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8 – Build Protective Factors Against Mental Health Crises, Suicide Risk By Sally Spencer-Thomas 10 – Construction Safety’s Next Frontier: Suicide Prevention By Cal Beyer
16 – Gray & Son Stays Safe While Innovating By Sarah Redohl
24 – Pave Our Future How to prepare a new generation of leaders for success in the asphalt industry By Rick Moore
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We’ve all heard the adage, “You can’t see the forest for the trees,” but I want to temper what could be negativity in that truism with some wise advice offered by Scott Kelly, a retired U.S. Navy Captain. Let’s talk about the jungle our safety directors have to tame. As Tom Krause, Ph.D., a partner in the Krause Bell Group, spoke about the role of leadership in building a company’s safety culture during the 62nd National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) annual meeting in Orlando Jan. 31, I considered the tendency safety directors have to look at all the many species of trees and miss the forest. Krause pointed to the excellent downward trend of relatively minor recordable incidents for companies when they take a hard look at safety and begin to cultivate a safety culture. He also showed the alarming fact that the number of serious injuries and fatalities (SIF) for companies doesn’t necessarily follow suit. The “big” incidents, the accidents that take a worker’s life or condemn a worker to disability, still happen because we’re training employees to watch out for the little things. To be blunt, we’re handing out fewer Band-Aids™, but burying just as many colleagues. That’s a horrible reality to face. While safety directors and CEOs must lead by example and give attention to the simple tasks such as wearing their seatbelts and PPE, they must also give attention to the big hazards around the asphalt plant or in the work zone that could take a life. The point Krause made that stuck with me was understanding how injuries happen. He called it “injury causation dynamics.” The safety and company leaders at your business need to understand that injuries don’t always happen due to employee behavior. The big incident that takes a worker’s life may, on the surface, appear to be caused by the employee neglecting to set up a crash attenuator properly for the mobile work zone. That would point to behavior. But did the real problem begin a month earlier when the crash attenuator failed a pre-shift inspection, and no one in leadership encouraged reporting or replacing? Dig in and find causes of injuries that could occur before they occur. We accomplish this by making constant course corrections, as Captain Kelly taught us during his keynote address at the same meeting. This man shared his propensity for distraction in school and how that put him on a long path to becoming an astronaut. Yet when he needed to land a fighter jet on a ship at sea, the distraction of complacency became his enemy. How many veteran paver operators can relate to that? Kelly explained that by focusing in on his instruments and making constant course corrections, constant tweaks, he could keep himself fully engaged in the flight and fully prepared to land perfectly—day or night—on an aircraft carrier. That is what our overall safety culture needs. By making constant little corrections to—or perhaps large ones when you see the need—and fine-tuning your safety system, you keep the crew headed toward the goal of a safe return home at the end of each shift. Leadership must be sure it is teaching, training and preparing workers to be aware of the potential SIF on each project, as well as the myriad small injuries that could require medical attention. Each incident has an impact on a worker’s life. When leaders in the company take the time to train against the serious incidents, they correct the course toward a safer forest overall.
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Industry News and Happenings from Around the World Belgium BTC Europe GmbH, which is BASF’s European sales organization, located in Brussels, announced in January that it has joined Eurobitume as an associate member. It is the sixth organization to become part of the European Bitumen Association since January 2016.
France Fayat has agreed to buy the Road Construction Equipment Division of Atlas Copco, which manufactures asphalt and soil rollers, pavers and planers under the Dynapac trade name.
Sweden Volvo Construction Equipment announced mid-January that the company’s global headquarters will move from its current location in Brussels, Belgium, to Gothenburg, Sweden. The relocation will facilitate closer cooperation with the Group’s other business areas and will be operational in Q3 2017.
United Kingdom Coptrz, South Yorkshire, has been awarded the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) National Qualified Entity (NQE) status, which entitles the company to deliver CAA-approved training to potential drone pilots, including both a theory and a practical test.
Through the combined efforts of the Department of Design and Construction and Department of Facility Maintenance, the city of Honolulu surpassed its repaving goal for 2016 by completing 332 lane miles throughout O’ahu. Upcoming projects in 2017 include what Mayor Kirk Caldwell calls a “comprehensive repaving effort in 2017, with the goal of completing another 300 lane miles or more over the next 12 months.”
Tom Skinner, Charleston, Illinois, received the Associate Member Commendation from the National Asphalt Pavement Association Feb. 1 for exceptional contributions to the advancement of the asphalt industry. Skinner began his storied career at the age of 18, and shared with an audience at the 62nd annual meeting that the first five years were the ones when this industry took him in and taught him the ropes. He encouraged those in attendance to share their knowledge and brotherly love with one another and with those who come into the industry alongside us.
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• Thanks to the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA), the Construction Angels Inc. can now assist families in Michigan. The non-profit helps families of construction workers who have died while working on the infrastructure our country needs. For more information, visit www.ConstructionAngels.us. • Need a new hot box right now? The team at Falcon Asphalt Repair Equipment, Midland, Michigan, announced in January its FalconNOW five-day quick ship program, which allows customers to customize a hot box and recycler, and then have it shipped from the OEM within five days from the date of order. You can learn more at www.falconrme.com.
Off-road lighting manufacturer Baja Designs, San Marcos, California, took on the roll of “presenting sponsor” of the King of the Motos motorcycle race Feb. 4 at Mead Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, California. The challenging race was completely GPS-based and featured a demanding night race section for the top riders.
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when you have scheduled downtime, crew members will learn specific job responsibilities, tips for staying safe on the job site, how to maintain key equipment properly, how to prepare to pave the perfect mat, how to build the takeoff ramp, how to determine fluff factor and yield, and additional elements for top quality paving. Visit www.theasphaltpro.com for more information.
Southeastern Equipment has been appointed a dealer for Mauldin Paving Products of Taylors, South Carolina, in Ohio. With 12 branches throughout the state, Southeastern Equipment is well suited to provide sales and service support for customers in all 88 counties of Ohio.
Eriez®, Erie, Pennsylvania, celebrates 75 years in business in 2017. Eriez separation, material handling and inspection equipment is manufactured in facilities in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom, and is used throughout process industries around the world.
Richard C. Moore, Jr., Chairman of Lehman-Roberts Co., Memphis, was recognized as the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Man of the Year during a ceremony at the association’s 62nd annual meeting in Orlando Feb. 1. Check out Moore’s article regarding successful transition planning for construction businesses on page 24.
• The 2017 Women Build America Annual Leadership Conference will be held April 2 through 4 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. Visit the www.womenbuildamerica.com website for event and registration details. Since 1983, Women Construction Owners & Executives’ goal has been to help their members’ businesses grow and prosper. • The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) is seeking qualified students for its 2017-18 “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program.” Applications are due by April 7, and can be found at www.artbatdf.org.
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Build Protective Factors Against Mental Health Crises, Suicide Risk When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, published its report on Occupation and Suicide July 1, 2016, the construction/extraction industry was stunned to discover that it was ranked No. 1 for highest numbers of suicide. For those of us in the suicide prevention field, this was confirmation of what we already knew: the construction industry is a perfect storm of risk factors for suicide.
Demographics of the workforce Contrary to conventional wisdom, teens are not the group most at risk for suicide death. While certainly suicidal thoughts and behaviors often begin in adolescence, the group most at risk for suicide is men in the middle years. In fact, it’s often our toughest, bravest and most stoic people that become most at risk for suicide death. Their mental hardiness serves them well for managing everyday stressors and experiences that most people find frightening or too risky. However, when they experience overwhelming life challenges—such as divorce, the death of a loved one, trauma or the onset of a mental health challenge such as depression or bipolar condition—they tend to try to “white knuckle” it through on their own rather than reaching out for support or medical care. Subsequently, these health conditions and adverse life circumstances can often progress and become potentially fatal. Transitory nature of construction work One factor is the transitory nature of much of the work. Seasonal layoffs and economic downturns have massive consequences for employees. Not only does the financial uncertainty cause anxiety, but most lose access to insurance and other employee benefits like Employee Assistance Program, and thus mental health and substance abuse treatment become much harder to access. In addition, the constant shifting to new job sites prevents a sense of belonging within the work culture. Such bonds of community are known to help
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buffer distressing times. People who are desperate for work will often leave their families and live in less than ideal situations, like temporary camps, to help bring in money. These choices often leave them feeling even more disconnected and isolated. Pain and injury Due to the physical demands of construction work, chronic and acute pain problems are common. Pain interferes with job performance, job security, sleep and well-being. People who live with chronic pain often find their social circles diminished because they no longer enjoy activities that exacerbate their agony. Many who experience these complications are legally and appropriately given pain relieving medication to help them as their injuries heal. However, according to the 2015 report Prescription Opioid Abuse: Risk Factors and Solutions, by CNA, “Workers in the construction industry are especially at risk for prescription opioid abuse. It is estimated that 15.1 percent of construction workers across various specializations have engaged in illicit drug use, including both illegal and legal prescription drugs…compared to the average of other CNA-recognized industries combined, the opioid spend in construction is consistently 5 to 10 percent higher.” Combined with the often culturally endorsed coping strategy of alcohol abuse to combat stress, construction workers can often find themselves battling an addiction that can have life threatening consequences. Only a fine, gray line exists between accidental overdose and suicide in many cases. These are just some of the factors contributing to the suicide risk that many construction companies face. The good news is that there are practical prevention steps employers can take to mitigate this risk.
On World Suicide Prevention Day 2015, the Carson J Spencer Foundation in partnership with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and a Denver-based construction
company called RK published the first Construction Industry Blueprint: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace (available at www. ConstructionWorkingMinds.org). This blueprint gives leaders tools to help build protective factors, to identify employees who are struggling early and link them to appropriate care, and to address mental health crises with compassion and empowerment. People are a company’s biggest asset and investing in their psychological safety is an expression of a company’s value statement. Building a culture of care requires a mindset in addition to skills and tools. Employees who are looking out for one another’s well-being and their own self-care is essential to overall safety on the job—and that includes psychological safety. When we teach employees about mental health literacy and connect them to mental health and other support resources before a crisis hits, they are much more likely to use these resources rather than trying to ride out the storm. When we build skills on how to have courageous conversations about addiction and suicide, they are much more likely to reach out to one another to provide support and connection. Visit Construction Working Minds (www. ConstructionWorkingMinds.org) for more information about critical action steps companies can take to prevent suicide, because no one should die in isolation and despair. – By Sally Spencer-Thomas
Sally Spencer-Thomas, Ph.D., is the CEO and co-founder of the Carson J Spencer Foundation, Denver. As a clinical psychologist, mental health advocate, faculty member, and survivor of her brother’s suicide, Spencer-Thomas sees the issues of suicide prevention from many perspectives. One of the main programs of the Carson J Spencer Foundation is “Working Minds: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace,” the nation’s first comprehensive and sustained program designed to help employers with the successful prevention, intervention and crisis management of suicide (www.WorkingMinds.org).
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Construction Safety’s Next Frontier: Suicide Prevention The construction industry is experiencing unprecedented attention to mental health and suicide prevention. Progressive contractors with leading safety, health and wellness programs are embracing mental health and suicide prevention as the next frontier in safety. The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) was born out of necessity. As Sally Spencer-Thomas, Ph.D., discussed in her article, Build Protective Factors Against Mental Health Crises, Suicide Risk on page 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the first report on suicide by major occupational groupings in July of last year. The report revealed that the construction/extraction industry has the highest number of suicide deaths among major occupations. Specifically, the construction/extraction industry reports 53.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 employees. Leaders in the hot mix asphalt industry are uniting to tackle the issue of suicide prevention in the construction industry. For example, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is one of 20 construction industry associations that has joined the CIASP, which is being spearheaded by the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). NAPA joined CIASP to further promote resources and tools for their member companies to address mental health and suicide risk. According to NAPA’s Vice President for Environment, Health & Safety, Howard Marks, this topic is “difficult to communicate, [so] it is important to realize that construction workers are more at risk for suicide. CFMA through the CIASP does a great job at getting the message out and Out-of-the-Box Idea: detailing ways that can help FNF Inc., Tempe, construction industry workArizona, offers ers get the kind of assistance a legal/ID theft that can address the root program that helps cause of suicidal thoughts.” employees and their John Hickey, Executive families reduce Director of the Asphalt Pavement Association of Oregon “stressor points” in (APAO), attended a regional their personal lives. suicide prevention summit that CFMA sponsored in November 2016. Hickey “was shocked to learn that construction has the second highest suicide rate among all industries, and is first if architecture and engineering is included in construction.” Hickey continued: “Although our industry has made great strides in promoting safety, it has not focused on mental health [and doing so] will improve safety and productivity. We need to do more. The asphalt pavement industry in Oregon will start dedicating time to mental health in our trainings for superintendents and new crew members.”
