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From Loss to Legacy:

From Loss to Legacy:

Construction Angels’ Scholarships and Educational Support By Kristi Ronyak At Construction Angels, our mission is simple yet profound, to offer financial and emotional support to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a construction related accident. We...

The Importance of Additives in Sealcoating

The Importance of Additives in Sealcoating

What happens when they are neglected By Shannon O’Donnell and Rick Poole Sealcoating is a vital aspect of maintaining asphalt surfaces, be it driveways, parking lots, or roads. Its primary purpose is to protect the asphalt from degradation caused by various...

From Pavement to Perfection:

From Pavement to Perfection:

Navigating the Art of Parking Lot Striping By Mark “Captain Striper” Estrada Jr. So you’ve landed yourself a new parking lot to stripe. Congratulations! You’re about to make the world a little more organized one parking spot at a time but before you dive headfirst...

Benefits of Crack Sealing

Benefits of Crack Sealing

Preserve, protect pavement performance By Jeff Winke Cracks happen. In time, exposed to the world, asphalt paving gets them. And fixing asphalt pavement cracks is critical to maintaining a strong, useable surface. As the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT)...

Hiring a Sweeper Machine Operator

Hiring a Sweeper Machine Operator

Getting the best qualities and skills By Jeff Winke Operating a sweeper machine requires a special set of skills, experience, and qualities. In today’s world, street sweepers come in all flavors. There are all electric, plug-in electric, mechanical, regenerative air,...

5 tips for Spring Street Sweeping

5 tips for Spring Street Sweeping

Street Sweeping is a year-round job, but spring is the time for heavy-duty street sweeping. This is especially true in climates where winter includes cold, wet weather and snow. Sand, salt, silt and gravel accumulate to put street sweepers through an arduous run. With...

Construction Angels, Inc.

Construction Angels, Inc.

Providing Support for ONE OF OUR OWN By Kristi Ronyak OSHA reports there are well over 5,000 work site deaths each year in the United States, with over 20% of those being in the construction industry. This is approximately 3.5 construction workers killed per day in...

Sealcoating Success in the New Season

Sealcoating Success in the New Season

Equipment upgrades can help By Jeff Winke This is it…the time to polish the brass motivational plaque that proclaims that NOW is the best time to assess your equipment fleet and upgrade where necessary. Do not procrastinate. Wait too long and NOW becomes history and...

Colored Pavement For Function and Zest

Colored Pavement For Function and Zest

Achieving the best results By Jeff Winke Colored pavements are typically installed to improve safety for pedestrian or road traffic or for purely aesthetic decorative visual effect. With road traffic, colored pavement can define different functions or routes, such as...

Managing Projects Today

Managing Projects Today

Pushing hard on site prep and safety By Jeff Winke Here’s a big question……… Can proper site preparation for an asphalt paving project and strict adherence to safety protocols drive costs down and make employees happy? Big is an understatement. There’s a lot to that...

Project Management

Project Management

Software holds it all together By Jeff Winke For asphalt paving contractors managing a jobsite with all of its variables is a big task. How effectively it is accomplished will make the difference in meeting the goals of the project and achieving highest profitability....

City of Kelowna Relies On Elgin Broom Bears for Spring Sweep

City of Kelowna Relies On Elgin Broom Bears for Spring Sweep

The city of Kelowna in British Columbia, Canada sits in a valley with the neighborhoods spanning up into the hills surrounding the city. Each winter, the city uses 14,000-15,000 tons of sand to keep its nearly 150,000 citizens safe on the snow-covered roadways. Then...

The Fix for Pavement Cracks

The Fix for Pavement Cracks

Crack sealing smooths the way By Jeff Winke Procrastination may be the biggest foe a contractor wrestles with when looking at pavement cracks that need to be fixed. Cracks come in all shapes and sizes. Sealing them in a timely manner is one of the most effective ways...

Sealer Additives Add Up

Sealer Additives Add Up

A key to improved profitability By Jeff Winke Any help in boosting….increasing….turbocharging….. profit for an asphalt paving sealcoat contractor is definitely welcome. Skip the flim-flam, sure-bet promises. What really works? What can be done to improve the projects...

The Cold Truth

The Cold Truth

It’s Time to Winterize Your Sweeper By Matt Starnes Street sweeping has seasonal demands. Especially in the northern states and Canada. You can’t just park your sweeper for the winter. There is no secret to getting the longest life out of your street sweeper....

Striping & Marking Equipment Needs

Striping & Marking Equipment Needs

Time to assess and upgrade By Jeff Winke End of year seems to be the time when things are in a swirl. There is a mix of nostalgia, recollection, and reflection, and the holidays. It definitely appears to be the time when assessment and planning take place. Contractors...

The Workmanship Warranty

The Workmanship Warranty

A key to winning more asphalt paving business By Jeff Winke The Roman poet Ovid once said “Make the workmanship surpass the materials.” That was back in 43 BC, but that truism can easily apply to 2023. One has to wonder how quality was verified back then. Did the...

Infrared Asphalt Repair

Infrared Asphalt Repair

The solution for many needs By Jeff Winke Even squinting hard through lenses Windex-clean with glasses firmly planted on the nose, it isn’t possible to see infrared. It’s at a wavelength just greater than that of the red end of the visible light spectrum. There are no...

Winter  Prep

Winter Prep

Time to methodically shut down, prepare for next year By Jeff Winke Time to shut down for winter. Busy production season has finally ended and most would love to turn it all off and walk away until Spring shows any first signs. But that voice of reason in your head...

Sweeper Maintenance

Sweeper Maintenance

A precaution that ensures productivity, and profit By Jeff Winke Curiosity is good. It can lead to interesting useful information and sometimes to information that veers off the topic being researched. Google the word “sweepers” and “street sweepers” with the intent...

Safety is second to none

Safety is second to none

For the paving contractor there is no equal in importance By Jeff Winke Asphalt paving is dangerous. Heavy equipment, high temperature materials, and the pressing need to quickly produce quality results can prove challenging. “The most important responsibility a...