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The Inevitable New Year’s Resolutions

The Inevitable New Year’s Resolutions

By Brian Hall Welcome to 2023. Most of us are catching our breath after a busy 2022 and all of us are asking the question, “How can I make 2023 even better?” Doesn’t matter if you are a crew member or an owner of a large construction firm, you always want to be a...

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By Brian Hall Well, it happened again. We blinked and it’s December. In talking to contractors around the country, it has been a good paving year, in spite of some speed bumps. Different obstacles, specifically work force issues, hindered a lot of the production for...

The Basics of Screed Management

The Basics of Screed Management

By Brian Hall Too many times I’ve gone to the job site to fix problems such as “I can’t get my screed to do what you told me it would do”. Many times this can be corrected by an easy screed setup or just a few twists and turns. Every screed, no matter who the...

Stop and Smell the Asphalt (and Profits)

Stop and Smell the Asphalt (and Profits)

By Brian Hall Strange days, indeed. I’ve been in this business for 25 years and thought I had seen it all. Recessions, inflation housing booms and busts. But in all my born days would I ever think that the construction industry would be so robust that it would outrun...

Set Yourself Up For Success

Set Yourself Up For Success

By Brian Hall Perfection. It’s what we all strive for, whether it’s on the jobsite or in our personal lives. Sometimes we get close, many times we fall short, but the pursuit never should cease. When talking to contractors, I always tell them, “give yourself the best...

Where’s Your Dealer?

Where’s Your Dealer?

By Brian Hall Let’s take a break from the strange goings on in the country, shall we? Here we are in August and we are putting down asphalt as fast as the plants can fill the trucks. Life is good, but something doesn’t seem right. Ah, that’s it. Time for the old 250...

Sweating The Small Stuff

Sweating The Small Stuff

By Brian Hall I was working in the southern part of the US a few weeks ago wondering to myself who would choose to work in 95 degree heat with 300 degree asphalt, and then choose to get up the next morning and do it again. At least I can get back in the air...

Chip Sealing: It’s Not Just For Municipalities Anymore.

Chip Sealing: It’s Not Just For Municipalities Anymore.

By Brian Hall Well, summer is here. I know, it’s not technically summer, but it really feels like we went from pushing snow to laying blacktop in a matter of days, completely bypassing spring. During my travels, it is really great to see the smiling faces on the crew...

What a Difference a Year Makes

What a Difference a Year Makes

By Brian Hall In thinking about this month’s article, I considered a couple of different topics, many of which have been hashed and re-hashed over the last couple of years. But after attending this year’s World of Asphalt, I scrapped it all and said that it’s time to...

Let’s Hit the Ground Running

Let’s Hit the Ground Running

By Brian Hall As much of the country is thawing out and ready to get back to work, both contractors and customers are eager to get asphalt on the ground. I live and work in an area that is fortunate enough to pave year-round, but most of the country is calling their...

It’s Trade Show Season

It’s Trade Show Season

By Brian Hall February brings many seasons, football playoffs, basketball, baseball spring training. But there is another kind of training I am thinking about – winter training for our industry. Chances are, you are reading this article while you are attending one of...

It’s 2022.  So Now What?

It’s 2022. So Now What?

By Brian Hall Welcome to 2022. We are almost 2 years separated from “Two weeks to flatten the curve.” While the past 20 months or so have been a challenge for most, one thing that has stood the test is the construction business. We are staring down the barrel of a...

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By Brian Hall Well, it happened again. We blinked and it’s December. In talking to contractors around the country, it seems to have been a good paving year. Supply chain issues and cost of materials has surely affected us all, but the work is there. With the new...

Is It Time For A New  Piece Of Equipment?

Is It Time For A New Piece Of Equipment?

The answer may surprise you. By Brian Hall 2021 has certainly been a roller coaster ride. What started out to be the end of a historic pandemic, has turned into the biggest supply chain challenge many of us have, or will ever, see. As a manufacturer, we have had to...

Tack Coats:

Tack Coats:

Yes, No or Maybe. By Brian Hall Since the main thrust of our articles have been heavily focused on “Best Practices” (Whatever that is), I thought we would spend some time discussing one of the items that gets more overlooked, but gets most of the blame for failure....

Buckle Up

Buckle Up

It’s Going to Be a Wild Ride. By Brian Hall As we (seem) to be nearing the end of the pandemic and getting back to whatever normal is, the paving industry has had a different set of challenges. While work seems to be plentiful, other “opportunities” have reared their...

Long Summer Paving Days Are Here

Long Summer Paving Days Are Here

By Bryce Davis We all love the smell of fresh asphalt or we wouldn’t be in this business. Often riding in a car with family or friends I’d often hear oh, what’s that smell? And I’d respond with what smell? ... it smells good to me. I think once you’re in the asphalt...

The Real Truth About Buying New Equipment

The Real Truth About Buying New Equipment

By Brian Hall Well, we blinked and it’s July. Now that we are finally adjusting to life as we used to know it, many contractors are breathing easier and looking at adding to their fleet. With all the good news concerning infrastructure and building, the demand for new...

Where Does  Safety Rank On Your Jobsite?

Where Does Safety Rank On Your Jobsite?

By Brian Hall During the past year, we have heard so much about keeping safe that we have almost become oblivious to the dangers around us. Construction workers, specifically in the asphalt sector, are statistically at a higher risk for injury than most occupations....

PROTECTING YOUR IMAGE

PROTECTING YOUR IMAGE

In Today's Competitive Workplace By Brian Hall While most of the country is trying to figure out what the “New Normal” is, paving contractors have already figured it out. It’s full steam ahead. With all the competition out there today, how do you insure a full...

Better Decisions Equals Better Results

Better Decisions Equals Better Results

By Brian Hall It seems as if our industry is different than most. The winter months, it seems, is the most popular time to invest in machinery, attachments and accessories. Typically, (whatever that is these days) the first quarter is chock full of local and national...

Grade Control

Grade Control

By Tony Wight As we at LeeBoy like to say, “Paving is still the same as it was from day 1, but the specs and tolerances have changed.” We are all called to give a better product and we are all subject to testing for density and thickness. Being off just a little can...

How do you know what you need before you need it?

How do you know what you need before you need it?

By Jeremiah Reinhardt As we are in a unique time here, you may be asking “What do you need right now? That could vary depending on the sector you are in, or the current situation in your area. What opportunities are available to you with your current customer base?...