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For starters, APAO had Lakeside Industries’ Risk Management Director Cal Beyer present on mental health and suicide prevention at its 2016 Annual Meeting. Tim Hendrix, Manager for Wildish Standard Paving Company in Eugene, Oregon, attended that meeting. Hendrix stated: “What I have learned is that stress management is a 24/7 issue and is rightly emerging as one of the most important components of safety cultures in our industry—and in most all industries.”
Extend the Conversation Patrick Nelson, President of Lehman-Roberts Company, Memphis, Tennessee, shared thoughts to help companies lead workers in positive, empowered mental health conversations. Q What reaction do you have to the Centers for Disease Control Study showing construction as the No. 2 industry for rate of suicides? A “Personally, I am shocked, and then moved to question why. Why does our industry lend itself to statistics like this? I am sure there are many reasons, but in a simple way I am not sure our industry is good at supporting the ‘whole person.’ This was a reminder that we are to steward our team members in ways that lead them to be good fathers, husbands, mothers, sons and daughters; not just good operators.” Q What challenges/obstacles will your company encounter in addressing this topic of mental health and suicide prevention? A “There is a macho attitude in our industry that resists help. I have seen this attitude diminish in my career but it is in small and large ways still very much alive. We need to move past the uncomfortable and lean into areas that help the ‘whole person’ remain healthy in all areas of their lives.” Q Does your company have an Employee Assistance Program? Do you know what your utilization rate is? A “We do have an EAP and the utilization has been up and down. However, we have seen some great stories in the area of financial counseling that have been beneficial to several families.” Q What reaction do you have to suicide prevention as the “next frontier in safety?” A “As leaders in this industry we have a responsibility to look at all areas of risk for our team members and for our businesses. With this information we would be neglecting that responsibility to not begin to speak about this risk in significant and meaningful ways.”
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safety spotlight Charlie Gallagher, President of Gallagher Asphalt Corporation in Thornton, Illinois, supports this position as well. Gallagher asserts, “our employees’ mental health is just as important to us as their physical health. Being of assistance in whichever way we can to keep our folks mentally healthy can truly be life-saving, and generating further awareness of suicide prevention is a message Gallagher Asphalt firmly supports.” Peter Wilson, President and CEO of Barriere Construction in Metairie, Louisiana, offered his agreement with these other asphalt industry leaders. Wilson expressed that “Barriere’s employees are the lifeblood of our business, and our safety and wellness programs are designed to address all aspects of their health and well-being, both physical and mental.” Wilson continued, “Offering proper National Suicide clinical resources is only a piece of the equation, Prevention Lifeline: though, and we aim to pro1-800-273-8255 vide them with a support system while at work and embody a true culture of care. We believe that we can accomplish this by living our core values daily and ultimately building the trust necessary to ask for guidance and help when needed.” Barnhill Contracting Company in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, has a unique program that aligns with its company’s values of building a caring culture. Jimmie Hughes, Vice President of Human Resources/Safety, described how Barnhill has been working with Corporate Chaplains of America for a full year. “Beyond the company saying that we sincerely care about our employees and their families we are now showing that we care,” Hughes shared. “Employees have embraced the Chaplains’ presence in the workplace, the hospital room, and the funeral home. A chaplain is always there to ask ‘how can I help you today?’ This is especially helpful for those employees that do not have family or friends to lean on. They now have a chaplain to call on when in need and they are always available 24/7.” Hughes asserted this program has been an enhancement to Barnhill’s employee assistance program (EAP) and believes Corporate Chaplains of America would enhance any suicide prevention program. These comments by industry leaders reflect the growing awareness of mental health and suicide prevention in the asphalt industry. David James of FNF Inc. in Tempe, Arizona, offered pointers for initiating a company’s cultural shift. “First steps should be directed towards education, awareness and beginning the dialogue,” he said. Those steps should include:
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• Hanging posters around the office and jobsites that describe warning signs and offer resource information; • Incorporating the topic in company newsletter articles to address support and care for workers; • Addressing the topic in office and field meetings (such as safety meetings and tool box talks); • Discussing at board or other leadership meetings to develop an action plan; • Communicating a top-down management message to encourage open dialogue and reduce fear of reprisal; • Providing easy access to resources both internal and external to the company; • Establishing and promoting an Employee Assistance Program (EAP); • Thinking outside the box for worker resources; and • Initiating comprehensive wellness plans for employees. – By Cal Beyer
Cal Beyer is the Risk Management Director for Lakeside Industries, a hot mix asphalt production and paving contractor in Issaquah, Washington. He serves on the executive committee for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and as the co-lead of its Workplace Task Force. Since 2015 Beyer has been co-leading an initiative in the construction industry on mental health and suicide prevention with Sally Spencer-Thomas, Ph.D., of the Carson J Spencer Foundation in Denver. He spoke at the 2016 and 2017 NAPA annual meetings and also at the 2016 and 2017 Washington and Oregon Asphalt Pavement Association meetings.
Resources for Help National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) www.SuicidePreventionLifeline.org Screening for Mental Health. Help Yourself. Help Others. Anonymous Screening Website. http://helpyourselfhelpothers.org/ Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) http://www.sprc.org/ Carson J Spencer Foundation www.CarsonJSpencer.org Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention www.CFMA.org/suicideprevention Construction Working Minds www.ConstructionWorkingMinds.org Man Therapy www.ManTherapy.org National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention www.ActionAllianceForSuicidePrevention.org
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Gray & Son Stays Safe While Innovating You can’t succeed in this industry without a commitment to safety. Federal and state governmental agencies set many standards, and asphalt producers and paving companies know how important safety is to their bottom line. But the most successful companies of all don’t just follow the requirements. They establish a culture of safety. They innovate. And they communicate this vision and these goals to all employees. That’s exactly what Gray & Son Inc. has done. And it’s why the Timonium, Maryland-based company has been named as an honorable mention for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s most recent safety award. Today, Gray & Son and its sister company Maryland Paving employ 500 people during the peak season and operate seven asphalt plants in the Baltimore metro area. Half of the asphalt Maryland Paving makes is used by Gray & Son’s crews. Although asphalt paving accounts for 60 to 70 percent of Gray & Son’s work, the company also performs grading and utilities work, as well as stone and concrete. Half of its paving portfolio is public work for municipalities, states and counties and the other half is split between commercial and residential work. “Our residential work is full site work, like entire housing complexes where we’ll do the grading, the curbs, the paving,” said COO Rick Scheetz, who has been with the company for five years. “We offer the full package, which helps us wrap our asphalt paving in with our other services. It’s easy when you do everything from A to Z.”
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“One thing that’s helped is making sure we set safety goals, whether that’s recordable incidents, utility hits, etc., we set goals and we communicate those goals to our employees,” Scheetz said. For example, this year, the company has experienced more auto accidents than usual— like field equipment backing into something,
Scheetz said—so the company is looking into ways to minimize those incidences, whether that be defensive driving courses or something else entirely. “We make our plans based on our goals.” “Over the last decade, we’ve really changed our safety culture,” said Jeffrey Graf, executive vice president and general manager of Maryland Paving. “Safety is more of a function now. When you start the plant, it’s just part of your day. It’s just what we do now.” But Graf admits getting to this point has taken time. “We had to change the mindset of the older employees,” Graf said, himself included, he adds. “We used to jump in with both arms and both feet and now we really make sure everyone plans ahead and thinks everything through.” One particularly innovative initiative Maryland Paving has begun to improve safety at the plant is to use camera systems throughout the plant. “Maryland Paving has always had the buddy system and we always have looked out for each other,” Graf said. But now, the plant operator can quickly glance around the plant and make sure everyone is safe. “They also have full view of any blind spots.”
“Safety is more of a function now. When you start the plant, it’s just part of your day. It’s just what we do now.”—Jeffrey Graf “At first everyone was worried about Big Brother, but that thought process has long gone away,” Graf said. “Now everyone sees the advantage of safety.” It also means the plant operator and key personnel can check in on the plant using an app on their phone 24/7 if they’re ever worried about something. “It also helps with maintenance,” Graf said. “If a guy at one plant is working on something, a guy at another plant can zoom in on it and chime in if they can help in any way.”
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Maryland Paving is installing cameras at the plant to improve safety. Now, the plant operator can quickly glance around the plant and make sure everyone is safe on monitors like you see here.
Asphalt paving accounts for 60 to 70 percent of Gray & Sonâ€™s work. 18 // march/april 2017
Maryland Paving started the process of outfitting its plants with camera systems four years ago and will finish outfitting its last plant this winter. “Having the opportunity to invest in that camera system has been a big plus for us,” Graf said. Maryland Paving is also in the process of upgrading one of its plants with a new baghouse/ burner combination. “Like always, we want to stay up with emissions standards, low NOx burners, the capabilities to use alternative fuels,” Graf said. Three of the company’s seven plants already received this upgrade, and the others will soon. Whenever they upgrade, the goal is to upgrade all of Maryland Paving’s plants. “It helps with inventory, so we don’t have to different inventory items for seven different baghouses,” Graf said. “And from a maintenance standpoint, the guys are familiar with all the tech and working on one type of technology.”
The history of Gray & Son Construction dates back to 1908 when the company started out as a grist mill. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the company was transformed into the large construction entity it’s known to be today.
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For the most part, Gray & Son’s seven paving crews run Caterpillar pavers and Hamm rollers, and its milling crews run Wirtgen milling machines, and the company is relatively particular about its equipment. “When we go through a purchase decision, obviously price and service is important, but we also have operators run different brands of equipment,” Scheetz said. “They have a large say in terms of maneuverability, ease of use and quality of the results.” But communication isn’t just important when it comes to purchasing decisions. “We take painstaking efforts to make sure communication is there at all times, from purchasing equipment to communicating company results,” Scheetz said. Recently, the company implemented a field management system so every crew can know how their performance compares to the bid. “Now they know on a day-to-day basis where they are and they take great pride in making sure they hit or
“From a safety perspective, a lot of the responsibility falls on our employees. They take it personal. That’s been our culture for years.”—Rick Scheetz exceed those numbers. And that really helps with morale.” In order to implement the new program, the company incorporated the change slowly. “We rolled out the first field systems to a few of the foreman we knew would adapt well to the change , so we could get some early wins and then roll it out to everyone,” Scheetz said. “Those early wins were key because then those guys became the trainers.” To ensure the software would be adopted, it needed to be easy to use. “We worked hand in hand with Viewpoint to make sure there were fewer keystrokes to put in time and job progression, and that the metrics were easy to read.” Now, every foreman has a tablet enabled with Viewpoint Field Manager software and share the numbers with their crew every day. “The need to communicate starts from the top, and that’s something the owner and CEO Bob Webbert has instilled in all the managers,” Scheetz said. “He wants to make sure everyone is communicating.” That means all foremen come in every morning before going out to the job. That means paper memos, emails, phone calls and texts. That also means annual safety meetings to “set the tone for the year,” Scheetz said.
Train at Every Opportunity
“Right now we’re digging deep into training,” Scheetz said. “Our foremen and superintendents have a lot of training to make sure they have the skills to manage a team well.” New for 2017 the company will also offer training for employees with high potential—hipo training—that includes six sessions of leadership training. “It’s hard to get good people,” Scheetz said. “Unless you’re stealing them from someone else, you need to grow them yourself and train them internally. So that’s a big initiative we’re pushing in both companies.” Training is also a key component of their safety program. “On rainy days, we pull people in for training and we cover everything
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Training is also a key component of their safety program. “On rainy days, we pull people in for training and we cover everything from CPR to working in enclosed spaces,” Scheetz said. from CPR to working in enclosed spaces,” Scheetz said. They also have weekly discussions on hot topics, near misses, and recent happenings in the area. For example, someone working for another contractor in the area recently got his leg caught in the milling machine. “We present those things to our guys so they know it happens and it could happen to them.” The foremen have those conversations every week and the crew must sign off that they heard and understood the discussion. An-
other important aspect of Gray & Son’s safety culture is the ability to openly discuss incidents and near misses. “Our guys aren’t afraid to speak up if they see someone doing an unsafe act,” Scheetz said. “We report on near misses. The employees see value in it because we spread the word and we actually act on it.” “From a safety perspective, a lot of the responsibility falls on our employees,” Scheetz said. “They take it personal. That’s been our culture for years.” – By Sarah Redohl
Area Asphalt Plants Maryland Paving has produced more than one million tons in 2016 at its seven asphalt plants in the Baltimore metro area. The company operates an Astec doublebarrel plant in Rosedale, an Astec doublebarrel plant in Timonium, a Cedar Rapids counter flow drum mixer in Aberdeen, a CMI batch plant in Churchville, a Tarmac batch plant in Finksburg, and an Astec double drum plant and an HMB batch plant in Woodbine. The company also has five laboratories, one of which is AMRL certified, and does all of its own mix designs and quality control testing in house. “Everything we do is Superpave across the board,” Graf said. In fact, when that mix design came out, Graf played an
instrumental part in helping Maryland counties to adopt it. “I knew that’s what the future was going to be, but when it first came out there was a magnitude of mixes that could be used and a lot of county engineers didn’t understand the Superpave system yet.” So, Maryland Paving jumped in to help engineering firms understand the Superpave program and what mixes would fit their projects. “Some states still have marshall mixes and Superpave,” Graf said. “That would make it really complicated for a production facility like we have.” Maryland Paving runs about 25 percent RAP and bases that number on Maryland’s asphalt binder replacement spec, and it doesn’t run recycled asphalt shingles.
