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Publisher’s Letter Dear readers, When I was asked if I would write the opening letter for the CalAPA issue featuring Women of Asphalt, I was honored and thought I would have no problem meeting the Friday deadline. Well here it is Friday afternoon, our Air Quality Index in Sacramento is rated Hazardous due to the terrible Camp Fire that decimated Paradise, I’m sitting at my kitchen table instead of my office working as my kids watch cartoons due to last minute school closures. It is an ironic example of how women balance work and life and the importance of a flexible workplace. When I saw that CalAPA was hosting a Women of Asphalt panel discussion and dinner at the Fall Conference in Sacramento I was a bit excited and a bit skeptical. Excited that I would meet and hear other women in our industry talk of their successes and skeptical that it might be a discussion on how hard it is to be women in the workplace. I am pleased to say it was a nice balance of successes and how challenges are met. Balance seems to be the theme for women in the workplace. The group of women on the panel were diverse in their job descriptions and the paths they took to get where they are. They all found a way to make life and work blend, they all work in environments that offer some level of flexibility, and all of them were passionate about more women getting into the industry. It was a great testimony on why women should consider a career in asphalt. Having been in the asphalt industry for 26 years, I would encourage women to become involved. Opportunity is available to anyone who wants to work hard and enjoy what they do. You can create your own career path in this industry, and there is lots of room to become the next expert. My advice is to network throughout the industry by becoming involved in trade groups and committees. You will have more resources to find the answers you need when you have friends you can call. You should always do what you say you are going to do and become known as a reliable, dependable and trustworthy employee, colleague or boss. Also, work hard for your company and harder for your integrity. It is your greatest asset and follows you wherever you go.


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Volume 22, Issue 6


Publisher’s Letter


Women of Asphalt!

Paving the way toward a more diverse workforce


Proposition 6 goes down to defeat in statewide election Page 8


2018 Equipment Guide


CalAPA 2018 Annual Golf Classic


CalAPA Fall Asphalt Pavement Conference in Sacramento


Industry News

Full list of CalAPA equipment distributor members

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On the Cover:

The cover illustration for this month’s magazine was created for CalAPA by Chevan You, an aspiring artist from Stockton. The illustration is meant to represent the heroic contributions of women to the asphalt industry, many of whom are also juggling family obligations. You can view more of You’s artwork on his Instragram page: vaanyouart.

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Women of Asphalt! Editor’s Note: In 2017 a group of professionals in the asphalt pavement industry formed an organization, “Women of Asphalt,” with the stated goal of leading and inspiring other women in the industry. The group put on a successful program during the 2017 World of Asphalt trade show, launched a website, podcast and other outreach activities. The mission statement of the group states: “Women of Asphalt is a national coalition which supports women in all aspects of the asphalt industry through mentoring, education, and advocacy, and by encouraging women to seek careers in the asphalt industry.” The vision statement for the group is: “We lead and inspire women in the asphalt industry.” Some of the goals of the group include fostering and promoting mentoring and networking opportunities for women in asphalt, creating professional development opportunities through education and training, advocating for women in the industry and encouraging other women to join the industry. Inspired by these efforts, the California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA), at its Fall Asphalt Pavement Conference in Sacramento, put on a “Women of Asphalt” dinner and leadership panel discussion. The panel was moderated by Dr. Rita B. Leahy, a former CalAPA Technical Director and well-known in


asphalt circles nationally and internationally. The panelists included Mary Teichert, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Teichert Inc.; Amy Miller, P.E., National Director, Asphalt Pavement Alliance; Toni Carroll, Director of Quality, Graniterock, and a member of the CalAPA Executive Committee; Amy Epps Martin, Ph.D., P.E., research engineer, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University; and Corina Borroel Wong, P.E., Quality Control Engineer, Granite Construction. What follows are lightly edited excerpts from the Oct. 24 panel discussion. The event was filmed and the panel discussion can be viewed in its entirety via a link on CalAPA’s web page. Rita Leahy: We have not only a very talented panel of women from the asphalt industry, but a group of very accomplished, successful women in the asphalt industry. Amy Miller spoke earlier today about the Asphalt Pavement Alliance, and I think she alluded to the Women of Asphalt program, the basic purpose of which is to support career growth and development for all women in the industry and hopefully, with time, will be able to do some more mentoring, networking and focus a great deal on recruitment and retention. I’m sure those of you that read the paper are aware of the Affirmative Action lawsuit at Harvard. Without speaking in any

detail about that, it pertains to diversity. There was an editorial in The New York Times about diversity, and I thought that this quote might help us get started in terms of talking with the panel. “When diversity exists, stereotypes are shattered, arguments are informed by experience and alternative perspectives lead to revelations.” So when you think about diversity, whether it’s in education or in the asphalt world, I just would like you to think about those thoughts for just a moment. I guess I would like to start off and ask each of you, how in the world you ended up in this hot, sticky asphalt world? Amy Miller: It certainly wasn’t deliberate. I actually worked in the concrete industry for a number of years, and while working there was recruited to come work in the asphalt industry. I know so many of you know that the industries are polarized, but what’s been most interesting about this position is that I still work with a lot of the same companies. They really are like kissing cousins. They like to talk about their competitive stances. That was my transition into this industry, working in the materials world, working in the engineering world, and having an opportunity to come on to the asphalt side. I’ve enjoyed it. Corina Borroel Wong: I suppose the thing that brought me to the asphalt side was, even as a young kid, 10 years old, I decided I

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wanted to be an engineer. I know that’s kind of weird – how do you know as a kid that’s what you want to do? But my background is my family were immigrant workers and at a young age they told me, “You need to figure out what you want to do, because this is not the life we want for you.” So I looked around. I’m kind of a bookworm, so I read all these job descriptions, and the thing that attracted me to being an engineer was you design, you build and you maintain, and I thought, “That’s something I could get behind.” So I went to U.C. Davis and I took all the classes I could and, honestly, the thing that attracted me most was the passion of the people in the materials department, to the point where, when I was looking for my first job, I actually turned down permanent positions to work with John Epps and Adam Hand, and I thought, “Even if this doesn’t work out, this will be an amazing experience,” and honestly I haven’t looked back. It’s been an amazing experience, and I feel lucky to have found a place in this industry. Toni Carroll: Surprisingly enough, my story is actually very similar to Corina’s. Very young, I was very good at sciences and I knew I wanted to be an engineer. I went to a women in engineering camp in high school, and learned about all the different types of engineers that are out there, and my engineering, logical mind said, “OK, what do I like to do?” I knew that I liked working with my hands, but I also didn’t want to work with my hands all the time – I wanted to do office stuff and work with my hands. (I) went through the book of engineer types and said, “OK, I can do civil engineering,

environmental engineering.” One of the interesting ones that was in the book was mining engineering. And so I did more research as an engineer and a nerd, and found out that the money was better in mining because, similar to what we are seeing now in our construction industry in California, mining has had a “silver tsunami” for 20 years, and the year I was going to college they were graduating only about 80 mining engineers, but there were 240 who were retiring. And so the money for those types of engineers was really good, so I went to school for mining engineering. (The classes) were very similar to civil classes, but a lot of them were underground, which was kind of cool. So when I was deciding what kind of mining engineer I wanted to be, do I want to do coal, do I want to do metals, do I want to do aggregates? I said, "OK, I know that I want to have a family some day and I don’t really want to live out in the boonies, and I don’t know if I’ll find a husband who wants to live out in the boonies with me," so that kind of ruled out metals and coal for me, so I said, "I’m going to do aggregates." I got my first job with Granite Construction, fell in love with rock, and with Granite Construction in California comes asphalt, so I just kind of fell into it. I had a mentor back then who said, “Asphalt’s black and sticky, and once you get into it, you’re stuck.” Mary Teichert: I came into this more from the business dimension than engineering. I had gotten my MBA and was working in other industries. I actually was working for Apple. I was director of product strategy when my family asked me to come back and work at Teichert.

