MAPA newsletter

July 2019 ENEWS

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MAPA Golf Outing
We are ready FORE summer and another great golf event! Mark your calendar for August 12 and get your foursome together as you won’t want to miss this year. We’re back at Bunker Hills!
This will be a great networking opportunity for all participants. We are hoping for another great turnout and beautiful August weather. Proceeds will go to the MAPA Scholarship Fund and Academic Institution Donation Fund.

» Register to Attend

» Register to Sponsor

MAPA Scholarship


MAPA is in the process of redesigning the scholarship program to better focus on employment in the asphalt industry. We will not be receiving individual scholarship applications through MAPA this year like we have done in past years. More updates will be made available as the program is finalized.

MAPA Board Member Feature

Dave Clement, KGM Contractors, Angora MN (St Louis County)

Dave Clement
What do you do at KGM and how long have you been there?
I am the asphalt manager for KGM and this will be my 9th year with them.  My duties are bidding and overseeing all asphalt projects for KGM which has two portable asphalt plants from start to finish.  Before that I spent 26 years with Hardrives Inc. doing the same work, one year with Hawkinson Construction. My first asphalt experience was with Sabin Bros in Hibbing where they allowed me to work at the plant, run and fix all paving equipment which was great experience for what I do now.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up on the Iron Range in Forbes, MN working on our beef cattle farm, attended school in Cherry, and later went to UMD for 4 years of business management and football.
How do you spend your free time?
Free time is hard to find in the summer, but I do have time to work on our small hobby farm, make wildlife food plots, fishing, and camping at our Whiteface reservoir getaway.
What do you see as industry's biggest challenge right now?
There are many!  Keeping asphalt as the product of choice for owners is number one.  The concrete guys are working hard to increase their market share and we must continue to fight to keep asphalt on top.
Finding and keeping employees is a big job right now, especially truck drivers and crushing experts.  The paperwork and DBE goals are also getting excessive and we need to find ways to remedy those problems.  Losing a refinery in Superior Wisconsin has been very hard as getting AC to the plants has become a major task.  AC prices are up right now increasing costs for owners and I am worried that there may be fewer projects to bid on as they wait for pricing to come down once the refinery is repaired.
What is our industry’s biggest strength?
MAPA has been very active in getting the industry a seat at the owners’ table.  Right now I feel cooperation and openness between contractors and owners is at its peak and we all need to work to keep it that way.
What do you hope to accomplish on the MAPA Board?
Helping to keep all Minnesota contractors involved in MAPA to ensure we have one voice when dealing with owners.  If all contractors participate our association is much stronger and we enjoy a greater variety of opinions and viewpoints to help keep the association going in the right direction.

Wage Theft

July 1st Wage Theft Law

The new wage theft law went into effect on July 1st and the related criminal provisions will follow on August 1st . Most notable for compliance are the employee notice and documentation provisions. These do NOT apply to current employees, but all employees hired after the enaction date. Along with the criminal provisions, there is a requirement to prove “intent to defraud.” For more information from the Dept. of Labor and Industry, click here.


MAPA Golf Outing

New Laws in Effect August 1

Work Zone Safety, from the AGC Weekly Update

Distracted Driving, Flagger Safety, and Retainage

Distracted Driving: The new law allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts, and get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone. There is an exception to use a device in handheld mode to obtain emergency assistance. Information on how you and your company's employees can go "hands-free" is available here.
Flagger safety: The new law allows road flaggers to call law enforcement if a driver violates the flagger's directive. If the vehicle is located within four hours of the call, the driver can be cited and fined $300. Companies that have flaggers on job sites should train them to obtain the license plate number and a description of the vehicle and safely contact law enforcement with the information.
Retainage: All contractors should be aware there are significant changes to the state's retainage law that will go into effect August 1. These changes affect BOTH public and private contracts and include:
  • Changes to the definition of substantial completion;
  • Upon written request of a subcontractor, the public contracting agency shall notify the subcontractor of a progress payment, retainage payment, or final payment made to the contractor;
  • Allowance for owners to withhold up to 250% of the cost to correct or complete work known at the time of substantial completion;
  • Any withheld retainage funds must be paid within 60 days of substantial completion;
  • The owner can withhold one percent of the value of the contract or $500, whichever is greater, pending completion and submission of all final paperwork by the contractor and subcontractor;
  • Prompt payment in the span of 10 days remains the same, unless there is a dispute about the work under a subcontract. If there is a dispute about the work under a subcontract, the contractor must pay out retainage to any subcontractor whose work is not involved in the dispute and must provide a written statement detailing the amount and reason for the withholding to the affected subcontractor; and
  • Withholding retainage for warranty work is prohibited, but this provision does not waive any rights for warranty claims. 
Go to this briefing paper, written by the MAPA member Fabyanske, Westra, Hart and Thomson for more information.

