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APAM News March Issue

From: Asphalt Pavement Association of MI <>
Subject: APAM Newsletter
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 Volume 12, Issue 1                                    March 1, 2017
In This Issue
APAM Happenings
61st Annual Asphalt Paving Conference
On February 15-16, 2017 APAM celebrated its 61st Annual Asphalt Paving Conference at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan. Over 350 people attended including representatives from local agencies, MDOT, contractors, consultants and industry material and equipment suppliers.
The doors opened at noon Wednesday, February 15 with the Exhibits and at 1:30 with the Educational Sessions. This year's sessions were Best Practices for Material Transfer Vehicle Operations with Paul Schratz, Roadtec, Inc. Balanced Mix Design: A Formula for Success with Shane Buchanan, Old Castle Materials, Improving Pavement Durability with Best Practices with Wayne Jones, Asphalt Institute and  with Howards Marks, National Asphalt Pavement Association. We ended the day with the evening reception where our vendors and attendees shared great conversations, food, beverages and
  IPad Winner
Wanda Dwyer, Cadillac Asphalt 
door prizes!
TV Winner
Ben Schmittling, MPMC

Wednesday Reception Crowd!
MDOT Director Kirk Steudle
The second day opened with breakfast conversations and the General Session with the  MDOT Perspective by Director Kirk Steudle.
This year's keynote speaker featured Scott Burrows sharing his story of "Vision Mindset Grit - Success to Help You Stand Up to Any Challenge". 

Scott was playing football for Florida State University and a top-
Keynote Address Scott Burrows
ranked kick boxing champion when he was involved in a serious automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down and diagnosed a quadriplegic. With his singular focus, he boosted his recovery by using the innovative principles of Vision, Mindset and Grit. Scott encouraged our audience to stand up to their challenges - regardless the circumstances. He truly inspired the audience in many different ways. 
Session Audience
Thursday's Educational Sessions included  Not Everything is Flat: Paving Up, Down and around with Laikram Narsingh, Wirtgen America and Asphalt Pavement Alliance Marketing Update with Dan Staebell, followed by lunch, and ending the day with the MDOT Update HMA update with Kevin Kennedy and the Critical Path Network update with Brad Daavettila.
This year's Sponsor were:
Reception Sponsor - AIS Construction Equipment
Break Sponsor: Cadillac Asphalt LLC
Breakfast Sponsors: AIS Construction Equipment
 Michigan Paving & Materials Co.
 Stoneco of Michigan
Platinum Sponsors: Bit-Mat Products of MI
Michigan CAT
Ontario Trap Rock 
Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc.
Bronze Sponsors: Roadtec, Inc. and Seneca Petroleum Company
Thanks to all our sponsors and exhibitors for their generous support!
All presentations can be viewed on the APAM website and also be clicking on the links in the article.
2017 APAM Local Road Workshops
There is still time to sign-up for the local road workshop. Workshops are offered in 8 locations around the State of Michigan. Find a location and reserve your spot now! These workshops are FREE and offer 3.5 PDH's / CEC Credits. To register email Beth and for "Local Focus Area Topics" contact Chuck at the APAM office. Click here to view schedule and agenda.

Gaylord - March 7
Marquette - March 8
Auburn Hills - March 21
Kalamazoo - March 22
Okemos - March 24
Midland - March 28
Ann Arbor - March 29
Grand Rapids - March 30
NAPA 2016 Quality in Construction Awards
Three APAM Members were honored with a Quality in Construction Award. The winners were announced during the Awards Breakfast at the NAPA Annual Meeting on February 1st in Orlando, Florida.
  • I-75 in Auburn Hills, Michigan 
  • Watkins Glen International Track
  • Grosse Ile Municipal Airport Runway 4/22 
  • SR 553 in Marquette County, Michigan.
  • US 2, Iron County, Michigan.
  • U.S. 131 in Mecosta County
  • U.S. 31 in Muskegon and Oceana counties.  
  • M-66/M-55 in Lake City, Michigan.
  • West Central Avenue in the village of Mackinaw, Michigan. 
  • Kirtland Community College Science Center in Grayling, Michigan. 
Click here to see details on the Award Winning Projects.
Congratulations on constructing these award winning projects.    
Rieth-Riley Announces Management Change
Rieth-Riley is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Weber to CFO/Treasurer.
Mr. Weber joined Rieth-Riley in 2001 as Controller, directing the accounting, IT and systems functions, as well as integrating acquisitions as the company continues to grow in volume and lines of work.
Prior to joining Rieth-Riley, Mr. Weber obtained his accounting degree from Indiana University and CPA certification and gained accounting experience at Crowe Horwath, and the Summit Group.
Mr. Weber and his wife, Stephanie, have three children and reside in the Goshen area.
Asphalt Your Best Value
New Advantages of Asphalt Video
Market research has determined that the five attributes of asphalt pavements that road owners and drivers care most about are smoothness, speed of construction, sustainability, noise reduction, and safety. A new two-minute  Drivability Matters video,  highlights these winning attributes of asphalt.                                            
In Memoriam - Charles H. VanDeusen
It is with great sadness that we report the loss of our longtime friend and member of our Association. Charles H. "Chuck" VanDeusen passed away on February 15th 
at the age of 86. 
After earning a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, Mr. VanDeusen enjoyed a long career as a licensed professional engineer working in both the public and private sectors in Michigan's highway construction industry. 

Mr. VanDeusen had a long history of involvement in our Association as well as the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT). 

He served as the Managing Director of the Michigan Asphalt Paving Association (1984-85) and was a member of the MAPA Executive Committee (2003 and 2004). He was very active in many Association committees and task forces until his retirement in 2012. In 2012, Mr. VanDeusen received the APAM Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his many contributions to the Association and the asphalt industry.

"Chuck gave countless hours of his time and expertise to further advance the asphalt paving industry, and our products, both in Michigan and nationally. He also had a vast knowledge of the history of the industry and our association. We have greatly missed his active participation since his retirement in 2012.", said John Becsey, APAM Executive Director.

Chuck was also very involved in NAPA including serving as NAPA State Director for Michigan from 1989 to 1993. He was active in many NAPA technical committees starting in 1983. In addition, he was very instrumental in working on NAPA health & safety initiatives, chairing the Engineering Controls Committee and co-chairing efforts of the Silica/Milling Partnership. 

Mr. VanDeusen was also a member of the NCAT Board of Directors from 1999 - 2007 and served as NCAT Chairman from 2003 to 2007. He continued as an Emeritus Member of the NCAT Board from 2008 - 2016.

To view the obituary including suggestions for memorial contributions, click here:
APAM wishes to convey our deepest condolences to Chuck's family and friends.
Producing quality asphalt pavement starts with a solid grasp of the basics. NAPA's new "Back to Basics" webinar series helps seasoned professionals and new employees alike brush up on the fundamentals for success. As the asphalt industry continues to advance both in technologies and mix design methods, fundamental principles remain the same and should never be forgotten. and. To learn more about this webinar series and to register, visit
For information on other NAPA webinars including the availability to view the "sold out" Back to Basics webinars click here.  
Upcoming Webinars
Asphalt Pavement Magazine
Engineering Operations Committee Minutes
Other News
Upcoming Training
Dust Management Workshop
The MDEQ is offering a Dust Management Workshop on March 21 in Grand Rapids to help organizations comply with their environmental requirements relating to fugitive dust.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
LV Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan
For more details including registration information click here.
Upcoming Conference
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