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So initially (I) was trying to discover if this was a fit, which was interesting, because it is a little bit different working at Apple than working in asphalt. But pretty soon I figured out, this is a business, and like most businesses, we have to make a good product and sell it for more than it costs us. And, furthermore, it’s a really exciting business because the good product we are making you can see for decades. Does anyone in here remember the iPod Shuffle? Those little tiny squares, you couldn’t even pick what order your songs came in? See how many people didn’t raise your hands? That’s what I was working on, and that was not that long ago. But there’s roads that Teichert built in the 1930s that people are still driving on, so the product that we are making is really satisfying, and the business that we’re in of trying to help everyone understand why that’s important and what needs to be done to make money in it has been really fascinating. So I had a little bit different of a path, and it turns out that the business side and the engineering side are both really vital for what we are doing. Amy Epps Martin: Some of you in the audience know my father (John Epps) is in the same industry, so I guess I was genetically predisposed in some ways, but I try to recognize that it’s very special that I get to work with my dad. Rita Leahy: What’s been the most surprising part about working in the asphalt industry? Amy Miller: The most surprising part has been just the people I work with, how down-to-earth. There’s a lot of family businesses in this industry, and there’s something to be said for that. These are people who either


Above: The CalAPA Fall Conference featured a “Women of Asphalt” leadership panel that included Amy Miller, National Director, Asphalt Pavement Alliance (left), Cora Borroel Wong, Quality Control Engineer, Granite Construction, Toni Carroll, Director of Quality, Graniterock, Mary Teichert, Executive Vice President/COO, Teichert, Inc., Amy Epps Martin, Ph.D., P.E., Research Engineer Pavement Management, Texas A&M Transportation Institute Texas A&M University System and Rita Leahy, Ph.D., P.E.

started the business or their grandfather, or in some cases, the generations are much further back than that. There’s an appreciation for the fact that their family started this, there’s a lot of pride in what they do. But regardless if it is a family business or not, I’ve really enjoyed the folks in this industry. I find them to be very down-toearth, very hard workers, and they make this job very enjoyable. Corina Borroel Wong: I guess the most surprising part to me has been the diversity. As a kid I always thought of construction as that burly white guy. As you can see across the room, there are a number of people who have an interest in the industry. Another surprising part is, when I first got the job, my parents were like, “Oh, men, they are going to be aggressive to you, they’re not going to listen.” I will say, that was not the case. In fact, if anything, I feel like they’ve been respectful, or even more respectful because we’re women. There is a deferential treatment in some ways. They mind their P’s and Q’s a little bit more. There will be the exception, of the guy who just won’t listen, but I want

to say usually that guy doesn’t want to listen to anybody, not specifically because you’re a girl, but that’s probably his way. I want to say that was more surprising. I was expecting more resistance. You never know what you’re going to find until you get there, right? Toni Carroll: I had a similar experience. I thought the most surprising thing to me, I thought that any business, or any type of industry, would be that people would be kind of cutthroat and competitive with each other. And I think what surprised me the most is that, although I have several mentors who have mentored me from the companies that I have worked at, I have had more mentors from other companies. I go to industry events like this one and I’ve got mentors and people I can go to from all of my competitors, even in my same local market, to say, hey, have you seen this issue? And they will let me know. We’ll run out of liquid anti-strip or something, because the supplier is short, and you call around to the guy down the street who is a competitor, that shouldn’t want to give you their liquid anti-strip,

and they will let you borrow it until you get your shipment. I think that’s been really surprising to me that it’s such a good community and people really look out for each other and care about each other, even at the risk of competitive advantage, which I think is great. Mary Teichert: One of the things that I think is most surprising is that asphalt is really an art as well as a science. So when I first started at Teichert I began at the QA (Quality Assurance) labs since I didn’t have any background in this, doing material science, and looking at the qualities of rock and thinking that there’s a lot of engineering, there’s a lot of science, there’s a lot of math. But then my next job was working in a rock plant and realizing that there’s just a lot of art to this also, trying to figure out why is this not exactly working? Why is this not as straightforward as creating a formula in the lab and having it exactly go down that way. So I think it’s fascinating. I’m blessed that Teichert is a vertically-integrated business, so you get to see it going down through the paver as well and see [ Continued on page 12 ] [ Continued on page 12 ]


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all the different things it takes to make it work, and they’re not all totally predictable all the time – so all those different pieces about what’s the temperature? What’s the material? What part of the pit were you in? It’s pretty neat to me to see that people need to have some knack and some intuition and creativity as well as some solid, excellent science that goes into this. The combination is really amazing. Rita Leahy: What are the greatest challenges for recruiting and retaining women in the industry? Mary Teichert: Our single biggest challenge is that there aren’t as many women that choose this amazing line of work, so when we look around at who’s available in the engineering programs in the different schools that we recruit, there’s not a lot of women who have selected to go into this. So that’s our No. 1 thing. We have this outstanding, energetic group of women in operations at Teichert that are doing a lot of outreach efforts right now, and one of the things that we are looking at is that some of the outreach for our industry needs to be down further into the food chain, say, when girls are in sixth grade or seventh grade or eighth grade, and deciding whether to take math or science or not. That’s one of the places where the decisions get made that result in us having candidates or not, because I like to think that by the time people are graduating with a good background and good records from an engineering program that we will snap up any excellent women we can find. There just aren’t very many. So I would say that’s our No. 1 challenge.


Toni Carroll: I think the asphalt industry is interesting, like you said, there’s not a lot of women going into asphalt in particular. Reading a lot of articles about women going into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) jobs in general it seems like we’re finally reaching some of those kids in those ages. I think a lot of those programs are getting put into place. There are colleges now that are graduating more women in STEM programs than men. Going forward, we have to continue to reach the younger girls to make sure they are going into it. But at the same time what I’m concerned about in the next 20 years is their retention. What they are seeing is that these women are coming out of college, but they are leaving in their late 20s. And what happens in your late 20s for most people is people have families at that age. These women are obviously driven people who wanted degrees. But when you get to your late 20s and you’ve got a kid or two at home, you’re essentially working two full-time jobs. You have your work that you get paid for, you earn a paycheck and you do this thing that you love, this engineering, or STEM, or operations, and then you come home and you do this other job that you love, which is being a parent. When it comes to it, and you have two working parents – myself, I’m in the Bay Area and it is very difficult to have a household on one income and have a decent quality of life with two kids. So most people I see have two working parents. And what I see is that, when they get to the point that they are so stretched that they're missing the baseball games and they are

missing the dental appointments, and when their kid is sick they have to choose between possibly losing their job or staying home because they have been gone so many days because their child has been sick or they've been sick or whatever, typically society in America seems to look to the woman as the one who should stay home. If you have to choose one of the parents to stay home, it’s stereotypically OK for the woman to do it. So what I would challenge people to think about is why isn’t it stereotypical OK for either parent to do that? I know many men who would love to be a stay-at-home parent, who would be good at being a stay-at-home parent, but check yourself and think about the fact that when you see a man that’s a stay-at-home parent, what do you think of that? Do you think he’s lazy? Do you think he’s taking advantage of his wife? Or that he’s an alcoholic and he can’t work? Do we give them a hard time when they take the baby bonding time? Maybe they are taking that bonding time so that their wife can go back to work earlier. These are things that it’s a bigger issue than just getting women interested. We are doing a better job of getting women interested. Now we have to make it OK for the family unit, for the woman to be the breadwinner and the man not, or vice-versa. For them to feel, societally, OK that it can be either. Corina Borroel Wong: I also live in the Bay Area, and I have the dynamic of being around people in the tech industry and people in the construction industry, and one thing I have noticed talking to women who are in their childbearing years, often they think of a kid as a career-limiting move.

