MAPA newsletter

December ENEWS 2019

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The 2019 MN Asphalt Conference Draws 450+ Attendees

Conference session    Conference Suites
This year’s Annual Asphalt conference surpassed expectations with over 450 attendees throughout the Wednesday evening and Thursday full day. For the first time ever, the conference was a combined event of the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA) and the Minnesota Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (MAAPT) conferences. The two groups coordinated an excellent conference with a combination of educational asphalt research content, industry specific track, hospitality suite networking, MAPA committee meetings and awards program.
Conference auction   Conference auctioneer
Many thanks to our sponsors and our live and silent auction donors and auction participants. We raised $22,000. This money will be used to promote asphalt industry initiatives, including workforce development and a quality training program.
Wayne Thorson   Jerry Petermeier
We especially enjoyed our Hall of Fame award ceremony during which we honored Wayne Thorson from Thorson, Inc. and Jerry Petermeier from Hawkinson Construction.

We wish all our members and friends a wonderful holiday season and well-deserved time off.

Dusty Ordoff   Rob Stangler

MAPA 2020 Board of Directors

MAPA welcomes Dusty Ordoff, Bituminous Roadways, And Rob Stangler, TA Schifsky, To the MAPA Board of Directors. 

We also thank Troy Plaster, Ulland Bros (8 years) and Kent Peterson, Bituminous Roadways (17 years!) for their service on the board as they rotate off.

MAPA BOARD MEMBER FEATURE

Dusty Ordoff

Dusty Ordoff, Bituminous Roadways

What do you do at BR and how long have you been there?
I am the Materials Manager and have been with BR since 1994 and in the industry since 1992.
Where did you grow up?
Buffalo, MN.
How do you spend your free time?
Fishing & boating in the Brainerd Lakes area and traveling with my family.
What do you see as the industry's biggest challenge right now?
Hiring and developing our future workforce of skilled professionals & securing long-term, dedicated highway funding, that includes funding mechanisms that are applicable to the 21st century.
What is our greatest strength?
The resiliency of our people & our product.
What do you hope to accomplish on the MAPA Board?
My goal is to collaborate with MAPA’s membership to improve means & methods to move their organizations & industry forward, together.

Just Released! The Women of Asphalt "Where We Belong" – Part 4 of our 6 part series

Women of Asphalt

Women in Leadership Roles within the FHWA and State DOTs

On this episode of Where We Belong, Ashley Batson speaks with Melinda McGrath, Executive Director for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Through their candid exchange, we learn about McGrath's journey across the asphalt industry and how she maintains the hunger and drive required of effective leadership.

Listen to the podcast


Upcoming Events

Associate Member training events

CHEMICAL WARM MIX, COLD WEATHER PAVING – INGEVITY

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (Time TBD)
Ewald Conference Center
1000 Westgate Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota  55114
EVOTHERM - CHEMICAL WARM MIX, COLD WEATHER PAVING
Ingevity works with the asphalt industry to discover new ways our additives and new technologies can help solve problems. Different entities have different needs: government agencies need higher performing, lower cost roads; contractors need easy-to-use, high performing mixes; refiners need a reliable, safe supply for their customers.
RSVP to Craig Reynolds (craig.reynolds@ingevity.com.)

SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE UPCOMING ASSOCIATE MEMBER TRAININGS

February 17, 2020: Legal Hot Topics - Brian Wisdorf, Justin Short, Mark Becker
March 3, 2020: CAT Ziegler, Pavers, Mills, technology 

Flagger Trainings

Friday, February 7, 2020

8:00am-12:00pm
MnDOT Arden Hills Training & Conference Center
1900 County Road I West
Shoreview, Minnesota  55126
Register

Friday, February 28, 2020

8:00am-12:00pm
MnDOT Arden Hills Training & Conference Center
1900 County Road I West
Shoreview, Minnesota  55126
Register

Friday, April 3, 2020

8:00am-12:00pm
Mn/DOT St. Cloud Office & Training Center
3725 12th Street North
St. Cloud, Minnesota  56303
Register

Friday, June 2, 2020

8:00am-12:00pm
MnDOT Arden Hills Training & Conference Center
1900 County Road I West
Shoreview, Minnesota  55126
Register

64th Annual MN Asphalt Construction & Quality Workshop

Tuesday, March 2, 2020

8:00am-4:00pm
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430
Save the Date

DIG, PAVE, AND DRIVE TO THE TOP (GOLF)

Thursday, March 19, 2020 

Top Golf Networking Event: A combined event with the MN Utility Contractors Association and the Transportation Alliance.
Get ready to swing some clubs in the cold Minnesota winter with MAPA and friends at Top Golf in Brooklyn Center. We look forward to hosting the event again next March. More details to follow!