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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.

CASE Construction Equipment Announces SiteControl CoPilot System for Select M-Series Dozers

New machine control system—the result of a partnership between CASE and Leica Geosystems—provides innovative and cost-effective grade control solution for CASE dozers.                      

CASE Construction Equipment introduces the all-new SiteControl CoPilot powered by Leica Geosystems. Available factory-installed or as a retrofit on select CASE M Series dozers, the CoPilot system bridges the gap between automatic and indicate-only systems and offers a cost-effective entry into 2D and 3D machine control technology.

The CASE SiteControl CoPilot system is the result of a global partnership with Leica Geosystems, and is comprised of an inertial measurement unit, wiring harness and in-cab display. The easy-to-use system allows operators to set a desired slope/grade reference, and automatically holds that slope/grade without the need for lasers, masts or GPS—regardless of underfoot conditions—enabling both seasoned and less-experienced operators to easily achieve and maintain a smooth surface, slope or grade throughout the work area.

Once the operator has set the slope/grade specifications, the system automatically adjusts blade position to produce a reliable and consistent quality surface, eliminating the need for additional passes and re-work, and reducing fuel and labor costs. An integrated in-cab display provides real-time data to the operator.

A Scalable Solution

While the system provides many 2D system benefits without the need for masts, base stations or lasers, it can also be used as a building block for Leica 2D and 3D system upgrades as an equipment owner’s needs evolve. This system functionality can also be added to existing 2D and 3D machine control systems, and is compatible with existing 2D and 3D Leica displays.

The SiteControl CoPilot system is available on 1150M, 1650M and 2050M M-Series dozers through CASE Certified Precision Solution Dealers.

CASE Construction Equipment & Leica Geosystems

In 2014, Case Construction Equipment and Leica Geosystems announced a strategic partnership to develop and provide machine control technologies – both factory-installed and aftermarket – throughout the CASE line of construction equipment. Part of a global alliance between Leica Geosystems and CNH Industrial, the agreement includes a commitment to shared product development, which enables the full integration of Leica Geosystems solutions from the factory on Case equipment and expands access and support of machine control technologies through a growing number of CASE Certified Precision Solution Dealers.

The partnership also includes the availability of off-machine precision construction tools through North America CASE dealers, including pipe lasers, rotating lasers, underground utility locators and automatic/electronic levels. CASE has developed three levels of certification that enable each dealer to carry the expanded product offering, and provide consultation and customer service on precision construction products and applications.

For more information on the CASE SiteControl CoPilot and other SiteControl precision construction solutions, visit CaseCE.com.

Made in America Week

Think about all the things you use and have that are made in America: your home, our highways roads and bridges, buildings, monuments, infrastructure… the construction industries are “Makers of  America” and among the strongest contributors of making the achievement of the American dream a possibility.

Just in case  you missed it:

It’s Made in America Week at the White House. We are highlighting the workers, farmers, and innovators that make our country great. But there is work to be done. We want to build, create, and grow more products in our country using American labor, American goods, and American grit. President Trump and his Administration are removing the burdens and regulations on American companies so that they can thrive.

ICYMI: President Trump Showcases Made in America products at the White House
On Monday, Made in America Products from all 50 states were displayed throughout the White House. The President, Vice President, Cabinet officials, Members of Congress, and other visitors toured the displays and spoke with the job creators behind the products.
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Vice President Pence Speaks at the 2017 Retail Advocates Summit
Yesterday, Vice President Pence discussed President Trump’s plan to unleash a new era of American opportunity and prosperity to members of the National Retail Federation. Retailers are rightly concerned about taxes, labor, and regulations. The Vice President made clear that the Administration is committed to fighting for them, “The President and I believe we have a responsibility to usher in a new era of jobs, of growth, of opportunity, and prosperity built on American principles — timeless American principles of growth.

Department of the Interior Celebrates Made in America Week
Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke invited outdoor and recreation businesses to Washington D.C. to showcase products Made in America.
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