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This drum mix plant for Lehman-Roberts is a present-day example of industrial innovations that the company has embraced. Chairman Rick Moore pointed to technology as only one aspect of a successful business model. He credited a commitment to hard work and people for setting a company apart from the competition.
Pave Our Future How to prepare a new generation of leaders for success in the asphalt industry Our industry isn’t just about paving—it’s about moving. Everyone is trying to get somewhere, and that’s where our value lies. We help people get where they’re going. And while that’s certainly true in the physical act of paving, it’s also true for any asphalt business. Lehman-Roberts Company has grown over the course of more than 75 years. We’ve had a huge impact on our community—if you’re in Memphis or one of the surrounding areas, you’re not far from a road, highway, or parking lot that we’ve paved. In that time, we’ve also been involved in the industry nationwide through organizations like the National Asphalt Pavement Association. We’ve seen a lot of players come and go, and every few years, someone will ask me—how has your company continued to grow? It’s an important question, especially as we transition into new management. My answer is this: Success isn’t just about how well you make roads. It’s about how much you help people. That was certainly true of our company’s founders, W.E. Lehman and George B. Roberts, whose friendship helped fuel a business that valued both its work and its employees. It was true of my father-in-law, Jim Madison, who helped establish a family legacy in the company. Now, as I watch the management of our company pass to my son, sons-in-law, and nephew, I know more than ever that the paving industry isn’t made great by the roads we build, but by the people who build them. As our industry continues to grow and evolve, it’s important to know where your company is going—and while these four tips can help fill those gaps, it’s crucial to always remember that people are the key to success.
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Before you look forward, look back
When Lehman and Roberts started our company in 1939, the industry looked a lot different. It was more physically demanding. Equipment wasn’t easy to use. The act of making and counting batches was difficult and time-consuming. And yet, at the time, asphalt was revolutionary—a more modern, efficient way to build roads. As the industry started growing, the leadership at Lehman-Roberts realized how important it was to stay up-to-date with the latest innovations. That’s why the company decided to get involved at a national level and build connections with our peers. We knew that moving forward, we couldn’t be afraid to adopt new techniques or technology. When the idea to mill existing asphalt came along, we quickly made it a part of our process. We’ve tested rubber asphalt, cold in-place recycling, hot in-place recycling,
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new primers and maintenance tools. If it’s possible with asphalt, we’ve looked into it. When Jim Madison took over the company, he realized something: The industry is always changing. Someone always has a better idea. If it’s good enough, other companies will take notice. He recognized that it wasn’t those industrial innovations that would set a company apart. It was a commitment to hard work and people. That idea, more than any asphalt-related epiphany, has helped shape our business and driven our success. So when you move forward, look back. What has been the thing that defines your company? Is it a technique that you developed? Some technology? For us, it’s always been about helping people. We’ve based the core values of our business (relationships, stewardship, continuous improvement, humility) around that idea. We ground our decisions in that history, and those values are driving the next generation of our business.
Back in the old days, it looked as if one feed bin was enough. Today, the Lehman-Roberts team incorporates RAP bins and more.
Set up a transition plan
Here’s the thing: If you’re a year or two away from a major transition, you should have a plan well in place. A successful transition plan takes a lot of time and self-sacrifice. You’ve got to be willing to put the success of the business above yourself, factor in every contingency, and prepare your own infrastructure for new leadership.
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project management That’s all separate from actually running the business. You already know that our industry is driven by plenty of external factors—public funding for infrastructure is at an all-time low, and companies are having to learn to work within those restraints. That’s why foresight is important. Jim Madison had a generational vision from the beginning, so we’ve spent decades developing a plan to take the company from our third generation to our fourth. We already have a framework established for the next major generational shift.
Get a team you trust
Remember when I said you have to factor in every contingency? The reality is that you can’t. You need attorneys, accountants, planners—it takes an entire team of people to help make the transition smooth. With something as sensitive as the success of your business, they need to be people you trust. At Lehman-Roberts, we’re leaving the company in the hands of family. So it was important to us that when all the T’s were crossed and the I’s dotted, the company was secure and no one was left in the lurch.
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Change is never easy. My entire career has been devoted to the Lehman-Roberts Company and the asphalt industry. The business has never just been a job to me. I was lucky enough to work for my father-in-law, who valued family. Watching him, I learned that family isn’t just your wife and kids. It’s not just your parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. It’s the people you see and live with every day. He treated each employee with respect, kindness and loyalty. That’s the business I wanted to be in. It’s a business I dedicated my life to growing. Letting go of the reins, in a lot of ways, is a challenge. My son, sons-in-law and nephew have new ideas, new ways of driving the business. But just as our company has had to adapt to changes in the industry, I’ve had to learn to embrace these changes. I trust our next generation of leadership because I know they’ve looked back with me. I know that as we planned the transition, they were on board with our company’s goals and values. And I know they’re committed to keeping Lehman-Roberts strong enough to pass on to the next generation, just like I was.
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project management The Lehman-Roberts team put extra effort into lighting up the crew for night paving on a recent Interstate 240 project.
If you’re reading this—if you’re lucky enough to be a part of this great industry— you know that it’s not glamorous. We’ll never walk down red carpets or dine with world leaders. But we’re uniquely positioned to do good. To help people. In our work, that means creating a quality infrastructure to help people get where they’re going. To connect them to their jobs, their family, their friends. In our business, it means ensuring that we treat every one of our employees like family. Showing them respect, patience and grace. In our communities, it means taking what we’ve been given and becoming more than a paving company. We have to become people who are truly invested in the places we’re dedicated to improving.
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Rick Moore, Chairman, Lehman-Roberts Co.
In contrast to the paving crews of 70 years ago, the Lehman-Roberts team employs a Shuttle Buggy feeding a hopper insert to facilitate continuous paving. To help the Shuttle Buggy operator hit his mark, the team has green LEDs strategically mounted on the sides of the paver hopper and shining like a bullseye on the insert’s center. This kind of visual guidance system helps haul truck drivers backing for delivery and helps Shuttle Buggy operators charging hoppers as well.
I hope that, throughout all the changes in our industry, we can all remember how important it is to connect people. And how blessed we are to create those connections every day. That’s been the best part of my career. Through the transition at our company, I’m encouraged to see that same passion in the next generation. – By Rick Moore
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That’s a good idea
Top Tips for Universal Compaction Getting your best compaction on a project only happens when the equipment is in good repair and you use it properly. Let’s take a look at this universal roller for some good ideas to help your crew achieve better compaction numbers. A universal roller like this is best used for pinching the transverse joint and going around curbs. The articulated joint lets you steer one drum while the trailing drum follows along, offset enough to go around curves and landscaping, etcetera. Make sure both drums are set up for success. In the picture above, you can see the scraper bar on the first wheel is broken and needs to be replaced. It hooks onto a spring-loaded mechanism that is broken. Without a functioning scraper bar, the drum can pick up material that globs onto the wheel and creates marks and divots in your mat. It’s a good idea to order the new part before the old one is at this stage of disrepair. Also pay attention to the wiring harness and connections at the articulating joint. The two grease fittings of the yoke, just below the
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wiring harness, must be greased every day. It’s a good idea to have the roller operator include this as part of his pre-shift, equipment walk-around routine. Right above the wiring harness on this machine, you can see the scissors clip is broken, which allows the bonnet to vibrate while the roller is working. This is a simple strap to replace to keep the bonnet securely in place. It’s a good idea to get the new part and get this taken care of before dirt and grime get into the engine compartment. Notice the white plastic bag sticking out of the fuel compartment? That’s not stray trash. That’s a bag that the operator has placed over the fuel spout because the fuel cap has been lost. Yes, you want to cover the fuel spout to keep dirt and debris out, but a plastic bag is not a permanent solution. Order the part you need and get problems solved before they become big problems. A good idea this operator has put into practice is keeping the fire extinguisher in easy reach. That’s a great safety tip, and he’s taken
safety a step further by using a zip tie to secure the fire extinguisher on the operator’s platform in a nook out of the way. Now he won’t trip over the safety device, yet it’s easy to grab if he needs it. Keep the roller in good repair by watching out for little details like these, as well as the larger maintenance items you see when you’re on the job or performing the daily walk-around. When your compaction equipment is in good repair, it will have its best opportunity to give you a top quality pavement. – By John Ball
John Ball is the proprietor of Top Quality Paving and Training, Manchester, New Hampshire. He provides personal, on-site paving consulting services around the United States and into Canada. For more information, contact him at (603) 493-1458 or email@example.com.
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Paradise Gets an Asphalt Upgrade
Herzog Caribbean’s new ADM plant gives South Caicos Airport the runway overhaul it needs By Larry Trojak
Under normal circumstances, asphalt production is a reliable, relatively constant process. What few interruptions or mechanical “events” might occur, can usually be dealt with in a timely manner, getting a plant back online with minimal impact. Take that same process and place it in the British West Indies, however, and consistency is vital. Sub-par
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plant performance or lack of available replacement parts can extend halted production due to the remote location. With that—and other considerations— in mind, Herzog Caribbean recently took delivery of a new asphalt plant to supply material for a runway overhaul on South Caicos Island. As of press time, the ADM EX120 had output nearly 10,000 tons of
material without a moment’s downtime, and the project was proceeding on pace for a scheduled early 2017 completion.
A division of Herzog Contracting based in Missouri, Herzog Caribbean LLC operates out of Providenciales, the capital city of Turks & Caicos, B.W.I. While most of its work
Herzog Caribbean runs aggregate sizes of 5/8-minus, 3/8-minus and a sand product. Plant Operator Simon Vasquez told the team theyâ€™re getting a consistent 110 TPH out of the plant. LEFT: Michael Eddy explained that the delivery of liquid AC to the tropical paradise culminates in them receiving a cool product. This means they use heaters to boost the temperature before transferring it to the larger, permanent storage tank. All photos courtesy Larry Trojak.
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said. “One resort is already fully operational and another major development is nearing completion. Aside from a ferry which runs once a week, daily small-airline flights are the only way onto South Caicos, and the airport runway has been long overdue for some major repair, if not outright replacement.” When the move was made to replace Runway 11/29, Eddy, continued, it was also decided that it should be upgraded in anticipation of larger aircraft landing there at some point. “When complete, the new 6,500-foot runway will be capable of handling planes up to the Embraer 175—but with structural modifications it could easily handle a Boeing 737.”
Get Ready for Takeoff
Herzon Caribbean chose to bypass one additional facet of the typical compact plant’s design, one which replaces the silo with a small slat conveyor feeding a five-ton hopper. is in the Turks & Caicos chain, as the name implies, the company has done projects elsewhere in the Caribbean, according to Michael Eddy, Herzog Caribbean’s vice president. “In addition to work throughout Caicos, we’ve also done projects in the Bahamas, St. Lucia, Jamaica and Tortola,” he said. “Unlike our counterparts in the states who do primarily railroad and highway-heavy, we are more of a general contractor out here. We don’t do any vertical construction at all. Even the new airport tower at South Caicos is being built by another firm. But we’ve laid down a lot of asphalt
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throughout the region and the South Caicos airport job is the latest example of that.” The project to which Eddy refers is a total replacement of the runway, taxiways and apron at the South Caicos International Airport. Being completed in three phases, the project is sorely needed to meet both immediate needs and, because of the island’s natural beauty, those of anticipated future growth. “This is a small island with only 900 residents, but developers are optimistic about its appeal as a tourist destination,” Eddy
After completion of a project in St. Lucia, Herzog Caribbean was approached about selling its 150-TPH ADM asphalt plant they’d been using for a project there. With a permanent plant in nearby Providenciales (generally referred to as Provo) and no immediate needs for a mobile plant facing them, they sold it. As luck would have it, four months later they were awarded the bid for the South Caicos airport project and were suddenly in the market for a new plant. Eddy took a trip to Indiana. “A visit to ADM’s plant in Indiana, seeing what went into the manufacturing process and getting a chance to talk to the guys on the line who actually build the plants, helped me decide to stay with them.” Herzog Caribbean also chose to stay with a smaller output, mobile plant, a 120-TPH counter-flow EX Series system. Though the plant is typically designed for optimal transport, Eddy and Herzog made some modifications to the standard configuration to better suit their needs. “The most noticeable change we made was adding a standalone control room rather than the economy control cab that comes standard,” he said. “We gave up a little bit of the compactness, but felt that, in the long run, we would benefit. The salt air out here is tough on equipment in general but extremely corrosive on electrical contacts. So we had all the electrical switch gear installed in the control room van to eliminate that issue.” He added that they also chose to bypass one additional facet of the typical compact plant’s design, one which replaces the silo with a small slat conveyor feeding a five-ton hopper. “Instead, we opted for a 50-ton capacity silo
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The crew delivers material to the paver in such a way that they keep heavy equipment off the tack coat at the South Caicos International Airport.
which, combined with the standalone control room, adds one trailer load when packed—we are okay with that.” Compact design notwithstanding, Herzog Caribbean’s EX120 plant still offers most of the features of its larger counterparts. That includes ADM’s counterflow technology, which uses separate drying and mixing zones to achieve heat transfer and fuel efficiency. In addition, the technology virtually eliminates hydrocarbon. To further minimize environmental impact in the beautiful Caribbean, residual gases are reintroduced to the drum’s combustion zone. Despite being a far cry from what could be considered a “major” airport, South Caicos’ specs were, nevertheless, tight. Eddy said that a standard Superpave mix was used for the runway and tolerances were as tight as .06. “Superpave has proven itself as a good mix design for minimizing rutting and cracking, and the EX120 has handled the mix well,” he said. “Aggregate sizes for us are 5/8-minus, 3/8-minus and a sand product. According to our plant operator, Simon Vasquez, we’ve been getting a consistent 110 TPH out of the plant with no issues whatsoever. He also ran our previous 150-TPH plant, so he has a familiarity with the system and its ease of operation. For the actual paving itself, we first laid down 152 mm (6 inches) of cement-treated base, then covered that with 105 mm (4 inches) of asphalt, placed in two separate lifts. So, in essence the new structure will have a thickness of 10 inches to handle the anticipated load.”
