In the News
Mark Bauerly is MAPA’s New Field Consultant
Mark Bauerly is MAPA’s new Field Consultant and will be traveling to local government representatives to promote the use of asphalt pavements. This also includes representing MAPA at various District, County, City, Township, and Consultant events. Welcome Mark!
DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule
The Department of Labor announced its long-awaited final regulations, which are poised to greatly expand the number of employees who are eligible for overtime pay. This rule will go into effect on December 1, 2016. Click here to read more.
The consequences of OSHA’s reporting final rule
On May 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a new final rule governing the tracking and reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses. The new rule, which takes effect, in part, on July 1, 2017, is expected to have significant consequences for employers going far beyond the new reporting obligations set forth in the rule.Click here to read the full article.
Critical Amendments to Minnesota’s Prompt Payment and Retainage Laws
The Minnesota legislature recently passed a bill significantly amending Minnesota’s prompt payment statute. The revised statute specifically authorizes contractors and subcontractors of any tier to stop work if they are not paid within 10 days after an undisputed payment is due. It also limits retainage to 5 percent on all construction projects in Minnesota. Signed into law by Governor Dayton on May 19, the changes will apply to all building and construction contracts executed after August 1, 2016. Click here to read more.
Public Notice: Notice of Availability and Request for Comments on the Sand Hill River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Project
Public Notice: Notice of Availability and Request for Comments on the Sand Hill River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Project, open for public comment through June 29, 2016. Click here to view the full notice.
MPCA: Industrial stormwater sampling requirements – what’s next?
The current general permit was issued April 2015, and all permittees were required to “restart” sampling quarterly, for four quarters to start, starting July 2015. New applicants started sampling the next full calendar quarter after receiving permit coverage. Click here to read more.
NEW MAPA CONTRACTOR MEMBER: Northland Constructors of Duluth, LLC
Northland Constructors was founded in 1970 by Jim Holmgren, CEO. Jim and his team have been serving Northern Minnesota & Northern Wisconsin on Highway-Heavy Projects, including Asphalt, Earthwork, Utilities, Bridges, Concrete Flatwork, Crushing & Blasting. Northland Constructors works along side state, county and city governments, as well as the DNR, the US Army Corp of Engineers and the private sector. Welcome Northland Constructors of Duluth! Their website is http://www.northlandconstructors.com/
Congratulations to Bituminous Roadways on their 70th anniversary! The open house was held on May 20th at the Mendota Heights office and had many attendees. The event featured a great american BBQ dinner, ice cold beverages, live music, family fun, prizes and networking.
On May 26, 2016 Duininck, Inc. announced the acquisition of the asphalt related assets of McLaughlin & Schulz, Inc. in a deal that concluded on Tuesday, May 10. The acquisition allows Duininck, Inc. to expand their capabilities in the region.
McLaughlin & Schulz, Inc. was founded in 1939 by Frank McLaughlin.
“Selling to Duininck was a great move for our organization. Their strong values of doing business right and building a good organization will serve my customers and employees well,” said Mike Wudel, Vice President of McLaughlin and Schulz.
Esch Construction Supply, Inc.
The Esch team is growing! We recently added 2 new customer service reps to meet the needs of our customers. Jenni Rau has over 6 years of experience in customer service and joined our St. Paul team in March. Jason Coryell has over 10 years of experience in customer service and joined our Milwaukee team in May.
Fabyanske, Westa, Hart & Thomson, P.A.
Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. has been ranked as a Band 1 Construction Law Firm in Minnesota by the well recognized Chambers professional rating service. Here’s what Chambers has to say about FWHT:
The team is known as a “Construction and real estate boutique noted for its exceptional knowledge and experience of the industry. Particularly recognized for its work on behalf of developers, subcontractors and designers.”
Ingevity Corporation Goes Public
Ingevity Corporation is proud to announce that it has begun operations as a standalone, publicly traded company, following a tax-free spinoff from WestRock. Based in North Charleston, S.C. The team focuses on its asphalt additives for pavement preservation and Evotherm®, Ingevity’s warm mix technology. Everett Crews, Technology Development Director for the Pavement Technologies group comments: “Becoming a public company is exciting news for our team. And the exciting news for our customers and partners is that our expertise in solving the industry’s most challenging problems will continue to be world-class.” Click here to read more.
For over 40 years Lube-Tech has been a leader in off-highway fluid technology and fluid-related equipment, service, and supply. We are not simply a lubricant vendor, we are your business partner for all of your fluid-related needs. Lube-Tech offers Total Customer Care by offering application support from industry experts, the broadest product portfolio, lab analysis & fluid customization, and an all-in-one fluid handling equipment resource. Learn more about our Total Customer Care here:http://www.lubetech.com/
Park Construction Company recently paved the U.S. Bank Stadium floor prior to the placement of the turf. The mix used on this projects was SPWEB440B on the first lift and SPWEA440B on the wear course. The mix came from Commercial Asphalt’s Burnsville plant. The tolerance on this project was 1/8th inch in 10 feet so this project used 3D paving with the help of Ziegler CAT and Caterpillar Paving Products to achieve the tighter smoothness requirement. The U.S. Bank Stadium is scheduled to open this summer.
Stinson Leonard Street
After nearly three decades at the Fifth Street Towers in downtown Minneapolis, the law firm announced it will relocate its headquarters and 400 workers to the 29-story Class A office building on the northwest quadrant of South Sixth Street and Nicollet Mall.
The firm has signed a 16-year lease for 105,000 square feet on three full floors and part of a fourth at the building, managing partner Mark Hinderks said in an interview Thursday.
Stinson Leonard Street will make the two-block move in fall 2017 to the tower, named after its address at 50 S. Sixth St. Click here to read more.
Stonebrooke Engineering, Inc. (Stonebrooke) is pleased to announce that Mike Hulstein has joined the firm’s Minneapolis, Minnesota office as a Bridge Design Engineer. Prior to joining Stonebrooke, Hulstein worked for Jackson County Public Works Department where he was an intern for two summers during college. In his new role, he will focus primarily on bridge replacement plans, bridge design calculations, and bridge load ratings. Hulstein holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Minnesota State University-Mankato.
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