MARCH 2019 Member NEWSLETTER

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2018 Recycled Materials and WMA Survey

NAPA needs your help in gathering data for the 2018 construction season survey on the use of recycled materials and warm-mix asphalt.

Visit the 2018_RMWMA_Survey to provide information about the use of recycled materials and WMA at your plants in Minnesota. NAPA would like to have as many responses as possible by April 1 with participation from all 50 states and the U.S. territories. It is recommended that respondents download a printed version of the survey to ensure that all relevant data is on hand before beginning the process. Information provided is kept fully confidential and only reported at the state-level if more than three producers in the state participate.

If you have any questions, please contact Brett Williams at bwilliams@asphaltpavement.org, NAPA’s Director of Engineering & Technical Support.


National Asphalt Pavement Association 2018 Quality in Construction Awards

There were 283 National Asphalt Pavement Association 2018 Quality in Construction Awards. Below lists the contractors and the projects that earned the award within Minnesota.



Knife River Materials, Northern Minnesota Division
Bemidji
CSAH 36 in Nary, Minn. AND
TH 1 in Red Lake, Minn. AND
Various Roads in Polk County

Valley Paving Inc.
Shakopee
TH 7 in Hennepin County
AND
The 13 in Scott County AND
TH 50 in Dakota County



Knife River Materials, Northern Minnesota Division
Bemidji
TH 75 in Crookston, Minn.
AND
Various Roads in Marshall County



AMT Updates & PMTP Contract Report Cards

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MnDOT commissioner announces new leadership team

Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher announced the leadership team that will assist her in serving Minnesotans and their transportation needs.

“This team will be vital to executing MnDOT’s strategic plan and meeting the needs of Minnesotans as we work to ensure a sustainable transportation system that supports Minnesota’s economy and quality of life,” said Anderson Kelliher. 

Susan Mulvihill, currently deputy commissioner and chief engineer, will continue to serve in that role. She has worked for MnDOT for 35 years and has served in a number of positions in the agency including: Metro District program delivery director, acting Metro District engineer, MnDOT Division Director for Operations and MnDOT Division Director for Employee and Corporate Services. A licensed professional engineer, Mulvihill has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in management technology from the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis.

Scott Peterson will continue serving as the Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Government Affairs. He has been with MnDOT for 23 years, having also served as the Director of Finance, assistant to the Deputy Commissioner and senior economist. Prior to joining MnDOT, he worked on staff for the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development, at Marquette Bank as a financial analyst, and at South Dakota State University as a researcher and instructor. Peterson has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Dakota Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in economics from South Dakota State University.

Sara Severs will serve as the Chief of Staff. She served for 11 years both in Washington, D.C., and Minnesota in the office of then-U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, where she managed a variety of teams, systems, budgets and projects. Most recently she served as Walz’s deputy chief of staff and managed his reelection campaigns in 2012 and 2014. She graduated from The George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Severs takes over for Eric Davis, who left MnDOT earlier this month to serve as the vice chancellor of human resources for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Craig Gustafson will continue to serve as Chief Counsel, a position he assumed in 2017. Gustafson has worked for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development as the general counsel and director of Unemployment Insurance and Legal Affairs and Appeals. He also worked as the chief unemployment law judge for Minnesota and as an attorney for the Minnesota State Legislature in the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Gustavus Adolphus College and a juris doctorate degree from Cornell University.


Students Experience Career Opportunities at Central Minnesota Career Event

Nuss

On Friday, February 22, 2019, more than 2,500 students from over 20 schools gathered on the campus of the St. Cloud Technical and Community College in St. Cloud, MN, to participate in EPIC 2019 (Exploring Potential Careers & Interests), the first ever large-scale career exploration event for high school students in Central Minnesota. Nuss Truck & Equipment is committed to supporting education and proud to be a part of this event. 