Plan for the Long Haul
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Even though Herzog Caribbean doesn’t have an overabundance of milled asphalt available to them on South Caicos, they still ordered their EX120 with a capability for producing RAP. Eddy said they did so with an eye toward the future. “Because of our relatively remote location, one of the biggest expenses we are incurring on this project is liquid asphalt,” he said. “In order to get to us, liquid asphalt has to first be loaded into 20-ton containers in Florida, sent to Ft. Lauderdale, and put on a ship to Provo. From there it gets loaded onto a barge and delivered to us here in South Caicos. It’s a long, involved process that culminates with us getting the [product] cold and having to use heaters to raise the temperature before transferring it to our larger permanent
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storage tank. So RAP would be a perfect solution were it not for the fact that there is very little seasonal road maintenance in the Caribbean to provide milled material for recycling. But we wanted to have that capability, should things change or we move the plant to an area that does have material to be recycled.” That remoteness mentioned above by Eddy, was a definite consideration during the purchase process. In a location like South Caicos, downtime—even if it’s caused by a minor issue—can be devastating, according to Courtney Crush, Herzog Caribbean’s project manager. “Here in South Caicos, you literally can’t buy a ½-inch bolt,” she said. “Everything has to be shipped, either from the states or, in a best case scenario, from a smaller parts supply store in Provo that might be able to get you something in a couple days. So a steady, reliable performance from the asphalt plant is key, and Michael’s satisfaction with previous ADM plants Herzog has owned obviously came into play.” The South Caicos airport runway project is slated for an April 2017 completion.
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TOP: The South Caicos airport job is the latest example of Herzog Caribbean’s general contracting. BOTTOM: The technology virtually eliminates hydrocarbon. To further minimize environmental impact in the beautiful Caribbean, residual gases are reintroduced to the drum’s combustion zone.
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The Great Race for a Perfect Racing Mix
Every racing fan knows that to win, a driver needs a good pit crew. For a racetrack to succeed, it needs a good paving crew. That’s exactly what the owners of Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club in Pahrump, Nevada, found in Wulfenstein Construction Company. Spring Mountain is a motorsports country club that also hosts driving schools for Corvette and Cadillac owners, and acts as a test track for General Motors Co. and Chevrolet. Wulfenstein Construction Company paved the entire 10-mile track, the third phase of which was just recently completed.
Prep for Perfection (and Fun)
To complete the project, Operations Manager Bryan Wulfenstein worked directly with the owners of Spring Mountain to make the track as perfect as possible. Wulfenstein explained that the project didn’t have a “set plan” that the crew had to follow. Instead, managers gave the crew an initial track configuration, and the crew would rough in the track.
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“Then they’d go out there with the instructors that night and by the next morning, paint would be everywhere and the developer would need to show me what changes they wanted made,” Wulfenstein said. His crew would raise a portion three-tenths of an inch, cut another portion down by a foot and re-grade. “They’d drive it again and say it was a little better, and we’d try again and again until we’d get it exactly right,” Wulfenstein said. “We’d spend one or two weeks in one spot before we got it to a way that everyone would agree on.” By the time the project was complete, it had been changed four times and the track didn’t resemble the original plan. “You can’t necessarily see on paper what the track will be like to drive on,” Wulfenstein said. Having done multiple jobs for Spring Mountain, Wulfenstein said he’s begun to anticipate what the client might like. Being able to think like a race car driver doesn’t hurt, either. “My family is big into racing,” Wulfenstein said. In fact, Ray Wulfenstein,
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Bryan’s grandfather and the founder of Wulfenstein Construction Company, raced at Daytona in the 1970s in the Grand National Division. “We understand the sport and we have an idea of what they’re looking for.”
Get the Mix Right
To complete the most recent section of the track, the Wulfenstein crew used a one-half inch PG70-10 mix to complete two lifts totaling 3 ½ inches. Wulfenstein said paving two lifts allowed the crew to achieve smoother results and helped with compaction. “On those high speed corners, asphalt has a tendency to want to ravel and rut in those conditions,” “When you come Wulfenstein said. But paving out of that hole, two lifts on the latest section it feels like you’re really helped, he added. They going to catch air. also added lime to the mix That’s the section for additional strength and of the track that what they felt was a better bond to the asphalt cement turns boys into (AC). men.” For the first section of the track, paved in the early 2000s, Wulfenstein used a three-eighths inch mix using AC 30 paved in one lift of 3 inches. “That didn’t hold up the same way as the ½-inch mix,” Wulfenstein said. “It’s hard to have something that stands up to tight fast corners, but we’ve had success with our mixes.” “One of the main reasons they’ve waited so long on maintenance for the older track is because a lot of people like it,” Wulfenstein said. The original track is rougher than the new one, a bit worn out and a bit slick, he added, while the track paved in 2004/2005 has a bit of wear on it and the new section is really smooth. “Having three different types of pavement in one track makes Spring Mountain unique.” It also works as a benefit for Chevrolet and GM employees, who test new vehicles on the track. “I’m sure they like the different types of roads when doing those tests because they get to see what happens on different stages of the road itself,” Wulfenstein said. “I’ve gone for a ride in a Corvette there and drove a speed truck on the track and it’s a lot of fun. You really feel a difference between the old and new track.”
Work Slowly, Roll Carefully
In addition to getting the grade right and choosing the proper mix, the Wulfenstein crew also had to overcome the challenges that come with paving unique fixtures, such as a stormwater retention basin that doubled as a feature of the racetrack. “It was 16 or 17 feet deeper than the original grade and then we mounded the extra dirt up on the other side of the basin to raise it up by 15 feet,” Wulfenstein said. That way, drivers would have a straightaway up to the hillside before taking a hard right turn into the bowl and transitioning up out of the bowl back onto the regular track. “When you come out of that hole, it feels like you’re going to catch air. That’s the section of the track that turns boys into men.” But that section doesn’t just challenge drivers; it also challenges equipment operators.
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“We did a lot of research, talking with the developer, Russ Meads, and looking online at Nascar tracks to look at what sort of banking we could do and what we would need to do to keep our equipment in place.” One such challenge was, with the incline, the downhill side auger was becoming overloaded and the uphill side was starving for mix. To overcome this challenge, the crew used a loader to dump asphalt into the paver strategically. “We would try to fill up the high side of the hopper, and if it fell to the low side, we’d shovel it back to the high side,” Wulfenstein said. “It wasn’t as steep as those super speedways for Nascar, but it was pretty close.” After the challenges of paving the basin, the crew still had to roll it. “The biggest challenge was the mix wanted to spread downhill, naturally,” Wulfenstein said. So, the crew started rolling at the bottom side of the mat and moved its way up the basin. “We had to be really careful not to over-roll it, and we had to be patient with it so we didn’t spread it.” Wulfenstein said the crew was also sure to roll its stops out nicely to avoid any bumps. “It was slow rolling, but it was smooth rolling. You can’t have any bumps on high speed corners like that.” Although being in such a hot part of the country (halfway between Las Vegas and Death Valley) typically gives the crew a bit more time to compact the mat effectively, Wulfenstein said cooler weather would have made this particular job easier so the mat would harden a bit more quickly, “but you can’t always choose when you pave.”
Full Speed Ahead
Wulfenstein Construction is currently working on the utility infrastructure for Spring Mountain to build 115 homes along its racetrack—a behemoth of a project. However, the owners of Spring Mountain are already looking at the next track improvement: a mill and fill of the oldest part of the track is also on the horizon. They may be moving forward quickly, but it is a racetrack, after all. And with the proper paving crew in place, anything is possible.
A Tribute to Ray Wulfenstein It was 1972 when Ray Wulfenstein moved his family from Las Vegas to Pahrump, Nevada, to pursue his dream of developing real estate amidst the fields of cotton and alfalfa. Although Ray successfully built a hotel, RV resort, car wash, restaurant and strip mall within 15 years of his arrival, these developments meant so much more to the community. They offered key goods and services that allowed the city of Pahrump to flourish from 5,000 residents in 1970 to more than 36,000 today. “He saw what the future could be, and he built for that,” said his grandson, Bryan Wulfenstein. “That was his vision.” On January 13, Ray Wulfenstein—“the patriarch of one of Pahrump’s founding and most recognizable families,” according to the Pahrump Valley Times, passed away after crashing his single-engine Cessna on a beach in Curry County, Oregon. It’s believed he suffered some sort of medical issue prior to the crash, reported KTVL-TV in Medford, Oregon. Although Ray will be greatly missed by his family, friends, employees and community, his legacy lives on in the many accomplishments of this leader, adventurer and visionary.
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The largest construction-related tradeshow in the United States boasts more square footage and more exhibitors to visit than any other trade show you’ll attend this year. Bar none. To make your job of finding asphalt-specific vendors easier, we reached out to all the exhibitors and asked them to speak to you directly. The following pages list those companies who want you to know they have information, services, products and ideas that can enhance your asphalt business. Some of these companies speak to you all year in the pages of AsphaltPro, and you’ll recognize them by their logos and good branding practices. It will be great to visit with you in person in Vegas, so make sure you include the AsphaltPro booth in the back of the Central Hall on your list of asphalt stops. We’ll have a special discount on our new online training course for those who visit with us during the show, and we’ll have great conversations to share. Have a safe and productive show!
65412 South Hall A-Systems Corporation Salt Lake City, Utah Equipment Expertise: • other (job costing software) At the booth, ask for Arnold S. Grundvig, Jr. A-Systems has provided construction management tools for controlling costs for 40 years. It specializes in accounting software, including payroll software.
C32801 Central Hall Ace Group LLC Willmar, Minn. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production (recycling) • other (parts) At the booth, ask for Carl McKenzie, Karen Owens, Mike Rehanek or Nataline Sadorsky, and look for the RAPwrangler that will be on display. 74229 Gold Hall Albarrie Environmental Services Barrie, Canada Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Duane Lonsberry. Stop by the Albarrie booth to take a look at filtration bag samples and felt samples. 3749 Gold Lot ALLU Group Inc. Teterboro, N.J. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production (recycling) At the booth, ask for Doreen Olender, and see a demo of the DH3-17/25/50TS screener crusher, launched in 2015. “ALLU Group offers a complete line of technologically advanced screening, crushing and soil stabilizing attachments for the asphalt, aggregates, construction, concrete, compost, demolition, environmental, green waste, oil and gas, quarries, municipalities, mining, recycling, and pipeline industries.”
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6327 Silver Lot 3 Almix Inc. Fort Wayne, Ind. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Grant Shurtz, and look for the UF88 portable counterflow drum mixer and new Almix INSIGNIA controls. 32100 Central Hall 4 American Traffic Safety Services Association Fredericksburg, Va. At the booth, as for Bob Felt. ATSSA’s core purpose is to advance roadway safety. ATSSA represents the roadway safety industry with effective legislative advocacy, traffic control safety training, and a far-reaching member partnership. ATSSA members accomplish the advancement of roadway safety through the design, manufacture, and installation of road safety and traffic control devices. Visit ATSSA’s booth to learn about traffic control services and why using properly trained subcontractors is important to your organization. 61156 South Hall Ames Engineering Inc. Ames, Iowa Equipment Expertise: • other (asphalt testing/quality control) At the booth, ask for Dustin Reid or Jon Klatt, and look for the transverse 3D laser image and measurement system on display. Ames Engineering Inc. manufactures road profiling and measuring equipment, including profilographs, road profilers, texture profilers and texture meters. Stop by the booth to see its transverse 3D laser image and measurement system.
