2016 Industry Ecological Commendation Award Winners

The Ecological Commendation Award program recognizes asphalt pavement production facilities that best demonstrate safe and responsible environmental practices. Facilities are judged on their design layout, clean operation, conducted tours for neighborhoods/local community groups/school groups and appearance. In order to qualify for the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA) Ecological Commendation Award, a facility must either successfully complete the rigorous National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) criteria for the Diamond Achievement Commendation or MAPA’s for the Ecological Award.

The Diamond Achievement Commendation was developed by NAPA to encourage excellence in asphalt pavement plant/site operations while fostering good community relations. The program brings to light how important it is to the future viability of the asphalt pavement industry that producers operate in a clean manner. All asphalt pavement producers in the United States are eligible to earn the Commendation, a producer’s plant/site must achieve a passing score in each category of the application. Applicants are scored on compliance with the following vital aspects of plant/site operations:

  • Appearance
  • Operations
  • Environmental Practices
  • Safety
  • Permitting & Regulatory Compliance
  • Community Relations

“Earning the Diamond Achievement Commendation serves as a signal to the employees and neighbors that an asphalt pavement facility is a good neighbor,” commented NAPA.

Participation in the award program is voluntary and is on a plant/site by plant/site basis. Nominations are verified by members of the local community and are evaluated by a nationally known independent assessment firm.

In addition to making quality asphalt pavement, the material of choice for Minnesota’s motoring public, environmental stewardship is setting the pace for others to follow.


The 2016 Industry Ecological Commendation Awards winners are:


Bituminous Roadways (3 Plants)

  • Inver Grove Heights Plant
  • Minneapolis Plant
  • Shakopee Plant

Commercial Asphalt Co. (10 Plants)

  • Burnsville Plant No. 2
  • Empire Plant No. 3
  • Maple Grove Plant No. 4
  • Red Rock Plant No. 5
  • Ramsey Plant No. 6
  • Scandia Plant No. 7
  • Elk River Plant No. 8
  • Blaine Plant No. 9
  • Jackson Plant No. 11
  • Eden Prairie No. 12

Hardrives, Inc. (7 Plants)

  • Plant #201
  • Plant #301
  • Plant #401
  • Plant #501
  • Plant #601
  • Plant #701
  • Plant #801

Mathy Construction Co. (4 Plants)

  • Rochester Sand & Gravel Plant 53
  • Dunn Blacktop Co. Plant 66
  • Rochester Sand & Gravel Plant 77
  • Crane Creek Asphalt Plant 85
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