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And unfortunately, that is not the case. They don’t realize that’s not the case. In my conversations with others, talking to people who are more along in their career, they’ve done that – they’ve taken a step back, out of industry, to take care of their families, and they’ve come back and they realized it’s OK. It doesn’t mean my world has ended. But we need to have those conversations with women at a younger age so that they don’t automatically cross it off their list. Oh, construction is going to be very demanding in terms of time, energy. I can’t see myself raising a family and doing this at the same time. We need to have those conversations so they know it’s OK. And when they do go into baby bonding, we need to give them that time to bond. They get six months. Having a baby, especially if you never intended to have a child, is scarier than having a plant blow up, in my mind. A plant blowing up? I can figure that out. That’s a problem, we can get a team around that. When you have a baby, that’s your baby, and you have to figure it out. I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t raised thinking, "How am I going to take care of this little baby?" I was raised thinking, "How am I going to do better at school or the activities I’m interested in?" Giving them the ability to disconnect from work and bond. Another item I’ve heard about is, I’m going on maternity leave, but my work still expects me to check in. Now I have to answer the phone, answer e-mail, to do work while I’m on baby bonding. That’s in of itself stressful. You are supposed to be preparing yourself mentally, trying to figure out how to work forward, and now you are trying to do work. And, honestly, if you

read the text of that baby bonding time, you’re not supposed to do that. In the tech industry, there is so much competition. My sister is an electrical engineer and she tells me, “I have to work 16 hours a day because the guy next to me is working 16 hours a day, and when they look at my (performance), if I don’t output as much or more than he does, and there are some cuts coming, I get cut. I could work eight hours a day and I could still get cut because I’m being compared to this guy who is working 16 hours. And then you add in the factor of having a child and having a family and you have to be really good or you have to work insane hours. I feel like construction isn’t that competitive. There is competition to get the work, but once we have the work I feel like we right-size ourselves to be able to get the work done. That’s another factor to consider. Amy Miller: When we talk about recruitment, let’s just face it – it’s a very tight market regardless, so how do we attract people into our industry when we have a very tight market. One of the things that we’ve learned that, in our industry, there is parity between male and female pay, much more so than in other industries, particularly in positions that don’t require a college education, our field positions. I think we have opportunity in those areas to pull women into those industries just by the mere fact that this is a competitive industry pay-wise, there are great benefits, the hours are pretty locked in. In terms of recruitment, I would echo what some of the others have said. I think flexibility is the key. A happy mom, a happy employee is someone who is given the opportunity to perform well at

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both sides. Having flexibility within your job where you are able to feel accomplished at your work but then also feel like you are not depriving your family, I think that, overall, that brings a well-rounded employee, a happy employee, and I think it helps in terms of long-term recruitment.” Rita B. Leahy: If you benefitted from a mentor or mentors, can you tell us a little bit about them and what made them effective? Amy Epps Martin: The three biggest mentors were my dad, my Ph.D. advisor, Professor Carl Monismith (from U.C. Berkeley) and my other Ph.D. adviser, who was Rita Leahy. I think that all three of them have some of the same characteristics that I try to emulate. Those are to be humble, knowledgeable and prepared. Mary Teichert: I think mentoring is a key for pretty much everyone’s professional success. It’s hard to do things by yourself. So I’ve been fortunate to work with my uncle, who is the current CEO of Teichert for the last 15 years, and so every month we get together for lunch and talk about whatever the issues are at the moment. In addition to that, I think there’s a lot of mentoring we get from various people. The first person I worked for at Teichert was the president of the Teichert Materials Group, and that is someone who has got nothing other than a cordial interest in my success but turned out to be a really good adviser and noticer of people and has good suggestions. A piece of advice I often give to people starting out in their career is to find, not only one person who can mentor you, but a group of people, different sources of wisdom, so you can learn about which battles to take on, how to


get honest feedback about your job performance, what are some things that really matter and really don’t. One of the phrases that he gave me that really stuck with me, there was a topic that I was really energized about at that moment, it really felt important to me. He listened patiently for a while and then he said, “You know, don’t break your pick on that rock.” And I thought about that and I said, “That’s fine and I can back away from this one and I’ll be OK.” But it was a good perspective sometimes, to have people who have been in the industry for a long time and can give you a sense of what things to take on and which things really matter. I think finding a mentor is a big deal and I definitely feel fortunate to have benefitted from several. Toni Carroll: I probably have multiple (mentors) throughout every year, and they probably change every year as to who’s most impactful in helping me. The one that I can definitely pinpoint is going all the way back to college. In high school and college, I was definitely that stereotypical girl. I wasn’t sure if I was good enough and was always questioning myself and was my own worst enemy. I was a resident assistant and one of my bosses back then, Christie, she really helped me hit my stride as a leader. It was then that I realized I really wanted to be a manager. I really wanted to be a leader, I’m good at being a leader. I’m good at motivating people and supporting people and just watching her and how good she was at it, building a team, not by finding people that are all good at the same thing, but evaluating everyone who is available to you and trying to fit them together like a puzzle so that no one has the


same strengths and weaknesses, and everyone can help support each other. It really taught me that your employees and your team are more than getting the work product done. You’ll get more work production out of them if you take the time to listen to them and find out, maybe they aren’t getting things done because they had a hard day at home, or they had a relative die, or something like that. By having those relationships with your team, having those around you, and learning about what’s going on in their life, you can really build better teams, better loyalty, and better work product. All the soft skills that a manager should have, she had, and it was amazing to be able to work with her and learn those things from her. Corina Borroel Wong: Honestly, it starts with your first boss. They set the tone of your whole career. I happen to be very lucky with the first boss I had. He recognized I had a passion in the industry. He gave me the direction of what I needed to be doing, and if I wasn’t doing the right thing, I was checking in with him, he wasn’t afraid to tell me “That’s not what you need to do.” Which is fine – you need that perspective. I also will warn you about the mentors who aren’t the right fit. I’ve spoken with other women outside of the industry, and they’ve been shut down for whatever reason, they’re not good enough, they’re not fitting a mold. The funny thing is, they still had a passion for the industry, so they stepped away, thinking, “Oh my God, I must be this horrible person,” It took them stepping out of that situation to realize, it wasn’t me. It just wasn’t the right fit. And they came back in a different

avenue. And luckily some of them came back, but some of them do not come back. So when you are recruiting people, make sure you take the time to foster them. They may not look like you, be like you, think like you – that’s OK. We just need to figure out how they fit, and be honest. I’ve had people who worked for me who weren’t a good fit. You could see they struggled really hard. They really wanted to be that person, and you can see in the end they were trying too hard. They were trying to fit themselves into a mold that didn’t suit them. I try to tell them, “Hey, there are other opportunities. You should probably explore them.” It wasn’t because I was trying to force them out. I just saw that what they were passionate about probably was not the same thing and this role was not going to fit them. I try to be honest with those I work with, but at the same time I hope for a certain amount of honesty back. Amy Miller: My answer is very different than everyone else’s. I always wanted a mentor, but there was never one there. Maybe no one wanted to step up to the plate. Early on in my career I can say I learned a lot from the folks I worked with in terms of what not to do. There’s certainly something to be said for that. I will say, later on in my career, I think I’ve become more in tune to observation and learning and watching others in terms of best practices, best ways to deal with situations, best ways to think strategically, and I would have liked to have a mentor along the way to cater to my strengths and my weaknesses and help develop that, but lacking that there’s opportunity with people that you work with. CA

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Proposition goes down to defeat in statewide election, preserving more than $5 billion per year in transportation funding By Russell W. Snyder

California voters rejected a statewide ballot measure on Nov. 6 that would have repealed 2017's Legislature-passed fuel tax and fee hikes intended to pay for road and bridge repair, preserving more than $5 billion per year in transportation investments over the next decade. The opposition to Proposition 6 was made up of a broad coalition of interests, including CalAPA and its member companies. Voters also promoted Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to become California's 40th governor, and elected Fiona Ma as California's next Treasurer. Both were endorsed by CalAPA, both have spoken at CalAPA events and also donned hard hats to tour asphalt plants. Ma was author of a bill on Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) when she was a member of the California Assembly. Democrats achieved a supermajority (two-thirds) in both the Assembly and state Senate, which means the incoming governor should encounter little resistance to any policy initiatives. The results of the election were not quite final as millions of absentee and provisional ballots were still to be counted, and a number of close races were still to be decided before the election results were certified. On the federal level. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was 16

re- elected to her fifth full term, and Republicans lost ground in California's Congressional delegation as several Republicanheld seats were flipped into Democratic hands. Heading into the election, Republicans only held 14 of California's 53 seats in Congress, and slipped into third place behind Democrats and "decline to state" in statewide voter registration. Republicans retained control of the U.S. Senate, but Democrats achieved a majority in the House of Representatives and will take over control of several key committees, including Transportation & Infrastructure that includes several members from California.