S5464 Silver Lots 1 & 2 Ammann Langenthal, Switzerland Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production • asphalt paving At the booth, ask for Günter Tesch, Mark Medeiros, Peter Price, Jenelle Strawbridge or Steve McCown,
The ABA 240 UniBatch asphalt plant from Ammann will be on display in the Silver Lot. Photo courtesy fotopizza.com. and check out the newly launched Ammann ABA 240 UniBatch asphalt plant, on display. “Contractors who are concerned about efficiency and high production AND being good “green” neighbors should check out the Ammann ABA 240 UniBatch asphalt plant. It leverages Ammann’s cutting-edge technology to deliver exceptional output (240 tonnes per hour) of high quality mixes. It also addresses key environmental concerns through standard offerings and options that include: noise reduction measures; fumes extraction system; energy-saving software that reduces emissions; and full cladding that lessens dust and provides aesthetic appeal. Ammann ABA 240 UniBatch asphalt plant uses an efficient drying and heating process that conserves energy. The burner control regulates the mix process to ensure reduced consumption and low emissions. The plant is ‘futureready’ and lends itself to customization as new technologies and efficiencies are developed. It uses processes that include the addition of fibers, foam bitumen, additives and hot/cold recycled asphalt (RAP).”
5428 Silver Lot Asphalt Drum Mixers, Inc. Huntertown, Ind. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Mark Simmons.
demonstrating its magnetic personality. “There’s a lot to be excited about, but that one will get your attention,” CEO Ben Brock said. “If it’s new at the show, it’s at Astec.” Astec will have 65 products on display over all its companies, 27 of those are new products. Another 22 of those have updates to talk about. In the KPI-JCI section of the booth, you can check out an actual screen used in the Gold Rush television series.
ADM will be featuring its EX Series asphalt plant, launched in 2009 and redesigned in 2016, in booth 5428 in the Silver Lot. “ADM manufactures a variety of asphalt plants, including the Milemaker, Roadbuilder and SPL series asphalt plants. It also offers storage silos, cold feed bins, asphalt tanks, baghouses, mineral filler silos, recycle asphalt and shingle systems, weigh conveyors, control rooms and control systems. ADM will be featuring its EX Series asphalt plant, launched in 2009 and redesigned in 2016, in its booth this year. The rugged 275 to 350 TPH EX 10248 Asphalt Plant meets production capacity demands and strict environmental regulations. The plant’s single-drum counterflow system uses the latest in innovative technology, resulting in the longest aggregates drying and mixing times in the industry.”
C33253 Central Hall AsphaltPro Magazine Fayette, Mo. Equipment Expertise: • other (training) At the booth, ask for Chris Harrison, Sandy Lender, Sarah Redohl or Sally Shoemaker. AsphaltPro is the asphalt industry’s go-to resource for technical, how-to information to enhance a business’s bottom line safely and efficiently. Now we’re also the industry’s one-stopshop for online training that brings the whole crew together for safe, quality, bonus-worthy asphalt paving. Make sure you check out the online training materials at the booth so you can get registered for your company’s training during the pre-ordering discount period.
C30332 Central Hall Astec Industries Inc. Chattanooga, Tenn. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production (plants, crushing, screening) At the booth, ask for any member of the Astec family, and look for the wall where the new SiloBot will be
31486 Central Hall Atlas Copco Mining, Rock Excavation and Construction LLC Commerce City, Colo. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Tim Hoffman, and look for the CC5200VI asphalt roller, which is launching at CONEXPO this year. 5848 Silver Lot Bergkamp Inc. Salina, Kan. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Rex Eberly. Information about all of Bergkamp’s pavement preservation, emulsion and PMA production lines of equipment will be available at the booth. Bergkamp will also have an M310CS Truck Mounted Paver offsite for viewing. The M310CS Truck Mounted paver with No-Side-Engine Option provides environmental benefits and superior mix control with EMCAD technology. Be sure to check out Bergkamp’s laboratory research plant, launched in early 2016. 90019 Bronze Hall BinMaster Lincoln, Neb. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Scott Hudson. BinMaster offers inventory management systems and level indicators to measure material in bins, silos and hoppers. BinMaster will be displaying its NCR80 Non-Contact Radar, launched in July 2016. 30610 Central Hall BOMAG Americas Ridgeway, S.C. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Dave Dennison, and look for the RS 500 Reclaimer/Stabilizer, launching at ConExpo 2017. 65407 South Hall Calculated Industries Carson City, Nev. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Jen Goedde.
Calculated Industries, best-known for its Construction Master calculators, manufactures professional trade calculators and digital measuring tools. Check out the DigiRoller Plus III Digital Measuring Wheel, launched September 2016. 10924 North Hall Caterpillar Inc. Peoria, Ill. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance • other At the booth, ask for AJ Lee or Dave Peterson, and look for the PM825 cold planer. Caterpillar is a leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial turbines and dieselelectric locomotives.
C30332 Central Hall CEI Enterprises Inc. Albuquerque, N.M. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Richard Champion or Gary Kamplain, to review models of blending systems, as well as graphic representation of other products as part of the overall Astec Industries booth.
B91222 Bronze Hall ClearSpan™ Fabric Structures South Windsor, Conn., & Dyersville, Iowa Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Brad Williams and Julie Ivicic, and ask about the ClearSpan™ Hercules Truss Arch Building. ClearSpan will have consultative design experts on hand to help generate the ideal storage solution, including examples of successful projects and photos that offer a sampling of the range of ClearSpan structures.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures will have information on its tension fabric buildings at booth B91222 in the Bronze Hall.
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Conexpo “We invite all prospects to tell us about their needs so we can design a solution that is superior in design, timeframe and cost.” ClearSpan Fabric Structures manufactures American-made, tension fabric buildings that provide energy-efficient solutions for equipment storage and more. “ClearSpan Hercules Truss Arch Buildings feature abundant natural light and spacious interiors without support posts, allowing easy clearance for forklifts, dump trucks, skid loaders, conveyors and other heavy machinery. Every Hercules Truss Arch Building is customengineered to fit the building requirements of the specific location. With minimal foundation requirements, the structures can be permanent or temporary, and are easy to relocate.”
C31427 Central Hall Eagle Crusher Company Inc. Galion, Ohio Equipment Expertise: • aggregate production • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Greg Spina, and check out two new plants on display, including the RipRap™ being launched at CONEXPO. Eagle Crusher Co. Inc. is proud to display its two newest product innovations, RapidDeploy™ and RipRap™ at CONEXPO-CON/AGG. Asphalt producers who visit the Eagle Crusher booth will be especially interested in the RapidDeploy. “RapidDeploy is the industry’s only portable plant with built-in, retractable conveyors that can crush, screen, separate and stockpile— all in one pull. It was specifically designed to reduce mobilization costs and set-up and teardown time for asphalt/aggregate producers and concrete recyclers, while offering advantages to track plants.” First, RapidDeploy features closedcircuit crushing, screening and retractable conveyors on one chassis. It features high discharge heights on all three of its retractable conveyors, allowing for truck-loading of material. The plant’s open design allows for easy parts access and service.
See the RapidDeploy™ crushing plant from Eagle Crusher on display in booth C31427.
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70407 Gold Hall Eagle Pneumatic Inc. Lakeland, Fla. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production • other (asphalt testing/quality control) At the booth, ask for Patrick Evans, and check out the ticket delivery pneumatic tub system. Eagle Pneumatic manufactures pneumatic tube systems used in the asphalt and aggregate industry. Its ticket delivery systems are installed between your truck scale and scale house for transporting weigh tickets to save operation time and money. 91411 Bronze Hall ERIEZ Erie, Pa. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Bill Dudenhoefer. ERIEZ will be showcasing its redesigned suspended electromagnet, the SE-7525, launched in 2016.
FastMeasure will have the FM 2020 on display in booth N12282, alongside other distance measuring devices.
N12282 North Hall FastMeasure by KTP Enterprises Inc. Deerfield, Ill. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving • pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Ernie Kaplan, and look for a full array of working instruments on the floor. FastMeasure will have on display its most popular unit, the FM1. “The FastMeasure Distance Measuring Device will save anyone who measures hours of time from owners to foremen to crew members. When you need to know the correct distance of an area, just drive and measure it—no internet, no guessing.”
C30314 Central Hall Etnyre & Company Oregon, Ill. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Brian Horner or Rich Wilsie, and look for the Etnyre Black-Topper® Centennial asphalt distributor on display. “Set the bar on asphalt application accuracy and quality with our Black-Topper® Centennial asphalt distributors. The units’ streamlined design minimizes maintenance while enhancing performance and productivity. Like all Etnyre equipment, we build every unit to order so you get the features and output you need to be successful. New features for the CONEXPO-CON/AGG show include touch-pad controls, integrated weigh scales, and electric heating systems for the tank, the circulation sstem and the spray bars. Please stop by our booth to see the two display models and to discuss your machinery needs and ideas with one of our Etnyre team members.”
S5764 Silver Lot Gencor Industries Inc. Orlando, Fla. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt plant production At the booth, ask for Dennis Hunt, and look for the Gencor Self erect 75 ton silo on display. “Innovative design and quality construction make Gencor’s Self-Erecting Storage silo the best in the industry. The continuous-weld body provides enormous strength and maximum structural integrity to tolerate heat and vibration. The one-piece portable SE silo, is easy to transport and self-erects in just 10 minutes. It is also up to 50% heavier than competitive portable units to withstand the rigors of frequent
The Etnyre Centennial will be on display in booth C30314.
Gencor’s Self erect 75 ton silo will be on display in the Silver Lot.
travel.” The Self erect 75 ton silo features: builtin hydraulic controls, dual-flow batcher, massive outriggers, thick insulation board, continuous welds, the patented self-erect system that requires no crane, 3-point load cells and floating electric cone heat. 33261 Central Hall GreenPatch Mount Vernon, N.Y. At the booth, ask for Dario Amicucci. GreenPatch manufactures high-performance cold mix asphalt and will be outlining how to make safe high-performing cold asphalt in your asphalt plant while using RAP.
C30332 Central Hall Heatec Inc. Chattanooga, Tenn. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production (heating/storage/blending) At the booth, ask for Jerry Vantrease, and look for the asphalt terminal model. “Heatec has added new features to its Recon™ Mobile Monitoring System. The 2.0 version adds the ability to communicate with the heater burner management system and the ability to display measurements in either imperial units or metric units. The Recon 2.0 monitoring system displays the same messages you see on your BMS read-out in real-time. If a problem occurs that causes the heater to shutdown, the Recon system instantly sends a message through text messaging and/or email with the exact cause of the shut-down. The alarm message is also displayed within the Recon web app accessed through an internet browser on a mobile phone, tablet, or PC.”
63356 South Hall ILLUMAGEAR Seattle, Wash. Equipment Expertise: • other (safety gear) At the booth, ask for Tom Brubaker. Visit the ILLUMAGEAR booth to see the new cordfree Halo, a 360-degree personal safety and task light
that attaches to any standard hard hat and produces a ring of light around the wearer enabling him or her to see and be seen in all directions at all times. 10614 North Hall Indeco North America Milford, Conn. Equipment Expertise:
You can view a demo of the new features at CONEXPO in the Heatec/Astec booth. 62942 South Halls 1 and 2 Houston International Insurance Group Houston, Texas At the booth, ask for Jonathan Oppenheim, Jimmy Godfrey, Charly McGuire or Daniel Newton. Visit Houston International Insurance Group’s booth for information regarding comprehensive and competitive risk management, and insurance services and products.
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Conexpo • asphalt production • asphalt pavement maintenance • other (demolition) At the booth, ask for Mike Fischer, and look for the FS Series of hydraulic breakers, launched in April 2016.
G72604 Gold Hall Ingevity North Charleston, S.C. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production (WMA technologies, additives/emulsifiers) At the booth, ask for any of the team of chemists and engineers. “Ingevity has been customizing unique solutions to fit your asphalt pavement needs for over 60 years. We are a team of more than 75 chemists, chemical and civil engineers, and paving experts across five global laboratories, who innovate technologies specifically designed to improve the performance of your roads. More than 12 years ago, Ingevity developed Evotherm®, the first warm mix asphalt developed in the U.S. Customers have now used our technology to pave around the world more than 10 times. That’s tried and true expertise on thousands of projects in all 50 states and over 25 countries. Come meet our team and learn why Evotherm’s popularity continues to grow.” 12525 North Hall John Deere Construction & Forestry Moline, Ill. Equipment Expertise: • other At the booth, ask for John Chesterman, and look for the 844K-III aggregate handler, launched December 2016.. John Deere construction equipment is used in numerous types of earthmoving, including road building, underground utilities, site development and residential construction; and in material handling, road repair and maintenance. C33043 Central Hall KEESTRACK America Krum, Texas, and Bilzen, Belgium Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production (aggregate processing) At the booth, ask for Marcel Kerkhofs and Peter McGeary, and look for the R3 and R5 tracked impactors on display. Keestrack designs and produces mobile crushing and screening equipment, including hydraulic (load sensing hydraulic system), electric and hybrid systems. Keestrack will be displaying the Keestrack R3 tracked impact crusher, launched in 2016, at its booth this year.
