AMAP hosts annual meeting in Sedona, Ariz.
Sunny Sedona, Ariz. was the gathering spot for the Association of Modified Asphalt Producers’ (AMAP) 10th annual meeting, which was held Feb. 9-11 at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa.
As in years past, the event featured a broad-based group of presenters from government and industry, which included the Asphalt Institute, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the Asphalt Paving Association of California, the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association, the National Center for Asphalt Technology, ConocoPhillips and the Arizona Department of Transportation. Douglas Whitley, Chairman-on-Leave for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, delivered a keynote address focused on federal highway and infrastructure funding, and a number of sessions highlighting topics such as the future of hot mix asphalt, the current global raw material supply perspective and asphalt supply and economics were presented.
The meeting was capped off with a special banquet honoring the late Dr. David Jones, IV with AMAP’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Playfully known by his colleagues as the “Master of the Asphalt Universe”, Jones served as the principal chemist on the Strategic Highway Research Program and boasted an impressive resume, which included time as Vice President of PRI Asphalt Technologies and most recently as Program Manager at Owens Corning. In March 2008, the asphalt industry said goodbye to Jones after he suffered a fatal heart attack while on a fishing excursion. Jones’ wife Sue Ann accepted AMAP’s Lifetime Achievement Award on his behalf for his numerous contributions to the asphalt industry and support of the organization.
During the meeting, AMAP also announced its new officers and board members for 2009. New board members include Hau Qui Lui of Bitumar, Inc., who was appointed as a producer member, and Al Meitl, who was named a new affiliate member. Officers for 2009-2010 are Gaylon Baumgardner of Paragon Technical Services, who has assumed duties as the new President of AMAP, and James Sattler of Momentum Technologies who will continue as Treasurer. The offices of Vice President and Secretary will be filled at the June 24th board meeting in St. Louis, Mo.
This year’s event was another huge success. Once again, special thanks go out to the members of AMAP’s program committee for their hard work in planning the event. We also thank our speakers for their willingness to present. Please remember to mark your calendars for our next meeting, which is set for Feb. 1-3, 2010 in lovely Savannah, Ga., at the Hyatt Hotel. We hope to see you there!
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Message from the Executive Director
By now, most of you know that AMAP has established a college scholarship bearing the name of our late friend and industry leader, David R. Jones, IV. (For scholarship details, please see our full newsletter story below.)
What you may not know is that the first donation placed in the fund was from Dave’s family. Upon our announcement that we were establishing this scholarship, Dave’s wife Sue Ann Jones, son Sam and daughter Reagan asked if they could be the first contributors to the fund. AMAP then added $4,000 to their contribution, and the scholarship is now ready for outside donations.
Pursuant to gathering information relative to the formation of an industry-focused scholarship, I spoke to several academics from different universities. It seems clear that finding a student that has shown an interest specifically in asphalt chemistry will not be an easy task, but we feel that is all the more reason to define study perimeters on the award.
Dr. Phil Whitehead, Chairman of the Chemistry Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) told me that he could think of no one in recent years whose study included asphalt chemistry, despite the fact that Missouri S&T has a very strong polymer chemistry department. In my opinion, the lack of specialized study in hydrocarbon and asphalt chemistry poses a problem for our industry. Advancements in modified asphalt are presenting new opportunities for young chemists and chemical engineers, and we hope our scholarship will help create interest in a specialization previously overlooked by aspiring scientists.
When you consider how many changes have come about from research in modified asphalt binders since the inception of the Strategic Highway Research Program in 1985, it is expected that much more is yet to be learned. Our hope is that through the Dave Jones Scholarship program, AMAP will help direct quality men and women toward our industry, while keeping the memory of Dave and his many contributions to our industry alive for many years to come.
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AMAP says goodbye to Dexco’s Larry Lott
This spring, we were all shocked to hear the sad news that long-time ExxonMobil and Dexco Polymers employee Larry Lott had passed away. On March 30, Larry’s life was tragically cut short after he was struck by a car while riding his bike in his hometown of Katy, Texas.
Having made his career in modified asphalt sales, Larry earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University. Following graduation, he took a position at Enco Chemical Company (now ExxonMobil Americas). Larry remained with ExxonMobil for 34 years, the final eight of which he spent at Dexco Polymers, a joint venture between ExxonMobil and Dow.
Working as Dexco’s Market Development Manager for the construction market, Larry was responsible for selling SBS polymers for asphalt modification to roofing and paving companies. And his work took him around the world from North, South, Central and Latin America to Europe, where he often partnered with other sales representatives on projects.