Above: The CalAPA delegation poses with state Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, who is holding a CalAPA "SB1 -Fixing YOUR Roads" bumper sticker. Beall is author of SB1, the Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017. Pictured from left: Steve Ward, Pavement Recycling Systems, Brian Handshoe, Kenco Engineering, Scott Dmytrow, Telfer Pavement Technologies, Sen. Jim Beall, Jim Ryan, Andeavor, and Mike Herlax, Pavement Engineering.

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The prospect of a divided government in Washington, D.C., may not bode well for compromise over the next two years. Nevertheless, if any middle ground can be found, it is widely believed that infrastructure investment has the best chance of attracting bipartisan support. Both President Trump and Majority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have made favorable comments about infrastructure. For the asphalt industry in California, however, defeating Proposition 6 on the Nov. 6 ballot was by far the top priority. Conceived by political operatives as a way to motivate conservative voters to the polls, opposition to Proposition 6 was broad and engaged, representing the construction industry, labor unions, environmental groups, cities and counties and public safety organizations. CalAPA and its member companies contributed more than $6.5 million to the $46 million campaign to educate voters about the dangers posed by Proposition 6, including crumbling roads and bridges, delayed emergency response times and skyrocketing costs due to deferred maintenance of pavements. Voters had the ultimate say, and the measure went down to defeat with 54 percent "no" votes to 44 percent "yes" votes, according to the latest figures compiled by the California Secretary of State. Gov. Jerry Brown, who campaigned hard against Proposition 6, viewed it as an attack on last year's passage of SB1, the Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017, and also his legacy as he

prepares to leave office after a record 16 years as California’s chief executive in two stints stretching back to the 1970s. During an Election Night event in Sacramento, Brown said of SB1: “What it stands for ... is we pay for what we need. We need to build, we need to put people to work, and we need to create the kind of safe infrastructure that a great society is capable of." As he spoke, early election returns projected on a giant screen at a downtown hotel showed the "No" vote on Proposition 6 pulling ahead of the "Yes" vote, where it would remain for the rest of the night. "People know you get what you pay for," the governor told cheering supporters. "We have built hundreds of thousands of miles of roads and highways, and you've got to keep them fixed up. You've got to keep them in good repair.” CalAPA 2018 Chairman Mike Murray with Hardy & Harper praised the asphalt industry for responding to the threat posed by Proposition 6. "Defeating Proposition 6 was a tremendous victory for our industry and for a common-sense principle that we should pay as we go to maintain our critical transportation infrastructure," Murray told California Asphalt magazine. "CalAPA members rose to this challenge in a big way, supporting the 'No on Prop. 6' campaign at unprecedented levels while also working hard to deliver transportation improvement projects already made possible by SB1. Millions of California voters recognized this on Election Day."

Top: CalAPA Executive Director Russell Snyder with Governor Jerry Brown at a Prop 6 campaign event. Middle: CalAPA PAC Chair Brian Handshoe with Kenco Engineering (left) confers with Governor Jerry Brown earlier this year about Prop. 6 campaign strategy. Bottom: Don L. Daley III with California Commercial Asphalt (left) meets with Governor Jerry Brown last August in Sacramento. CalAPA and its member companies contributed more than $6.5 million to the "No on 6" campaign and participated in numerous grass-roots activities. Brown was the campaign chairman.


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Top: CalAPA Member Hardy & Harper showed their support of voting “No on Prop 6.” Middle: CalAPA displayed a large “No on 6” banner at their recent Fall Conference in Sacramento. Bottom: Graniterock showed support of the campaign by donning large magnetic banners to their vehicles.

The lopsided campaign to defeat Proposition 6 focused on the thousands of road and bridge repairs that would be in jeopardy if the measure passed. SB1 raised pump prices by 12 cents for gasoline and 20 cents for diesel fuel -- the first such increases since 1994 -- and also raised vehicle registration fees. A separate ballot measure passed by 80 percent of voters in June protects the money from being diverted for other purposes. SB1 funds are split evenly between the state and local agencies, with the bulk of the funds devoted to so-called "fix it first" maintenance activities on California's aging Infrastructure. As the campaigns ramped up, timely reports issued by TRIP, a national transportation research organization, spotlighted the dire condition of California’s transportation infrastructure, lending urgency to the issue. TV ads broadcast around the state featured engineers as well as police, firefighters and other first-responders underscoring the importance to safety of a well-maintained transportation system. Ultimately, voters chose to invest in the future rather than allow the state’s transportation network to fall further into disrepair. Massive wildfires that rampaged across the state in November further underscored the importance of roads and bridges as escape routes and vital lifelines to emergency responders. These and other challenges will be faced by Newsom, the former San Francisco mayor and Lt. Governor. In Southern California on Election Night, Newsom

delivered a forward-looking acceptance speech to succeed Brown and pledged to get to the hard work of governing and earning the trust of voters. “California is a state of results," he said. "I know what we can accomplish together, transforming the politically impossible into the practically inevitable." He will be sworn in as California's 40th governor on Jan. 7. Proposition 6 attracted national attention as political observers wondered if a gas-tax repeal in California, if successful, could migrate to other states. "The attempted repeal of Proposition 6 in California is a real concern for the transportation construction community and the motoring public," said Dr. Alison Premo Black, Chief Economist of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) during a presentation in Washington, D.C., days before the election. "If successful, it could lead to a wave of similar initiatives to roll back transportation infrastructure investment in other states." In fact, the measure was defeated, and many of the Republican candidates it was designed to benefit went down to defeat or were at risk of losing as votes were being tallied. They included U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), who was in line to ascend to the chairmanship of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee if Republicans held the House. They did not, and the latest vote tally indicated he was losing his seat to Democrat challenger Josh Harder.

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“The asphalt industry nationwide was breathing a sigh of relief on Nov. 7,” said Brian Handshoe, vice president of Kenco Engineering and CalAPA’s Political Action Committee chairman. “The defeat of Proposition 6 was important not just for California but nationally as well. During industry events this Fall I learned that Proposition 6 was being used by political operatives around the country as a model with which to attack road funding at the state level. I have no doubt that, had Proposition 6 passed, a movement of antitransportation funding legislation would have swept from coast to coast.” According to an analysis prepared by the ARTBA, voters in 31 states approved 272 of the

346 transportation-related state or local measures that were on the ballot on Nov. 6, which will generate over $30 billion in onetime and recurring revenue. As for local tax measures for transportation in California, Marin County voters approved Measure AA, which was an extension of a half-cent sales tax that has been devoted to transportation for the past 15 years for the San Francisco Bay area county. The measure is expected to generate about $27 million annually for 30 years. In San Benito County, in Central California, voters endorsed Measure G, a 1 percent sales tax that is expected to generate $16 million annually over 30 years for transportation. Both sales tax

increases required a two-third vote for passage as required by the California Constitution. San Benito becomes the 25th county in California, out of 58 counties, to pass a sales tax measure to help fund transportation programs. Those counties represent nearly 90 percent of California’s population, according to the Self-Help Counties Coalition. For more information on SB1, and the transportation improvement projects it has made possible, visit the Rebuilding California website at: CA Russell W. Snyder, CAE, is executive director of the California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA).

No on Prop. 6 Major Campaign Contributors Albina Asphalt Anrak Corporation Bodean Cal Portland California Asphalt Pavement Association Caterpillar and CA CAT Dealers DeSilva Gates Ergon Asphalt Emulsions G3 Quality George Reed Inc., Engineering Contractors Ghilotti Construction Goodfellow

Granite Granite Rock Griffith Company Holliday Rock Knife River Lehigh Hanson, Inc Matich MCK Services (Paving) Nixon-EGLI Equipment O.C. Jones & Sons Papé Group, Inc./Pape Machinery Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc.

