and excellence in marketing, communications, and community outreach with the Community Involvement, Outstanding Brochure, and Outstanding Website Awards. Companies also are lauded for their responsible practices with the Asphalt Operations Safety Innovations and Ecological Awards.

The Operational Excellence Awards are a counterpart to NAPA’s annual Quality in Construction Awards, which recognize asphalt paving jobs completed in line with best practices and standards known to yield high-quality asphalt pavements.

The NAPA Awards Program recognizes and encourages continuous improvement in all aspects of paving and asphalt operations. The 2017 NAPA Awards program is accepting nominations. Quality in Construction Award nominations are due by Oct. 5; Operational Excellence Award nominations are due by Nov. 30.

For more information about the NAPA Awards program,

or to nominate a project or company for an award, visit www.AsphaltPavement.org/Awards.

NAPA Announces Winners of National Award for Safety Innovation in the Asphalt Pavement Industry

 The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced today (July 17) the winners of its 2016 Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation Award. Two companies were recognized at a special ceremony during the association’s Midyear Meeting in Chicago.

The Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation Award recognizes the development and implementation of innovative ideas that lead to improved worker safety in a roadway work zone, plant site, or quarry environment, and companies whose safety practices go above and beyond normal safety practices.

“NAPA members strive for excellence in constructing high-quality asphalt pavements and in every aspect of their operations. The five Operational Excellence Awards categories — Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation, Community Involvement, Ecological, Outstanding Brochure, and Outstanding Website — recognize a company’s commitment to operational practices that make them good contractors, good industry ambassadors, and good neighbors,” said NAPA Chairman Dan Gallagher.

Lakeside Industries Inc., based in Issaquah, Wash., was honored as the winner of the 2016 award for its Super Bowl of Safety employee safety program. The intra-company competition generates excitement and reinforces the company’s safety culture, creating awareness, accountability, and performance improvements.

“What makes the Super Bowl of Safety innovative is the way it leverages our commitment to make safety meetings more engaging and meaningful by being interactive and focusing on solving problems,” Lakeside Industries Director of Risk Management Cal Beyer said. “The Super Bowl of Safety incorporates real safety issues faced when working with hot-mix asphalt production and paving.”

Payne & Dolan Inc. of Waukesha, Wis., was honored as an award finalist for its mobile app, which was developed to deliver safety resources to employees in the office and on the job site. Foremen can access various safety forms, documents and other resources; safety-related reports can be filed by crew members; and relevant safety-related topics and news can be pushed out to employees.

“The mobile app provides an updated perspective on safety attitudes allowing employees to ‘bring’ safety with them on their mobile devices,” Payne & Dolan Safety Manager Michael Del Fava said. “It spreads the safety message and keeps safety at the forefront of our collective work mentality.”

The Operational Excellence Awards honor leaders in the asphalt pavement industry for innovation and excellence in marketing, communications, and community outreach with the Community Involvement, Outstanding Brochure, and Outstanding Website Awards. Companies also are lauded for their responsible practices with the Asphalt Operations Safety Innovations and the Ecological Awards for New and Existing Plants.

The Operational Excellence Awards are a counterpart to NAPA’s annual Quality in Construction Awards, which recognize asphalt paving jobs completed in line with best practices and standards known to yield high-quality asphalt pavements.

The NAPA Awards Program recognizes and encourages continuous improvement in all aspects of asphalt production and paving operations. The 2017 NAPA Awards program is currently accepting nominations. Quality in Construction Award nominations are due by Oct. 5; Operational Excellence Award nominations are due by Nov. 30.

For more information about the NAPA Awards program, or to nominate a project or company for an award, visit www.AsphaltPavement.org/Awards.

State & Local Advocates Share Best Practices for Boosting Transportation Funding at Annual Workshop

More than 130 transportation design and construction professionals, chamber of commerce executives, and officials with better roads group and state transportation agencies from 36 states came together July 12 in the Nation’s Capital to share best practices for advancing transportation funding legislation and ballot initiatives during the 4th Annual National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates.