Throughout the duration of his distinguished career, Larry was known for his always-positive attitude, the incredible enthusiasm he had for his work and his knack for successfully tackling any project, no matter how large or small.
"Larry was a real salesman's salesman," said Henry DuPre, Global Commercial Manager, Dexco Polymers. "In addition to being one of the kindest people I’ve ever known, he was a good business man who never made an enemy and worked hard to establish long-lasting relationships with customers. Even when he was raising their prices, customers never lost respect for him."
Larry’s sales expertise contributed to several notable modified asphalt construction projects. During his time with Dexco, he sold polymer for the modified asphalt that was used to pave the roads leading to Athens, Greece in preparation for the 2004 summer Olympics. He also sold polymer that was used to resurface the Talledega Racetrack in 2006.
"Larry often noted that the years he spent working at Dexco were among the best of his career," said Chris Mudd, General Manager, Dexco Polymers.
In addition to his work with Dexco, Larry further contributed to the modified asphalt industry by being involved in AMAP and the Asphalt Institute, where he served as Vice Chairman of the organization’s affiliate committee.
And while Larry was extraordinarily passionate about his professional life, he’s also remembered as a man who greatly valued his time away from the office. A true outdoorsman and devoted family man, Larry took great pleasure in camping, fishing, skiing, rock climbing and playing sports like basketball, soccer and baseball with his children. Larry also enjoyed giving back to his community as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together of Houston. In his retirement, bike riding also became one of his favorite pastimes.
Larry is survived by his loving wife Karen, daughters Jennifer and Katie and countless other loved ones, friends and colleagues who continue to mourn his passing. They are comforted by the memory of his kind spirit, the amazing career legacy he left behind and the fact that he passed on while taking part in an activity that he truly loved.
"Upon getting the shocking news of Larry’s death, numerous people contacted me from all across the industry to express their admiration and appreciation for him," noted Mudd. "People really thought the world of Larry, and no one had anything but good things to say about him. He is greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him."
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AMAP introduces Dave Jones Scholarship Fund
In memory of the late Dave Jones, IV, AMAP is working to ensure that future generations of aspiring asphalt industry leaders have the funds they need to pursue their career goals through the establishment of its first-ever scholarship fund.
The David R. Jones Scholarship Fund will provide a $1,000 scholarship annually to college juniors and seniors majoring in a field of study related to asphalt technology, such as chemical or civil engineering and chemistry, with special preference given to applicants with experience and interest in the overall field of asphalt technology.
Intended for support by outside donations, the fund currently stands at $4,500 thanks to an introductory contribution from Dave Jones’ family and a matching donation from AMAP.
Those wishing to help build the fund are encouraged to send a check made out to the David R. Jones Scholarship Fund, and mail it to AMAP, P.O. Box 270006, St. Louis, MO 63127. All contributions made will go to the fund for use by students, with no administrative fees deducted from the donations.
Interested students will be able to access the official scholarship application via the AMAP website in the coming weeks.
"With Dave Jones having been such an excellent representative of the asphalt industry, we couldn’t think of a better way to honor him and his many contributions," said Kevin Hardin, Vice President of Operations for Mariani Asphalt and chairman of the scholarship fund. "Dave's memory will live on in the many students who get the opportunity to achieve their career goals in the asphalt industry thanks to financial support from the special scholarship fund that bears his name."
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South Central Construction Magazine announces Best of 2009 Awards
South Central Construction Magazine will honor the best projects from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee as part of its Best of 2009 Awards competition.
Companies who completed projects between Sept. 1, 2008 and Aug. 31, 2009 are eligible for awards, and online submissions will be accepted from any of the firms working on the projects, including owners, architects, engineers, contractors and subcontractors.
An independent jury made up of industry leaders in real estate, design and construction will judge the projects in 20 categories, with winners honored at two separate awards banquets to be held Dec. 3 in Baton Rouge, La., and Dec. 10 in Memphis, Tenn. Winning entries will also be featured in the December issue of South Central Construction. Top category winners will move on to compete in the 2009 Best of the Best national competition.
There is no entry fee to apply. Those interested in nominating a project can submit their entries online at https://www.formrouter.net/forms@ENR/2009/index.htm. The entry deadline is Aug. 26, 2009.
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Word on the street
Momentum Technologies, Inc. recently celebrated the completion of a 2,500-square-foot expansion of its laboratory facilities located in Green, Ohio. The expansion brings the total amount of laboratory space to more than 10,000 square feet. The added space will allow the company to better serve the testing and research and development needs of its asphalt paving and roofing clients.
