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l Specian: Sectio NAPA s Award Ecological Awards thinking ecologically Means By Mary Ann Melody P utting a "green" facelift on today's asphalt plant means more than just a stamp of approval from the federal and state environmental regulatory agencies overseeing asphalt pavement facilities. It involves taking great strides to reduce a plant's environmental footprint. In recent years, these advances have helped keep asphalt companies financially viable by diminishing the amount of energy needed to produce asphalt and increasing the amount of recycled materials used in asphalt mixes. In addition, many asphalt producers have multiple emission control systems in place to control dust, stormwater run-off, and equipment wash water. NAPA's Ecological Awards recognize asphalt production facilities that best demonstrate safe and responsible environmental practices. Facilities are judged on their design layout, clean operation, maintenance performance practices, and community activities. Winners must first earn a Diamond Achievement Commendation by establishing adherence to best practices for asphalt plant operations, including outstanding appearance, environmental practices, safety, permitting and regulatory compliance, and community relations. This year's two winners exemplify their commitment to the environment, company mission statements, and community by excelling in these best practice standards. WINNER - NEW PLANT Commercial Asphalt Co. Blaine, Minnesota When Commercial Asphalt Company upgraded its Blaine, Minn., facility last year from a 500 ton per hour (TPH) to a 600 TPH hot-mix asphalt plant, the upgrades provided an opportunity to highlight the ecological and economic achievements at the facility. In addition to the obvious increased output, Commercial Asphalt added a new 600 TPH counterflow drum, a new 600 TPH slat with fume capturing, a sixth silo, four additional virgin bins, two new recycle bins, one shingle bin, a fourth asphalt cement tank, and a warm-mix foaming system. "Running an energy efficient plant makes us more competitive," said Todd Laubis, Vice President of Asphalt Operations for Commercial Asphalt. "We run energy efficient motors, and we run a natural gas burner that is tuned on-site to get the best efficiency." Commercial Asphalt Co.'s upgraded Blaine, Minn., plant is now more energyefficient - something very appealing to the company's customers. 50 * View past issues online at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - September/October 2015

Chairman’s Commentary : An Update on Our Industry’s Challenges
Industry News : CEO fly-In presses Congress for HTF revenue, PaveXpress adds asphalt overlay design feature, Is your safety data sheet GHS compliant?, FHWA offers porous asphalt guidelines, NAPA Care silent auction
Investing in Business Know-How : How employees with business education add to your engineering-driven business
Collaborating for Worker Safety : NIOSH and partners collaborate to control silica dust in asphalt milling operations
A Good Brochure Leaves a Lasting Impression : A vibrant takeaway gives potential clients something to reflect upon
Get Active, Get Involved, Get Noticed : This year’s community involvement winners know their neighbors and their neighbors know them
Thinking Ecologically Means Thinking Economically : Reducing energy costs and running efficient plants helps keep asphalt producers in the black
Putting Safety at the Core : Emphasis on safety helps inspire employee cooperation
Websites Stir Interest With Fresh Look : Focus on function attracts customers and potential customers
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - September/October 2015