The gathering was hosted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC).  It featured a state legislator panel of transportation or finance committee members who discussed strategies and political challenges for funding roads, bridges and other infrastructure, including: Louisiana Rep. Kenneth Havard (R-District 62), Montana State Rep. Frank Garner (R-District 7), Oregon State Rep. Brad Witt (D-District 31) and Tennessee Senate Speaker Pro Tem Jim Tracy (R-District 16).

Anthony Attanasio, executive director of the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey; Michael Quigley, executive director of the California Alliance for Jobs; Dennis Faulkenberg, president of Appian, an Indiana-based advocacy group; and Jordon Marsh, vice president of South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads, all highlighted how they were able to increase funding in their respective states.

Dr. Alison Premo Black, ARTBA’s chief economist, provided an overview of state legislative and ballot action over the past three years, including updates on the six states to pass gas tax increases in 2017, and lessons learned from past transportation funding increases.

In other sessions, panelists shared campaign strategies, tactics, messaging, opinion and economic research, legislative and ballot language, and “what’s worked and what hasn’t” in their state or local community in order to help other advocates meet their objectives.

The program also included the annual meeting of the “Transportation Investment Advocates Council™” – a national network of more than 70 construction and better roads professionals, chamber of commerce executives, and public officials who share an interest in building support for infrastructure investments locally.

TIAC, established in 2014, is an internet-based educational platform that features detailed reports, analyses and more than 50 case studies of recent transportation funding campaigns mounted in numerous states. It includes television, radio and print ads, polling, an overview of state and local funding and finance mechanisms, and an ongoing blog detailing new developments across the nation.

Learn more at www.transportationinvestment.org.

TIAC operations are supported by ARTBA’s “Transportation Makes America Work” program.

Wells Fargo Construction Quarterly Report

Wells Fargo Equipment Finance

From the corner office

John Crum, National Sales Manager
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance — Construction Group

Well into the second quarter of 2017, the industry is moving along at a very brisk pace. How brisk depends on the particular sector that your business is focused, but on the whole, sales trends are positive for most companies.

Read more about construction activity

 

Business sense

Peter Gregory, Senior Vice President and Group Leader,
Inventory Finance and Manufacturer Programs

I wrote an article last fall for our Construction Quarterly newsletter with some comments on the construction market’s recovery since the great recession. Nine months later, and with a new administration in place, we thought it might be a good opportunity to look back on where we saw things then and where we see them now, with a look forward over the next 9 to 12 months.

Read more about recession recovery

Customer spotlight

Rock Road, a customer of Wells Fargo Equipment Finance

Founded in 1913, by William James Kennedy and his brother, the company now known as Rock Road Companies, Inc., began with a wagon and a team of horses, rented out to haul commodities along developing railroads in Kentucky and Indiana. During the Great Depression, with a farm located in Footville, Wisconsin, the company evolved to being a sand and gravel provider for public works projects at the federal and state level, while also boarding workers at the farm.

Read more about the Rock Road and WFEF relationship

2017 Construction Industry Forecast

The 2017 Construction Industry Forecast report shows contractors and equipment distributors have a positive outlook for 2017. View the full report to find out when they expect construction activity — from equipment purchase intentions to rental trends — to pickup.

View the full report

Ray O’Connor, President and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems represented AEM at Bloomberg Government NEXT Infrastructure conference

Our infrastructure is critical to the future of our country. Recently American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publicized its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. To review the 2017 ASCE Infrastructure, which earned a D+ you can click  here.

The infrastructure is critical to everyone without exception. We depend on it for not only transportation but also everything we eat, drink, wear; going to work, going to dinner; going to the doctor, the hospital or emergency rooms, getting our children to school to the movies or the playground. Pay attention to local, state and national infrastructure issues and the proposed legislation that attempts to address some of the more critical issues. And the next time you hit a pothole think of the damage being done to the tires, rim, suspension and undercarriage of your care.

Ray O’Connor, President and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems represented AEM at  Bloomberg Government NEXT Infrastructure conference in Washington D.C. last week. He spoke with Marcia Hale, president, Building America’s Future Educational Fund, in the Smart Infrastructure and Global Advantage segment of the conference.

Dennis Slater, President and Secretary of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), made the opening remarks.

It’s our infrastructure. Think of it this way, the better the infrastructure the safer our world.