Momentum Technologies, Inc. has also added two new pavement additives lines to its list of distribution services. The company is now importing an N-Tallow-1, 3-diaminopropane anti strip and cationic emulsifying agent as well as two new polyphenolic thermoplastic resins, Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen NCX. Carbofen 6060 is a water insoluable anionic asphalt emulsifier that can be made into a soap solution by neutralization with caustic soda or potassium hydroxide. Carbofen NCX is the water soluable potassium or sodium salt of the same active compound as the Carbofen 6060, so it requires no additional chemical additives after it is added to water.
Kraton Polymers, LLC recently announced that Jeanne Kendrick has been appointed as the company’s Regional Business Manager for North American Paving and Roofing. Most recently serving as Kraton’s Sales Manager, Kendrick began her career with the company in 1984. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the paving and roofing industry to her new role as Regional Business Manager.
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Committee Chair update
Stay informed regarding the latest committee activities with reports from our various committee chairs:
Website Committee chair Kevin Carlson reports that work on the addition of new, upgraded website features continues. Recent additions include the ability to register and pay meeting registration fees online. A section highlighting the AMAP educational program has also been added. Other activities on tap include the updating and reorganization of the Library and White Papers section of the site and the addition of a map highlighting the locations of member company asphalt terminals.
Program Committee chair John Casola reports that plans for the 2010 annual meeting are again underway. The committee is actively looking for recommendations on asphalt industry-related topics and content to highlight at the next meeting. As always, it is the Program Committee’s goal to bring the most current and relevant information to its members, and we welcome your input. Those with meeting content ideas are encouraged to contact John Casola at (973) 740-1534 or via e-mail at John.Casola@malvern.com.
Public Relations Committee chair Al Meitl reports that PR efforts with St. Louis-based firm, The Hauser Group continue. The firm recently issued a news release highlighting the newest AMAP member companies. Plans are also in the works to develop and distribute a press release this summer announcing details on the Dave Jones Scholarship Fund. As always, members are encouraged to share any newsworthy information that can be used in future newsletters or publicized to asphalt trade media. Just contact Shelene Treptow at (314) 436-9090 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your feedback is important to us!
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AMAP Honors: Gale Page
In this issue of AMAP News, we continue our efforts to pay tribute to individuals whose efforts are advancing the asphalt industry by recognizing Gale Page, State Flexible Pavement Materials Engineer with the Florida Department of Transportation (Florida DOT).
With a distinguished career in pavement technology spanning 44 years, Page is currently responsible for all pavement-related specifications, testing and research. He is also in charge of the performance analysis of in-place flexible pavements in the Florida DOT’s State Materials Office.
Armed with a degree in civil engineering, Page began his career in 1965 when he accepted a position with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Wisconsin DOT) as a project manager and supervisor, working in highway design and construction contract administration. After spending 10 years with the Wisconsin DOT, Page headed for Florida where he began working with the Florida DOT and first got his start in the asphalt materials industry.
"I joined the Florida DOT in 1975 as the concrete research engineer, but since there weren’t a lot of concrete roads being built, I made the move into asphalt materials, and that’s where I’ve remained for the last 32 years," noted Page. "I really love my job because the Florida DOT has been so positive and progressive in implementing new technologies to improve the performance of asphalt, and it’s been great to contribute to the development and realization of many asphalt pavement specifications, tests and training programs in the state."
During Page’s time with the Florida DOT, he has worked to make the use of recycled asphalt a common practice in Florida and implement the use of polymer-modified binders across the state.
"Prior to the early 1990’s, Florida was never a big user of modifiers or additives, but now our figures indicate that 45 percent of the binders currently used in the state are polymer modified binders," said Page. "This marks a big change in the way business is done in Florida and we’ve really come a long way."
Page considers his work to introduce polymer modified asphalt in Florida to be one of his career accomplishments. But he’s also proud of his involvement with the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP). Having served as the vice chair of the program’s Asphalt Advisory Committee, Page was one of only a few individuals to be involved with the program from its conception to its implementation.
"I was part of the committee that designed the SHRP asphalt program and helped develop the transition plan for the implementation of the program," said Page. "Using what we learned, we were able to develop a nationwide standard that allows materials and mixes to be designed to reliably perform under any conditions of load and environment, and it was really gratifying to have been part of such an important project."
