Turn Your Eyes Southeast This Winter to Recycle, Train
All asphalt eyes will be on Florida, near and at the end of January 2024 for training and education purposes. That holds true for asphalt producers looking to expand their recycling efforts. The Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA), headquartered in Chicago, holds its annual meeting and C&D World event Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2024, in beautiful Bonita Springs.
Although the C&D World programming includes a tour of a waste facility this year, the agenda, as of press time, includes a technology forum, a safety panel and a recycling plant case study that may be of educational interest to producers looking to add or expand a recycle operation. The exhibitors, as of press time, include Eagle Crusher and Sennobogen LLC. The team stated on the CDRA website that they selected the Bonita Springs site, which is near Ft. Myers, to support and lift up that community as it recovers from Hurricane Ian in 2022.
But there’s more taking place that week to attract members of the asphalt industry to sunny Florida. While many producers may be sending CEOs and upper management to the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) annual meeting in Orlando for committee meetings and industry updates Jan. 28-Feb. 1, middle management and plant operators can attend the Gencor University Training Center in Orlando Jan. 29-Feb. 1 for hands-on training with the same course material the company uses to train its service technicians.
Just a few hours up I-95, Astec’s Asphalt Plant Customer Schools has its fourth week from Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at headquarters in Chattanooga. It might not be as warm and cozy as Florida, but the team tells students to: “Expect to enhance your grasp of key aspects of plant maintenance and operation through a unique combination of lectures and extensive hands-on classes. Instructors include asphalt and industrial heating engineers and service technicians with decades of experience.” The dedicated registration line is (423) 827-1899.
If you’re looking for private, in-person training, Clarence Richard Company offers its Plant Operation Workshop from Jan. 29-Feb. 3 wherever you need it.
- For C&D World 2024, visit https://www.cdraconvention.com/.
- For Gencor Advanced Training School, visit https://www.gencor.com/training/ before the Dec. 15 enrollment deadline.
- For Astec’s numerous paving and production schools in Chattanooga, visit https://www.astecindustries.com/service/training.
Keep in mind, other plant equipment OEMs offer consulting, trouble-shooting, education, and courses to help your plant operators and managers, ground personnel, and other team members excel.
For example, Stansteel offers Hotmix University in Louisville with two operator courses in the month of February. Visit https://hotmixu.com/ to learn more about that. Clarence Richard Company offers a variety of mechanical and electrical courses via Zoom throughout February. Visit https://ezfloweighing.com/training/ to learn more about that.
This isn’t an exhaustive list. And courses and phone calls with OEMs and consultants are available throughout the off-season. When you need a helping hand, reach out to your salesperson to see what training is available. And while you’re lining that up, take a look at the products and services on offer from production-related companies in the next few pages.