MAPA Sporting Clays

MAPA Sporting Clays Event

SAve The Date! Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Clear Lake, MN
Noon - 6:30 pm

Mark your calendars and join us this fall for the annual MAPA Sporting Clays Event! We’ll be back at Wild Marsh for another fun afternoon with lunch and dinner provided. 


Noon - 1:00pm Registration & Lunch
1:00 - 1:15pm Safety Meeting
1:30 - 3:30pm Sporting Clays
3:30 - 4:00pm Annie Oakley Group Game
4:00 - 4:30pm Social
4:30 - 6:00pm Dinner & Prize Drawing


MN Asphalt Conference 2019

Save the Date for the MN Asphalt Conference 2019


December 4-5
Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

The MN Asphalt Conference 2019 will be on December 4th & 5th at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest (the old "Northland")

For the first time ever we are combining our conference with the Minnesota Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (MAAPT). The MN Asphalt Conference 2019 will be on December 4th & 5th at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. Save the date and join us for a day filled with educational sessions, breakouts, hospitality rooms, an awards luncheon and the Hall of Fame Awards Dinner. We will be returning to the traditional hospitality room schedule (afternoon). 
Additional information and registration will be available after Labor Day!

Truck Safety - The Big Three

Safety practices need to be a part of everyday life for there to be a safety culture within a company. With input from the MN State Patrol and FMCSA, “The Big Three” infographic, created in partnership with the Minnesota Trucking Association, for you to share with your drivers as a daily reminder of three simple decisions they can make to uphold our industry’s commitment to safety on the roads and reduce accidents.

  • Buckle up

  • Follow speed limits

  • Put down the phone

Truck Safety - The big three pdf

>> Download, print and share with your office!

Through Thick and Thin

Asphalt thickness

While there are many factors affecting the ability to compact an asphalt mix, the need for a minimum lift thickness relative to the mixture size is a critical one.

By Rebecca McDaniel
One critical factor contractors typically cannot control – but the owner agency can – is lift thickness. A recent National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) synthesis study, Impact of Asphalt Materials Lift Thickness on Pavement Quality, explores current state policies for specifying lift thickness and density requirements for asphalt mix sizes and types. The study was conducted by the North Central Superpave Center at Purdue University.
The importance of achieving adequate density cannot be over-emphasized. In fact, it is often cited as the single most important factor affecting asphalt pavement performance. A well-compacted mat is less prone to rutting, excessive binder oxidation, cracking, raveling, and moisture damage. Low density can also lead to increased permeability, which, in a pavement not designed to be porous, can lead to premature pavement distresses such as raveling, moisture damage, oxidation, and/or cracking.
While there are many factors affecting the ability to compact an asphalt mix, the need for a minimum lift thickness relative to the mixture size is a critical one. There needs to be enough room for the aggregate particles to move during compaction to achieve a denser configuration. Larger mix sizes and coarser mix gradations require more space for this reorientation to occur. As an additional benefit, thicker lifts cool slower, providing more time to densify the mat.
The early days of Superpave implementation saw increased use of coarse-graded mixtures. Rutting was a primary concern leading up to the implementation of Superpave, and coarse-graded mixtures were commonly perceived as more rut resistant. Early experience with these coarse-graded Superpave mixes brought renewed attention to lift thickness as performance problems started to appear.

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Internal Traffic Control Program

NAPA's Internal Traffic Control Program provides easy-to-use online training to help employees recognize unsafe work zone situations while helping them understand what steps can be taken to ensure they are safe. Providing safety training to your employees can help keep your crew and the traveling public safe. Investing in this training demonstrates to your customers that your company is committed to maintaining a safe work zone. For more information, visit


2020 MAPA Directory Advertising

2020 MAPA Directory Advertising

It's time to advertise in the 2020 MAPA Directory. Ads will be due October 1, 2019. Directory will be mailed out December, 2019.

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