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3 Tips to Prepare for Spring in Asphalt Maintenance

3 Tips to Prepare for Spring in Asphalt Maintenance

As the winter weather begins to fade away and spring approaches, asphalt companies must begin preparing for the busy season ahead. With warmer temperatures and more sunlight, spring is the perfect time for asphalt maintenance and repair projects. Here are a few key...

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

By Marvin Joles III and Chris Tammany I have to be honest, LinkedIn has been the Asphalt Industry “Hot-Spot” for me as of late. I pop in there daily to post and see what my constituents comment about my posts. My posts are often about something going on at BB....

3 Tips to a Successful  Conference Season

3 Tips to a Successful Conference Season

By Marvin Joles III If you are familiar with my content over the years, you know I LOVE the Expos and Conferences that highlight our industry. It is where vital relationships are fostered and where the community is made. These events, and the relationships developed...

“Lots” of Cracks

“Lots” of Cracks

By Marvin Joles III and Daniel Wright In the past few years, if you have been paying attention much, the Cracksealing market, as far as offerings from manufacturers go, has been “heating up”. With every manufacturer showing off new features and making advancements to...

Asphalt Repairs with Infrared Technology

Asphalt Repairs with Infrared Technology

By Marvin Joles III and Chris Giese We have been fortunate as of late at Blacktop Banter to have recently spent some time creating content about Infrared Asphalt repairs for some of the leading Infrared Equipment Manufacturers in the Asphalt Industry. While I (Marvin)...

Let’s Have a Safety  Meeting

Let’s Have a Safety Meeting

By Marvin Joles III Have you ever seen the photos on Facebook groups of guys who have had Hot-Rubber Crack-Sealant cover their hands or splash on their arms? No?...be thankful. Let’s be honest about this. If you are a contractor and have your buddy or cousin (maybe...

Asphalt & Motorsports

Asphalt & Motorsports

By Marvin Joles III Loud motors, burning rubber, high speeds, wrecks and thrilling finishes. That’s what we think when we think racing, but here at Blacktop Banter we are learning there is a lot more to it than what is on the surface. For example, the actual surface....

Content Marketing WHY AND HOW?

Content Marketing WHY AND HOW?

By Marvin Joles III and Jeani Ringkob It can never be too late in the season to market your business and try to create leads, especially if your season never ends. In any case, you have heard me speak for years about how internet marketing, whether social media or...

Batteries On Asphalt

Batteries On Asphalt

By Marvin Joles III Progression. At one point, we had hand crank drills. I’m sure somebody said, “I don’t know if I trust those, what if you don’t have electricity yet or the power goes out on a job.” Then when battery powered drills came out, people said, “They are...

Growing Your Talent Pipeline

Growing Your Talent Pipeline

By Marvin Joles III and Cam Roberts It’s a struggle. Finding talent. It’s a topic we often discuss in our Blacktop Banter Success Group and one that is possibly easily solvable if you are willing to look through a different lens and willing to take the steps (work) to...

Products & Equipment, in the NOW

Products & Equipment, in the NOW

By Marvin Joles III With one of the larger Asphalt Industry Expos recently coming to a close in Charlotte, NC last month, there were a lot of new products on display. Make no mistake, there were pieces of equipment that were on display that have been largely unchanged...

Adopting Technology for an Efficient Season

Adopting Technology for an Efficient Season

By Marvin Joles III As we get into the New Year, in most regions this time of year hits us in our slow/off part of our work season. Most the asphalt industry business owners I know, use this time of year for maintenance, education, staff hires, training, tax prep and...

The Importance of Industry Relationships

The Importance of Industry Relationships

By Marvin Joles III Shaking hands, exchanging names. Then what? This was the basis of one of the recent Blacktop Banter Podcast episodes and is something to think about when we meet with clients, reps, vendors, other contractors and just people along our contractor...