Member eNews April 2016

Sign up coming soon for the MAPA 2016 Golf Event!

Registration and sponsorship information will be sent out soon.

Date: Monday, August 15, 2016
Location: Bunker Hills Golf Club, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road NW, Coon Rapids. Google Map Link

11:00 am – Lunch & Registrations
12:00 pm – Shotgun Start
5:00 pm – Social & Dinner
This will be a great networking opportunity for all participants. We had excellent weather for last years event and an overwhelming turnout. Together we raised over $50,000 for MAPA Member Scholarships! The proceeds from the 3rd Annual Golf Outing will be distributed as scholarships to students in October of 2016.


Scholarship information has been sent out and is also available here. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2016.


Directory Reminder

MAPA is drafting a new 2016 – 2017 directory. Please send in your company’s changes to info@mnapa.org if you haven’t done so already.

View the current directory »


Members Only Page

As a reminder, the members only page contains various content including:

  • Past eNews
  • Critical Success Indicator Quarterly Update (This summarizes the activities and goals of MAPA’s strategic plan)
  • Market share information (County engineer surveys are done at the end of each year to project tonage for each county)
  • Scholarship & Ecological Commendation forms
  • Committee minutes & agendas (If you would like to get involved email bbrever@mnapa.org)
  • Conference summaries


MAPA 2017 Calendar Photo Competition

Oak Ridge RoadMAPA this year will again be collecting photos of asphalt roads from MAPA contractors. The calendar will again have 12 high quality images (one for each month) related to our industry. Submit your photo(s) to bbrever@mnapa.com and if your photo is selected, your name and your company will be given credit on the calendar. The images should be as high of quality as possible (1500×1100 minimum resolution). The submittal deadline is September 30, 2016.

Some ideas for an image are:

  • An Asphalt Paving train
  • Seasonal images of scenic asphalt roads (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Newly paved roads
  • Asphalt plant during operation

NAPA Annual Meeting Summary

The State Asphalt Pavement Associations (SAPA) and the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) held separate Annual meetings in La Quinta, CA from Feb. 5 through Feb. 10. Click here to view the key highlights and takeaways.

Association of Asphalt Paving Technologist (AAPT) Conference Summary

The Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT) conference was held this year in Indianapolis on March 13th through March 16th. The conference featured several topics including: Leading Edge Workshop (performance test panel),  Aging Behaviors of Asphalt Mixtures, Asphalt Mixture Performance Tests, International Forum on Specifications, Performance of Recycled Materials, Balanced Mix Designs, Field Performance of RAP,  and Aging & Cracking Performance of Asphalt mixtures. Click here to read the highlights.

North Central Asphalt User Producer Group Conference Summary

NCAUPG-RegionThe North Central Asphalt User Producer Group (NCAUPG) followed the AAPT conference this year in Indianapolis on March 17th and 18th. The NCAUPG is a regional group of state governments, industry and Federal Highway representatives from 12 states in the central and north-central United States and two Canadian Provinces. Click here to view the highlights of this year’s conference.

NAPA Releases Interim Silica Rule Guidance

OSHA released its final silica rule or permissible exposure limit (PEL). NAPA has reviewed the rule and developed interim guidance for our members and industry on how the rule impacts asphalt pavement mix production and asphalt pavement road construction activities. Click here to read the full guidance. 

MPCA Notice of draft

Notice of Availability of the draft Mustinka River Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) Reports are open for public comment through April 27, 2016. For more information, click here.


Best Practices for RAP/RAS Management

Final report has been published by NAPA on the Best Practices for RAP and RAS. The report is avialable here.

Final report for High RAP Asphalt Pavements Japan Practice – Lessons Learned available here.


Member Updates

American Engineering Testing Announces New CEO and President


Founder Terry Swor announced changes in the leadership of American Engineering Testing, Inc. (AET). Swor detailed that after thirty years, he would be stepping down as CEO and current President Daniel Larson, PE, would be taking his place effective February 1, 2016. Swor also announced David Rettner, PE, will be the company’s new president. Swor will remain as chairman of the board and will, starting March 1st, assume a reduced workweek. Bob Krogsgaard will remain the company’s CFO. Looking to the next step for AET, Swor is confident, “Daniel’s operational and technical skill set in conjunction with David’s industry presence and expertise, puts AET on a continued track of growth, geographic expansion and organizational success.”

