Around the Globe: March/April
BY AsphaltPro Staff
BTC Europe GmbH, which is BASF’s European sales organization, located in Brussels, announced in January that it has joined Eurobitume as an associate member. It is the sixth organization to become part of the European Bitumen Association since January 2016.
Fayat has agreed to buy the Road Construction Equipment Division of Atlas Copco, which manufactures asphalt and soil rollers, pavers and planers under the Dynapac trade name.
Volvo Construction Equipment announced mid-January that the company’s global headquarters will move from its current location in Brussels, Belgium, to Gothenburg, Sweden. The relocation will facilitate closer cooperation with the Group’s other business areas and will be operational in Q3 2017.
Coptrz, South Yorkshire, has been awarded the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) National Qualified Entity (NQE) status, which entitles the company to deliver CAA-approved training to potential drone pilots, including both a theory and a practical test.
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Off-road lighting manufacturer Baja Designs, San Marcos, California, took on the roll of “presenting sponsor” of the King of the Motos motorcycle race Feb. 4 at Mead Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, California. The challenging race was completely GPS-based and featured a demanding night race section for the top riders.
Through the combined efforts of the Department of Design and Construction and Department of Facility Maintenance, the city of Honolulu surpassed its repaving goal for 2016 by completing 332 lane miles throughout O’ahu. Upcoming projects in 2017 include what Mayor Kirk Caldwell calls a “comprehensive repaving effort in 2017, with the goal of completing another 300 lane miles or more over the next 12 months.”
Tom Skinner, Charleston, Illinois, received the Associate Member Commendation from the National Asphalt Pavement Association Feb. 1 for exceptional contributions to the advancement of the asphalt industry. Skinner began his storied career at the age of 18, and shared with an audience at the 62nd annual meeting that the first five years were the ones when this industry took him in and taught him the ropes. He encouraged those in attendance to share their knowledge and brotherly love with one another and with those who come into the industry alongside us.
- • Thanks to the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA), the Construction Angels Inc. can now assist families in Michigan. The non-profit helps families of construction workers who have died while working on the infrastructure our country needs. For more information, visit www.ConstructionAngels.us.
- • Need a new hot box right now? The team at Falcon Asphalt Repair Equipment, Midland, Michigan, announced in January its FalconNOW five-day quick ship program, which allows customers to customize a hot box and recycler, and then have it shipped from the OEM within five days from the date of order. You can learn more at www.falconrme.com.
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Southeastern Equipment has been appointed a dealer for Mauldin Paving Products of Taylors, South Carolina, in Ohio. With 12 branches throughout the state, Southeastern Equipment is well suited to provide sales and service support for customers in all 88 counties of Ohio.
Eriez®, Erie, Pennsylvania, celebrates 75 years in business in 2017. Eriez separation, material handling and inspection equipment is manufactured in facilities in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom, and is used throughout process industries around the world.
Richard C. Moore, Jr., Chairman of Lehman-Roberts Co., Memphis, was recognized as the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Man of the Year during a ceremony at the association’s 62nd annual meeting in Orlando Feb. 1. Check out Moore’s article regarding successful transition planning for construction businesses on page 24.
- The 2017 Women Build America Annual Leadership Conference will be held April 2 through 4 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. Visit the www.womenbuildamerica.com website for event and registration details. Since 1983, Women Construction Owners & Executives’ goal has been to help their members’ businesses grow and prosper.
- The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) is seeking qualified students for its 2017-18 “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program.” Applications are due by April 7, and can be found at www.artbatdf.org.