R.J. Noble Reed & Graham RMA Group Skanska Sully-Miller / Blue Diamond Materials Superior Readymix Syar Teicert Terracon Vulcan Materials Company Western Emulsions

2018 CalAPA Political Action Committee Contributors Angus Asphalt, Inc. AQUA Patch Road Materials, LLC Asphalt Consulting Services, Inc. Astec, Inc. BoDean Co., Inc. BOMAG Caliber Paving Company, Inc. California Commercial Asphalt (CCA) CEI Enterprises, Inc. Commercial Paving & Coating CRM Co., LLC D'Ambra Equipment & Supply Co., Inc. Dependable Petroleum Products, Inc. Diversified Asphalt Products EnviroMINE, Inc. G3 Quality, Inc.


George Reed, Inc. Ghilotti Construction Granite Construction Inc. Graniterock Company Griffith Company Hardy & Harper, Inc. Herrmann Equipment, Inc. Holliday Rock Co., Inc. InstroTek, Inc. J.B. Bostick Company Kenco Engineering, Inc. Marathon Petroleum Company Martin Brothers Construction Matich Corp. MCK Services National Blending Co./Nor Cal Blending

O.C. Jones & Sons Papich Construction Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc. Reed & Graham, Inc. RMA Group, Inc. San Joaquin Refining Co., Inc. Southland Paving, Inc. Stansteel Asphalt Plant Products Sully-Miller Contracting Taylor Environmental Services, Inc. Teichert Aggregates Telfer Pavement Technologies Terra Pave, Inc. Thomas R. Bess Inc. Vance Corporation World Oil Corporation

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COASTLINE EQUIPMENT CLAIREMONT EQUIPMENT 7651 Ronson Road San Diego, CA 92111 (858) 278-8351

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1930 East Lockwood Street Oxnard, CA 93036 (805) 485-2106 1950 Roemer Place Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 922-8329

440 West Aten Road Imperial, CA 92251 (760) 355-7700 BUTLER-JUSTICE, INC. 5594 East LaPalma Anaheim, CA 92807 (714) 696-7599 • (714) 696-7595 Fax Equipment offered: Blue Smoke Control Systems, Terex Cedarapids; Screens, Crushers and Feeders, Simplicity Inclined Vibrating Screens, Belt-Way Belt Scales, Donaldson Torit Dust Collectors, Kenco Engineering Asphalt Plant wear parts, Hauck Asphalt Plant Burners, Goyen Broken Bag Detectors and Opacity Monitoring Equipment, Process Heating Electric Oil Heaters. CATERPILLAR, INC. (503) 789-5332

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81-501 Industrial Place Indio, CA 92201 (760) 863-5558 4726 Convoy Street San Diego, CA 92111 (858) 278-8338 Equipment offered: Atlas Copco (Dynapac) double smooth drum rollers, rubber tired rollers, single drum rollers, tampers, vibra plates. Gorman-Rupp pumps and pumping systems. Finn Corp. hydroseeders, bark, mulch and straw blowers. Komatsu excavators, dozers, wheel loaders, compact multi-purpose loaders, backhoes, skip loaders, skid steer loaders. Komatsu Forklifts. JLG lifts. Yanmar diesel engines.

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4252 Saco Road Bakersfield, CA 93308 (661) 399-3600 13886 Highway 55 McCall, ID 83638 (208) 634-3903 2000 East Overland Road Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 888-3337 26 East 300 South Jerome, ID 83338 (208) 324-2900 645 Romeo Way Elko, NV 89801 (775) 777-7070 3540 North 5th Street N. Las Vegas, NV 89032 (702) 399-2700 Equipment offered: John Deere skip loaders, excavators, backhoes, skid steers, motor graders, wheel loaders, crawler loaders, Hitachi excavators & rigid frame trucks, Ingersoll Rand air compressors, Bomag asphalt and compaction equipment, Wacker compaction equipment, Trail King trailers, Kent Hydraulic Breakers.

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2018 Equip ment Guide D&H EQUIPMENT LTD. (830) 833-5366 D’AMBRA EQUIPMENT & SUPPLY CO., INC. (916) 677-8900 HERRMANN EQUIPMENT INC. GOLDSTAR ASPHALT PRODUCTS 1354 Jet Way Perris, CA 92571 (888) 770-7325 / (951) 940-1610 Large Inventory, Rent Bare or Operated E. D. ETNYRE & CO. 1333 South Daysville Road Oregon, IL 61061 (800) 995-2116 Equipment offered: Asphalt distributors, chip spreaders, heavy duty trailers, live bottom trailers and asphalt transports. EAGLE CRUSHER CO. INC. (419) 468-2288

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2711 South Lilac Avenue Bloomington, CA 92316 (909) 877-5597 Equipment offered: Bomag Cedarapids asphalt pavers and pick-up machines, Bomag double drum and pneumatic rollers and profilers and stabilizers, Roadtec Shuttle Buggies, Mills and Stabilizers, Carlson paving products, Etnyre oil spreaders and chip spreaders, Terex roadbuilding parts and service.

Equipment Rental and Sales Division: Grinders, Pavers, Rollers, Coring Machines, Seal Machines, Blades, Skip Loaders, Backhoes, Skid Steers, Kick Brooms, CY Loaders, Tack Rigs, Seal Tanks, Hot Crack Fill Machines, Striping Machines, Berm Machines, Low Bed Services and Crew Rentals. HOLT OF CALIFORNIA

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3440 East Pacheco Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4919 7518 Pacific Avenue Pleasant Grove, CA 95668 (916) 921-8800 HAWTHORNE CAT Follow Us: Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and LinkedIn. 16945 Camino San Bernardo San Diego, CA 92127 (800) 437-4228 Equipment offered: Caterpillar: cold planers, asphalt pavers, road reclaimers, soil stabilizers, asphalt compactors, soil compactors, pneumatic compactors, vibratory asphalt compactors, vibratory soil compactors. Weiler Paving Product Line: asphalt windrow elevators, commercial pavers, remixing transfer vehicles, road wideners.

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1521 West Charter Way Stockton , CA 95206 (209) 466-6000 Equipment offered: Caterpillar: cold planers, asphalt pavers, road reclaimers, soil stabilizers, asphalt compactors, soil compactors, pneumatic compactors, vibratory asphalt compactors, vibratory soil compactors and intelligent compaction. Weiler Paving Product Line: asphalt windrow elevators, commercial pavers, remixing transfer vehicles, road wideners. INSTROTEK INC. (925) 363-9770



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KENCO ENGINEERING, INC. 2155 PFE Road Roseville, CA 95747 (800) 363-9859 Southern California Butler-Justice Inc. 5594 East LaPalma Anaheim, CA 92807 (714) 696-7599 Parts for excavating and paving process: Earth Moving: bulldozer and motor grader blades, compactor and scraper wear parts. Milling, Stabilizers and Recycling: ejector paddles, skis, side apron and skirt protection, scraper blades, cutter box and drum protection. Material Transfer Vehicles: Tungsten carbide augers, hopper protection, floors. Pavers: floors, screeds, augers, curb machine parts. Parts and solutions for: Asphalt Plants: flights, liners, mixer tips, silo liners, slat floors, and more. We can ARMOR your Loader/ Excavator Buckets: cutting edges, corner protectors, heel plates, modular bucket floors, side protectors etc. Crushers: Kenco’s Black Gold RAP crusher, HSI apron and wall liners, Jaw cheek plates and RAP crusher liners. Miscellaneous Wear: Kenco Wear Patch: Highly effective wear solution in many sizes and shapes. Wear Plates: Kenco Alloy-K wear plates from .375” to 1” thick in 550 and 700 Brinell and unlimited range of Tungsten Carbide impregnated parts and plates. KEYSTONE ENGINEERING (316) 271-6192 LIBRA SYSTEMS (925) 437-3026 MAXAM EQUIPMENT, INC. (800) 292-6070