Click here to read more


Bituminous Roadways

br_70_year_iconHaving proudly served the Minnesota area since 1946, Bituminous Roadways would like to express our sincerest appreciation to all who have helped us achieve 70 great years of service!


CWMF Corp. Recieves Central MN Business Recognition

CWMF Corporation, formerly known as Custom Welding and Metal Fabrication, has been selected as the 2016 St. Cloud Area Business Central Mark of Excellence: Family Owned Business of the Year. The company is owned by second generation family members, siblings Carmie, Travis and Brian Mick.

Founded in 1968 by Loren Mick, the company originally focused on truck repair and contract hauling. In 1978 CWMF expanded the operation to offer custom fabrication services. In 1988 Loren Mick began manufacturing asphalt plant equipment with the introduction of CWMF’s first product, the “Dust-Eater” baghouse. Since then, they have expanded their product line to encompass the full spectrum of asphalt production equipment, as well as custom fabrication of all types of industrial equipment — with an emphasis on large-scale capabilities. Click here to read the full article.


Knife River Materials

Knife River Materials, Northern Minnesota, of Bemidji received a National Asphalt Pavement Association 2015 Quality in Construction Award. 2015 Minnesota Award Winner


Kraemer Mining & Materials, Inc.

Kraemer Mining and Materials, Inc. welcomes a new Inside Sales and Dispatch employee. Kyle Fritz joined the Kraemer Team in January and is looking forward to addressing the many issues facing our industry.


Fuel Testing – Schedule & Save with Lube-Tech

Low temperatures in the winter months cause water to drop out of fuel and settle at the bottom of storage tanks. Now that spring is here, free water will thaw and could cause potential issues in your diesel engines, while also creating a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.

Fuel testing is recommended annually and is a small investment when compared to the serious problems that can arise from improper fuel maintenance. Lube-Tech also offers the full line of Arsenal Fuel Additives to help correct any diagnosed issues with fuel, and liquid recycling service to remove any free water or degraded fuel from tanks.

Call Lube-Tech today at 763-417-1356 to learn about our quantity discounts for fuel testing. Learn more at www.lubetech.com/html/fueltesting

RDO Integrated Controls

RDO Integrated Controls offers Topcon C-63 Intelligent Compaction

TopconC-63IC_2Complete jobs up to 30% faster, improve compaction quality and enhance project efficiency with the Topcon C-63 Intelligent Compaction system from RDO Integrated Controls.

Through secure connectivity to Sitelink 3D enterprise service, real-time data is available to ensure passes, mix temperature, stiffness and quality control are being met by all machines at all times. Data is available 24/7 for better team collaboration, reporting, and proactive, instant adjustments. It also can be exported to Veta analysis software.

The Topcon C-63 Intelligent Compaction system meets FHWA intelligent compaction standards, and is fully compliant as set forth by the US Highway Administration and MnDOT.

Stonebrooke Engineering

Stonebrooke Engineering recently created a public safety video for MnDOT’s Local Road Research Board (LRRB) on the benefits of rumble strips. The video shows how rumble strips are a proven and cost-effective method of reducing crashes on Minnesota roads. It also acknowledges the impacts to cyclists, recognizes the noise impacts to nearby residents, and describes the difference between rumble strips and rumble stripes. This video is available to view online here:http://www.stonebrookeengineering.com/2015/09/rumble-strips-saving-lives-in-minnesota/


New MAPA Members

Larkin Hoffman

lh_logo_black_blue_finalLarkin Hoffman welcomes Dave Hammargren, Paul Meyer, Jim Sander, and Jason Tarasek, all formerly of Hammargren & Meyer. Now providing all types of legal services in addition to contracts, claims, mechanics’ liens, bond claims, environmental and permitting issues, such as land use, condemnation, corporate, labor and employment, bankruptcy, estate planning, succession planning, government relations, litigation and arbitration.


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