This event is designed to effectively bridge the gap between education and industry for high school students in Central Minnesota, contributing to the fulfillment of the economic and workforce needs of the area. The unique format of the event allows students to participate in hands-on, interactive experiences that simulate activities from a variety of careers. Students also learned the educational requirements and potential job market forecast of each career. 

Students who visit the Nuss booth will learn about the wide range of career opportunities in the transportation and construction industries, from technology jobs to diesel technician jobs. 

 The Nuss booth attractions will include: 

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a pre-event survey, designed to help them discover the top career clusters best suited to their interests and personalities. After the event, students can participate in a reflection activity constructed to immediately implement their experience and begin the creative brainstorming process about potential careers. 

About Nuss Truck & Equipment: 

With eight locations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, Nuss Truck & Equipment is the region’s largest dealer of new and used Mack and Volvo Trucks, and Volvo Construction Equipment. Established in 1959, Nuss has become a leading provider of service, parts, trailers, rentals and custom-engineered solutions for the trucking and construction industries. With headquarter offices in Rochester and Roseville, Minnesota, Nuss is proud of its commitment to safety and exceptional service. For more information and a list of locations, visit www.nussgrp.com


RDO Equipment Co. Building New Full-Service Store in Dayton

RDO Store

DAYTON, Minn. (January 30, 2019) –To better meet customer demand, RDO Equipment Co. is expanding its presence in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro by building a new, full-service store in Dayton. This store addresses the growing needs of the northern area, serving customers in the construction, environmental, roadbuilding, surveying, and underground industries.

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Calendar of Events

March 15 – 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Annual Contractor Appreciation OPEN HOUSE  

Laborers Training Center, Lino Lakes, MN

Join us to celebrate safety and training at the Union Contractor Open House event of the year! Who will win the 4 wheeler? One of seven LIUNA member finalists will be awarded this 2018 Arctic Cat 500 All Terrain Vehicle and Trailer in an exciting random drawing event on our main stage. Visit mnlecet.org for program rules and information.

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March 19 – 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
63rd Annual MN Asphalt Construction & Quality Workshop

Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN

This workshop is a technology exchange of new developments and strategies for asphalt pavements.

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MARCH 21 – 7:30 am - 10:00 am
ASSOCIATE MARCH TRAINING SERIES BREAKFAST

Defining Your Organization's Risk Footprint with Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann

The Builders Group, Eagan, Minnesota 55121

» RSVP AND DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

March 25 – 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
DBE + MBE Showcase & Networking Event

Amherst Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN

Are you looking for a DBE/MBE firm to fulfill some construction work this year? Then this event is for you! DBE/MBE firms currently signed with the various certification programs have been invited to complete an online form, after which they will be evaluated by the MaKee Company for viability and invited to the March 25th Showcase as a vendor. The Showcase will be limited to 30 DBE/MBE firms. This will take your Good Faith Effort to the next level.

» Registration and details are available here

March 26 – 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
MN Rubberized Asphalt Lunch & Learn

MnDOT Materials Office, Maplewood, MN

Greetings from Liberty Tire Recycling! We’d like to invite you to come over to MnDOT and have a bite to eat and to learn about what’s new with rubberized asphalt. There have been many improvements that have taken place since the 1990s that are worthy to consider as an addition to the pavement maintenance tool box. Please register with John Sheerin of the US Tire Manufacturers Association, our gracious host for the event. 

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APRIL 18 – 8:00 am - 9:00 am
ASSOCIATE APRIL TRAINING SERIES BREAKFAST

PROJECT DOCUMENTATION AND SPEC BOOK COMPLIANCE WITH BEST AND FLANAGAN LAW FIRM

Save the date. Location & RSVP information coming soon. 

MAY 9 – 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ASSOCIATE MAY TRAINING SERIES BREAKFAST

PAVEMENT BASE/SUBGRADE STABILIZATION, LAB TOUR, AND SOCIAL WITH BRAUN INTERTEC

Save the date. Location & RSVP information coming soon.