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33281 Central Hall KEITH Manufacturing Co. Madras, Ore. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Mike Robinson. KEITH Manufacturing will be displaying its KEITH WALKING FLOOR unloader installed in a trailer. The system serves as the flooring of a trailer and is a self-unloading system. This unloader is made of a series of floor slats, powered by a hydraulic drive, and the floor cycles through its phases, conveying or unloading material. Designed to handle a variety of bulk products, the system offers horizontal unloading. A versatile steel V-FLOOR system is designed for higher impact and abrasion and are suitable for demolition, scrap metal, aggregate and asphalt.
C20547 Central Hall Kenco Engineering Inc. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production (parts) • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance (parts) At the booth, ask for Brian Handshoe. “Kenco’s unique Tungsten Carbide Impregnated Apron Liners are designed to last up to four times longer than OEM apron liners.” Ask about this and the recently launched Longhorn tips at the booth.
A Kenco TCI apron liner set with our Tungsten Carbide impregnated into the face as well as the bottom edge.
C30332 Central Hall Kolberg-Pioneer Inc. Yankton, S.D. Johnson Crushers International Eugene, Ore. Astec Mobile Screens Sterling, Ill. Equipment Expertise: • aggregate production • asphalt production
S61529 South Hall Libra Systems Inc. Harleysville, Pa. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production (controls)
• software/other At the booth, ask for Ken Cardy, Jerry Baldwin and Rich Tumin, and look for the Live Truck Tracking Module on display. Libra is launching the Dispatch/Live Truck Tracking Module at CONEXPO-CON/ AGG 2017. “Developed specifically for the unique requirements of asphalt and aggregate
Astec Mobile Screens will have hybrid technology on display at booth C30332 in the Central Hall. At the booth, ask for Patrick Reaver, and look for a selection of American-made equipment on display. “KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens take great pride in knowing our wide range of product lines, including crushing, screening, material handling, washing and classifying, track-mounted, stationary and portable equipment, offer comprehensive solutions for a variety of markets. As the world evolves, we recognize the trends and forces that will shape out business in the future and work to ensure that what we create today will meet our customers’ needs tomorrow. We invite you to acquaint yourself with the KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens brand at our booth, where you will have the opportunity to view a selection of our American-made equipment, as well as speak with our team of industry experts about our product line-up. This year, our booth will showcase a selection of equipment featuring our new hybrid technology on track equipment, our tried and true components, and our systems capability.” 63355 South Hall KOOLGATOR Boise, Idaho Equipment Expertise: • other (safety gear) At the booth, ask for Bill Waller and Chris Mickelson. KOOLGATER manufactures a variety of cooling products to soak in water and keep your crew cool all day long. Visit the KOOLGATOR booth to see cooling neck wraps and cooling towels, as well as demonstrations. 5638 Silver Lot Landoll Corporation Marysville, Kan. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Jim Ladner, and look for the855E-53PS Paver Special, launched in 2016. Landoll manufactures a wide range of construction equipment, trailers, forklifts and farm equipment. 32663 Central Hall LeeBoy Lincolnton, N.C. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Mark Bolick. LeeBoy manufactures a broad product line of commercial asphalt pavers and road maintenance equipment.
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Libra’s new Live Truck Tracking Module will be on display in booth S61529 in the South Hall. producers, the Libra Dispatch software helps forecast, organize and manage job/truck scheduling to make the most efficient use of resources and thereby improve the bottom line. When coupled with Live Truck Tracking, provides a robust and easily-grasped visual indication of truck status, allowing dispatchers to efficiently manage trucks and optimize hauling. The result can be a highly profitable reduction in overall trucking costs, better satisfied customers, and the formation of a loyal cadre of outside truckers attracted to a customer that optimizes the trucker’s time and revenue.” 5853 Silver Lot Mauldin Paving Products Taylors, S.C. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Zach Lincolnhol, Darren McNaughton, Larry Martin, Bryce Granger, Royal Cole or Brandon Granger. Since 1948, Mauldin Paving Products has manufactured asphalt paving equipment for the construction industry, including asphalt pavers, oil distributors, motor graders, maintainers, tack tanks, maintenance units, water trucks and rollers. S5007 Silver Lots 1 and 2 Maximus North America Sarasota, Fla. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Stu Gamble, and look for the Maximus 512S scalper screen, launched in February. 5211 Silver Lot MB Crusher America, Inc. Reno, Nev. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Max Ravazzolo, and look for the MP-LS140 screening attachment, launched in 2016. MB offers crushing and screening attachments, 360-degree rotation grapples and dual head rotary drum cutters for a wide scope of work. MB products are available for any excavator, backhoe, loader or skid steer with the appropriate hydraulic flow, regardless of brand or size.
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Meeker’s Patriot hot oil heater and side stream filter will be on display in booth 90203 in the Bronze Hall.
90203 Bronze Hall Meeker Equipment Co. Inc. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production (plant components) At the booth, ask for Jeff Meeker, Bill Garrett, Derek Garrett and Dave Garrett, and look for the Patriot hot oil heater with modulating Webster burner and mobile phone app on display. Meeker Equipment will have the Patriot hot oil heater on display. “Please stop by our booth to see the Patriot H Series hot oil heater featuring Low NOx Webster modulating burner, smart phone app for hot oil heater, Saber Stack energy reclaiming system, and Liquid Vision Controls. We have two large factories to serve your needs for asphalt tanks, storage silos, drag slat conveyors, heaters, RAP PAK systems, and other asphalt plant remodeling needs.” 20703 Grand Lobby National Asphalt Pavement Association Lanham, Md. The National Asphalt Pavement Association is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt pavement material producer and paving contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to answer questions about environmental issues and to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. NAPA provides technical, educational, and information to its members, and supplies technical information to users and specifiers of paving materials. 64833 Central Hall PRECO Electronics, Inc. Boise, Idaho Equipment Expertise: • other (safety) At the booth, ask for Sean Martell, and look for the PreView Sentry, launched September 2016. PRECO Electronics keeps worksites safe through technology-based active object detection systems, developed specifically for heavy-duty equipment.
C33235 Central Hall Process Heating Company Seattle, Wash. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production • asphalt pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Rick Jay, and check out the cutaway model that shows the PHCO’s unique drywell-style electric heaters. “Visitors will discover how something as simple as a clean source of heat can positively affect their operations in a number of ways— including lower operating costs, improved product quality, reduced maintenance, significantly longer heater life and enhanced sustainability.” Visitors can stop by to see the Lo-Density® Unitized Asphalt Storage Tank Heaters because “PHCo’s electric heat solutions offer asphalt producers, contractors and municipalities 100 percent energy-efficient heating…” The company’s Lo-Density® heating systems feature low heater sheath temperature, reducing potential damage to liquid asphalt cement (AC) and emulsion, while keeping buildup/coking to a minimum in tanks and hot oil systems. This low-watt density heat also extends heater life. The drywell design of PHCo’s electric heaters allows service personnel to remove and perform minimal required maintenance on the heating elements without draining the tank that they are heating.
S5186 Silver Lot Reliable Asphalt Products Shelbyville, Ky. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production (used and new) • asphalt parts and service At the booth, ask for Charles Grote or Mike Mauzy, and look for the 30,000-gallon AC tank on display.
C30032 Central Hall Roadtec—an Astec Industries Company Chattanooga, Tenn. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving • pavement maintenance • parts
At the booth, ask for Eric Baker, and look for the new MTV-1100e on display. Roadtec is launching the new MTV-1100e at CONEXPOCON/AGG 2017. “This new asphalt material transfer vehicle is an exciting addition to our full product line of MTVs. It is smaller, more maneuverable and easier to transport than our larger Shuttle Buggy material transfer vehicles. For applications that require material transfer, but can tolerate limited remixing and storage, this is the machine. The 1100 is on rubber tires, but we will also offer an 1105 that will be a tracked unit.” S5128 Silver Lot Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology Equipment Expertise: • aggregate production At the booth, ask for Aaron Scarfia and Rick Kant. During CONEXPO-CON/AGG, Sandvik Minig & Rock Technology will showcase new developments in mining, trenching and road planing. 62349 South Hall Scientific Dust Collectors Alsip, Ill. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Michael Gerardi, and ask for a copy of SDC’s free 120-page book on dust collection. Scientific Dust Collectors offers a complete line of dust collectors using special nozzle-based cleaning technology that allows for smaller collectors, lower compressed air usage, guaranteed performance and guaranteed minimum four-year filter life. SDC also handles all NFPA652 requirements and equipment. 32313 Central Hall Screen Machine Industries Etna, Ohio Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production (aggregate) At the booth, ask for Steve Cohen, and look for the 4043TR recirculating impact crusher. Screen Machine Industries manufactures portable jaw, impact and cone crushers, screening plants, trommels and conveyors. 30048 Central Hall SealMaster Sandusky, Ohio Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance SealMaster is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of pavement sealer with over 100 pavement sealer manufacturing plants and distribution centers in the United States. SealMaster will display its CrackPro Heated Hose Machine with oil-jacketed melter-applicator for hot rubberized asphalt crack sealing materials in its booth. 63413 South Hall Signs and Safety Equipment/Eastern Metal of Elmira Big Flats, N.Y. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Mark Harrison, and look for the C-48-NRVFO flashing LED warning sign. Eastern Metal of ElmiraSigns and Safety Equipment manufactures an extensive line of safety and traffic control products for construction work zones, natural gas fields, utility and telephone companies, incident management and school zone safety.
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C33187 Central Hall Stansteel/Hotmix Parts and Service Louisville, Ky. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Kim Blandford, Wayne Brassell, Steve Elam, Robin Henry, Eric Janczak, Janie Lyons, Chet Reinle, Bill Winkers or one of the other 22 experts who will be on hand. Alongside many products that are actual performance equipment on display, check out the newest inline blending systems to condition liquid AC. “This is conditioning AC at the plant including metering, blending, rejuvenators, liquid chemicals and creating different grades of AC on demand.” The company stated: “Stansteel®/Hotmix Parts® leads the asphalt industry in ‘Making Plants Run Better.’ This extensive capability of design, fabrication and installation with a huge arrangement of products can range from diagnosis of a limiting plant component, application of used equipment all the way to a counterflow drum mix plant producing over 900 tons per hour. The companies also support every brand of asphalt plants…A proven line of Recycle Transformer™ Products will be featured that aids the contractor/ producer to increase their productivity and efficiency of using recycled asphalt, shingles and liquid AC blending and foaming.” 5670 Silver Lots 1 and 2 Striker USA Sarasota, Fla. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Craig Pedley, and look for the H3000R tracked impactor, launched this year. Striker is an Australian-owned manufacturing company providing a range of crushing and screening equipment, fixed plants for quarry and mining services and a new range of recycling equipment. 31955 Central Hall Superior Industries Morris, Minn. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production At the booth, ask for Mike Schultz, and look for the 32x44 portable Liberty jaw plant with 42x20 Intrepid vibrating grizzly feeder, launched at the show. Superior Industries has manufactured conveyors and components for 45 years.
C30985 Central Hall TransTech Systems Inc. Latham, N.Y. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance (QC/ QA) At the booth, ask for David Apkarian, Jaret Morse, others. The non-nuclear density gauges, including the PQI 380, will be on display. 4207 Gold Lot Trojan Tracks USA Inc. Lynden, Wash. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Robert Woody. Visit the Trojan Track booth to see track and solid skid steer displays. 32386 Central Hall VSS Macropaver Hickman, Calif. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Doug Hogue, John Birchall and Chad Davis. Visit the booth of VSS Macropaver, a division of Reed International Inc., to see the Macropaver 12E and Emulsion Plant EP-70S, launched in 2016.