Bakersfield 2280 S. Union Bakersfield, CA 93307 (661) 833-2280 NIXON-EGLI EQUIPMENT CO. 2044 South Vineyard Avenue Ontario, CA 91761-7748 (909) 930-1822 800 East Grant Line Road Tracy, CA 95304 (209) 830-8600 Equipment offered: Vogele asphalt pavers; LeeBoy asphalt pavers, motorgraders, and tack distributors; Hamm rollers; Rosco oil distributors, chip spreaders, and brooms; Wirtgen milling machines and soil stabilizers; Steward-Amos Sweepers; Link-Belt cranes; Gradall telescoping excavators; Midland road wideners; and Zieman trailers. PAPÉ MACHINERY (800) 966-7774 PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, INC. (951) 600-1110

Lancaster 46205 Division St. Lancaster, CA 93535 (661) 948-5599 Reno 68 Carry Way Carson City, NV 89706 (775) 246-2500 Northern California 2290 East Main Street Woodland, CA 95776 (916) 685-2204 Southwest Division 801 South 71st Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85043 (623) 936-8800 Equipment offered: Cold planing/milling machines, cold asphalt recycling (train or stationary), soil stabilization equipment,diamond grinding, intelligent compaction rollers, micro-mills, micro-planers, rumble strip machines, asphalt pulverizers and smoothness solutions. PAVEMENT TECHNOLOGY, INC. (770) 388-0909

PAVEMENT RECYCLING SYSTEMS, INC (800) 966-7774 Main Office 10240 San Sevaine Way Jurupa Valley, CA 91752 (951) 682-1091

PETERSON CAT 955 Marina Boulevard San Leandro, CA 94577 (510) 357-6200

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5100 Caterpillar Road Redding, CA 96003 (530) 243-5410 13155 Sycamore Avenue San Martin, CA 95046 (408) 686-1195 411 South Tehama Street Willows, CA 95988 (530) 934-8839 425 Southgate Avenue Chico, CA 95928 (530) 343-1911 3710 Regional Parkway Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (707) 576-1616 1700 Alamar Way Fortuna, CA 95540 (707) 725-1888 1471 B South Main Street Willits, CA 95490 (707) 459-9006 Equipment Offered: Caterpillar: cold planers, asphalt pavers, road reclaimers, soil stabilizers, asphalt compactors, soil compactors, pneumatic compactors, vibratory asphalt compactors, vibratory soil compactors. Weiler Paving Product Line: asphalt windrow elevators, commercial pavers, remixing transfer vehicles, road wideners.

QUINN COMPANY 2200 Pegasus Drive Bakersfield, CA 93308 (661) 393-5800 10006 Rose Hills Road City of Industry, CA 90601 (562) 463-4000 510 Pickerell Street Corcoran, CA 93212 (559) 992-2193 1219 12th Street Firebaugh, CA 93622 (559) 659-3444 25961 Wright Street Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 (949) 768-1777 46101 North Sierra Highway Lancaster, CA 93534 (661) 942-1177 801 Del Norte Boulevard Oxnard, CA 93030 (805) 485-2171 800 E. La Cadena Dr. Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 686-4560 1300 Abbott Street Salinas, CA 93901 (831) 758-8461 1655 Carlotti Drive Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 925-8611 10273 South Golden State Boulevard Selma, CA 93662 (559) 896-4040

RDO EQUIPMENT CO. & RDO INTEGRATED CONTROLS John Deere, Topcon, & Vermeer 20 Iowa Avenue Riverside, CA 92507 (800) 494-4863 10108 Riverford Road Lakeside, CA 92040 (619) 270-4300 John Deere, Topcon 83-300 Avenue 45 Indio, CA 92201 (760) 342-8900 3275 Highway 86 Imperial, CA 92251 (760) 355-7800 Vermeer & Topcon 2714 Vineyard Place Fowler, CA 93625 (559) 834-5096 24353 Clawiter Road Hayward, CA 94545 (510) 460-3900 3980 Research Drive Sacramento, CA 95838 (916) 643-0999 Topcon 1515 South Sunkist Street Suite J Anaheim, CA 92806 (888)-527-3793


13275 Golden State Road Sylmar, CA 91342 (818) 767-7171

Equipment Offered: John Deere: Dozers, Excavators, Motor Graders, Skid Steers, Articulated Dump Trucks, Backhoes, Crawler Loaders, Scraper Systems, Wheel Loaders, Compact Track Loaders, Skid Steers, Compact Excavators.

101 Industrial Drive Grove City, PA 16127 (724) 458-6393 • (724) 458-6418 Fax

Equipment Offered: Caterpillar: cold planers, soil compactors, vibratory soil compactors, vibratory asphalt compactors, pneumatic tire compactors, wheel and track asphalt pavers, screeds, and road reclaimers.

Vermeer: Brush Chippers, Horizontal & Tub Grinders, Directional Drills, Trenchers, Mud Pumps, Reclaimers, Pile Drivers, Plows, Rockwheels, Compost Turners, Trommel Screens, Vacuum Excavators.

Weiler Paving Product Line: elevators, road wideners, remixing transfer vehicles and commercial pavers.

Topcon: Machine Control, Laser Instruments, Optical Instruments, Total Stations, UAVs, GPS Instruments.

Equipment Offered: Superpave™gyratory compactors, Marshall testing equipment, angle measurement, concrete testing equipment and aggregate imaging equipment.

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ROADTEC an Astec Industries Company Mike Hinson - Sales Rep. California (423) 667-9343 Equipment Offered: Since 1981 Roadtec has manufactured reliable and durable asphalt road building equipment. Best known for the revolutionary Shuttle Buggy® material transfer vehicle, Roadtec also builds dependable asphalt pavers, road milling machines, and soil stabilizers. Roadtec markets and services this equipment worldwide through a vast network of skilled and experienced sales managers and dealers.

SCOTT EQUIPMENT 14635 Valley Blvd. Fontana, CA 92335 (909) 822-2200 • (909) 822-4850 Fax Equipment Offered: Atlas Copco rollers, pavers and air compressors. Doosan Tier 4 wheeled excavators, Tier 4 crawler excavators, articulated dump trucks and attachments. New Holland compact excavators, compact track loaders, compact wheel loaders, skid steer loaders and track loaders. Kobelco conventional excavators, demolition machines, SR series and mini excavators.


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2018 ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC Golf, food and networking in abundance at annual CalAPA tournament More than 130 golfers converged on the Pacific Palms Resort in Southern California for the annual CalAPA golf tournament, sponsored by the Southern California Paving Contractor’s Committee.Those who took part in the industry’s premier networking and relaxation event of the year, which took place Sept. 20 at the Industry Hills Golf Club “Ike” course, enjoyed Chamber of Commerce-like weather,

manicured greens and a festive BBQ luncheon on a hilltop overlooking the San Gabriel Valley. “Man, I needed this,” one participant was overheard to say. Adding a little intrigue to this year’s event was a surprise list of special “Karaoke Scramble Rules” for each hole in the tournament, adding new challenges (and laughter) for golfers.

Golfers getting ready to take off at the CalAPA Golf Tournament held at the Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Calif. on September 20th.

Terry McGill, RJNC (left), Biz Rudolph, Associates Environ., Mike Buckantz, Associates Environ. and Dennis Madden, Quinn Cat.

Baxter McLean Sully-Miller Contracting (left), Todd Fields, Butler-Justice and Rick Williams Sully-Miller Contracting.

Amir Ghavibazoo, Twining (left), James Emerson, PRS, Paul Soltis, Twining and Marco Estrada, PRS.

Sully-Miller Contracting’s foursome; Pacific GeoSource’s foursome; Alex Eddie Carrillo (left), Robert Contreras, Kotrosios (left), Max Marhenke, Vince Bommarito and Jeremiah Brooks. Jonathan Luke and Dave Patteson.

Eddie VanZyl, Astec (left), Chris Herne, Granite Construction, Richard Champion, CEI and Jim Sauder, Granite Construction.

Taylor Environmental’s group; Shannon Collinge (left), Scott Taylor and Susana Mitchell.

Jim Murphy, Eagle Paving (left), Brian San Joaquin Refining's foursome; Steve Hollis, (left), Dan Olivera, Grigonis, Eagle Paving, Steve Cota, Jason Thompson and Frank Maitia. Patriot Risk & Ins Svcs and Mike Hinson, Roadtec.