In 2001, Page’s career accomplishments were recognized by the Florida DOT, which presented him with its highest award, the Secretary’s Award for Sustained Superior Achievement. He was also recognized by the Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association for his work with hot mix recycling.
Page is an accomplished author who has been widely published on topics related to pavement testing, materials and evaluation. Outside the office, he takes part in a variety of technical and professional organizations, including the Transportation Research Board, the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists.
Looking to the future, Page says he has no plans of slowing down or retiring anytime soon.
"Once you’re in the asphalt industry, it’s tough to get out, especially if you love what you do," noted Page. "I’m proud of the contributions I’ve made to the asphalt industry, and I’m especially proud to have been able to work with great people over the years, and to be able to share my expertise with the next generation of engineers who will be tackling the challenges of the future once I’m gone."
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AMAP welcomes four new members
AMAP is pleased to announce the addition of Bit Mat Products, Bright Star Energy, Flint Hills Resources, LP, and Vance Brothers, Inc. to its distinguished member roster.
Bright Star Energy, Inc., is the liquid asphalt trading group for C.W. Matthews Contracting Company, Inc. C.W. Matthews is the largest privately held road, bridge and airport contractor in the state of Georgia with 27 asphalt plants throughout the state, producing more than five million tons of hot mix asphalt each year. The company recently completed construction of a new liquid asphalt terminal in Rockmart, Ga., with a storage capability of 50,000 tons of liquid asphalt. The terminal includes a polymer-modified asphalt (PMA) plant that can produce 20 tons of PMA per hour and has three 35,000 gallon let down tanks.
Bit Mat Products, based in South Bend and Bay City, Ind., manufactures poly-modified asphalts, emulsions and cutbacks for private contractors and state, county and municipal governmental entities. The company also manufactures a high quality asphalt emulsion seal product without coal tars. Bit Mat’s non-carcinogenic asphalt sealing and coating products are environmentally friendly and are gaining acceptance for chip and seal, fog coating, sealing and other asphalt maintenance adaptations.
Based in Wichita, Kan., Flint Hills Resources, LP is a leading producer of paving and roofing asphalt. Building on 25 years of experience developing customer-based solutions, the company strives to provide its customers with an efficient and reliable supply of asphalt products, and is focused on maintaining safe and environmentally responsible operations.
Based in Kansas City, Mo., Vance Brothers, Inc., is a manufacturer of polymer-modified asphalts, polymer-modified emulsions, emulsified asphalts, cutback asphalts, paving mixes, cold mixes, and Evotherm warm mix. The company offers a variety of services, including microsurfacing, slurry seals, chip seal, underseal and crackseal and the application of road roils. Vance Brothers also produces protecTar coal tar emulsion, Ultraseal asphalt emulsion and Advantage Sport Coating Systems.
For more information on how your company can become a member of AMAP, contact Jeanne Kendrick, Chairman of AMAP’s Membership Committee, at (284) 744-7582.
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Our President’s view
With the 2009 asphalt paving season well underway, the high crude prices and global styrene-butadiene polymer shortages that plagued the 2008 season appear to have passed, at least temporarily. However, no one can predict the future of this industry, especially in the midst of the economic recession.
Current economics and stimulus plans present the entire industry with a new set of challenges and opportunities. With the stimulus package focused on the renewal of the nation’s infrastructure, maintenance and rehabilitation, the more than 90 percent of U.S. highways paved with asphalt will be the foundation, and proverbial road of return to economic prosperity.
Led by research investments dating back to the mid-1980s and strong partnerships between proven agencies, industry and researchers, the asphalt paving industry is equipped with the necessary tools to construct asphalt pavements that are safe, cost-effective, long-lasting, environmentally friendly and designed to meet the current administration’s “green” initiative.
Modified asphalt binders are a high-performance product of agency/industry cooperation over the past 20-plus years. Whether the engineering choice is asphalt modified with synthetic polymers, ground tire rubber, polyphosphoric acid or combinations of modifiers, modified asphalt binders are, and will always be, a cost-effective component in the construction and rehabilitation of asphalt pavements. Modified asphalt binders will continue to be key in providing high performance, long-lasting and 100 percent recyclable asphalt paving alternatives.
AMAP and its members will always be in the forefront and available to assist state agencies and our customers in selecting and producing asphalt paving alternatives designed to achieve the full benefits of modified asphalt binders. Together, we will meet new challenges and opportunities head-on. Prosperity will continue to ride on proven quality and high performance delivered by long-lasting modified asphalt pavements.
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