N10036 North Hall and G3894 Gold Lot Volvo Construction Equipment Shippensburg, Pa. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving At the booth, ask for John Mooney, and look for the new Volvo DD140C on display. “Featuring a range of intelligent features, the DD140C double-drum asphalt compactor from Volvo delivers enhanced performance and productivity to meet the needs of even the biggest and most challenging asphalt compaction jobs. With an 84-inch rolling width, a Tier 4 Final engine, and optional technology such as Volvo’s Intelligent Compaction system, Compact Assist with Density Direct, the DD140C is built for unbeatable productivity. Compact Assist with Density Direct provides the operator with real-time information, including density, mat temperature and number of passes to optimize the rolling pattern and ensure higher quality of mat. The DD140C is equipped with other productivity features
Volvo’s DD140C double-drum asphalt compactor will be on display at CONEXPO. such as the Impact Spacing Meter, which provides a visual reference for speed control to maintain proper spacing, resulting in consistent smoothness. The machine features the automatic variable interval water spraying system with water burst mode to provide uniform drum coverage and variable flow to prevent material pickup. Volvo offers a wide range of customer support services, such as CareTrack®, Volvo’s state-ofthe-art telematics system, as well as customizable Customer Support Agreements to meet the needs of any fleet.” C32900 Central Hall Weiler Knoxville, Iowa Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving At the booth, ask for Nigel McKay, sales manager, and look for the E1250B remixing transfer vehicle on display. C31239 Central Hall Wirtgen America Inc. Antioch, Tenn. Equipment Expertise: • asphalt paving • asphalt pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Ken Snover, and look for the new DV+ line of rollers from Hamm on display. Wirtgen America is introducing the new DV+ line of rollers at CONEXPOCON/AGG 2017. “Hamm will set a new trend for compaction in North America as it introduces its new DV+ series tandem rollers.” For the launch in Las Vegas, Hamm will present the DV+ 70i VO-S model with intelligent drive control plus pivot steering. It has a 75-horsepower engine.
S5065 Silver Lot WRT Equipment Ltd. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Equipment Expertise: • asphalt production • asphalt paving, pavement maintenance At the booth, ask for Mark Gibson. Don’t forget that WRT makes the PTW water ballast tire roller. Ask about it at the booth.
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Thanks to sensible routine maintenance and scheduled servicing, Li Yu Shan Mining has prevailed, and is again growing its staff of 60 and its machine line-up. Resting on the coast of Eastern China is the ancient province of Zhejiang. Situated 37 miles (60 kilometers) from the provincial capital, Hangzhou, and 120 miles (200 km) from Shanghai, the subtropical region of Zhejiang sits a comfortable distance from the bustling cities on its borders. Hidden deep within the dense bamboo forests of Moganshan is Li Yu Shan Mining Co Ltd. The quarrying company is renowned in the region for producing small and medium-sized aggregate of 20 to 25 mm and 50 to 60 mm. A third of its output is used as base material for the thousands of kilometers of high-speed railway tracks that crisscross China. A relatively cheap commodity, the product sells for 48 to 50 RMB per tonne, which was about $7.4 or €6.5 at press time. Li Yu Shan Mining has built a solid reputation in China as a quarrying specialist, producing 1.5 million tonnes of material in 2015. The company was enjoying steady growth until the Chinese hit the brakes, causing it, and many construction companies, to contract.
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Because of the relative slowdown and consequent lower use rates of equipment, contractors in China are starting to keep machines for longer. The key to customer success when doing this is to take special care of their machines. Thanks to sensible routine maintenance and scheduled servicing, Li Yu Shan Mining has prevailed, and is again growing its staff of 60 and its machine line-up. Since 2010, the company has purchased seven EC210B and two EC240B models from its local Volvo dealer. More recently, the company put down a three million RMB (€400,000/$450,000) deposit for the first three of a batch of 15 big excavators for work on an upcoming mining project. Those are new machines that Quarry Operations Manager Yuan Jian Zhong will strive to keep in top condition, with help. Ensuring the machines remain in optimum working condition is the job of Zhejiang Liyang Machinery, based in Deqing, Zhejiang. Managing the maintenance of more than 1,000 machines in Zhejiang alone, the dealership uses Volvo’s remote telematics,
Quarry operations manager Yuan Jian Zhong relies on the local equipment dealer to help manage the maintenance of heavy equipment. CareTrack, to alert customers of impending maintenance deadlines. “The technology enables Volvo CE dealers to help customers extract an extra 200,000 RMB (€26,600/$30,000) out of the lifetime of a machine, even in the harsh conditions of a quarry,” said Cliff Zou, regional service manager at Volvo CE China. Smart solutions, plus high performance machines, ensure companies like Li Yu Shan Mining reap the riches of the deep with more projects on the horizon. – From Volvo
Check Out New Paving Equipment, Services Editor’s Note: Your AsphaltPro staff compiles new and updated product information in each edition of the magazine. This month’s product gallery focuses on the paving and pavement maintenance sector of the asphalt industry. Check in next issue for the production and plant-related equipment and services that enhance your bottom line. As you update your paving train, milling and recycling operation, compaction technology, or QC/QA areas, new equipment is probably on your “to buy” list. Even manufacturers and service providers who won’t have full-scale exhibits at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in March have recently rolled out new parts and updated existing machines to make top quality pavements easier for your crew to place and preserve. Check out the most recent offerings from these providers.
From Curry Supply
Product: water truck Launched: January 2017 Use the water trucks from Curry Supply, Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, to fill and replenish roller, cold mill and other equipment tanks in the work zone. Here’s how the water trucks help you: “Curry Supply’s line of water trucks have recently undergone a series of updates as a result of continuous improvement and FEA testing.” These changes in design are based on customer expectations. For more information, contact sales (814) 793-2829.
Product: PaveScan® RDM Launched: November 2016 Use the PaveScan to measure the dielectric value to identify anomalies in real-time; the dielectric values can be used as a means to correlate percent voids and density in new pavement. Here’s how this measuring device helps you: Geophysical Survey Systems Inc.,
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Nashua, New Hampshire, announces its new PaveScan® RDM asphalt density assessment tool to provide real-time, nondestructive measurements of asphalt integrity during application, to ensure pavement life and quality. “The PaveScan RDM system is ideal for uncovering problems that occur during the paving process, including poor uniformity and significant variations in density.” Watch for this device in next month’s Here’s How It Works department. For more information, contact Jami Harmon (603) 893-1109.
From Larson Electronics
Product: WAL-QP26-2XWP60E-50 light tower Launched: Q1 2017 Use the quadpod mounted work area light from Larson Electronics, Kemp, Texas, in inclement conditions or in difficult construction environments. Here’s how the WAL-QP26-2XWP60E-50 helps you: “This portable light tower has a removable dual light head assembly mounted on top of a four-leg aluminum quadpod equipped with wheels for easy positioning from one work space to another. The light head assembly on this tower contains two 60-watt LED emitters that produce 5,400 lumens each. These lamps are independently adjustable.” Extend to 26 feet or collapse to 11 feet. The unit comes with 50 feet of SOOW cord with a 5-15 straight blade plug and is configured to operate on 120 to 227 volts AC. For more information, contact sales (214) 616-6180.
The new RP-170e from Roadtec features an 11-ton, self-dumping front hopper. dual 12-inch by 22-inch front bogies; variable speed cooling system; independently-driven, variable-speed feeder conveyors with 400 BHN liners and electric flow gates; 90-gallon fuel tank; two Comfort Drive™ operator stations For more information, contact Kyle Neisen (423) 509-2517.
Product: PQI 380 Use the non-nuclear asphalt density gauge from TransTech Systems Inc., Latham, New York, to assess compaction densities. Here’s how the PQI 380 helps you: “The PQI 380 allows contractors to use a non-nuclear gauge to determine the density of the asphalt paving with no licensing, no fees, no shipping concerns, no potential on-the-job hazards, no badges, and no state reciprocating fees.” For more information, contact sales (800) 724-6306.
Product: Roadtec RP-170e Launched: fall 2016 Use the RP-170e to pave in congested sites and space-restricted urban areas. Here’s how the RP-170e paver helps you: 6-cylinder, 6.6-liter, 174-horsepower, Tier 4 Final Cummins QSB6.7 engine; two hydroflated high flotation sand rib drive tires and
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Vogele’s new Super 2000-3i asphalt paver is a 10-foot tracked paver
Product: Vogele Super 2000-3i asphalt paver Launched: March 2016 Use the Super 2000-3i to pave widths from 10 to 28 feet at rates up to 1,540 TPH. Here’s how this paver helps you: This new paver introduces Vogele next-generation Dash 3 technology and its ErgoPlus 3 operating system to a highway-class paver specially suited for North American use. The main paving functions of the screed can be controlled using one of the two screed remote controls for each side of the paver for the Vogele VF 600 and VR 600 screeds. It features a 6-cylinder, 250-horsepower Tier 4 Final Cummins engine, Niveltronic Plus technology and a large cooler assembly. For more information, contact Ken Snover (615) 501-0600.
From Volvo CE
Product: Volvo DD140C asphalt roller Launched: Q1 2017 Use the Volvo DD140C from Volvo Construction Equipment, North America, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, to achieve compaction of asphalt mats. Here’s how this roller helps you: “Featuring a range of intelligent features, the DD140C double-drum asphalt compactor from Volvo delivers enhanced performance and productivity to meet the needs of even the biggest and most challenging asphalt compaction jobs. With an 84-in rolling width, a Tier 4 Final engine, and optional technology such as Volvo’s Intelligent Compaction system, Compact Assist with Density Direct — the DD140C is built for unbeatable productivity. Compact Assist with Density Direct provides the operator with real-time information, including density, mat temperature
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The DD140C from Volvo has an 84-inch drum. The engine is rated at 148 hp. The operating weight is 30,486 pounds and vibration frequency range is 2,700 to 4,000 vpm. and number of passes to optimize the rolling pattern and ensure higher quality of mat. The DD140C is equipped with other productivity features such as the Impact Spacing Meter, which provides a visual reference for speed control to maintain proper spacing, resulting in consistent smoothness. The machine features the automatic variable interval water spraying system with water burst mode to provide uniform drum coverage and variable flow to prevent material pickup. Volvo offers a wide range of customer support services, such as CareTrack®, Volvo’s state-of-the-art telematics system, as well as customizable Customer Support Agreements to meet the needs of any fleet.” For more information, contact your local Volvo Construction Equipment dealer.
drive; 90-inch track length; 14-inch poly track pads; 140-mm track chain pitch; 12 kW generator; 12-inch Ni-hard augers; adjustable push roller; independent auger and conveyor control; cut-off doors; 8-foot to 15-foot, 8-inch standard paving width; 4-element electric heated screed with thermostatic control; 3/8inch thick screed plates; 2,500 VPM vibrator; dual operating stations and three operating positions For more information, contact Andy Adamcik (641) 828-2334.
Product: P385B commercial paver Launched: April 2016 Use the P385B to pave widths from 8 to 15+ feet. Here’s how the P385B helps you: CAT C3.4 Tier 4 engine, 100-HP; 3-speed hydrostatic
The latest commercial paver from Weiler features a 9-ton hopper with replaceable floor plates.
The screed operator uses a lever to spray the Notch Wedge Pneumatic Roller tire with release agent from the roller’s pressurized tank.
From Willow Designs Product: Notch Wedge Pneumatic Roller Launched: February 2016 Use the Notch Wedge Pneumatic Roller from Willow Designs, East Berlin, Pennsylvania, for improved densities at longitudinal joints.
Here’s how this roller attachment helps you: Attaching to either front- or rearmount screeds, the 450-pound pneumatic roller is pulled directly behind the notch wedge joint-building system by a rigid tow arm. This offers the operator the ability to compact and stabilize the vertical notch of the joint with the sidewall of the pneumatic tire. As the crew paves, the pneumatic tire roller compacts the wedge, ensuring the job meets secondary compaction requirements. “We sold 10 units in 2016 and every contractor has been getting joint densities equal to the mainline densities,” Proprietor Jerod Willow said. For more information, contact Jerod Willow (717) 919-9829.
From WRT Equipment
Product: PTW water ballast tire roller Launched: October 2008 Use this roller at the road construction site for compaction of road base. Here’s how this component helps you:
PTW water ballast tire roller from WRT Equipment. • Compact versatility in soil, gravel and asphalt; • Front and rear tires overlap for constant surface contact; • Tow multiple units with one tractor for maximum compaction, saving time and money; and • Easy to adjust ballast weight for transport and operating conditions. For more information, contact Mark Gibson (306) 244-0423.