Eddie Imperial, Century Paving (left), Michael Bann, Applied LNG, Robert Jarvis, Century Paving and Kyle Gilbert.


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Mark Molina, NPG (left), Doug Bowlen, Holliday Rock, Joe Urban, Holliday Rock and Bob Hawes, Granitex.

GOLF Chris Barry, Beach Paving (left), Ryan White, Ingevity (left), Brian Platt, Aaron Terry ,Terra Pave, Tom Hughes, G3 Quality, Zach Wheeler, G3 Quality Champion Paving and Bryden Porter, and Brandon Milar, CalAPA. RJNC.

Jason Wood, Preferred Paving (left), Steve Brown, Preferred Paving, John Greaney, Nixon-Egli Equipment and John Nesmess, Preferred Paving.

Valero Marketing & Supply’s foursome included Mike Miller (left), Sal Gonzales, Austin Allen and Eric Gauss.

California Commercial Asphalt’s Derek Ritarita, Vance Corp. (left), Bob Vulcan Materials group included Jon foursome included John Greenwood MacDonald, Vance Corp., Larry Coons, Layne (left), Daniel Greenberg, Randy Reichert and Chris Lucero. (left), Johnny Miller, JR Menville and Vance Corp. and Joe Schiefer. Ryan Merritt.

Vulcan Materials group included James Bleeker (left), Pascal Mascarenhas, Rene Isenhart and Brian Williams.

The best ball format makes it a stress-free day at the CalAPA Golf Tournament.

First place winners; Matt Lovinger, Loveco (left), Mike Butler, ButlerJustice, Chad Coca, Loveco, and Cody Miller, Loveco.

Susana Mitchell (left), Scott Taylor and Jon Layne enjoyed the lunch buffet after golf.

Pin-up golf crew photo bombed by Russ Snyder.

A Big Thank You To All Of Our Golf Sponsors! EAGLE SPONSORS • Butler-Justice, Inc • Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. • Valero Marketing & Supply, Co. • Vulcan Materials Company

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INDUSTRY NEWS Networking, knowledge-transfer in abundance at CalAPA Fall Asphalt Pavement Conference in Sacramento By Roger Smith

Opportunities for networking and learning are important in any industry, and for asphalt people in California, the California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA) provides this through its Spring and Fall conferences. Over 200 people from both industry and public road agencies turned out for the Fall Conference October 24-25 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento. A host of informative vendors were also displaying their latest products. Executive Director Russell Snyder welcomed the group to a full program created with the help of Technical Director, Brandon Milar and event manager Sophie You. Dr. Ding Cheng of the California Pavement Preservation Center (CP2C) a CSU, Chico, described

work done for Riverside County to determine how best an agency might use its additional funding from SB-1. Using the “Street Saver’ pavement management program, different scenarios were analyzed to identify the most effective use of those funds from an ‘Equivalent Annual Cost’ basis. Recommendations were made to change the County’s ‘tool box’ and assign roughly 30% of the new funding to pavement preservation, with a goal of increasing their current average PCI of 71 and reducing the deferred maintenance. The use of recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) is a hot topic nationally and a lead researcher in that arena is Dr. Amy Epps of Texas A&M presented an overview of her research findings on the

use of rejuvenating / recycling agents to soften the very hard asphalt inherent in old asphalt shingles. The goal is to develop criteria for how RAS, along with RAP, might be engineered into an asphalt mix. A general goal is that the resulting binder blend meet the high temperature PG grade specified. Caltrans currently does not allow the use of RAS or the use of recycling agents in its mixes containing RAP. Another topic that will need to be addressed is the possible use RAS in asphalt rubber mixes. The conference also included several smaller “break-out” sessions on hot technical topics. Frank Farshidi described the City of San Jose’s very successful use of cold-in-place recycling (CIR) since their first jobs in 2011. They

The 2018 CalAPA Fall Conference from October 23-25 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento, Calif. had approximately 200 attendees.

Amy Miller P.E., National Director, Asphalt Pavement Alliance gave a presentation on National perspectives of the asphalt industry.

DingXin Cheng, Ph.D., P.E., Director, California Pavement Preservation Center, CSU Chico gave a technical presentation on optimizing agency funding to deliver SB1 projects.

Dragos Andrei, Ph.D., P.E., Director, Pavement Recycling and Reclaiming Center at Cal Poly Pomona gave a presentation on “Green Up” a software evaluation tool.

Dan Speer, P.E., Deputy Division Chief, METS & State Materials Engineer, Caltrans gave an update on Materials Engineering & Testing.

Amy Epps Martin, Ph.D., P.E., Research Eng., Texas A&M Trans. Inst. gave a presentation on using rejuvenators in asphalt mixers.

Mark Breslin, CEO, United Contractors gave a presentation on the state of the construction industry in California.

Tom Hicks, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions led a break-out session on “Best practices for the use of tack coat.”


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Tom Pyle, P.E., Chief, Office of Asphalt Pavement, Caltrans was part of a technical panel along with Don Matthews, P.E., Manager, Pavement Recycling Systems.

Don Matthews, P.E., Manager, Pavement Recycling Systems was part of a technical panel along with Tom Pyle, P.E., Chief, Office of Asphalt Pavement, Caltrans.

Bob Humer, PE., Sr. Regional Engineer, Asphalt institute poses a question during the Q & A.

The dinner event featured a “Women of Asphalt” leadership panel.

Sitech NorCal was an exhibitor.

LASTRADA team members network by their exhibit.

Outdoor exhibitor Nixon-Egli Equipment.

Instructor Skip Brown’s training class on “Quality Asphalt Paving.”

rely heavily on private labs for special advance testing (GPR, FWD) and mix design work with lab-foamed asphalt. In 2017 they did 38 lane-miles of CIR using 2.5 - 3.0 percent foamed binder (PG64-10) with 2 – 3 percent water and 1 percent cement. They primarily use the single machine “mill & mix” approach. They compact to 98 percent Marshall using a combination of steel drum rollers and a 25-ton rubbertired roller. Finally, they cap the CIR with a 1.5” to 2” HMA overlay. Dennis McElroy of Graniterock also provided an overview of their various options for CIR and highlighted projects they’ve done for Marin County and City of Pleasanton. One of the hottest topics in Caltrans asphalt paving is the completion of a revised specification for pavement smoothness on new paving projects. Tom Pyle of Caltrans and Don Mathews of PRS outlined the elements of the new spec which involves IRI measurement by an inertial profiler – with pay incentives and disincentives. The concept of “opportunities” for achieving smoothness is

recognized in the new specification. Caltrans will be providing training as they rollout this out. Other key speakers included: - Dr. Dragos Andrei, Cal Poly, Pomona on research developing a method for comparing the “green“ aspects of various pavement rehab strategies, based in part on their sustainability. - Dan Speer, Caltrans State Materials Engineer on the latest challenges facing Caltrans in the arena of asphalt pavements, including the hiring and training of new people. - Amy Miller National Director of the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) on technical resources available nationally, including the “PaveExpress” pavement design software and a new class on parking lot paving. - Mark Breslin, CEO of United Contractors, speaking about disruption in the workplace and recruiting and retaining the next generation of workers in our industry. A special feature of this year’s Conference was a “Women of Asphalt” panel discussion

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featuring women who are leaders in the asphalt industry. Discussion topics included how they got into the industry, challenges faced by women in a mostly male industry, the importance of mentors, and actions employers could take to further the recruitment and retention of female employees. More information on this emerging group can be found at: For more information on the CalAPA Fall Conference, including links to electronic copies of presentations delivered at the event, go to: The CalAPA Spring Asphalt Pavement Conference & Equipment Expo will take place March 20-21, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Ontario. CA Roger Smith, a former senior materials engineer for the California Department of Transportation, the Asphalt Institute, and past executive director of CalAPA, currently is an asphalt pavement consultant and trainer for CalAPA.