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The most effective strategy for an employer is to create a strong safety program that does not tolerate violations.
billing for services or treatment never performed, or double-billing different insurers for the same services. If you are an employer, what can you do to protect yourself from this type of fraud? How far can you go to proactively uncover fraud? 1 Uncovering fraud is not easy and sometimes it is best left to the experts. States and insurance companies employ investigative units that are experienced in this area. Working with your insurer and law enforcement experts to pursue criminal and civil actions is a best practice strategy. Establish an investigation policy that is thorough and consistent. Document and interview the employee and witnesses. Knowing the red flag indicators of workers’ compensation fraud and taking action to investigate will serve you well. Here are some common red flags: • Injuries that are reported to have occurred late Friday or early Monday, or at other times coinciding with the end of a probationary period or seasonal employment; • Reluctance of the employee to accept treatment; • No witnesses to the accident; • Conflicting reports regarding the accident; • The employee is outside his usual work space; • Untimely reporting; • Documentation that contains irregularities or inconsistencies; • The employee has financial problems; • Employee history of frequent job changes or poor attendance record; • Details about the accident are vague or the report lacks detail; • Employee is involved in physical hobbies or sports. The most effective strategy for an employer is to create a strong safety program that does not tolerate violations. Employ-
ee complaints and concerns about safety must be addressed. Effective actions an employer can take include: • Build a safety culture that does not tolerate fraud by anyone in the organization; • Frequently communicate with your injured employees in accordance with your company plan; • Create employees’ trust in the safety program by taking employee complaints seriously, correcting problems, encouraging good working conditions and having zero tolerance for violations; • Encourage employees to report accidents promptly; • Have and publish to your employees an anonymous reporting mechanism, like a hotline, for anonymous reporting; • Monitor for retaliation or supervisors who discourage reporting; • Have a robust job screening and hiring process; • Perform exit interviews to discourage erroneous post-termination claims; • Educate your staff on the warning signs of fraud. –By Lorraine D’Angelo
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Northeast Takes Big Win From NAPA
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced Feb. 1 that Northeast Asphalt Inc., Greenville, Wisconsin, was named winner for the 2016 Sheldon G. Hayes Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. The award, bestowed annually since 1971, recognizes the country’s highest quality highway pavements. Northeast Asphalt received its award at a ceremony during the 62nd annual meeting in Orlando. “The asphalt pavement industry is committed to building quality pavements that deliver high performance and drivability to the public,” NAPA 2016 Chairman Kevin Kelly said. “All contractors’ projects earning a Sheldon G. Hayes Award are measured against industry best practices, rated for smoothness a year after construction, and visually inspected to ensure the project lives up to our promise. I’m honored to say that, in earning a 2016 Sheldon G. Hayes Award, Northeast Asphalt Inc. has exceeded these rigorous standards.” Northeast Asphalt and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation—Northeast Region were named the winner for Northeast Asphalt’s work on STH 26 in Rosendale. “Two pilot requirements were in place during the entire STH 26 project—a Quality Management Program (QMP) special provision for pulverize and relay base density and a high-recycle-content test section,” Chris Winiecki, P.E., said. He’s the area manager for Northeast Asphalt. The 16-mile stretch of construction included various road widenings, the reshaping of 12 intersections, 15 culvert crossings, a 2,500 linear-foot full realignment of the highway, a 2-inch mill and overlay, and a 5 ½-inch mill/pulverization and relay. “To be awarded the highest honor in asphalt paving is truly humbling,” Winiecki said. “This is the result of exceptional collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and industry in the design phase coupled with a high degree of skill and attention to detail by all the men and women involved in the field construction.”
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Northeast Asphalt crews had to pulverize and relay the base for STH 26 to DOT specs, then place a test section with high recycle content. A year later, the IRI numbers are good enough to garner a Sheldon G. Hayes award. The QMP provision, which is a base course density provision, required compaction testing on the pulverized material. That, combined with the existing pavement irregularities, presented daily challenges to both Northeast Asphalt and WisDOT. Constant communication was needed to meet the density requirements while maintaining production. “As a result of the fast-paced nature of the pulverization and relay, not to mention the fact that the paving operation was only fractions of a mile behind, it was crucial for all to work together to resolve problems in a timely manner,” Northeast Asphalt’s Project Manager Jake Brucker said. Another important piece of the project’s operation was the high-recycle HMA pilot that was permanently installed in the southern portion of the project and used on the lower and middle lifts. Once completed, the mix design was put into full production to include the more than 12,000 tons of high-recycle-content asphalt pavement mix. Brett Williams, corporate technical services man-
ager for Northeast Asphalt, said the high-recycle mix design required more testing than a traditional hot-mix asphalt design. These included performance testing requirements for rutting, thermal cracking, fatigue, moisture susceptibility and binder recovery. Northeast Asphalt came away with the top win Feb. 1, but other companies were recognized as well. Finalists for the Sheldon G. Hayes Award were as follows: • Knife River Materials Northern Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Transportation—Thief River Falls for work on Pennington Marshall Co Trunk Highway 32; • Norris Asphalt Paving Co. and the Iowa Department of Transportation for work on Highway 2 in Centerville, Iowa; • Shelly & Sands Inc. and the Ohio Department of Transportation for the I-77 project in Noble County, Ohio; and • Northeast Asphalt Inc. and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for the U.S. Highway 141 Wausaukee to Beaver project in Crivitz, Wisconsin.
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RECON™ Just like the good folks at King Asphalt in South Carolina, you can remotely keep careful watch over your tank farm with a RECON™ monitor system by Heatec®. They use it to monitor their tank levels and temperatures and to access trending data. To find out how a RECON™ system can help you, give us a call at 423-821-5200. www.heatec.com
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Here’s how it works
VENT CONDENSERS ON
The three-pass helical coil heater provides heat to the exchanger to raise the temperature of the virgin asphalt.
The unloading pump brings in virgin asphalt cement and transfers it to the heat exchanger.
EACH TANK REDUCE BLUE SMOKE EMISSIONS
3-PASS HELICAL COIL HEATER HEAT EXCHANGER
SKID 1 — HEATING UNIT
The heated virgin asphalt is transferred to the mixing tank.
Crumb rubber from the hopper is fed into the mixing tank.
Asphalt and rubber are mixed and agitated.
Step 6 The mixture is transferred to the reaction tank, where it is further agitated before use.
SKID 2 — MIXING UNIT
CEI’s Containerized AR Blending System T
The team at CEI Enterprises, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has developed a containerized asphalt-rubber blending system that fits on two standard 8-foot by 40-foot shipping skids. Here’s how it works. An unloading pump brings virgin asphalt from a supply tank into the unit’s heat exchanger on the first skid—also referred to as the heating unit. A CEI three-pass helical coil hot oil heater provides heat to coils inside the heat exchanger, heating the virgin asphalt to the elevated temperatures that are necessary for blending.
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The heated virgin asphalt then moves through a mass-flow Coriolis meter and is transferred to the mixing tank on the second skid—also referred to as the mixing unit. At the same time, a worker feeds crumb rubber into a hopper on the mixing unit. The hopper’s screw conveyor feeds metered amounts of the crumb rubber into the mixing tank to meet the heated virgin asphalt. Within the mixing tank, an internal mixer blends the asphalt and crumb rubber. The mix then moves to the primary reaction tank, also located on the mixing unit.
Inside the primary reaction tank, a horizontal auger in the bottom of the tank agitates the rubberized mixture to keep it in suspension. A pump transfers the mixture to the secondary reaction tank, located on the first skid. In this tank, the mixture is maintained in an agitated state for as long as needed to complete the reaction process. Once the mixture has met the specified reaction time requirements, it is pumped from the tank for use. For more information, contact CEI at (800) 545-4034.
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Here’s how it works Step 1 The Safe-T-Station is installed inline with the AC delivery.
Hot Oil Jacket
Flow of Liquid Asphalt
Flow of Liquid Asphalt
Step 4 The loading valve arm can rotate to adjust the rate of flow into the sample can.
Step 2 Collecting foamed asphalt in the 1-gallon can requires five to six cycles to allow time for foam to implode and more liquid to flow in.
The QC tech places the correct container for the product to be collected. Standard liquid asphalt collection in a 1-quart can is 10 to 20 seconds.
Step 3 The safety door must be closed and latched before the loading valve arm can turn.
Stansteel’s Safe-T-Station™ When quality control techs collect samples of liquid asphalt cement (AC) at the asphalt plant, attention to safety is paramount. That’s why the team at Stansteel, Louisville, Kentucky, designed the Safe-T-Station™ to assist collection and minimize the risk of asphalt burns. Here’s how it works. The Safe-T-Station is installed inline with the AC delivery to the plant’s mixing zone. As the liquid flows through the pipe, it will also flow into a collection container when the Safe-T-Station’s valve is open for collection. The QC tech will wear a face shield, insulated gloves and chemical apron to help minimize the possibility of burns while
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handling loaded sample cans. He first unlatches the station’s cabinet door, which is constructed of safety glass, and opens the door to allow access to the chamber. He will place a sample can of either one-quart size for standard liquids or one-gallon size for foamed/expanding liquid asphalt, into place in the chamber. He will then close and latch the transparent safety door. Once the door is closed and latched, the loading valve arm will be clear to rotate downward into the loading position. Next, the operator removes the loading valve arm safety pin. After pulling down on the lever arm, he can watch through the safety glass as liquid fills the sample can to the desired height. He will adjust the rate of
flow from slow to fast by rotating the valve. To load a quart can with a standard liquid asphalt will take about 10 to 20 seconds. When the sample can is filled and topped off to the desired amount, he will raise the lever arm and put the safety pin in the off position. With the lever arm in the secured off position, the access door can be unlatched and opened to retrieve the sample. To collect a sample of foamed asphalt, he will use the one-gallon can, and five to six cycles of loading the can to the top—and then waiting for the foam to implode so more liquid asphalt can be added up to the top again. Each cycle should take about 30 seconds. For more information, contact Rick Rees at (502) 905-4145 or email@example.com.
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Whether you add Evotherm at the plant or get it from an asphalt supplier, no other warm mix is easier to start using. Over the past 12 years, customers have used our technology to pave around the world more than 10 times. That’s tried and true expertise on thousands of projects in all 50 states and over 25 countries. It’s never too late to join the race with the first WMA developed in the USA. Choose Evotherm and we’ll put you miles ahead of the competition. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org today.
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Keep Time with Biometrics The newly available biometric technology measures genetic characteristics such as fingerprints, iris or retina patterns, facial characteristics, and hand geometry, providing companies with a mechanism to ensure individuals are who they say they are. For example, banks in foreign countries now allow their consumers to scan their fingerprints at ATMs instead of requiring the possession of a bank card and an easy-to-crack four-digit code. Similarly, biometric technology provides employers today with an opportunity to ensure that the right person is “punching the time clock” as a measure to prevent employee theft of time. The appeal of biometric timekeeping in the construction industry, in particular, is real: Without accurate time records of both their own and their subcontractors’ employees under the Davis-Bacon Act, federal contractors may be subject to fines and additional liability. Unfortunately, there is little in the way of guidance to contractors that endeavor to implement biometric timekeeping systems—the law as it pertains to collection and storage of biometric information is still evolving. Contractors who are considering using biometric information as a means to track time should be aware of the implications on both their and their subcontractors’ employees.
A best practice is to always obtain a consent to the collection of the data, secure the information properly, and dispose of it appropriately. First, contractors dealing with unionized workforces should keep in mind their duty to bargain in good faith before implementing biometric timekeeping systems. Although the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) appears receptive to the new technology as a means of timekeeping, its decisions caution that employers are required to bargain with a union in certain circum-
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stances. Contractors would be required to bargain with a union when it is clear that, among other things, the new system will subject union employees to additional discipline or increased supervisory oversight. When either of these is the case, employers are generally not permitted to institute the new system, unless either (1) it is agreed to by union representatives or (2) the parties have reached impasse. Less clear are the statutory limitations that may be imposed on contractors when implementing this type of system. Some states have statutory protections for employees with respect to the use of biometric technology. For example, New York expressly prohibits employers from requiring employees to be fingerprinted as a term or condition of employment. Additionally, some states condition a private or commercial entity’s collection and use of biometric information on informed consent from the individuals whose biometric information will be collected. Those states also provide guidance regarding storage and destruction of the collected information. As to the dissemination of biometric information to unauthorized organizations, a number of states require an entity to (at the very least) provide notice to the individual that a security breach has occurred. Other states, including Pennsylvania and Ohio, have yet to address the use of biometric technology in the employment setting. Interestingly enough, however, even in states in which the legislature has yet to adopt a stance on collection or dissemination of biometric data, contractors may face yet additional obstacles to biometric timekeeping. One West Virginia federal court decision, for example, found that an employee whose religious views conflicted with an employer’s use of biometric technology was entitled to a religious accommodation under federal anti-discrimination law. Assuming you are operating in a state that does not prohibit the collection of biometric information, a best practice is to always obtain a consent to the collection of the data, secure the information properly,
and dispose of it appropriately. Depending on the relationship between the contractor and the individual whose biometric information is to be collected, there are sure to be differences between the requirement of consent, the length of time biometric information may be stored, and the protocols for destruction of such information. In light of the uncertainties that exist surrounding the collection and use of biometrics, contractors should consult with counsel before implementing any type of biometric timekeeping system. – By Clare M. Gallagher
Clare Gallagher concentrates her practice in traditional labor law, employment law and litigation. Prior to joining Eckert Seamans, Gallagher served as legal counsel and director of human resources for a large title agency in the real estate services industry. There she managed legal matters, including class action litigation and oversight of outside counsel, acquisitions, corporate finance, governance, and employment-related legal matters. Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has nearly 375 attorneys located in 14 offices throughout the United States. The firm provides a broad range of legal services in the areas of litigation, including mass tort and products liability litigation, corporate and business law, intellectual property law, labor and employment relations, aviation law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, employee benefits, environmental law, construction law, public finance, real estate, tax and estate law, and trucking and transportation law. For more information about the firm, please visit www.eckertseamans.com.
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