INDUSTRY NEWS Industry mourns the loss of friend and colleague – Paul Rademacher Left: Paul Rademacher a well-loved friend and major contributor to the success of the California asphalt industry. Right: Juan Forster (left), Governor Elect, Gavin Newsom, Paul Rademacher, Carlos Hernandez and Scott Lovejoy at the 2015 CalAPA Annual Dinner at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles.

The industry mourns the loss of a well-loved friend and major contributor to the success of the California asphalt industry. Paul Rademacher, age 87, died on October 14, 2018 with his family by his side. Paul was born during the dawn of the Depression on a small failing farm in central South Dakota. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father, Lewis Rademacher, who supported the family of seven by repairing and selling used farm implements. Paul was also an athlete and played on the Hot Springs High School football team in South Dakota. During school breaks, he worked shoveling coal in the train yard, or as a lifeguard at Evans Plunge Hot Springs. He also worked as a roughneck on an oil derrick, a Wind Cave tour guide, and a manual laborer carrying construction lumber up the face of Angostura dam to bring relief from the American Dust Bowl and drought. When Paul graduated from high school, the family moved to Boulder, Colorado where he received bachelor and MBA degrees in marketing and finance from the University of Colorado in Boulder. While in college, he was vice president of the School 32

of Business, commissioner of the ASUC, chapter president of Pi Kappa Alpha, a member of the Catholic Newman executive council, national delegate of IFC and a member of The Arnold Air Society. Paul organized numerous college social festivities, as well as owning and operating a pizza shop with friends. Paul was also an officer in the Air Force and taught real estate at Keesler AFB in Mississippi and Francis E. Warren AFB in Wyoming, during which time he married and started a family. Paul then started his 30-year-plus career in sales and marketing with Phillips Petroleum, where he introduced Petromat, a revolutionary new technology for the asphalt paving industry. Paul eventually retired after spending 10 years as Executive Director of the newly formed Asphalt Council of California, and later as Executive Director of the Asphalt Paving Association (now California Asphalt Pavement Association). He then continued to give back to our industry by teaching university students road construction technologies. Paul had a remarkable career and an even more remarkable life. He also always treated people

with respect and dignity and was an exceptional story teller. Paul bought an RV and enjoyed camping at the beach with his family. One of his greatest joys was to have his family together. He lived his life guided by God, his family, and his patriotism. He was active at Holy Redeemer Catholic church in Montrose, leading their Bible Study for a few years. Many participants were very appreciative of the warm welcome they received. Paul was an avid reader, collecting books on birds, Southwest Indians, and oddly enough, road construction technologies! A mass was conducted on Oct. 29 by Bishop Marc Trudeau of Los Angeles to celebrate Paul’s life. Paul will be missed by friends and family, including his wife Patty Rademacher, sister Alma McAllister and his six children, Mark Rademacher, Lynn Bebenroth, Mary Lopez, Matt Rademacher, Gregg Rademacher, Brian Mazen and his 10 grandchildren. It is difficult to say goodbye to such a wonderful friend and person as Paul Rademacher, so until we meet again down the road, rest easy in the hands of God. CA

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INDUSTRY NEWS Herrmann Equipment founder Frank C. Herrmann September 18, 1942 – August 21, 2018

Frank C. Herrmann, 75, of Rocklin, CA, passed away while surrounded by family on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at Sutter Hospital in Roseville, CA. Born on September 18, 1942 in Lee County, IL, Frank was the son of Maurice and Bernice Herrmann. Upon graduating from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (Class of 1965) with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Frank was hired to develop industrial mining machinery for Westinghouse Air Brake in the company's Southwestern region. A position with Telsmith brought Frank back to Milwaukee, where he met and fell in love with Ellen Mary (Gibson). The two wed in Rochelle, IL, on October 17, 1970, and so began their nearly 48-year journey of enjoying life together, building memories and leaving a legacy of hard work and happiness. Throughout the 1970's and 80's, Frank established both his family and his career in road construction and paving with 34

Barber-Greene. Frank's entrepreneurial spirit led to him founding Herrmann Equipment Inc. (HEI) of Roseville, CA, on December 1, 1988 - a niche distributorship selling and servicing asphalt pavers and specialty equipment for the roadbuilding industry. The success of the business in Northern California, which Frank ran in partnership with Ellen and their eldest child, Matthew, has been mirrored in their Southern California location, led by business partners Mike and Jackie Allen. Never one to seek the spotlight, Frank was the guiding force of HEI. Although devoted to his work, Frank always made sure his family was taken care of and loved. Frank is survived by his wife, Ellen; sons, Matthew (Michele) of Rocklin, CA [Greyson, Nicholas, Miley, McKenzie, Madison, Macelyn, Mollie and Jordan] and Patrick (Alisha) of El Dorado Hills, CA; daughters, Mary Ellen (Peter)

Left: Frank Herrmann founder of Herrmann Equipment left a legacy of hard work and happiness. Top: Mike Allen (left), Jackie Allen, Frank Herrmann, Ellen Herrmann and Matthew Herrmann. Above: Frank Herrmann (left) with Matthew Herrmann and Mike Allen.

Bussi of San Rafael, CA [Carter, Paige, and Charlie] and Betty Jane (Matt) Lider of Shoreline, WA; and sisters, Armela Hicks of McAlester, OK, and Betty Baumann of Rockford, IL. Frank embraced life and treasured the simple moments by growing vegetables, watching goldfinches in the back yard, driving his "toys" (sports and classic cars, boats and motorcycles), and celebrating the milestones of his children and grandchildren’s lives. Reflecting his love of children, Frank's favorite charity was St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. CA

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INDUSTRY NEWS Celebrating the life of Wayne Douglas Church

On Oct 9 Wayne Douglas Church passed away, peacefully in his home in Huntington Beach surrounded by family after bravely fighting a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He was just 68 years old, but he lived a lifetime of experiences and adventures that many would envy during his time here on earth. He will be remembered for his positive attitude and love of sports, especially tennis and running. His extreme athleticism was there for all to see, like the time he ran the Honolulu Marathon with his son, and later that same day, played a few sets of tennis with friends. As an avid tennis player, Wayne gave tennis lessons to high ranking officers when stationed in Germany, during his service to our country in the

Vietnam War. Upon his return home, Wayne became a tennis instructor for Cypress Parks and Recreations, before deciding on a career in sales and marketing. He started out working for John Deere, before moving to Edington Oil and then on to Paramount Petroleum until his retirement in 2015. In his free time, Wayne of course played tennis, but he also enjoyed running and generally spending time with his family. He was never shy about sparking up a conversation with a stranger and he loved to talk about his children. He is survived by his wife Kathy, daughter Cathy Peithman, and sons Paul, Brian, David, and brother, Jim Church. He will also be greatly missed by his stepchildren, Sean

Left: Wayne’s family from left to right; son David, wife Kathy, Wayne, daughter Cathy and son Brian. Middle: Wayne’s grandchildren Gavin 10, (Cathy’s) Wayne, Kylie and Christian 1, (David’s) and Cora 1, (Brian’s). Right: Scott Bottomley, Sully-Miller Contracting (left), Edgard Hitti, US Polyco, Dennie Reed, Vulcan Materials Co. and Wayne Church, Alon/Paramount Petroleum.

and Holly, as well as his four grandchildren, Gavin, Cora, Kylie and Christian. Wayne was also an admired member and friend of the California asphalt industry to which he contributed greatly. He will be missed and remembered by all of the lives he touched. CA

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Maxam Equipment is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve D’Ambra as a new Regional Sales Manager. D’Ambra is a successful 30-plus year sales and marketing veteran of the asphalt industry. He has held several management positions in sales and marketing for asphalt equipment manufacturers and distributors.

In line with the Maxam growth plans, D’Ambra will be instrumental in increasing Maxam’s equipment sales with a focus on the western states. CA

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CALENDAR UPDATE ANNUAL DINNER Date: January 10, 2019 Jonathan Club 545 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles SPRING CONFERENCE Date: March 20 & 21, 2019 DoubleTree Hotel 222 N. Vineyard Ave Ontario Meeting dates are subject to change. Watch the weekly Asphalt Insider newsletter for meeting updates or call CalAPA at (916) 791-5044 to confirm meeting date and location.

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